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Increasing Parent Engagement In Education

Wednesday, April 11th at 11:30am
Puck Building, Mulberry Conference Room

Please bring your lunch and join WEPSA as our speakers engage in a discussion of two unique models for increasing parental involvement in education.

Despite being a required component of many school improvement initiatives - from Title I Schoolwide Programs to federally mandated school improvement plans, parent involvement continues to challenge practitioners engaged in school reform. The benefits of parent involvement are clear: A growing body of research shows that successful parent involvement improves behavior and attendance and has positive effects on student achievement. Yet many schools and education programs continue to struggle with defining and measuring meaningful parent involvement.

Speakers:
Saskia Traill, VP, Policy & Research at The After-School Corporation (TASC)

Nora Abramson, Director of Communications & Research for iZone360, NYCDOE Office of Innovation
 
Tracy McClaire, Parent Coordinator from West Side Collaborative Middle School


The After School Program
Founded in 1998, TASC was the first nonprofit organization to set out to build a citywide K-12 after-school system. TASC created a model for daily after-school programs called ExpandED that expands the school-day by roughly three-hours and works with community organizations in partnership with schools, offering kids sports, arts, academic help and support for their healthy social and emotional development. TASC received a grant from The New York Times foundation in 2006 to examine how their sites can successfully engage parents in after-school programs.

DOE iZone
The iZone aims to increase student achievement in K-12, college and career by supporting innovative educational models that will best meet the needs, motivations and strengths of each student. The iZone engages with parent coordinators to support student achievement.

West Side Collaborative Middle School
WSC is one of the few middle-schools selected to pilot innovative time and staffing schedules as well as technology curriculum as members of the DOE’s iZone.