How to Advocate for Your Children
Deborah Yanez, Parent Engagement and Empowerment Coordinator, TeenSharp, Inc.
Participants will be asked to form groups and each group will be presented with a different scenario and a question to discuss and resolve. The objective is to understand the governance structure of the public school system and how to leverage various levels to effectively advocate on behalf of your child. There will be time for reflection on the issues and questions.
Mindfulness Activities for Families
Donna Quatman-Wilder, Family and Community Involvement Teacher Specialist, Frederick County Public Schools, Frederick, MD
Marta Droddy, Volunteer/Former Title I Teacher Specialist, Frederick County Public Schools, Hanover, PA
In today's rush, we all think too much, seek too much, want too much and forget the joy of just "Being." Join us and experience hands-on mindfulness activities. Mindfulness activities with children can reduce bullying, increase focus, and improve well-being and social skills.
The Fathering Circle: Strengthening Family Bonds
Eric Oneil Marsh, Co-Founder/Facilitator, "The Fathering Circle," Philadelphia, PA
Billy Yalowitz, Co-Founder/Facilitator, "The Fathering Circle," Philadelphia, PA
The session will examine the ways in which society socializes males and females differently and how that sets us up for conflict and oppression with one another. Participants will learn how to undo some of the negative effects of our socialization, become more balanced healthy loving partners and parents.
West Philadelphia Action for Early Learning Family Partnership Strategies: Family Ambassador Program and Alliance of Childcare Providers
Colleen Mishra, Outreach Coordinator, Action for Early Learning, Philadelphia, PA
Trae Pate, Family Ambassador Supervisor, Action for Early Learning, Philadelphia, PA
The West Philadelphia Action for Early Learning Initiative will present outreach and awareness efforts to engage more parents/caregivers in understanding the benefits of quality early childhood education and registering for Pre-K and Kindergarten. This workshop will focus on AFEL's family engagement strategies in child care centers and outreach in the West Philadelphia community. The session will include a panel discussion and Q&A.
Nancy Wilson, Hickory, North Carolina
Debbie Core, Hickory, North Carolina
The audience will be engaged in how to build a dynamic volunteer program. Discussion will include monetary values of volunteers and how to match volunteers with opportunities.