How to Engage a Community to Help Those in Need
Maureen Ross and Leslie Collins
Operation Wildcat, Mechanicsburg School District
Operation Wildcat, a school based charity in the Mechanicsburg Area School District started over 10 years with little more than a desire to reach out to the community to help school district families in need. We started small, with no money - just a lot of ideas and energy to put the ideas into motion. We would like to share what we have learned - the 'who, what, where, when and how' of starting a charity, engaging a community, partnering with the School District - and continuing to grow to meet the needs of students and families.
WATCH D.O.G.S. (Dads Of Great Students) Building family engagement through fathers and father-figures of your students volunteering a full school day
WATCH D.O.G.S. (Dads Of Great Students)
Through a structured interactive strategy session, supported by testimonials and time-proven best practices, the participants will learn how to utilize the WATCH D.O.G.S. program to reach out to the fathers and father-figures of their students, invite those men to take a full day off of work during the school year and spend that entire day volunteering at their child's schools. The session attendees will learn the steps required to identify a qualified parent program coordinator, build a small team of advocates, create a successful launch event, and then schedule and organize a record number of parent volunteers utilizing the available WD program materials and support.
Education and Wellness
Michelle D Smith
Philadelphia Home School Association
Demonstrate movement and learning while being active in the classroom with activities. Jumping jacks counting, the ABC exercise movement as well as other kinesthetic that can be done at school or home with families.
Parent Education: Equipping Parents as Educational Partners
Jennifer Brodhag and Jason Fitzpatrick
Pennsylvania Virtual Charter School
How can we equip parents to be educated, effective partners in their child's educational journey? Parent education is not just sending an announcement or an e-mail. The design of the parent education program should be intentional; making real-world connections and enhancing the parent’s role as a partner in their child's educational journey. This is not an easy task as schools need to take into consideration the individual needs and changing schedules of parents. This workshop highlights the role of the parent in the education process and how to provide information in a format that is easy to understand and practical to implement.
Family Resource Centers
Center for Schools and Communities
School based Family Resource Centers convey a strong welcome message, strengthen the support network for parents and students, and provide concrete resources to family members that build protective factors and increase their capacity to support their children in reaching high levels of success. Such centers, resulting from the collaborative effort of school staff, family members and family organizations offer a place for parents to engage in discussions, participate in workshops, connect with other parents, learn about their children's academic efforts and find helpful resources. Community organizations and businesses may join with schools and families in efforts to encourage family-school-community partnerships, strengthen family-child interaction, improve student achievement and support the school community.