Parent Leadership & Advocacy for Change through Empowerment (PLACE) Training Model
Leigh Carlson-Hernandez and Janell Smith-Jones
University of Pittsburgh Office of Child Development
In this presentation we will discuss the curriculum design and implementation of Parent Leadership and Advocacy for Change through Empowerment training model (PLACE). PLACE training is for parents and caregivers involved with family service agencies. The curriculum is a culmination of various leadership and advocacy training models and resources. Post training all PLACE Participants are supported through an alumni network to connect to leadership opportunities in the community and continued leadership growth. The training goal of PLACE is to increase the potential for parents to build community leadership and use family voice to advocate for changes around mental health, poverty, incarceration and other family issues.
Working with Children Affected by Violence
Domestic Violence Service Center
This presentation is designed to provide information and facts concerning children who have witnessed violence, whether it be at school, at home, or with a peer.
Stop, Collaborate and Listen: Meeting our Students and Families Where They Are
Carrie Martin and Rebecca Slavinsky
Susquehanna Township School District
This presentation will focus on three components to building a healthy relationship with your students and families. The first component is relatability, are you creating a culturally aware classroom? The second component is connections, are you making meaningful connections with your students and families. And the third component is parent and school partnership, are you helping families connect with community resources?
If you build it, they will come: A PAC Success Story
Janine Macklin and Emily Smith
Urban Pathways K-5 College Charter School
Urban Pathways K-5 College Charter School takes pride in engaging, empowering, and supporting parents to create a stronger school and community environment. We will provide guidance on how to effectively create or reenergize your PAC, what is necessary to retain it, and thoughts for future success. We will present a road map for success which will include specific practices used, as well as highlight various challenges we overcame. Ample time for questions and discussion will be given allowing our PAC Advisor and parent presenters to address your needs.
Working with Families and their Communities to Cultivate Creativity and Innovation in Young Learners
Stephanie Smith Budhai and Laura McLaughlin Taddei
According to the 21st Century Framework, students need innovation skills to be able to live and work effectively in our complex and global society. Preparing students in the early years will help ensure their ability to be productive 21st century citizens. Since students learn in the home and community, in addition to their classrooms, it is important that young learners are developing these skills outside of the classroom. The purpose of this session is to provide strategies, sample projects, and tools to work with families and the surrounding community to cultivate creativity and innovation in young learners. Some topics that will be covered include developing home makerspaces, multidimensional community-based project and service-learning, risk-taking, allowing student choice, and digital tools that can serve as a catalyst to create, innovate, and share learning with families. The presenters also published a book resource titled "Nurturing Young Innovators: Cultivating Creativity in the Classroom, Home and Community" published through ISTE, that attendees could explore to extend the strategies of the workshop.