Wednesday, March 10, 2010

WANTED - Parent Partners

In an effort to support parents and educators in their work of improving results for all students, the Parent & Educator Partnership is hosting the Parent Leadership Institute. The Institute goal is to equip parent leaders to work collaboratively with their school districts to engage families in meaningful participation. Meaningful participation happens when parents and educators have an understanding of school improvement.

This two-day Institute is designed to provide parent leaders with tools and information necessary to understand school improvement and how to facilitate collaboration between parents and professionals to improve outcomes for students.

Where: Marriott – Bloomington/Normal Hotel & Conference Center
201 Broadway Avenue
Normal, IL 61761

When: April 12, 2010: 10:00 am - 7:30 pm and April 13, 2010: 8:30 am – 3:30 pm

The Institute will address the following questions:

- What is the missing piece to the student achievement puzzle?
- What do we want each student to learn?
- How will we know when each student has learned?
- How will we respond when a student experiences difficulty in learning?
- How will parents and professionals work together to improve outcomes for students?

The answers to those questions involve understanding:

- The role of Family involvement in education;
- The Illinois Learning Standards, including Social and Emotional Learning;
- Data to improve student outcomes;
- Response to Intervention;
- Facilitation of Parents and Teachers Talking Together.

Who should attend?

- Parents of school-aged children who are willing to volunteer as a Parent Leader within their school or district in a leadership role.
- LEA representatives who want to develop parent leadership.
- Parent mentors and liaisons.

Parent participant requirements:

- Facilitate collaboration among parents and professionals about how they can work together to improve education.
- Work collaboratively with the local school district to implement a plan for improvement.
- Partner with the Parent & Educator Partnership for two years.

Services provided during the Institute:

All participants will receive a conference binder and meals (lunch and dinner on Monday, and breakfast and lunch on Tuesday).

In addition, Parent Leaders will receive:
o Reimbursement for travel
o 1-night lodging at the Marriott Conference Center
o Parent and Teachers Talking Together Handbook

To learn more about being a parent leader, click on Parent Liaison Program.

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