NOVEMBER 4, 2011DON’T DISS ME—TABLE TALK REACHING THE “UNDER-RESOURCED” Geraldine Hayes Nelson, Ph.D. Diversity Programming and Community Outreach Kent State University Paula J. Rosky, Ph.D. Principal and Independent Consultant Kent, Ohio
Engaging Parents A presentation based on the participants’ experiences Taking a look at how your family and community formed the person that you are How could we ignore parents and families when we work with students to improve their educational outcomes?
Where I’m FromKeep score of how your background informed your future by adding according to each prompt.You will share your score on the class discussion board.1. Add 1 if your parents were born in the United States.2. Add 1 if your parent or parents have completed college.3. Subtract 1 if you have a parent that never completed high school.4. Add 1 if you went to a private high school or elementary school.5. Add 1 if you went to a private college.6. Add 1 if you have been to graduate school.7. Subtract 1 if your ancestors changed their names.8. Subtract 1 if you have been denigrated because of your religion.9. Add 1 if you are Protestant.
Where I’m From10. Subtract 1 if your parents speak or spoke English with an accent.11. Add 1 if you have lived abroad for more than one month.12. Add 1 if you have vacationed in other countries.13. Add 1 if you were taken to art galleries or museums by their parents.14. Subtract 1 if you earn less money because of your gender.15. Add 1 if you have an immediate family member who is a doctor or lawyer.16. Subtract 1 if your parents were not active in school activities.17. Add 1 if you were raised in a home with at least 10 children’s books and 50 adult books.**What was your score? Talk about your results on the discussion board.
What is the World Café? The Café is built on the assumption that people already have within them the wisdom and creativity to confront even the most difficult challenges. Given the appropriate context and focus, it is possible to access and use this deeper knowledge about what’s important. We will participate in a virtual World Café!
Café Etiquette A Conversation that MATTERS! Focus on what matters. Contribute your thinking. Speak your mind and heart. Listen to understand. Link and connect ideas. Listen together for insights and deeper questions. Have fun!
Think back to a time in your childhood and the messages that youreceived from the following entities that helped form your identity.Discuss each on the discussion board. Parents Discuss things you just Grandparents knew – maybe no one Religious institutions ever said them; you just knew what were the Community and school expectations (roles) of Media – newspapers, little boys and little girls? radio, TV, etc. Describe the kind of Peers and other kids in neighborhood in which the neighborhood or you grew up school
Value Added to Effective ParentalEngagement: Parents are Resources! Increase academic expectation and increased college aspirations for students Increased early awareness of the importance, expectations, and benefits of education Provide opportunities for early connection to colleges Strengthens relationships between parents/guardians and school districts Increase college readiness, enrollment, and retention of students
Why Parental Engagement? We must have a detailed plan of action to ensure parental engagement: Parents must be informed and engaged in a variety of avenues. Engage parents in efforts to remove barriers and the mystery associated with higher education. Use of CMSD Partnerships with institutions of higher education to facilitate a seamless entry for CMSD students into college. Assist in the creation of avenues of support for parents to their student. Provide information and awareness of higher educational terms and criteria in efforts to better assist their students’ enrollment into postsecondary education. A collaborative relationship must be established at target schools with principals, and counselors at the lead!
9 Easy Things You Can Do:Establish a contact person at local higher education institutions—not justadmissions staff, but TRiO personnel (Educational Talent Search, UpwardBound, Student Support Services). Think outside the box: The most helpfulperson might be in the Financial Aid office.Join an e-mail/distribution list (even with an office like Media Relations) tolearn about formal and informal activities that your students can attend.Ask to be sent multiple copies of informational brochures/studentnewspapers, etc. so that your students are exposed to the world of highereducation.Ask your PTO and school auxiliary staff (secretaries, librarian, etc.) to helpyou monitor media coverage about local academic institutions in localnewspapers and on the Internet.
9 Easy Things You Can Do:Invite higher education staff to make presentations to parents andfaculty/staff—not just the standard Admissions office presentations onCollege Night.Invite representatives from community based organizations (pastscholarship awarders) to make presentations to the PTO and to faculty/staff.Network with the student council, student newspaper and even yearbookstudents and staff to disseminate information to students through theirmedia or venues (ads in the newspaper, flyers at sporting events, etc.)promoting access to higher education.Recruit PTO members and Athletic Booster sponsors to staff informationaltables during the school day, at PTO meetings, sporting events, etc.Recruit PTO members, Honor Society and Student Council students toupdate bulletin boards/displays.
Institutional Resources & Personnel that Focus On Student Recruitment and Retention Unit/Program ResourceCollege NOW staff, Urban League, NAACP, Academic support andEsperanza, TRiO Programs interventionAdmissions Offices Coordinates campusAthletic Department tours/presentations Facilitates ongoing visits to campusAcademic or Theme Approach Provides use of meeting andCollege of Arts and Sciences (STEM) or classroom space; facilitatesindividual departments (i.e., Mathematic, recruitment of mentors and staffBiology, Chemistry, Technology) to deliver presentations and programming
Engaging Parents with HS. graduation expectations Exposing Parent s Connecting to College parents to theHigher Education Students Readiness and value added to Process education beyond HS Student/ parent meetings twice per year
Parental involvement and the sharing of the value added to education beyond high school isa critical factor for the admission and retention of students. Staff must have a detailed plan ofaction to ensure parental engagement.Parents must be informed and engaged in a variety of avenues. Staff must engage parentsin efforts to remove barriers and the “mystery” associated with higher education.Partnerships with institutions of higher education can facilitate a seamless entry for studentsinto college; assist in the creation of avenues of support for parents to their student; andprovide the knowledge and awareness of higher educational terms and criteria in an effort tobetter assist students’ enrollment into postsecondary education.A collaborative relationship must be established at target schools between principals,guidance office staff, and university teaching departments. District level support fromsuperintendents must be developed.This synergistic relationship allows full development of family knowledge and awarenessregarding college readiness and the college application process, knowledge of career paths,and understanding of the value added to a college education.
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