Roadmap for Success: Developing A Purposeful Plan of Action Facilitated by: Jenni Brasington
Defining effective parent engagement practices
Self-assessment – What kind of planner am I?
Why do I need a roadmap?
Developing a plan of action
Implementing the plan
Evaluating the plan
A home environment that encourages learning is more important to student achievement than income, education level, or cultural background
When children and parents talk regularly about school, children perform better academically
The earlier that parent involvement begins in a child ’s educational process, the more powerful the effects
Why Is Engagement Important?
A Shared responsibility – schools are committed to engaging families in meaningful and culturally respective ways & families are committed to actively supporting their children ’s learning and development
Carried out everywhere children learn – at home, in school, in after-school programs, in community programs and activities, in faith-based institutions, etc.
Continuous across a child ’s life – spanning from early learning programs to college preparation
Family, School, and Community Engagement is… Definition from The National Family, School, and Community Engagement Working Group – June 2009
The Family Engagement Shift
Strength Based & Collaborative
Learning & Outcomes Driven
Ownership & Continuous Improvement
Family Engagement: Reframing the Work
Show Your Strength! Share with a partner a strength you have in implementing effective parent engagement.
Implementing Effective Engagement Requires: A Quality Plan On-going Professional Development Adequate Resources Commitment From All Stakeholders
Why is a Plan so Important?
Provides direction and focus
Points to specific results to be achieved
Establishes a course of action for achieving results
Helps various cohorts within a school align themselves with common goals
Elevates and professionalizes our work
Accountability for completing your work
How do you typically plan?
Ingredients of Your Quality Plan A lignment A ctivities A ssistance A ssessment A ction Do you notice what is missing from the list?
So, let’s start building……. Building a quality plan begins with your School Improvement Plan. WHY????
Our Starting Point The S chool I mprovement P lan provides direction on:
Academic issues that led to improvement status
Identified areas of improvement
Clearly articulated goals
Action steps to improve student achievement
Review your SIP
Identify your school goals
Share your school goals with a partner
Write the goals on your Action Plan Worksheet
What is Alignment?
Strategic alignment is when all structures, processes, and systems support an organization’s mission and goals.
LINKING CONNECTION RELATIONSHIP AFFILIATION AGREEMENT UNION ALLIANCE A lignment
What does it feel like when you are not in alignment???? A lignment
Write down 5 Activities you did this past month
Is there alignment between these activities and your school goals?
If yes, what goal or goals does it align with?
If no, how and why did you make the decision to implement the activity?
What was the purpose?
How could you change the activity to align better to school goals and student learning?
Alignment Check! A lignment
A ctivities A program, project, process or product that assists in achieving a specific goal. Activities: Program GS&S, PASS, American Dream Academy Project Process Product Opening a Parent Resource Center Home Visit, Conference, Workshop, Training Newsletter, Website, Brochure, Memo
A ctivities Activity Checklist Yes No Do your A ctivities support the goal? Are your A ctivities linked to learning? Do your A ctivities link back to school wide initiatives? Will parents leave the A ctivity with skills or materials to help with learning at home?
A ctivities The strength of your activities lies in the PLANNING. Be Specific Be Realistic Be Creative
A ctivities Be Specific Who will be responsible for the A ctivity? What will the A ctivity entail? Is it a Program, Project, Process or Product? Where will the A ctivity take place? When will the A ctivity take place (duration and frequency)?
A ctivities Be Realistic How many trainings can you conduct this year? How many home visits can you actually make this year? How many newsletters, articles, web updates can you commit to writing this year?
A ctivities Be Creative Think out of the box….Try new and different A ctivities to reach your school goals!
Time to practice!
Read the scenarios at your table.
Based on the information provided, develop activities that are aligned to the school goals presented in the scenario.
Don’t forget to do an alignment check!
Identify if the activity is a program, project, process or product.
Be specific, realistic and creative!
Choose a facilitator and a recorder for the group
A ssistance Everyone needs a helping hand…… Are you utilizing the following for A ssistance?
District Parent Coordinator
Other Parent Liaisons
A ction Moving From Plan to A ction The BIG Five
Share the plan with others
Include a specific timeframe for all of your events
Put the dates on the master calendar
Review the plan often and adjust if necessary
Don’t be a one-man show!
Accountability = Action!
Ask for Feedback
Don’t Forget to A ssess Your Plan!
The S ecrets of S uccess
S tart S mall
S hare-Don ’t keep this work a secret. When all families feel invited into the development of involvement programs, practices and policies, there is a greater likelihood of success.
S olidify-Put the plan into action and monitor progress throughout the school year. Your action plan should be a living document. If something is not working, go back to the plan and make the necessary changes.