MAKING THE CONNECTION : Building SOLID relationships with families is a year round process that takes time and work. However, family involvement should be an essential part of the school’s mission. Solid Relationships with families require that schools: (create a family friendly climate) Know them – take time to know the make up of the family Open yourself up to where they are – Homes/homeless, at work, student sports events, grocery stores, beauty and barbershops, the malls, churches, nightclubs What’s going on in the community – Families, social and economic issues, community and faith based organizations, business in the community, influences and leaders Celebrate their significance – Celebrate family involvement with a back to school barbecue, invitation to a family friendly first day of school, open house event that celebrates family, school and community – Key is to CELEBRATE Get them talking – Build an empowerment workshop around a family friendly event, team up with community, appeal to passion, interest and attitudes. The workshop should engage the families hearts and minds. Get them talking about issues that are related to them, their students and the community. FIP workshops have brought families to tears. WHY IT WORKS – “KEEP IT REAL”: Families are watching you, looking beyond what you say and more into what you do. The basic needs & expectation of strong relationships with families are RESPECT, UNDERSTANDING, COMMUNICTATION (beyond the bad news), COMMITMENT and TRUST. If families see that your are deeply committed and sincere about their value that alone increases their involvement.
Mobilize- Create Support Committees, Distribute Responsibilities & Tasks, Create time tables for task completion Make the connection( clothing, food, gangs, drugs), provide information or resource person Take to the streets (beauty shops, churches, community centers, grocery stores, fliers at bars, etc.
California State University Middle School Counselor ConferenceKEEPING IT REAL: CONNECTING WITH FAMILIES Wednesday April 16, 2008
Academic Excellence and College Access for ALL Students HISTORY•The 1998 Reauthorization of the Higher Education Act established theGaining Early Awareness and Readiness for Undergraduate Programs (GEARUP) to enhance the college-going rates of low-income students.•Enabling legislation stipulates that colleges and universities should partnerwith middle schools “to increase the number of low-income students preparedto enter and succeed in post-secondary education.”•Nationwide, this middle school reform program has served over 2.3 millionstudents in 47 states, the District of Columbia, and three territories in its firstsix-year grant cycle.
PROGRAM GOAL“To develop and sustain the organizational capacity ofmiddle schools to prepare all students for high school and higher education through a statewide network of support for the adults who influence middle school students, specifically their counselors, faculty, school leaders and families. As a result of this expanded capacity, a higher proportion of students, particularly from backgrounds and communities that have nothistorically pursued a college education, will enroll and succeed in higher education.”
GEAR UP IN CALIFORNIA•Since 1999, the State program and the 68 partnership projectshave impacted over 1/3 of the 1200 middle schools in California,with the State grant serving over 233,000 students in 229 schoolsin 88 school districts.•The state model is designed to create a sustainable college-goingculture by working with whole schools through the adults thathave the greatest impact in student life and experience:principals, teachers, counselors, families and communitymembers.
Resources for Middle Grades Counselors and Families“The greatest barrier to learning is notwhat students know but what teachers, counselors and families believe.” ~ Wade Nobles
• PROGRAM RESOURCES• Counseling Institute: One-day workshops to encourage counseling staff in their role as college advocates and to provide resources to promote academic planning for all students (March 2008)• The complete pocket guide for California Colleges & Universities: accessible inventory of all California Higher Education institutions. Over 33,000 distributed statewide. More information visit: www.castategearup.org• GEAR UP “Kids On Campus: A Journey that Changes Lives”. Over 3,500 distributed statewide. DVD available in May 2008 in English and Spanish.
• Hosted by castategearup.org• Customized for Audience• Menu Pages• Short and Detailed Answers• Links to websites and partners• Flexible site navigation to match users need
• The Resources and Materials Clearinghouse: a single source from which information, materials and resources can be accessed to support middle grades educators in meaningful conversations about college and career planning.• Available in three formats: CD version, College Corner kiosk and at the GEAR UP website
Ideas for Using the GEAR UP Clearinghouse For Educators• Access current information and frequently asked questions about college preparation• Assist students in college and financial aid exploration activities• Demonstrate educator support resources on-line• Explore and identify on-line student support resources for a variety of topics• Research lesson plans, activities, and instructional methods utilized by other educators around the world • WWW.CASTATEGEARUP.ORG
Ideas for Using the GEAR UP Clearinghouse For Families• Provide answers to grade-specific frequently asked questions• Show families how to assist students in exploring colleges and financial aid opportunities• Familiarize families with computers and demonstrate the importance of technology• Encourage families to explore and utilize resources available• on-line• Teach families how to use and navigate the school website WWW.CASTATEGEARUP.ORG
New in the Fifth Edition of the Clearinghouse:• Updated website for easier access to specific information• Updated content and Professional Development Calendar• ‘Customizable’ materials for individual school logos•Now Available on Home Page: Top 10 Frequently Asked Questions PowerPoint presentations in English and Spanish Curriculum lesson plans …COMING IN JUNE 2008
The official website for college and career planning in CaliforniaDeveloped in collaboration with: California Community Colleges (CCC) California State University (CSU) University of California (UC) Association of Independent California Colleges and Universities (AICCU) California Department of Education (CDE)218 public and private universities are representedcaliforniacolleges.edu is FREE to all users
• Use California’s FREE online source for college and career planning –• CaliforniaColleges.edu • Access resources specifically designed for families and educators from the bottom of the home page.
Download a training manual to familiarize yourselfCaliforniaColleges.edu Print out the CareerExploration worksheet to use with your students. Order materials for your students and their families. A-G course planning charts in 5 languagesand the entire College: Making It Happenpublications in English and Spanish.
Counselor and Family ResourcesFor new and engaging lesson plans to use with students: check the Educator Tools and Resource page at californiacolleges.edu in the coming monthsFor easy to understand information for families about the California ScholarShare program check the “Finance” section in May 2008
“In California, the achievement gap is defined as the disparitybetween white students and other ethnic groups as well asbetween English learners and native English speakers;socioeconomically disadvantaged and non disadvantaged;and students with disabilities…” ~State Superintendent of Public Instruction Jack O’ConnellFamily Services to address the achievement gap:• FAMILY INITIATIVES PROJECT• PARENT INSTITUTE FOR QUALITY EDUCATION
The ELEVATION of a Nation Begins in the Homes of Its People. ~ African Proverb
FAMILY INITIATIVES PROJECT Keeping It Real…• Brings together families, schools and communities as equal partners in the education process.• Family gatherings provide information, resources and tools to support families as advocates for their students.• Services based on recommendations from GEAR UP school leadership teams and the unique contributions of each school community.• Facilitators and volunteers are recruited from within the school community whenever possible, and are trained by California GEAR UP.
PROJECT TOPICSFive Week Sessions:• Understanding the Middle School Years• Family Dynamics and Positive Communication• How to Motivate Your Student Academically• How the School System Functions• The Road to The University/Family Celebration
Family University FAMILY UNIVERSITY: A Weekend Family GatheringProject Topics:• Understanding the Middle School Years and Positive Communication• Steps to follow and available resources to attend college• Families make a difference• Celebration and Next steps
MAKING THE CONNECTIONA continuous process of schools building relationships with families Why It Works…
How To Promote a FIP Family Gathering PROMOTING FAMILY ENGAGEMENT: CREATE THE BUZZ…• Principal invitation to families• Additional postcard to African American families• Phone calls to families• Principal automated calls to all families• Principal invites feeder schools• Counselors invite targeted families• Students invite families for extra credit• Club advisors and organizations invite member’s families (AVID, athletic clubs, band, after school programs, etc.)• Student involvement (create and distribute posters and flyers)• Promote FIP at other school events (sports games, open house)• Signage-Banner, Marquee• Announcements (Newsletter, calendar, website)
IDEAS FOR REACHING FAMILIES REACHING ALL FAMILIES… “It Takes a Village”…4. MOBILIZE THE COMMUNITY to support family gatherings5. MAKE THE CONNECTION: Address family survival needs and Community Challenges6. PROVIDE INCENTIVES: Meals, door prizes, childcare and transportation7. TAKE IT TO THE STREETS: Community-based organizations, businesses (Local newsletters, announcements, flyers, posters, booth sign-ups)8. MAKE IT PERSONAL: Phone calls and Home visits9. SPREAD THE WORD: PSAs, newspaper, program broadcast, TV, Radio, Recruit DJ to “Adopt the Cause”
Attract and Motivate Families: Be Creative!!• Address real problems and issues• Incorporate open-ended questions and learning activities• Understand the basic attributes of school performance• Support the physical, mental, emotional and social needs of ALL students
The ELEVATION of a Nation Begins in the Homes of Its People. ~ African ProverbThe future and strength of our economy, democracy and society as a whole depends on our ability to educate EVERY CHILD WELL and to prepare them to take control of our society. KEEP IT REAL…..
Parent Institute forQuality Educationwww.piqe.org
MISSION To bring schools, parents, and business community together as equal partners in the education of every childIllustration: S Guevara.
VISION A community in which parents and teachers collaborate to transform each child’s educational environment, both at home and at school, so that all children can achieve their greatest academic potential.Illustration: S Guevara.
PHILOSOPHY All parents love their children and want a better future for them Every child can learn and deserves the opportunity to attend and complete a college education Parents and teachers need to work together to ensure the educational success of every Illustration: S Guevara. child For children, learning is a natural process that parents and teachers facilitate.
PROGRAM COMPONENTS Nine-Week Program • Elementary School Level • Middle School Level • High School Level Follow-Up Program Teacher Workshop Family Financial Literacy
Adolescence: A Positive Time of Change Communication and Growth Enhances Self- Esteem Middle How to Motivate Teenagers to Read. SchoolCurriculum Obstacles that Get in the Way of Success in How the School School The Road to College System Functions in Middle/High School
Electing parents to BoardsParent Institute’s FIVE of EducationStep Model for ParentEmpowerment Conducting action research by parents to impact policy Connecting parents to the decision making school committees Connecting the parent to the school & university community Connecting parents to the child
CSU - PIQE Agreement On Feb. 7, 2006, PIQE signed a historic agreement with the California State University (CSU) system CSU Chancellor pledged $575,000 for 3 years Nine-Week classes implemented in 15 schools in each of the 23 campus regions Each child of a PIQE graduate will receive a “college identification card”
COLLEGE ADMISSIONCERTIFICATE Presented to: _____________________________________________ For the successful completion of the Parent Institute for Quality Education (PIQE)nine-week Parent Involvement Program by their parent(s), the child(ren) listed below is/are conditionally admitted to one of the California State University’s campuses upon graduation from high school and upon meeting the admissions requirements of the California State University. _______________________ ________________________ _______________________ ________________________ _______________________ ________________________ This _______ day of __________________, 2007 ______________________ ______________________ ______________________ Charles B. Reed, Chancellor CSU Campus President David Valladolid, President California State University PIQE
ResultsMore than 400,000 parent graduates in California sinceOctober 1987 from 1,500 Elementary, Middle, and High Schools. The PIQE Program has been taught in 16 languages by facilitators from each of the different communities…
Elaborated by: Illustrations: S Guevara. Book: “MI HIJA, MI HIJO, EL AGUILA, LA PALOMA”David Valladolid Author: Ana Castillo; Dutton Books, New York.Emilia Alvarez 2006