Symposium on Parent Engagement - Session 4 "Best Practices in Parent Engagement Programs"


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School and district leaders report how they’ve successfully implemented tools and technology to measurably improve their parent engagement and community outreach initiatives.
Mary Wegner, Assistant Superintendent
Sitka Schools

Steven Anderson, Director of Instructional Technology
Winston-Salem/Forsyth County Schools

Christine Corliss, District Webmaster/Publicity Coordinator
Caldwell-West Caldwell Schools

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Symposium on Parent Engagement - Session 4 "Best Practices in Parent Engagement Programs"

  1. 1. Symposium on parent engagement: Best practices in parent engagement programs K-12 parent engagement panel
  2. 2. Guest Panelist: Mary Wegner • 25+ years in education (K-20, SPED/Gifted/Tech) • Goal: Transform learning and teaching to be meaningful for today’s students • Grassroots Advocacy in Alaska and for the International Society for Technology in Education • Research Focus: critical thinking, social learning, and role of arts/culture in learning Assistant Superintendent Sitka School District Sitka, Alaska
  3. 3. Guest Panelist: Steven Anderson • Helps guide a technology program for over 53,000 students • Passionate about use of social media for students and teachers • Educator, speaker, renowned blogger, and avid tweeter • In 2009 and 2011 voted by peers as Edublog Awards Most Influential Tweeter Director of Instructional Technology Winston-Salem/Forsyth County Schools Winston-Salem, North Carolina
  4. 4. Guest Panelist: Christine Corliss • Designed and maintains district website • Established district’s social media presence • Coordinates the integration of software and information systems • Past experience includes programmer-analyst, corporate public relations manager, and corporate publication editor with AT&T District Webmaster and Publicity Coordinator Caldwell-West Caldwell School District West Caldwell, New Jersey
  5. 5. Attendee Poll What do you consider to be the biggest obstacle in your parent involvement efforts at your district/schools?
  6. 6. Panel Discussion: Parent Engagement in Academic Achievement Describe a channel your district uses to engage parents in learning. And, what results have you realized?
  7. 7. Sitka Schools: Strategic Plan = Iterative Community Feedback • ~10% response rate between the 2 surveys • Powerful message that we want to hear from all parents/community
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  13. 13. Winston-Salem/Forsyth County:
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  15. 15. Caldwell-West Caldwell:
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  18. 18. Attendee Poll What tools are your district/schools using to support communication between teachers and parents?
  19. 19. Panel Discussion: Connecting with Parents Do your schools / district systematically collect parent feedback via forms, surveys, social media, or other tools? If so, how often and what tools are you using?
  20. 20. Winston-Salem/Forsyth County:
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  22. 22. Caldwell-West Caldwell:
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  24. 24. Sitka Schools:
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  26. 26. Attendee Poll Does your district mandate that all teachers have a webpage where parents can access vital classroom-level information?
  27. 27. Panel Discussion: Digital Learning and Parent Engagement How are your districts’ teaching and learning goals aligned with parents’ expectations for effective use of technology in the classroom? Share some examples of what your teachers are doing.
  28. 28. Caldwell-West Caldwell: Recordings of school performances with photo galleries and video clips Hyperlinks to Smart Board notes, PowerPoint packages, review sheets, and more
  29. 29. Sitka Schools:
  30. 30. Winston-Salem/Forsyth County:
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