DPS kicks off parent leadership training March 17
March 8, 2012
Contact: Jill Moberley, Public Information Officer
For Immediate Release
Wholesale parental support, once the backbone of public education, is a rare commodity in today’s fast-paced world. But Dayton Public Schools is setting out to reclaim the power of parental involvement that is so critical to students’ success in school.
More than 100 DPS parents will gather at the Kroc Center, 1000 N. Keowee St., from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on March 17 for the first of four symposiums designed to inform and empower them to support, improve and strengthen their schools and, in turn, to train other parents to become effective school leaders.
Dayton Public Schools is partnering with the Ohio Department of Education, The Ohio State University and Parents for Public Schools of Greater Cincinnati to offer the sessions that will be scheduled through the 2012-2013 academic year. Attendees have been selected by their school principals to participate in all four sessions, which are funded by the district’s federal Race to the Top grant.
“Parents are our greatest allies in the education and development of students. Their involvement is critical to student success,” DPS Superintendent Lori L. Ward said. “Family and community engagement is one of our district goals in our revised strategic plan. These sessions will help our parents to become more informed partners in the education of their children.”
The first session will focus on “Understanding the School System” and will look at the new common core state standards, school performance data, non-academic supports and more. Curriculum for the series has been developed by Parents for Public Schools of Greater Cincinnati, which also will conduct the sessions.
Emphasizing the importance of parental support House Bill 1, Ohio’s education reform bill, requires the ODE to post examples of research-based best practices to help schools improve parents’ involvement in their children’s learning. These include providing information related to child development and creating supportive learning environments, strengthening families’
knowledge and skills to extend their children’s learning at home and in the community, engaging families in school planning and leadership opportunities, connecting students and families to community resources that improve learning and well-being, and other practices that contribute to improved student achievement.
These and other topics will be addressed in additional parent classes to be scheduled beyond the four leadership sessions. DPS is planning to offer additional opportunities that will be open to all district parents. The leadership training and other district sessions are all part of Parent University, a new program geared toward helping parents become more effective partners in their children’s education.
About Parents for Public Schools of Greater Cincinnati: Parents for Public Schools of Greater Cincinnati, a partner of Cincinnati Public Schools, has created a Parent Leadership Institute to train parents in ways to impact student achievement. Working with Cincinnati’s Mayerson Academy, which coordinates professional development for the district, PPSGC customized a parent leadership development program for CPS' parents based on an award-winning model created by the Pritchard Committee of Lexington, Ky. This program helps to identify and develop parent leaders who can then engage other parents to ensure that schools provide a quality public education for all children. PPSGC has taken the program to other districts across the country. For more information, log on to www.ppsgc.org.
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