"Partnerships for Education" Conference a Success!
On March 21, 2009, over 180 people attended the second annual Partnerships for Education Conference at Southern NH University. Participants were nearly unanimous in their praise for the keynote address of Dr. Steven Constantino of Family Friendly Schools. Dr. Constantino shared from his personal experience as principal of one of the lowest-performing high schools in Virginia, and with humorous anecdotes told the story of how he helped turn the school around through a vigorous program of reaching out to families.
Following the keynote, Dr. Constantino offered more details on family engagement in his breakout session, “Family Engagement in Middle and High School: A Proven Path to Achievement for All.” Other breakout sessions that day included:
- Moving from High Schools to Learning Communities: New Hampshire’s Vision for Educational Redesign
- Supporting English Language Learners: Increasing and Sustaining Family Involvement in Ethnic Communities
- Partnerships for Student Success (P4SS): A Practical Guide to Partnerships in Action - including Special Education
- Creating Agreement: Effectively Solving Problems in Special Education
- Why Homework? New Perspectives...Getting it Right!!
- Fatherhood and Education: The Missing Link
- How Family-Friendly is Your School? A Review of Accessible Tools for Data-Driven Decision-Making
- Caring for Ourselves While Caring for Others: The College Degree as the First Step
- Life After High School: Successfully Navigating the Secondary Transition
- Let’s Read Together: Supporting Language and Literacy Every Day
- Bringing Policies to Life! The “Parent Involvement Policy” and More
- Towards a Statewide System of Support for Family Engagement
P4E Conference Partners
|NH Department of Education
|National Educator’s Association of NH
|NH Association of Special Education Administrators
|Parent Information Center on Special Education
|NH State PIRC
|NH Parent-Teachers Association
|National Congress for Fathers and Children - NH
|Manchester School of Music
|Manchester Coalition for Quality Education
The Evidence is In! Parent Involvement Makes a Difference!
Years of research has consistently proven what many of us intuitively understand: when parents get involved in their kid's education -- whether inside the school, at home, or out in the community -- children do better in school, do better socially, and go further with their education. Learn more...
Effective Strategies for Engaging Parents and Communities in Schools
Congressional Testimony on NCLB Reauthorization by Anne T. Henderson
, Senior Fellow of the
Community Involvement Program, Annenberg Institute for School Reform. Click here to read (PDF)
Engaging Parents in Education: Lessons From Five Parental Information and Resource Centers
"The purpose of this guide, "Engaging Parents in Education: Lessons From Five Parental Information and Resources Centers," is to explain "how to" strategies that the Parent Information Resource Centers (PIRCs) use to improve or expand their parental involvement programs in public schools." (click here to go to this USDOE web page).
NH State PIRC offers workshops Parents, Parent Liaisons, Teachers,
Title I Coordinators, Administrators,
PTA/PTO members, and
representatives from Community Organizations. Workshops can be customized for any audience and length.
Workshops for Parents
The Parent Information Center (PIC) offers a variety of workshops aimed at helping parents support their children's education. Whether you would like guidance and support around homework, reading, math, communication, working with teachers, or other topics, PIC probably has the workshop for you. Best of all, workshops are FREE!
General Education Workshops
These workshops are offered undered the NH State PIRC (Parent Information and Recource Center) program at PIC. Workshops are typically sponsored by schools, PTAs, parent groups, or community organizations. A partial listing of workshops is shown below.To receive a complete workshop list, or for more information, call 1 800-947-7005 today.
- Your Child and No Child Left Behind
- Giving and Getting Respect
- Movitvating Middle School Readers
- Helpful Homework Hints
- Family Math
- Kindergarten Readiness Workshops
- Help Your Child Learn to Read Workshops
- Supercharging Your Child's Learning
Special Education Workshops
Parents are an important member of the Special Education team that develops their children's Individual Education Plan (IEP).To learn more about the special education process and how you can be involved, please check out the following workshops, offered by the Parent Information Center on Special Education
- Steps in the Special Education Process
- Section 504 and IDEA: What's the Difference?
- IEP Clinic
- Understanding ADHD
- Parents and Professionals Working Together
- Positive Behavioral Interventions
- My Child's Turning 3: Now What?
- Life After High School - Secondary Transitions
- Around the World of Special Education in 1 Day
to see more Special Education Workshops
Parent Leadership Training
This workshop series is presented in 3 separate strands of typically 6 sessions (or longer weekend sessions). Eeach strand can be taken individually, with options for choosing from a variety of different workshops depending on the needs of your group:
- The Family Leadership Series promotes skills for communication, literacy, understanding No Child Left Behind, and supporting children’s learning at home.
- The School/Community Leadership Series provides information and training for developing effective partnerships with schools and working with parent-teacher organizations and school improvement efforts.
- The Train-the-Trainer workshops provide training and support to parents and community leaders who wish to deliver workshops on a variety of topics in their school community. See also Literacy Volunteers.