All parents want to support their children so they can be successful in life, but a group of parents in Brighton are doing their brain homework to learn how to help make that happen.
At a recent Parent University, Mind Matters: Families Make a Difference session held at the Edison School in Brighton, parents expressed their desire to be a positive force in their children's lives. "My child has a strong temperament and I want to better understand her," said one. "I want to be a good teacher with my children," said another.
The 20-hour workshop, developed by Harvard Public Affairs and Communications' teaching and learning partnerships team and rooted in current brain research, shows parents strategies for fostering the development of essential life skills for their children through hands-on activities, group sharing and discussion. Parents were at the center of the conversation, voicing their desires to learn more about their children's development and learning about the latest research about brain development that can help them think about effective parenting strategies. It was lead by Family Community Outreach Coordinator, Luciano Felix from the Edison School, and the Family Liaison, Katonya Gaines from the Jackson-Mann School.
WE WANT TO KNOW WHAT YOU THINK!
The BPS School Climate Survey helps us learn how to increase school quality.
This online survey is only open to current BPS parents. Different versions for students and teachers are being offered to these groups directly in school this month.
Parents will also receive paper surveys in the mail. This online survey is the same, and parents are asked to choose either the online option or paper option to respond. Parents should fill out a survey for each child they have enrolled in the Boston Public Schools to provide feedback on each child's experiences. The feedback is then summarized and posted on the BPS website.
After two arduous years of negotiations between representatives from the Boston Teachers Union and the Boston Public Schools, there is a tentative new contract - this contract would bring student and parent voice in the schools like never before.
OFSE is committed to working with teachers and families to employ data-driven strategies to improve student learning and strengthen school communities. Although there are many strong engagement practices taking place in schools across BPS, we have not yet adopted and implemented a comprehensive strategy for making student learning data accessible and actionable to students' families. Based on the model that originated in Creighton, Arizona, BPS will be piloting Academic Parent-Teacher Teams (APTT) in three schools -- the Blackstone, Lee Academy, and the Sumner-- in the 2013-14 school year in order to facilitate engaging families in student learning data.
In the first of what will be an annual report on leadership, Education Week's Leaders To Learn From provides fifteen profiles on forward-thinking education leaders. One of the leaders featured in the first report is Boston's own Michele Brooks, Assistant Superintendent in the Office of Family and Student Engagement. To read about all of the honorees click here.
Michele Brooks | Assistant Superintendent
Office of Family and Student Engagement, Boston Public Schools
The day Michele Brooks "lost it" as the frustrated mother of a Boston high school student became a moment that transformed her life forever.
Parent University is Boston Public Schools’ internationally acclaimed initiative to provide parents and families opportunities to sharpen their skills as they work in one of life's most important and demanding roles. Classes focus on child development, what children are learning in schools, advocacy, parent leadership and effective parenting skills. Check out our video with testimonials from parents and comments from educational leaders across the country.
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Participate in one of the 13 Parent University Open Houses
BOSTON, MA (9/14/11) -- The Boston Public Schools Parent University will be conducting 13 community-based open houses in a neighborhood near you during the months of September and October 2011.
Come and learn more about Parent University and how it can work for you.
BOSTON, MA (08/25/11) – Boston Public Schools Superintendent Dr. Carol Johnson is making a special appearance tonight on the OFSE TV Show, Get Engaged! Making the Home-School Connection, to talk about this Saturday’s Back-to-School Jamboree to kick off the new school year.
The BPS Back-to-School Jamboree is scheduled from 10:00AM to 3PM at City Hall Plaza this Saturday. (See flier). Fully supplied backpacks will be given to the first 3000 students and families.