The purpose of this parent training program is to 1) compel more parents to get involved in running their neighborhood schools, 2) develop parent leaders capable of a) training other parents and b) running their neighborhood schools.
Why compel more parents to get involved in running their neighborhood schools?
Our neighborhood public schools are in the condition they are, because we let them get that way. Some of us have run away from them, thinking we will do better in a private school or a school that includes words like charter, magnet, or STEM in their name. The rest of us have not run away. We take our kids to school. We know things could be better. We know our kids deserve better. We want change to happen, but do not know where to begin.
If you are the second type of parent, this training is for you. If you are the first type of parent, running reports on school data is what we do for a living. Rest assured, your child may be safer, but that is about all the extra benefit you are getting.
The safety of our children is important. We get that. We also get that if parents put the time, energy, and cost of taking their children elsewhere into improving their neighborhood schools, their children would be safe there as well. The additional benefit would be the creation of community IN your community. So we think this training is for you too.
Why develop parent leaders capable of a) training other parents and b) running their neighborhood schools?
- Parents are the only stakeholders not on the district Payroll. They’re the only ones who can challenge the problems in our schools without fear of loss of income.
- For the most part school and district personnel don’t live in the neighborhoods where they work. Neighborhood parents are the only ones whose property values drop when their neighborhood schools don’t perform.
- For the most part school and district personnel don’t send their most precious reason for living, their children, to the schools they work in. Neighborhood parents are the ones whose children lose when their neighborhood schools don’t perform.
What services do we offer to parents?
- Coaching for parents with a child struggling with school.
- Mentoring and support for parents advocating on their child’s behalf.
- School technology and general technology training.
- Ed code, district policy, and school data research, analysis, and reporting.
- How to engage school & district personnel
- Before there is a problem
- When the problem already exists
- After the problem is resolved
- Effective School Management
- Mobile Apps for Personal and Professional Use
- Interpreting a public school plan or budget? Click here to view examples.
- Effective Instruction: What To Look For When Observing a Teacher Give a Lesson
- Custom needs-based training and consulting
Listen to your fellow parent
Hear what one parent has to say about the importance of what we teach parents
What is the current level of parental involvement in LAUSD?
As a group, parents are the least involved stakeholders group in our schools. See the parent response rate on something as simple and effortless as submitting the School Experience Survey in 2019-2020 (see below).
See for yourself. Visit LAUSD’s School Experience Survey Dashboard.
Why have parent training to teach parents how to run their schools?
There are a few great and good schools and people out there, but there are far many more bad schools; even though they are packed with good people. Some schools are so bad that they’re terrible. Our children go to these bad schools. Don’t be fooled by the nice exterior of a school. Like with people, the same rule applies to schools – it’s what’s on the inside that matters.
Even when the inside of a school looks good, it doesn’t mean it’s a good school. You must educate yourself, and train your eye and ear to know what you’re looking at. We are all products of an antiquated and outdated school system. It is that same system in which our children are now enrolled. So even if what you see looks better than what you saw as a child, remember this. A better rotary phone still can’t compete against an iPhone.
The rotary phone had to go, to never return. The same goes for the way we presently do school. It must go!!! But, you need to know what you’re looking at. You need to get more than upset when you see the problems observe. You MUST take action to stop the problems you see and stop them from returning. For that to happen many, many, many more parents must get involved in their child’s education, and each of us has to get involved much, much, much more than we presently do.
- Clarify, beyond a reasonable doubt, what the true meaning of parents as equal partners looks like
- Train the parents how to think and act like equal partners in their children’s education
- Parents use that knowledge to make their presence felt at the schools and in the district
- Teach the parents how to run a world-class learning organization, regardless of sector, field, or industry
- Transform parents from passive accomplices in their children’s failure to school leaders with more power than any adult not from their neighborhood
Goals and Timeline
- By December 2021, parents who preferred starting their own schools, or preferred driving to a school across town, will start asking for applications to enroll their children in their neighborhood schools
- By January 2022, school and district administrators will be communicating with teachers and parents effectively
- By February 2022, school and district administrators will
- By June 2022, it will be socially unacceptable for parents to miss school events that they can come to, but often use work as an excuse not tot attend
- By October 2023, the we will have certified at least one neighborhood school as a 21st century school community
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Bad schools shouldn’t exist in the richest (or second richest) country in the world. The truth is that they don’t have to. The solutions to the problem of bad schools are simple. Not easy, but definitely simple. We have something to say about this. Click here to read past blog articles we have written about the problems and solutions for education in America.