Tracy Bachellier a parent in Stratford Ontario shared how the Avon Maitland District School Board worked with their Parent Involvement Committee to engage parents in a with an event called Ignite Parents. Tracy described how the event was created, organized and delivered to an audience made up of parents, teachers, administrators and community members.
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Tracy has been self-employed since 1998 and owns two small businesses together with her husband, Dean. She lives in Stratford, Ontario and is the proud mom of three children, Isobel (age 13) and twins, Evelyn and Stuart (age 11). Tracy holds a BA in English, an Honours BA in Psychology and she is currently a part-time student at Wilfrid Laurier University studying for her Master’s of Education. She is also the owner of a sustainable forest and you can often find her and her family playing in their woods near the shores of Lake Huron.
Tracy began in 2004 helping other parents and families navigate the education system by providing assistance, connections, resources, tools and information. Her passion for parent involvement and supporting families with their children’s education grew over the years. Tracy has served as Chair of Hamlet Public School Council, Co-Chair of Stratford Regional School Council (SRSC) and Chair of the Avon Maitland District School Board Parent Involvement Committee (PIC). She has been a part of many parent engagement initiatives including, WeTube: An Interactive Evening for Parents, The Parent Voice Website, several Parent Reaching Out Grants, and Ignite Parents.
Chat log:Oct 15, 2012 3:48:36 PM – PARENTS AS PARTNERS
14:20 – Peggy George
Just noticed you didn't have chat permissions @Jeannine. You have them now.
15:03 – Peggy George
Mondays are a busy night 🙂
15:51 – Peggy George
dogs barking are a standard part of online sessions (and cats that type on keyboards) 🙂
15:54 – Peggy George
16:17 – Maria Fisk
Thank you, Peggy!
16:24 – Peggy George
Livebinders are so helpful to keep all of the resources together for one webinar. Love them!
16:50 – Maria Fisk
Yes! I started my own Livebinder after learning about them from Parents as Partners.
17:29 – Peggy George
If you tweet after the show and include the word Livebinders (like Livebinder is posted with recording link…) the Livebinder developers will retweet it and favorite it to their thousands of followers. Great way to spread the word.
17:45 – Maria Fisk
Hi Heather! Thanks for joining!
17:50 – Peggy George
18:07 – Peggy George
Hi Heather. Great to see you!
18:20 – Tracy Bachellier
Thank you, honoured to be here!
18:49 – Heather
Thank you, glad to be here.
18:50 – Peggy George
A celebrity in our midst 🙂
19:28 – Peggy George
we are so lucky to have you sharing with us!!
20:02 – Peggy George
love that quote!
20:29 – Peggy George
Jeannine be sure to select the Main Room chat to send your messages so everyone can see them
20:47 – Peggy George
Lorna used up all of Tracy's time introducing her 🙂
21:28 – Peggy George
Just teasing of course!! There's so much to share about Tracy's incredible experience.
22:03 – Peggy George
How did all of those parents get the courage to stand up and present at Ignite Parents???
22:47 – Peggy George
I went to Ignite Phoenix a couple of times and always left so excited about the great ideas shared!
23:43 – Maria Fisk
I'm impressed with those parents too!
24:16 – Peggy George
does the description "geek event" put people off at all?
25:02 – Peggy George
aha! you actually invited specific people to come and speak. Not just anyone who wanted to submit a proposal
25:08 – Maria Fisk
I think it's cool to be a geek these days.
25:18 – Lorna Costantini
25:43 – Peggy George
I do too Maria 🙂 But most parents don't see themselves as geeks, let alone geeks standing up to present to other geeks 🙂
26:16 – Peggy George
that's so impressive!!
26:31 – Peggy George
were the presentations recorded and posted?
26:42 – Peggy George
hooray! can't wait to listen to them!
27:38 – Heather
Does your school board own the logo and rights or can other school boards apply to Ignite to use it?
27:48 – Peggy George
did you tell parents what kinds of topics you wanted them to talk about or could it be anything they chose?
28:06 – Lorna Costantini
28:08 – Jeannine St. Amand
So happy that you did the videos – really helps to see an Ignite preso in action.
28:15 – Lorna Costantini
that is the promo video
28:34 – Peggy George
@ignite_parents on Twitter
29:12 – Peggy George
Heather had a question
29:12 – Maria Fisk
This sounds like such a great event!
29:30 – Lorna Costantini
29:50 – Lorna Costantini
I'll ask Tracy in a few min
30:00 – Heather
30:36 – Peggy George
Livebinder link for tonight is here in case you missed it: http://www.livebinders.com/play/play/310605#
31:13 – Peggy George
what a creative way to get someone so renowned to talk with the parents 🙂
31:16 – Lorna Costantini
31:50 – Heather
How long did it take to plan this out?
32:09 – Peggy George
great gifts 🙂 were they donated?
32:14 – Maria Fisk
I love the bookmark idea
32:24 – Heather
33:13 – Peggy George
Adam Flaherty? only in Canada or anywhere?
33:47 – Peggy George
I love the concept and would like to promote it but if we can't use that term that's a problem
34:03 – Tracy Bachellier
34:32 – Heather
What was the budget for this event?
36:03 – Heather
That's awesome. Did you have a lot of donations?
36:08 – Peggy George
so if someone wanted to host an Ignite Parent event they would have to contact Adam Flaherty for permission to use the copyrighted name?
36:39 – Lorna Costantini
I believe that is correct Peggy
36:39 – Peggy George
a lot of work for sure! 🙂
36:46 – Heather
37:48 – Peggy George
great job Tracy!
38:57 – Peggy George
it's hard to get pictures at Ignite events because everything moves so quickly 🙂
39:12 – Maria Fisk
Stress – a great topic
39:28 – Peggy George
did you have a theme for the night or were presentations open to all topics?
40:09 – Peggy George
related to education and schools? not "learning" outside of schools?
40:35 – Peggy George
41:03 – Peggy George
it sounded like they had to relate to school and education
41:21 – Peggy George
41:27 – Maria Fisk
42:15 – Peggy George
42:22 – Lorna Costantini
43:40 – Peggy George
just started for me
43:54 – Lorna Costantini
ok I am at the min mark
45:44 – Tracy Bachellier
That's just a sample of one of our 12 passionate presentations at Ignite Parents!
45:53 – Peggy George
46:23 – Peggy George
can't wait to watch the rest of it
46:23 – Maria Fisk
46:58 – Maria Fisk
Super how he was explaining why he approaches math class as he does.
48:03 – Peggy George
being passionate about something is different than having the courage to stand up in front of a big audience to present! It's so exciting that you go so many parents willing to do that 🙂
48:03 – Maria Fisk
How entriguing is "I sent them to school to get rid of them….now you want me involved?"
49:06 – Peggy George
Lorna, we should ask one of them to be a presenter for the K12 Online virtual conference next year 🙂
50:56 – Peggy George
has that connection continued for people beyond the evening?
51:15 – Heather
What a wonderful event!
51:39 – Peggy George
what an incredible night!
52:12 – Heather
You are incredibly lucky to have that kind of relationship with your Board.
52:21 – Jeannine St. Amand
52:37 – Jeannine St. Amand
Would you narrow the theme next time, or leave it as broad as education?
52:59 – Jeannine St. Amand
Is there anything you would change or advise against?
53:33 – Peggy George
were all of the people attending already involved parents or did it encourage more of them to get involved in schools?
54:09 – Jeannine St. Amand
It is hard to convince parents they have something interesting to say… but we must keep trying 🙂
54:47 – Peggy George
it can be very intimidating because sometimes the technology doesn't work and their slides don't involve automatically or they jump ahead faster than they should
55:23 – Peggy George
whenever you use technology there can be glitches but it's such an exciting event!
55:48 – Peggy George
has that connection continued for people beyond the evening?
55:59 – Lorna Costantini
56:29 – Lorna Costantini
PIC = parent involvement committee
56:44 – Jeannine St. Amand
I would love to see you do an Ignite presentation too Tracy … such great passion comes through.
57:15 – Peggy George
is the PIC only parents or does it include teachers/admins too?
58:30 – Peggy George
thanks! that sounds very similar to our school site councils which can be chaired by parents, teachers, anyone on the council.
58:38 – Heather
Off topic, but how long has your Board had a social media policy?
58:48 – Peggy George
I love that all of the stakeholders are involved
59:15 – Peggy George
very helpful description! thank you!
1:00:06 – Peggy George
social media has changed a lot in the past 4 years
1:00:27 – Peggy George
has the policy needed to change to reflect that?
1:00:38 – Heather
That's awesome, we don't have one, so we are not able to use Twitter/Facebook etc on our PIC
1:01:16 – Jeannine St. Amand
I often use AMDSB as an example of partnership – lots of good stuff happening.
1:01:42 – Heather
You are about to become my poster child for social media.
1:01:53 – Peggy George
many school administrators are afraid they will be attacked by critical parents publicly if they allow social media like Facebook
1:02:40 – Peggy George
if that happened under your policy how would it be handled?
1:03:02 – Peggy George
you are such an amazing model for us!!
1:03:15 – Maria Fisk
Yet there are such potential benefits of social media for student learning and school climate. As we know. Tough for many to think about.
1:03:32 – Peggy George
1:04:13 – Peggy George
there was a huge group of parents/teachers in our area (few years back) that actually created a website to criticize the school board and try to get board members recalled
1:04:37 – Maria Fisk
Thank you, Tracy! Thank you, Lorna and Peggy! Thank you Heather and Jeannine!
1:04:50 – Peggy George
we would all LOVE to have a parent leader in our schools like Tracy!!!!!
1:04:58 – Peggy George
thank you so much Tracy!
1:05:14 – Maria Fisk
I second @ Peggy George!
1:05:34 – Heather
Thanks Tracy, this was great.
1:05:39 – Peggy George
can't wait to share the recording of this session with colleagues
1:05:40 – Tracy Bachellier
1:06:03 – Jeannine St. Amand
It was really good to hear you tell your story Tracy – nice to have a voice to go with your twitter avatar 🙂
1:06:05 – Peggy George
come back for another presentation Tracy 🙂 you have so much more to share!
1:06:53 – Peggy George
Mon. Oct. 29-next show-same time?
1:07:00 – Maria Fisk
yes, same time
1:07:02 – Peggy George
Smackdowns are so much fun!
1:07:03 – Jeannine St. Amand
Thanks you Lorna, Maria, and Peggy – fun as always.
1:07:13 – Maria Fisk
This will be my first smackdown!
1:07:16 – Heather
sounds like a virtual ignite event
1:07:27 – Jeannine St. Amand
That means I must get out and get a new headset … smackdown is on!
1:07:30 – Peggy George
tech tools for parents?
1:07:36 – Peggy George
1:07:50 – Peggy George
1:08:02 – Peggy George
1:08:16 – Peggy George
website, tool, resource to get parents more engaged
1:08:23 – Peggy George
1:08:41 – Peggy George
I sure hope I can come–I'm scheduled for jury duty that day 🙁
1:08:49 – Tracy Bachellier
I look forward to it, thanks again everyone, it's been an honour to share Ignite Parents with you!
1:08:50 – Jeannine St. Amand
Big news out of Ontario ladies … you were likely busy but you better check when you sign off.
1:09:14 – Jeannine St. Amand
1:09:16 – Peggy George
good night all! Thanks to all of you!