How to Work Together not Against Each Other: Parents as Part of the Educational Change Conversation.
I was pleased to have Shannon Smith join me on Parents as Partners at Edtechtalk on Monday February 20, 2012 to talk about Building Learning Networks. Shannon created a mini-tutorial on how to use Twitter as a tool and in the show demonstrated how to use Twitter with an emphasis on connecting learning for principals, teachers and parents. You will find a link to the video in the LiveBinder for the show. (Link below) Shannon has highlighted some key points on how to create your Twitter accounts. Special thanks to Aviva Dunsiger for taking the mic and sharing how she uses Twitter with her students and their parents. The following video, LiveBinder and Chat log are good tools to use in your school or parent community to promote using social media tools with parents and teachers. I am still reflecting on the sharing of ideas by participants in the chat room. The issue of fear and negativity was identified as a barrier to using tools like twitter. Please take a look what the participants suggested as solutions and share your thoughts.
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The recording starts at about the 10 sec mark.
Lisa Nielsen is an educational administrator and permanently certified teacher with more than a decade’s worth of experience working in educational innovation at the city, state, and national level.
Joyce talked about t the National Network of Partnership Schools and how School Family and Community Partnerships support student success. Dr. Epstein explained how deliberate and measured results can be obtained by developing teams of teachers, parents and community members whose purpose is to support student success.
Jose Rodriguez joined Lorna, Peggy and Kim adding his expertise in streaming the Elluminate session on ustream.
Link to the elluminate recording: https://sas.elluminate.com/site/external/jwsdetect/playback.jnlp?psid=2011-04-04.1800.M.E48372280A56C678D78541C932B6B4.vcr&sid=2008350
Dr. Debbie Pushor, an Associate Professor at the University of Saskatchewan in the Department of Curriculum Studies in the College of Education joined the show to describe the courses she is running for preservice teachers. Dr. Pushor’s doctoral work has focused on parent engagement and parent leadership. She has lectured and presented extensively about her passion for engaging parents. The course is called
Engaging Parents in Teaching and Learning and we know you will enjoy hearing the experiences of the students in her classes. She is using a “curriculum of parents.” – a must listen.
Amanda Henson, community manager at
Parentella joined Lorna Costantini to talk about their private network and how it can promote positive working relationships between parents and teachers. Easy communications, quick and easy sign ups for volunteers, polls to survey the school community are some of th many features of the parentella network. Amanda took us through a tour of the network. Please watch the recording to see all the features for yourself.
Amanda Henson from Parentella Elluminate recorded show. Special thanks to Kim Caise and Peggy George for their support of this webcast.
Sheila Stewart and Arlene Morell joined the show to share their
experiences attending the People for Education
Conference as well as a conversation about board-wide Parent Involvement
Committees and how they
can network to support student achievement. Sheila is a parent of two
teens from Thunder Bay. She has volunteered in schools and on school
councils at the elementary and secondary levels. She has been a member
of their district’s “Council of School Council Chairs (CSCC) for 7
years, and was a representative for that committee on Lakehead District
School Board’s Parent Involvement Committee for 4 years. She is
currently a school council co-chair at the secondary level, and
continuing her support for school council chairs as a coordinator of the
CSCC network meetings. She has also been an active network member of
People for Education.
Arlene Morell directs and coordinates the Thames Valley Parent
Involvement Committee ( TVPIC) since its inception in 2006. Her
experience in the field of parent engagement and leadership includes 15
years as a parent leader both at the local and system level. As the
chairperson of TVPIC , Arlene oversaw the development and implementation
of parent involvement programs and initiatives including school council
leadership development. She coordinated workshops, training sessions
and conferences and developed school council resources Arlene also
implemented a collaborative partnership with the Co-terminus District
School Council and PIC. This partnership between the public and Catholic
school board has realized many joint initiatives in a manner that
builds community supporting student achievement, This shared vision
for building stronger educational partnerships and communities has lead
the parent leadership team \to jointly advocate for parent engagement,
anti-violence/bullying initiatives, reducing media violence, children
with special needs, mental health issues – and more.