What might REAL “parent engagement” look like in NYC’s public schools?
Join public school parents from districts across the city for
A charrette? What’s that?
A charrette is an intensive, creative brainstorming session in which a mixed group of stakeholders generate workable ideas and collaborate on an action plan. Traditionally used in urban planning or architecture, the charrette allows everyone who participates to be a mutual author of the plan. It’s lively and stimulating!
Why a Parents’ Charrette?
1) Research suggests that meaningful engagement with parents leads to better outcomes for schools, families, students, and systems. 2) Parents currently have little input into the formation of education policy & parent involvement in NYC is at record lows.
In a little over a year, we New Yorkers will be electing our next mayor. Who better than actual public school parents to suggest some directions for this new era?
How will the Parents’ Charrette work?
Our day will break into four main sessions:
- Setting the context: Lisa Donlan, president of CEC1, Fran Huckaby, professor of education at TCU, and Kim Sweet, Executive Director of Advocates for Children, will speak briefly about local and national trends in parent participation in education decision making.
- Eliciting the key questions charrette participants have about parent participation.
- Brainstorming solutions we might suggest for the next mayor.
- Sharing our ideas with representatives from the mayoral candidates. (To date, we’ve confirmed participation from the offices of de Blasio, Liu, Quinn, & Stringer)
A simple lunch will be provided, and we are exploring limited childcare options. Check back with us as we get closer to the date.
How can I help make this a fantastic event?
*Share this information with your friends, especially those in other districts, by posting this event page on listservs or Facebook. Blog, or tweet, too. Our goal is to have parents from all 32 districts.
*Refer visual artists or graphic designers willing to create visuals during the charrette brainstorming sessions.
*Assist us in finding sponsors to support lunch and or purchasing of supplies.
*Volunteer to help with logistics on the day of the event.
*Host a lunchtime twenty-minute information session about the parent activism you do.
Thank you to Principal Terri Ruyter and the parents of PS-IS 276 for allowing us to use their space.