PURPOSE School based Family Resource Centers convey a strong welcome message, strengthen the support network for parents and students, and provide concrete resources to family members that build protective factors and increase their capacity to support their children in reaching high levels of success. Such centers, resulting from the collaborative effort of school staff, family members and family organizations offer a place for parents to engage in discussions, participate in workshops, connect with other parents, learn about their children’s academic efforts and find helpful resources. Community organizations and businesses may join with schools and families in efforts to encourage family-school-community partnerships, strengthen family-child interaction, improve student achievement and support the school community.
OBJECTIVES Upon completion of this workshop participants will be able to:
- Provide a supportive environment at school where family involvement in children’s education and with the school is encouraged, and specific ways in which families can help their children academically are shared.
- Create a space for workshops and meetings on specific topics requested by families and/or teachers.
- Make a connection between the neighborhood school and broader community, and provide materials that help families know where to turn in the community to find assistance with specific issues or concerns.
COURSE LENGTH 2.0 hours
TARGET AUDIENCE This workshop is designed for pre-service and in-service Pre–K-12 educators and administrators, community based organization staff and family audiences.
REQUIRED MATERIALS Appropriate handout materials will be provided. Participants are expected to bring appropriate writing instruments.
FACILITIES Appropriate classroom or lecture seating along with a podium, wireless lavaliere microphone (for large room or over 35 participants), screen, internet connection, electrical outlets, and a table set up in the front of the room, are required for the effective delivery of this training.
REGISTRATION Registration for this workshop is the responsibility of the host organization.
CONTINUING EDUCATION CREDIT This workshop is eligible for two (2) hours of Act 48 Continuing Education Credit through the Center for Schools and Communities/CSIU. The instructor will distribute the appropriate form to interested participants during this workshop.