Supporting Parent Leaders
Parent Leadership Conferences
Turning the Page’s parent leadership initiatives help parents identify their strengths, build social capital within their school communities, and take action. TTP leads at least two six-hour leadership conferences each year for parent leaders across all partner schools in one city. During these invigorating days, parents come together to learn from one another and collaborate on ideas to improve their schools and serve their neighborhoods. Parents learn about relevant issues facing their schools – and hear directly from those making and implementing these policies. For example, as DCPS continues its conversion to the Common Core State Standards and the new PARCC assessments, officials from DCPS and a school principal provided important context to leaders at recent conferences. Parent leaders then developed plans to share key information to fellow parents at their schools. Parents also learn about health and wellness policies, new school report cards and how achievement data affects each of their schools. During conferences, we also discuss the critical role active and well-informed parents have on local school advisory bodies and on advocating for school improvement. In recent years at D.C. Parent Leadership conferences, Mayor Vincent Gray and Councilmember and then-Mayoral candidate Muriel Bowser have visited our conferences and participated in robust dialogue with parent leaders. To date, TTP has trained and supported more than 200 parents to become successful change makers.
Supporting Parent Leadership Projects
Turning the Page provides parent leaders with extensive support and guidance at each of their schools, and in the community, throughout the year. TTP parent leaders have started parent-teacher organizations, organized sustainable service initiatives and health initiatives and math and science nights, have testified at city council hearings and participated on principal selection panels and school budget committees. TTP parent leaders have also successfully addressed important issues in their schools, including fixing earthquake damage, building a new school playground, starting a school garden, ensuring appropriate crossing guard coverage, and developing a boys mentoring program.