W.T. Brown Elementary School Parent Center
Our Parent Facilitator’s Mission:
It is my goal to increase parent involvement on our campus. There are many things that parents can do around the school, such as helping in the classroom. Teachers always appreciate a helping hand. Parents can also help provide supervision during lunch or help with upcoming events. By creating these opportunities, it is our belief that we will support an environment that will allow parents, guardians, and families to further support their child’s ability to succeed in school. Our parent facilitator will help teachers and parents work together to improve student achievement. Here at WTBES, we are dedicated to providing resources and training to parents and assistance and support to our teachers. We can help you learn how to help your child with homework, how to create a positive learning environment at home, how to find the resources that your family needs, and how to improve your skills as a parent. Our parent facilitator’s focus is to empower parents so that they can assist their child/ren in maximizing their full potential.
You may be asking yourself why should I be involved in my child’s education? Studies have shown that students achieve higher levels of academic success when parents are involved in their children’s education. Involvement is crucial during the elementary, middle school and high school years when students’ educational performance is most significant in determining their future. Parents will benefit from resource materials, community resources, seminars, and educational workshops on topics from test prep information for their children, to finances and to how to live a healthier life. Parents are encouraged to take full advantage of the resources and allow the facilitator at the center to empower them to be a more successful parent.
“Building a bridge between home and school in order to improve student achievement.”
Material/Resource Content Topics
- Maternal & Child Health
- Child & Youth Development
- ATOD Awareness & Prevention
- Mental Health & Disabilities
- Violence Prevention
- Health Promotion
- Injury Prevention
- Safety Awareness
- Crime Prevention
- Emergency Preparedness
- Family Support
Workshops for Children:
- The Value of Respecting Others
- The Value of Responsibility
- The Value of Self Respect
- The Value of Making Good Choices
- The Value of Cooperation
- Substance Abuse Awareness & Prevention
- Disaster Preparedness (ages 8-11)
- Gang Resistance (ages 8-12)
- Healthy Eating/Nutrition (ages 6+)
- Internet Safety
- Safety Awareness
- Healthy Habits
- Stressing Down & Managing Anger
Six Slices of Parental Involvement
Slice 1 – VOLUNTEERING
GOAL: Recruit and organize parent help and support.
Slice 2 – PARENTING
GOAL: Help all families establish home environments to support children as students.
Slice 3 – COMMUNICATING
GOAL: Design more effective forms of school-to-home and home-to-school communications with all families, each year about school programs and their children’s progress.
Slice 4 – LEARNING AT HOME
GOAL: Provide information and ideas to families about how to help students at home with homework and other curricular-related activities, decisions, and planning.
Slice 5 – DECISION MAKING
GOAL: Include parents in school decisions, developing parent leaders and representatives.
Slice 6- COLLABORATING WITH COMMUNITY
GOAL: Identify and integrate resources and services from the community to strengthen school programs, family practices, and student learning and development.
Parents: How You Can Be Involved in the W.T. Brown Elementary School Parent Center?
AS DECISION MAKERS WHO
• Serve on the steering committee to guide the establishment and operation of the center
• Offer the parent perspective on school issues
• Help school staff understand families’ questions and concerns about children’s learning and development
AS COLLABORATORS WHO
• Work to promote center activities and goals among families and in the community
• Create opportunities for families to become involved in the school, learn about school programs, and support children’s learning
• Identify activities and events at the center that link home and school learning.
• Serve on other school committees and connect other school activities to the center
AS VOLUNTEERS WHO
• Work one-on-one with children in the center to help and listen to them
• Assist teachers and other school staff assemble learning materials and organize events
• Identify community contacts and resources for use and support of the center
• Help staff, organize and supply the center
AS COMMUNICATORS WHO
• Help the center design clear, usable materials for families, including families who do not speak or read English well
• Network with families to explain and promote center activities
• Help design and respond to parent surveys that identify families’ needs
• Collect information from families about what they need and how the center can help meet those needs
AS TRAINERS WHO
• Train parents to meaningfully participate in school programs and decision making
• Train staff to work with parents on all levels
• Help build trusting relationships among families, students, and school staff
AS PARENTS WHO
• Provide important information about their child away from school – his experiences, hobbies, strengths, and temperament
• Bring their questions and concerns to the attention of school staff
• Evaluate and offer feedback on center activities involving their child
• Carry out learning activities with their child at home
• Possess the deepest interest in the well-being and success of their child.
As your Parent & Community Facilitator, I would like to know what the center can do to help you, your child and your family. Please let me know how you want to be involved and contact me to share your ideas about how to involve others in the center. If you have an interest in any of these areas please contact Yolanda Burse, Parent & Community Facilitator, 910-497-1258 (school).