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Family Engagement Continues to Shift 

The overall goal for supporting families, with all of their complexity and diversity, is to maximize their capacity, strengths and unique abilities. We do this so they can best support, nurture, and love and facilitate opportunities for the achievement of their children. All families want children who exhibit signs of self-determination, interdependence and productivity. This will greater the chances of integration and inclusion in all facets of community life.

PEATC believes that engaging the family engages the child and positively affects our schools and communities. We consider Family Engagement the foundation for all of the activities we provide. This document outlines the initiatives we provide at no cost to schools to fortify your parent engagement initiatives. Traditional family engagement has shifted to more out-of-the box strategies to engage families.

Family Engagement Initiatives

 Solid Foundation Program

The Solid Foundations Program is PEATC’s flagship. This program looks at the connections between the school and the families it serves and makes recommendations for strengthening family-school connections. This program systematically reviews a school’s family engagement efforts and assist with implementing an improvement plan. The program builds a school community, uniting the efforts of parents, teachers, and students so that all children establish a solid foundation of reading, studying and responsible behavior. PEATC staff helps to facilitate the activities using this program.

Families Engaging Families Networking Call

The networking calls are monthly for parents throughout Virginia. Family engagement looks different for some of our families. Sometimes jumping on the telephone for 30 minutes is what parents can manage in their busy lives. These interactive calls will provide parents with new techniques and strategies to strengthen their collaborative relationships with their child’s school. These calls give families a chance to engage with other families regularly around the common goal to strengthen family engagement. PEATC staff can facilitate and customize family engagement calls for your school around subjects that are of interest to your school community.

PEATC Workshops (for parents and professionals)

The ABC’s of Collaboration...Back to the Basics

Collaborates occur daily but are our collaborations providing better outcomes for students? During this interactive workshop parents and professionals will explore the ABC’s of Collaboration, identify the key characteristic needed to make current and new collaborations more effective while creating synergy between parents and schools.

Understanding the Dynamics of Cyber Bullying Technology and our Youth

The term Cyber bullying raises new challenges for not only parents, schools administrators but also law enforcement to protect children from this widespread epidemic. Cyber Bullying is different from “schoolyard” bullying. During this interactive workshop, participants will enter the world of technology and explore motivations, categories, warning signs and forms online cyber bullying can take. Participants will learn tips and strategies to protect their children.

The Power of Engaging Families

Creating a synergy between parents and schools around authentic family engagement initiatives can lead to better outcomes for students. During this interactive workshop, parents and professionals will explore their personal definition of family engagement and examine how their individual participation contributes to the partnership of shared responsibility for the success of all children. Participants will consider strategies that move from random and isolated family engagement efforts to more systemic, integrated, responsive and sustainable approaches to family engagement.

Understanding Diversity

Diversity exists in places we do not always think to look. A community itself is a grouping of pieces, which delightfully interlock to create a unique landscape. In this workshop, through activities and discussion, we will authentically dive into issues of race, class, gender and other forms of bias that affect teaching, student learning and achievement. Welcoming people of diverse backgrounds into our lives, helps develop a population that will not only share mutual respect but allows us to find joy in the different threads, which make each of us unique.

Understanding Conflict

What are some causes and triggers to conflict specifically for IEP meetings? Lack of knowledge about the topic, preprogrammed opposition, misunderstanding of the message of the other, pressure to have the conclusion before the meeting, personal trauma or history… we could go on and on. This workshop will review overlooked and promising practices identified in recent research about parent-school conflict in education. Participants will walk away with knowledge about the research and steps for implementation to address conflict.

PEATC Workshops (for professionals)

Bullying Prevention for Administrators and Teachers

This workshop helps schools safeguard against bullying. The objective of the workshop is to arm attendees with research-based information on best practices in bullying prevention. Attendees will leave with the ability to distinguish accurately between bullying and other forms of aggression. Attendees will also leave with strategies that will help foster a school culture that averts the development and reduces the occurrence of bullying.

Dads Matter! How to Promote Environments to Engage Dads

This interactive workshop explores the impact and benefits of engaging Dads. Participating will learn how to create environments that inform, encourage and empower Dads to want to engage in their child's education. 

PEATC Workshops (for parents)

Is Your Child a Target of Bullying?

This free workshop offers intervention strategies for parents of children with disabilities who may be the target of bullying at school. Participants will learn how to: identify types of bullying, develop strategies to prevent bullying, identify responses to bullying, talk to their child about bullying, obtain help from professionals and find out about disability harassment laws. These workshops are available in Spanish.

The Journey to Adulthood: Puberty and Sexuality

A candid and practical discussion that offers parental strategies for assisting young adults with disabilities to (1) successfully navigate puberty, and (2) meet the emerging expectations of adult life. In response to interviews with 1200 families from a variety of cultural perspectives this research-based curriculum was developed. This workshop is available in Spanish.

Your Voice Matters – its Key to the Process of Empowering Parents to Engage

Do you feel disengaged in your child’s education? Parents your voice matters! This workshop will empower you to see the value of your gifts, expertise and contribution around authentic family engagement. During this interactive workshop, we will explore our personal definition of parent engagement and learn effective approaches to advocating for our children. We will also consider strategies that we can use to provide constructive and practical tips and techniques to building strong collaborative relationships with our schools.

Friendship Building Strategies

Participants will explore the diversity and nature of their own friendships and build a vision of possibilities for children to develop positive relationships and friendships with each other. The importance of creating a climate of acceptance, belonging, and community in schools will be stressed by infusing opportunities for creating this climate across all areas of the curriculum and throughout the school day. Lastly, attendees will identify specific strategies that parents, general educators, and special educators can use to facilitate friendships for students. This workshop is available in Spanish.

DADS Organized & Engaged (DOE)

This series of workshops are designed to weave fathers more tightly into the academics and social fabric of the school community through tactile training, leadership development, peer mentoring, and engagement that promotes effective advocacy skills. The workshops promote appropiate communication skills with their child's mother, school professionals, and other stakeholders fathers are equipped to be a more visible and valuable asset to any educational school team as well as their child's overall well being. 



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