High Expectations Parental Service offers family engagement professional development for the teachers and staff at the school site. The trainings will equip teachers and staff with the skills, tools, and resources needed to build effective partnerships with families, particularly with those who have been traditionally disengaged. Teachers will discuss how building relationships with families is a prerequisite for their engagement and will receive strategies for building these essential relationships.
In this training, teachers and staff are introduced to the Family Engagement Core Beliefs developed by Dr. Karen Mapp. Once schools evaluate their commitment to the beliefs, they identify strategies for improving partnerships with families.
In this training, teachers understand how to work with families to develop an individualized Family-School Action Plan that identifies strategies to address the needs of underperforming students.
In this training, teachers understand how to engage families in an academic discussion during parent-teacher conferences that builds relationship and supports shared responsibility.
In this training, teachers and staff understand how to successfully partner with African-American families to ensure the success of their children.
In this training, teachers and staff will be introduced to our Common Core Backpack Activities, which are a set of learning at home activities for families with students in grades Kindergarten-5th. Participants will understand how to use the activities to engage families of underperforming students in their child’s academic success. They will also receive strategies for using these activities to build trusting relationships with families who have been disengaged from the school. (See description of our Common Core Backpack Activities on page 5.)
High Expectations Parental Service provides coaching for school administrators to develop strategies for building an inclusive environment for all families. We support the administrator with strategies on communicating expectations for family engagement, providing resources for school staff, and implementing systems of accountability.
High Expectations Parental Service supports districts in developing family engagement resources, professional development, and programming to increase the capacity of schools and families throughout the district. Some of our work has included: