Today’s essential question is: how do we build a sense of community and family across economic, racial, and cultural differences?
Sheree Cooks, Public Education Family Engagement Advocate and Community Member; Received the 2017 Gold Star Community Partnership Award from TPS
Megan Clark, Family Engagement Liaison
We cram so much into this 50 minute episode, it’s like a teacher’s bag(s) on a Friday - bursting at the seams. What’s the difference between parent involvement and parent engagement? How do schools build (authentic) cross-cultural bridges? Why does it matter that we use language like “our school” rather than “my school” when we talk with parents and families? How do you balance your passion for your work and necessary self-care? How do we address the well-intended, color-blind teacher that raise our children to be empowered to fight systemic racism and color-blindness? Sheree and Megan break it down with painful, heartfelt, and sometimes hilarious anecdotes. These experiences are shared from their lens as parents.
They will be back on the show to share more stories from the perspective of community partners, highlighting the successes and challenges of engaging community and families.
Do Your Fudging Homework:
- Megan: Get involved in your community. Talk about the work that is being done and connect organizations with those who are passionate about the work.
- Sheree: Give where you can. Support programs that encourage community engagement. Participate in community events such as the Eastside Nature Walk on October 28.
- Annie: Read the article “Family Engagement: Resource Roundup” from Edutopia
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