Workshops—2013 Emerging Minority Leaders Conference
Workshop Session #1: 10:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
1A: Social Media 4.0
Have you tweeted, updated your PTA’s status on Facebook, or created a blog today? Maybe you have thought about using these tools to engage your members, but you just didn’t know how to get started, or may have put this goal on the back burner. This workshop will show how social media can take your PTA to the next level. Learn how social media networking sites help keep your members engaged and expand PTA’s reach to a larger audience.
1B: The Nation’s Report Card as a Resource for Parents
The National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP), also known as The Nation's Report Card, is the country's gold standard of measuring student achievement. NAEP can also be a valuable resource for school leaders and parents looking to close achievement gaps. This session will give attendees a brief overview of NAEP; what NAEP data reveals about academic achievement, and its relevancy to America's parents and students. It also will give insight on the efforts of the National Assessment Governing Board, which sets policy for, and is charged with informing parent leaders about, NAEP. The session will also feature a hands-on tutorial on some common online NAEP tools and resources parent leaders can use to affect change in their child's education and their community.
1C: Engaging Latino Immigrant Families: Best Practices from MALDEF’s Parent School Partnership Program
MALDEF has worked with mostly Latino and immigrant parents across the country for more than 20 years. This workshop will provide best practices to engage these families to enhance student academic performance and parent leadership at home, school, and in the community. Included in this workshop will be relevant information and updates about immigration reform, deferred action, in-state tuition and other education related topics that impact immigrant families.
1D: Reflect On Your World: How to Engage Diverse Families through the Arts
“Our differences are not something to be tolerated; they are something to be celebrated!” - Author Unknown. Celebrate culture and diversity at school and beyond with PTA’s Reflections Program. The arts provide opportunities for families, schools, and communities to celebrate and learn about our differences together. In this workshop, you will learn how, with new resources available, National PTA Reflections Program can engage diverse families, cultivate community partners, and support the success of all students.
1E: How to Organize a Local Emerging Minority Leaders Conference
An important way PTAs can empower minority parents is through the development of Emerging Minority Leaders Conferences (EMLC) at the local level. Since 2006, National PTA has hosted an annual EMLC as a means to inform and empower minority parents and those concerned about the education of minority children. Engagement at the local level, however, is essential to advancing the efforts of the national conferences. This workshop can serve as a blueprint for how to create a local EMLC. Participants will find the workshop engaging and will leave with their own plans for organizing a local EMLC in their community.
1F: The 21st Century PTA: Recruitment, Engagement and Retention Strategies
This workshop will explore the current trends of potential markets for membership in local PTAs, including recruitment strategies, engagement and organizational efforts needed to attract the type of diversity that will improve and sustain membership recruitment efforts.
Workshop Session #2: 1:30–3:00 p.m.
2A: Common Threads of PTA
In this workshop, attendees will examine the PTA’s rich history of advocacy, and the impact it has had on children, families, and education. The journey of PTA and the importance of our association through the years will also be examined. Finally, this workshop will cover the importance of diversity in the association and how you, as emerging minority leaders, can shape Today’s PTA.
2B: Finding Your Voice: Creating an Advocacy Campaign
Parents have the power to use their voices to speak up for issues that they want to improve in their communities. In this interactive workshop, attendees will learn how to build a strategy to rally behind a cause. By focusing on goals, organizational considerations, constituents, decision makers and tactics, participants will learn how to use tools to help plan an effective PTA campaign.
2C: The GPS for Your PTA’s Success
Have you ever had a challenge working with a peer, parent or te acher? Do you work with diverse groups? Would you like to build your leadership etiquette skills, or learn how to help others become more effective leaders and communicators? Whether you are a new or seasoned PTA leader, this interactive workshop will give you ideas that will re-energize your PTA and you too! As a bonus, each attendee will receive the presenter’s book – The Parent Consultant Workbook – to help you continue gathering ideas when you return home.
2D: Transitioning from Head Start to PTA: Charting a Course to Success
Research shows that when children and families receive the support they need in the preschool-to-elementary school transition, parents are more likely to become involved in all aspects of their child’s education. Research also demonstrates that this type of involvement increases school achievement and self-esteem in a child. National PTA and the National Head Start Association have partnered to help bridge the gap between local Head Start programs and PTAs, while helping parents of children in early education successfully transition into the K-12 school system. This partnership creates opportunities to increase family engagement at home and in school, and provides strategies for parents and caregivers to support student learning.
2E: From Mediocrity to Excellence: 12 Principles that Power Exceptional Boards
When you volunteered for board service did you imagine yourself as a dynamic, contributing member of an exceptional board? Were you unprepared for the dysfunction you encountered? To make a difference and advance our mission, we must overcome the obstacles that all boards face. In this interactive workshop, attendees will: explore the characteristics of exceptional boards, share and compare their own board experiences, discover strategies and skill for building exceptional boards, and add lasting value to the organization they lead. This workshop reflects the collective wisdom of an extraordinary group of experts, leaders and board members. Participants will walk away with relevant strategies to employ beyond this session.
2F: Increasing Graduation Rates: Why it Matters
In some areas of the United States, approximately one-third to one-half or more of students do not graduate. The country has a long way to go to reach its goal of having a national graduation rate of 90% or higher with each school graduating at least 80% by 2020 have. In this workshop, we will share some key indicators that predict higher graduation rates. You will learn about the Marshall Plan; graduation rates by state and by groups; achievement gaps, and how some schools are using them to set achievement goals; graduation rate vs. dropout rate; The Schott Report; the concept of cultural responsiveness, and more. We will review some prosperous programs and brainstorm ideas to increase graduation rates in urban and rural settings.
Workshop Session #3: 3:15–4:45 p.m.
3A: Common Core State Standards: An Opportunity for Progress
This workshop will provide you with an opportunity to examine the current academic and career conditions of students in the United States. Attendees will explore Common Core State Standards and why these standards are needed for students to excel both academically and in their careers. This workshop will also provide a framework for moving students forward to become college and career ready.
3B: Advocacy at its Best for Special Needs Children and Families
This workshop will provide attendees a brief overview of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA), and the Individualized Education Program (IEP). In this workshop, attendees will gain knowledge about IDEA and the basic principles that guide the law, and how the IEP can be a significant map to guide the education process for a child with a disability.
3C: Building the Urban Network
National PTA Urban Family Engagement Network increases the number of families in urban areas with an understanding of specific ways to collaborate with schools to support their child’s education. Families learn how to navigate the local school systems and effectively advocate for better educational outcomes for all students. In this workshop, attendees will learn strategies for collaborating with parents, schools and communities to identify and address barriers.
3D: Engaging Ethic Minority Men in Education and PTA
This workshop will address ways to connect with ethnic males, and encourage their participation in schools and the community. Discover possible barriers, and learn how you can break through to welcome all men within school, community, and family settings.
3E: How to Help Your PTA Reflect the Community That You Serve
Learn how to make each family in your PTA feel invited, valued, and have a sense of belonging by assuring that your PTA is addressing the needs, cultural beliefs, traditions, and family structures of the population that you serve. You will be given information on how to integrate and embrace each family’s culture into your PTA. Ideas on activities and strategies to develop a strong and effective Diversity and Inclusion Committee will also be shared.
3F: Discovering and Developing the Leader in You
Are you aware that you have your own leadership style? This workshop will explore various leadership styles and discuss how you can work more effectively with others in your PTA and the community. In this workshop, you will learn how you can use the knowledge and experience you already have to move through the PTA leadership process, as well as strategies to improve your leadership skills.