School, Family and Community Partnership Leadership Academy Session Topics

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					School, Family and Community Partnership

Leadership Academy
Session Topics
Start and End Date: November 2, 2009 through April 25, 2009
Time and Location: From 5:30 to 8:00 p.m. at the Serna Center

Session 1: Orientation and Parents’ Rights – November 2, 2009: Introduction to the Leadership
Academy’s program goals and objectives. After an icebreaker activity, participants receive information on parents’ rights in relation to classroom observation, their children’s school records, due process in discipline policies, testing, and access to information from a campus level to the district level. Information is provided on categorical programs such as Title I, Title III, Gifted and Talented, Special Education, and Migrant Programs. A discussion is held on the process for resolving a school-related problem and how to exercise your rights.

Session 2: Practice and Theory of Collaborative Leadership – November 16, 2009: This
session provides participants with a general view of the essential elements of collaborative leadership models that serve to create school cultures that promote and sustain excellent schools. Participants will gain a greater understanding of their role as equal partners in education, of having a shared vision, maintaining genuine dialogue, and shared responsibility. Participants will review and compare historical theories of the traits and values of effective leadership and gain a greater appreciation of how their leadership style can be a catalyst for positive change in schools. Participants will hear from inspiring speakers that will share stories of how their organizations have achieved transformative change in their schools by using collaboratively leadership approaches to solve their problems.

Session 3: Creating School Cultures that Promote Excellence - November 30, 2009: The focus
of this session is to provide participants with an understanding of school cultures and their impact on student learning. Participants will examine research and discuss the key elements that have been identified in all excellent schools in the nation regardless of the income and ethnic backgrounds of students. Participants will discuss such elements as the importance of school leadership, the school ethos, a culture of high expectations, celebrating diversity, inclusiveness of all stakeholders, and excellent teachers.

Session 4: The Structure and Function of the District and School - December 14, 2009: This
session is designed to help parents understand the educational system in this country by discussing the role of the school district, the school board and the local school. Discussion will take place on school finance, the budgetary process, and the allocation of resources. Parents will receive information on the school district, including information about test scores, dropout rates, expulsion rates, graduation rates, and the number of students from the district who enter higher learning institutions. Invited speakers may include the Superintendent of Schools and/or the President of the Board of Education or the Board of Trustees. In addition, information will be provided on the Principal’s role as the instructional leader, the school budget, and the school’s decision-making committees. A school principal will be invited to the class as a guest speaker.

Session 5: Raising Academic Achievement Through Parent Engagement - January 11, 2010: In this session participants will become familiar with historical developments in parent engagement from
parents as teacher aids to parents as partners in education. Participants will also review key research on parent involvement conducted over the past thirty years, and will become familiar with the latest research methods used to engage parents as partners to raise student achievement. Participants will discuss the role of schools and parents in the development of seven key areas: home/school communication, parenting, home-learning, advocacy, volunteering, decision making and leadership, and partnering with community.

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Session 6: What Students Need to Know by Grade Level - January 25, 2010: The focus of this
session is to discuss California’s State Academic Content Standards. Participants will receive an overview of the standards by grade level and discuss the district’s instructional approach to reading, writing, math and social sciences. In addition, participants will understand how to interpret testing data to assess how students are performing overall in the district and at the school level.

Session 7: The Role of Parent Groups in School Campuses - February 1, 2010: The focus of
this session is to familiarize participants with the roles and missions of parent groups that support education in schools. These include the PTA, School Site Council, English Learners Advisory Committee, and others. Participants will dialogue with members of these groups, and discuss their missions and unique roles in the school, and how they can best partner to achieve positive results for their schools.

Session 8: The Culture of Diversity in the Classroom - February 22, 2010: Cultural Diversity is
increasing in today's schools and classrooms. By the year 2020, almost half of the U.S. school population will consist of members of non-Caucasian cultural groups. This vibrant mixture of cultural, ethnic, linguistic, and experiential plurality will have profound implications for developing instructional programs at all levels of education that respond positively and constructively to cultural diversity. One of the greatest challenges for school leaders in this era is how to enhance cultural sensitivity to accommodate students from diverse cultures in the classroom. The discussion will be led by a school principal with expereince in this area.

Session 9: Strategies for Conducting Effective Meetings - March 8, 2010: In this session,
participants will learn the elements of conducting an effective meeting. Participants will be asked to prepare for a mock meeting with a top city official. Participants will discuss the outcomes they want from the meeting and will develop strategies for presenting their issues and proposals to resolve them. After the mock meeting, the facilitator will lead a discussion to reflect on the meeting and discuss ways of improving its effectiveness. Discussion will take place on developing an agenda, deciding on the desired outcome, developing a role for each participant, and follow up.

Session 10: Getting Your Voice Heard: Making Persuasive Presentations - March 22, 2010:
The focus of this session is to prepare participants to become trainers. Information will be provided on the different types of presentations and public speaking skills. Participants will plan a workshop activity and make a presentation.

Session 11: Building Partnerships with Local Businesses and Community Agencies- April 5, 2010: Participants will develop an understanding of the role of business and community partnerships for
learning. The session discusses the myriad of ways local businesses and community agencies can partner with local schools to support learning.

Session 12: Closing the Achievement Gap/Reflections for Leaders - April 19, 2010: The
purpose of this session is for participants to reflect on what they have learned and how they can apply it to helping close the achievement gap. Administrators, board members and community leaders will be invited to participate.

Graduation: Graduation will be held at the Passport to Success Leadership Awards Ceremony on April 25, 2010
at the Serna Center.

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Description: School, Family and Community Partnership Leadership Academy Session Topics Dear Parent and Community Leaders: We are currently accepting applications for the current session of the School, Family and Community Partnership Leadership Academy. The Leadership Academy is a leadership development program that promotes excellence in education and is sponsored by the Sacramento City Unified School District in partnership with the Parent Teacher Association (PTA). The goals of the program are to raise participant awareness of how the educational system works, enhance communication and collaboration with school and district staff, promote interaction and networking among parent and community and to develop the leadership capacity of participants to lead effectively and strategically. Please forward the attached brochure (application inside brochure), and session outline to parent leaders in your school, your district advisory committees, or to administrators, teachers and/or community organizations and members who you think would benefit from this training. Applications are due by October 20, 2009 at the Office of Parent Engagement and Support Services (see brochure). On October 27, 2009 applicants will be notified if they were accepted into the program. The first training session begins on November 2, 2009 (see enclosed session topics and dates). The program selects 20-25 participants per training cycle. If you have any questions, please call me at (916) 643-7912. Manuel Guillot Director Parent Engagement and Support Services