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Connecting Families: School Culture and Climate
September 15 @ 5:00 pm - 6:00 pmFree
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Starting the school year with Family Engagement
This workshop defines school culture & climate, displays the negative impact it has on student’s academically and psychologically, to offer alternative practices that have been proven to be effective in creating safe and positive environments which improves student achievement.
Presenter: Ivelissa Caraballo, Brockton Family Engagement Coordinator. Facilitator: Elizabeth Bostic
Ivelisse has worked to promote systemic change in Boston schools through family and community organizing. She has worked to elevate the voices of marginalized communities and has created a Brockton Chapter where she chairs the Parent Advisory Board, is a member of the Oversight Committee for the district’s first Community and Family Center and leads parent workshops with the Parent Engagement Specialist. Overall, Ivelisse is committed to empowering parents through knowledge given what she describes as a “huge learning curve” regarding understanding how schools can better serve students. Additionally, she is devoted to ensuring that schools are culturally responsive to the needs of the parents that they serve. Specifically, Ivelisse is interested in collaborating with schools as partners to shift the way family engagement has been done historically in a more intentional manner. Such an approach characterizes students’ and families’ unique cultural differences as valuable aspects of the learning environment and provides teachers and students with the foundation to develop deeper connections among themselves. Moreover, an asset-based approach to parent engagement provides space for families to craft their own narrative about what they have to offer schools while also building a sense of community between families and staff.