January 4, 2013
Never underestimate the power of the parent’s voice! While there are models that assist schools with parent and family engagement such as Epstein’s Framework of Parent Involvement, parents can also play a pivotal role in partnering with policymakers and stakeholders in education. This partnership allows parents a voice in decisions that affect their children’s education. Through its work to ensure that parents understand upcoming changes brought about by the Common Core State Standards (CCSS), the Delaware PTA (DPTA) has helped to raise the parent voice to create a significant impact across the state.
DPTA’s CCSS committee, a group of dedicated volunteer parent advocates led by President Yvonne Johnson and CCSS Lead/ President-Elect Susan Brown, have been collaborating with superintendents, teachers, community members, education foundations, elected officials and other key stakeholders. Partnering with these groups on the Common Core has allowed Delaware PTA to bring the parent voice to the table on this initiative as well as other education reform activities.
As a result of its strong working relationships with the Delaware Department of Education and State Board of Education, the Delaware PTA is now a participant of the P-20 Council, a consortium of education advocates working on college and career readiness for children from birth through college. In addition, Yvonne was invited to be a member of the state-wide Common Core Steering Council, contributing the parent perspective to the implementation, alignment and assessment of Delaware’s new standards.
Through partnership and hard work, the Delaware PTA has:
When it comes to improving student achievement and ensuring all students are college and career ready, no one is more concerned than parents and families. As changes in education are a reality and necessity, so is the role of stakeholders who understand both the value and the power of the parent voice.