Parent Engagement Leadership Institute
Kenneth M. Young, former Riverside County Superintendent of Schools, commissioned the creation the Parent Engagement Leadership Initiative (PELI) in 2010. The purpose of the Initiative is to build sustainable and effective parent and family engagement to positively impact student success by offering support services to parents, families, schools, school districts and the community with a specific focus on offering families practical tools to support learning at home. I was asked to co-lead the vision, development and implementation of the Initiative. The foundation of the curriculum is based upon the evidenced-based strategies and structures from Dr. Joyce L. Epstein, National Network of Partnership Schools (NNPS), Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, Maryland. Through strategic planning methods, I have developed curriculum and presentations for family engagement based workshops, training series, conferences, summits, and network meetings for families, administrators, teachers, classified staff, PTA leadership, and community partners. I have created methods of critical thinking to assess the needs of our stakeholders and evaluation tools to evaluate the outcomes of these events and the overall success of the Initiative. Through this process, the Parent Engagement Leadership Initiative has been recognized as a successful model within Riverside County, as well as other nationally respected family engagement organizations. The Initiative has been awarded the National PTA Phoebe Apperson Hearst Family-School Partnership Award of Merit Recipient 2012 and National Network of Partnership Schools Partnership Organization Award Recipient 2012, 2014, 2017.
Over the past seven plus years, I have presented over 375 training's and organized and implemented two county-wide family engagement summits. I have facilitated numerous meetings with school and district administrators to showcase the PELI methodologies and created contracts for these services. I have facilitated site visits to schools and districts to customize and meet the needs of the Action Teams. Some of the PELI offerings include: The Six Types of Parent Involvement Training Series, Action Teams for Partnerships Training Series, On Target for Successful Schools-District Leadership for School, Family, and Community Partnerships, Evaluating Programs of Family Engagement (Dr. Joyce Epstein's work), Administrator's Academy, Early Childhood Parent Engagement Training Series (Head Start Family Engagement Framework), Top Tips for Parenting Children in Secondary Schools Training Series, Alternative Education Parent Engagement Training's, At Your Service: Improving Parent Engagement Through Extraordinary Customer Service, Welcoming Schools, Inspiring Volunteers and Cultivating Family Engagement, Multicultural Family Engagement, Encouraging the Heart: Recognizing and Rewarding Your Volunteers, African American Parent Advisory Council Academy.
For the past two years, I have co-lead the Family Engagement Network (FEN) Meetings. These Network Meetings, held five times per academic year, provide an opportunity for district and school family engagement leads to receive relevant and current resources and training on evidence based strategies that support their work and to share best practices with others who are actively working in the field. Training topics have included the California Department of Education Family Engagement Framework and Toolkit, Action Teams and Action Plans for Partnerships, and Encouraging the Heart: Recognizing and Rewarding Your Volunteers.
The Riverside County Office of Education (RCOE) Parent Engagement Leadership Initiative (PELI) was created in January 2011 and I was asked by the former county superintendent, Kenn Young, to co-lead the Initiative. The Initiative uses Dr. Joyce Epstein's research-based information on parent involvement as the foundation for its curriculum and presentations. As a leader of the Initiative I have developed curriculum, created and presented workshops, handled the marketing and publicizing of workshops, programs and events, and created surveys to evaluate the effectiveness of the Initiative. Over the past seven years I have presented approximately 370 training's or workshops to parents, families, parent leaders, PTA leaders, teachers, administrators, and community members. Topics for these presentations include: The Six Types of Parent Involvement, Action Teams for Partnerships (both based on Dr. Epstein's work), Secondary Parent Involvement, Early Childhood Parent Involvement (blending the Head Start Family Engagement Framework with Dr. Epstein's work), Reaching All Families Through Welcoming Schools, At Your Service:Improving Parent Engagement Through Extraordinary Customer Service, Administrator's Academy, Alternative Education Parent Involvement, African American Parent Advisory Council Academy, Evaluating Programs of Family Engagement, and Encouraging the Heart: Recognizing and Rewarding Your Volunteers.
In addition to the workshops listed above I have co-led the Family Engagement Network (FEN) Meetings for the past two years. The FEN is an opportunity for district and school family engagement leaders to meet together five times per year to expand their knowledge of effective family engagement strategies, obtain parent resources that are free or low-cost, and share ideas with others actively working in the area of family engagement. I have presented training's to the FEN members on the California Department of Education Family Engagement Toolkit, Action Teams and Action Plans for Partnership, and Engaging the Heart: Recognizing and Rewarding Your Volunteers. I have also worked directly with district family engagement leaders to provide current resources, job responsibility information, and address challenges.
Other presentations include California State PTA Conventions, Riverside County Head Start Conference, Riverside County Office of Education Excellence Through Equity Conference, and Title 1 Conferences.
In 2009 I completed 30 hours of coursework through the California Parent Center, San Diego State University, to become a Certified Parent Liaison. I have also attended the National Network of Partnership Schools (NNPS) Leadership Institute to be instructed by Dr. Joyce Epstein.