Webinar Series

Building Stronger School-Family Partnerships

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The Right Question School-Family Partnership Strategy is a pathway for educators and parents to work more effectively with each other – to improve communication, increase parental participation, nurture engagement, and engender better partnerships. 

From an educator perspective, the strategy is a flexible tool that can be implemented immediately into existing work with parents and families. It does not require additional staff or administration. It can be easily integrated into activities schools are already doing:  teachers meeting one-on-one with parents; school counselors or parent liaisons interacting with small groups of parents; Title I staff engaging more families more effectively; staff working with parents during individualized education program (IEP) meetings; and administrators at the school or district level communicating and collaborating more effectively with families

Parents exposed to these strategies explore three key roles to play – to support, monitor, and advocate for their child’s education. They become better able to generate their own questions, improve those questions, and strategize on how to use them, as they examine ways to participate more effectively in decisions.

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Learn from nationally acclaimed speakers

Siyi Chu

Project Coordinator, Right Question Institute

Luz Santana

Co-Director, Right Question Institute and

Co-Author, Make Just One Change (Harvard Education Press, 2011) and Partnering with Parents (ASCD, 2016)

Educator Series

Webinar 1Introduction to the Question Formulation Technique:  Strengthening Parents Skills to Ask the Right Questions

Monday, February 25

from 12:00-1:00 PM

The Question Formulation Technique (QFT) is a step-by-step process used to produce, improve and strategize on how to use questions.

 

Participants will:

  • Receive a brief introduction to the history and rationale of the strategy;

  • Experience the QFT process, a component of the strategy which builds parents’ skills for asking more and better questions;

  • Explore the rationale for strengthening parents question formulation skills;

  • Explore examples of implementation and acquire resources and materials; and

  • Strategize on how they can use the QFT in their own practice.

 

Parent Series

Webinar 1Learning to Ask the Right Questions

English:  Tuesday, April 9

Spanish:  Thursday, April 11

from 4:00-5:00 PM

Learn how to use the Question Formulation Technique (QFT) to generate your own questions, improve them, and then strategize on how to apply them at parent teacher conferences,  progress report meetings, and any other meetings or communications you have with your child’s educators

 

Participants will:

  • Receive a brief introduction to the history and rationale of the Right Question School-Family Partnership Strategy;

  • Experience the QFT process, which builds parents’ skills for asking more and better questions;

  • Explore examples of implementation and acquire resources and materials; and

  • Strategize on how to use the QFT in experiences with their own children's educators.

Webinar 2The Support, Monitor & Advocate Model:  Three Key Roles Parents Can Play in Their Children's Education

Tuesday, March 12

from 12:00-1:00 PM

Participants will:

  • Learn about three key roles parents can play in their child’s education: support their children’s education, monitor their progress and advocate on their behalf when necessary;

  • Experience the model through a hand-on activity; and

  • Strategize on how to integrate the Support, Monitor, and Advocate model into their work.

 

Webinar 2How to Support, Monitor & Advocate

English:  Monday, April 29

Spanish:  Tuesday, May 7

from 4:00-5:00 PM

Participants will:  

  • Learn about three key roles parents can play in their child’s education: support their children’s education, monitor their progress and advocate on their behalf when necessary;

  • Experience the model through a hands-on activity; and

  • Strategize on how to use the Support, Monitor, and Advocate model to strengthen partnerships with educators for the benefit of their children.

 

NOTE: Participants who view this webinar can obtain 1 contact hour and a certificate of attendance.  

Webinar 3The Framework for Accountable Decision Making:  Strengthening Parents Skills to Participate in Decisions

Tuesday, April 16

from 12:00-1:00 PM

Participants will:

  • Receive a brief introduction to the history and rationale of the strategy;

  • Experience the Framework for Accountable Decision Making, a component of the strategy which builds parents’ skills for participating more effectively in decisions;

  • Explore examples of implementation and acquire resources and materials; and

  • Strategize on how they can use the framework in their practice.

 

NOTE: Participants who complete this webinar with associated assignments can obtain 2.5 contact hours and a certificate for participation.

 

Prepared for the Parent Coordination Network

by Region 9 Education Service Center

and funded by the Texas Education Agency