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GPA Helps Boost School-Family Partnerships

Feb. 19, 2020 – When parents and caregivers are engaged in a child’s education, research shows that children are more likely to achieve at higher levels, have higher attendance rates and do better overall in school and in life.

As such, Guilford Parent Academy (GPA) launched a Title I Family Engagement Parent Teacher Lead Initiative, “Soup for Success: Ingredients for Meaningful School-Family-Community Engagement,” offering training and support for teachers and other school leaders on best practices to build relationships with families. Participants this year create the first cohort for the three-year professional development initiative.

“The bonds established between home and school can be powerful in terms of the effectiveness of any classroom,” said Kimberly Funderburk, director of GPA. “And when parents, teachers and school leaders work together to form true partnerships, it can be a catalyst to increase student achievement levels and support school improvement.”

Three professional development sessions focus on connecting families and community members to student learning by sharing strategies to support learning at home, providing opportunities for two-way communication and feedback, and coaching from subject matter experts. The first session took place on Feb. 10 at GTCC-High Point with 44 Title I schools represented and 62 participants and the second on Feb. 18. The third session is coming up on Feb. 22 with Author and Educator Michael Bonner of Ron Clark Academy serving as the keynote speaker. Click here to learn more about Michael Bonner.

Each session includes a Soup for Success toolkit with resources and take-home activities. Family engagement teams were selected by Title I principals and include teachers, social workers, counselors, parents and other staff. Click here to learn more about this family engagement professional development opportunity for Title I schools.