Guilford Parent Academy Hosts Virtual Session

As part of the department’s efforts to help teachers understand and increase parent engagement in the classroom, Guilford Parent Academy hosted its first-ever virtual meeting for Title I teacher leaders.

Part of the Parent Engagement Café, teachers were able to interact and ask questions with facilitators in real time through video, audio and chat room format—all from the comfort of their own home. The session covered best practices for building parent/teacher relationships and ways to collaborate with parents to help children succeed.

“We know that teachers are a hard-working and dedicated group, often putting in long hours to get the job done,” said Lindsay Whitley, director of Guilford Parent Academy. “That’s why we are always thinking outside of the box, looking for innovative ways to reach teachers and parents in a way that maximizes their time without sacrificing quality.”

Guilford Parent Academy worked with Leadership Solutions Group to facilitate these sessions, which are inspired by the book, “Beyond the Bake Sale, the Essential Guide to Family-School Partnerships” by Henderson, Mapp, Johnson, and Davies. This book was written for educators and is widely used by schools and districts to improve parent and family engagement.