10 things you can do to help grow strong families and close Rochester’s achievement gap TODAY:
Click here to make a gift to the Parent Power Project’s initiatives to empower parents and fight for educational justice in Rochester. Thanks to the generosity of our donors, we are able to provide Parent Power programming free of charge to Rochester's parents.
Join our team of volunteers as an Education Navigator, College Campus Visit Chaperone or Project Ambassador. To inquire, contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
3. Sign one of our petitions for change.
Working together, we can insist that schools adopt evidence-based reform strategies and that every child has access to rigorous schools with excellent teachers. Check the website for upcoming petitions and be sure to signup for petition notices by email.
4. Tell a friend about our important work.
Help us build a broad-based coalition of parents, community members, educators and faith and business leaders united around closing Greater Rochester's achievement gap and expanding educational opportunities.
5. Become a signatory.
Stand up for Rochester’s children and their families by voicing your support for the Rochester Opportunity Agenda. Contact Carrie Remis at email@example.com for details.
6. Bring Parent Power programming to your community.
While our small office is located at Grace United Methodist Church, our work happens throughout the community--in neighborhood centers and churches. To inquire about partnering with The Parent Power Project, contact Carrie Remis, Project Director at 585-350-8306 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
7. Share your success stories.
Public education systems are often better at replicating failure than success. Join us in recognizing those schools and individuals who believe—and have demonstrated—that poverty can be overcome. Help us replicate success—submit your story here.
8. Go on record.
Too often, parents fail to document the problems they encounter with their child's school or district. As a result, the system never acknowledges the problems, let alone fixes them. In Fall 2011, the Parent Power Project will launch its Parent Hotline to shine a light on district dysfunction and advocate for change. By going on record with the problems you've experienced, you can help make improvements for all parents.
9. Attend an ed justice event.
Special interests will tell you there is no educational crisis. They will tell you that reforms don't work and that they are actually hurting students. And they will tell you that change cannot happen until poverty is first overcome. Throughout the year, the Parent Power Network of organizations will host events on hot topics in education--without the special interest rhetoric and publicity stunts. Check the website for upcoming events and be sure to signup for event invites by email.
10. Make your voice heard.
Periodically, the Parent Power Project will conduct surveys on important education issues. Check back on the website for upcoming surveys and be sure to signup for email to receive survey invites.