How Can I Become a Parent Advocate?

By Cheryl Kirk It’s no secret, that as parents, we are our children’s biggest and best advocates. The phrase parent advocate can be a bit overwhelming for parents. We have so many things to do and places to be, it’s easy to think we can’t be PTA president or room mom, but there are so many ways to advocate for your child. My youngest son has struggled with his transition from elementary… Read More

Back to school: 5+5=10 ideas for connecting with your child’s school

With school about to begin in a few days, I think it’s a great time to reach out to parents and discuss the relationship they have with their child’s school. I hope that this information will be helpful in fostering a productive school year. Below, I offer five general suggestions of my own, and also present five specific ideas from the American School Counselor Association (ASCA) about how to connect with teachers… Read More

5 Questions Every Black Parent Needs to Ask Their Child’s Teacher and School

I spent nearly five years at a nonprofit focused on getting students in and through college. Many of the students who entered our program were not on track to graduate high school and required working closely with counselors, parents and principals to ensure they would graduate high school and hopefully continue on to college. Our goal was not only to ensure students graduate, but also to equip parents with the skill set to… Read More

Top 5 things we learned from parents at #NOLAParentPerspectives 

Last Thursday, a parent-focused townhall was hosted by Stand for Children, Black Alliance for Educational Options (BAEO), Orleans Parish Education Network (OPEN), and the Urban League of Greater New Orleans. Eight parents participated on panels to share their perspectives on topics related to One App enrollment, governance and accountability. The discussion ended with Lamont Douglas, a parent representing OPEN saying, “A school system that is doing good has parent involvement.” Amplifying parent… Read More