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Parents Workshops Tackle 21st Century Learning
By Allison Jonas
Virtual Learning Complex Facilitator
Parent Workshops Tackle 21st Century Learning
Parent Workshops: Why and How?
As an LAUSD teacher for 13 years, I’ve worked hard to get parents actively involved in their children’s learning. It helps kids achieve more with higher motivation, test scores, self-esteem, positive attitudes, attendance, and even graduation rates. As a VLC Facilitator, I have the opportunity to empower parents to support their children with technology. Beyond developing edtech understanding and skills, the parent workshops I’ve introduced are about building relationships, and ensuring that parents are partners in developing the school’s vision for 1:1 technology for learning in their children’s lives.
Below are some ideas for launching parent workshops:
- Meet with parent representatives to understand the needs of your parents, so the workshops are tailored to those needs;
- Hold a parent meeting to explain the Common Core State Standards and how technology will enhance their children’s learning, and introduce the idea of technology-based parent workshops
- Get the word out on the workshops (phone messages, fliers, students)
- Start with basic functions of the devices, then focus on apps/programs that their children are using in the classroom
- Involve parents in creating school projects (newsletters, flyers, websites, videos)
- Celebrate parent success (give certificates)
-- Allison Jonas