Sessions

Tuesday, Oct 23 8:00 pm EST

Tuesday, Oct 30 8:00 pm EST

Partnering with parents to improve school climate and student outcomes

All Grades

with Katy Smith

On October 23 and October 30, I’ll be sharing strategies that I’ve found help me to better partner with parents in ways that improve outcomes for my students.

I teach parent education in a state that invites parents to be engaged in their kids’ school experience from early on. I’ve consistently found that every parent wants their child to do well in school. They want to be connected and engaged in real ways. I’ve found that the personal investment parents make by being involved early carries on throughout their lifespan of their child’s education. Parents who make this investment stay engaged and involved and committed in ways that other parents just don’t. When we partner with parents, we see grand results for families.

Engaging with parents about their child’s time in the classroom helps me to get a deeper sense of the child’s identity, and to uncover more of what motivates the child and the unique way he or she learns. It helps me to discover some of the things that might need doing or undoing for a family, or for a particular child. Partnering with parents in their child’s education also helps us all to make an investment that helps the whole family beyond a single conference or meeting.

On October 23rd, I’ll share the ways that I’ve found to be most successful in an shaping a parent’s view of what happens in school in a free, one-hour workshop that gives you the information you need to begin to think about doing the same with the parents of your own students. You’ll have a chance to reflect about this approach and to begin to personalize the resources and practices I know work best. Then, our group will meet again on October 30th to share ideas and help fine-tune everyone’s approach to partnering effectively with parents.

Register for this TeachingPartners Live Workshop now, and TeachingPartners will send you a appointment you can drop right in your online calendar. You’ll also get a reminder closer to October 30th to make sure you’re ready.


About Katy Smith

Katy Smith is a licensed parent educator and community educator with two undergraduate degrees in social work and parent education from Winona State University.  She has a master’s degree in Education from the University of Wisconsin, LaCrosse and a master’s degree in Early Childhood Public Policy and Advocacy from Walden University.  She lives and teaches in Winona, Minnesota and in classrooms, conferences, and businesses all over the state.  Katy and her husband, Matt,  have three grown daughters.  Katy is the 2011 Minnesota Teacher of the Year, the first early childhood educator in Minnesota, and the first parent educator nationally to be honored with the award.