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Connecting parents & caregivers around top issues for our Public Schools, build community, and organize for positive change.
Saturday, May 12th, Morning / Afternoon
Fletcher Maynard Academy, 225 Windsor St. (enter Harvard St), Central Sq. T
Childcare and lunch provided
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Discussions will be around issues that are most important to current and future Cambridge Public School parents. RSVP is not required, but helps us to plan for discussions, childcare and lunch.
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|9:30||Light breakfast and check-in|
|12:20pm||Parents of Color affinity group discussion|
|1:00pm||Advocate for Your Child panel|
|3:15pm||Closing summary (open)|
We are an inclusive and diverse coalition of parents working to improve children’s learning and experience in the Cambridge Public Schools. We seek to build a strong, united parent community by informing, empowering and activating parents and caregivers across Cambridge. We will engage with teachers, the school administration, the School Committee and other interested parties to create change.
Parents from around the district are planning a one-day Parent Summit on Saturday, May 12th at the Fletcher-Maynard Academy school with free childcare and lunch.We're in the process of figuring out the agenda. We'll have topical discussions around issues that parents care about the most, workshops on parent rights and advocacy, and more.
This parent summit is being organized by a diverse group of parents from different schools, for participation by all Cambridge parents and caregivers interested in our public schools.
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On October 30, 2017, representatives from parent organizations of 15 different Cambridge public schools met for a two-hour meeting. At this grassroots event, we swapped ideas about parent communications and fund-raising and discussed concerns about parent engagement in our schools. All the School Committee candidates were invited and most attended.
It was by all counts a successful event. We all left highly energized. A sub-group of parents and others inspired by the October event have begun organizing for a new reason: to create a district-wide Parent Summit, so we can continue and expand our conversation, to issues that concern all the parents in the district.
As stated in our mission, we're committed to engaging with teachers, the school administration, the School Committee and other interested parties to create change, and are already talking to district and city representatives.
We're planning to have a Closing Session for the summit 3-4pm, and invite teachers, school & district administrators, school committee members, teachers, family liaisons and other interested members of the community to come join us.
If you know a teacher, administrator, or educator that would be interested in this, let us know or feel free to tell them about this event.
At the Parent Summit, we will gather several key issues of most interest and create a preliminary plan for change. Our goal -- a strong and united parent coalition will then engage with teachers, school administration, School Committee, and other interested parties to implement change.
There will be two sessions, morning and afternoon. We will have multiple discussion topics at each session. The topics will be based on what people select when they RSVP, so make sure to select your choices!
Attend all day if you can, from 9:30am to 4:00pm. But if you can only attend for an hour or two, that’s great, too! We want to meet you, and are glad you want to get involved for the future of all our children. There will be many ways going forward to be involved.
This is our organizing committee (not all shown). We come from a lot of different places.
A number of outside organizations have expressed an interest in contributing to the dialog. Each session will have an information table. While the Summit is just for parents, anyone is welcome to contribute a fact sheet or similar handout for parents on topics relevant to the planned discussion sessions. A draft list of discussion sessions is:
While the summit will also cover other topics (race, as well as parent advocacy), those will be handled in a different format, which will not have such an information table.
We are doing our best to reach out to and invite every parent of every student in Cambridge public schools. We are working to provide translation services for the summit. We are also making concentrated efforts to bring in communities that historically have been shut out from the civic dialogue about our schools.
One of our goals of the Parent Summit is to especially reach out to those parents and families who have been underserved and underrepresented in the past. We want to let them know that their voice counts, and that when parents are united together, we can make a positive difference for our children.
We will have 2 raffle drawings, at the end of the morning and afternoon sessions. At this time, you need to be present to win, so please plan on staying around.
For the big prizes, we have an Xbox One S, as well as 9.7” iPad, with more to come, so stay tuned and RSVP.
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