Parent Leadership Institute Fall 2012

Wow!  What a crazy few weeks it has been!  The last few weeks have been full of preparing for the Denver Public Schools (DPS) Parent Leadership Institute (PLI).  Leading up to the forum, there was a lot of preparation, including making sure everything was in order at the event site, registering parents for it, and recruiting different departments within DPS as well as local organizations to participate in a resource fair.

The Parent Leadership Institute is an event that the Denver Public Schools Department of Parent and Community Outreach puts on twice a year (once in the Fall and once in the Spring), bringing parents and the district together in support of DPS students.  This Fall, the PLI was hosted by Manual High School, a convenient and centralized location for many of our DPS parents.  Aside from learning about different resources within the community, including some of the work that our DPS AmeriCorps program does, parents were encouraged to participate in a wide range of workshops that showed them how they can better support their children, both in school and out.  Some of the workshops that parents participated in discussed topics such as Love and Logic, Bully Prevention, and Managing Family Media Use (internet, cell phones, etc.).

As a team, the AmeriCorps members played a crucial part in making sure that the event went smoothly.  Without the help of all of our fellow members, I’m not sure how we would have made the PLI happen.  You couldn’t have gone far at Manual High School without running into an AmeriCorps member doing something.  There were members greeting parents at the doors, facilitating parent workshops and setting up Parent Portal accounts.  Overall, around 250 parents representing almost 60 DPS schools attended the event and we have already heard a lot of positive feedback.

By Kirby Peterson & Lily Gutierrez

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