Parent Nation School Teams

"If we don't stand up for children, then we don't stand for much." Marian Wright Edelman

       

Langley K-8 

 

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The Challenge: Pittsburgh Langley K-8 is a feeder school serving 700 students in West Pittsburgh. 71% of students are African American and 87% are from low-income families. Originally a high school, Langley became a K-8 school two years ago when students from Schaeffer and Stevens were consolidated into one school. 

What They’re Building: As an A+ Schools Parent-Led Program, the team at Langley is focused on impacting school climate by strengthening family-school relationships and creating fun, extended learning opportunities for students. Parents have worked hard as organizers and volunteers to address safety concerns for students walking to school, build a strong PTO, and organize enriching events for families and students. 

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How They Got There: 

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Faison

 

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The Challenge: Pittsburgh Faison K-5 is a feeder school serving 518 students from the Homewood and East Hills communities. 96% of students are African American and 86% are from low-income families. At the beginning of the 2013-2014 school year, parent engagement was minimal and the school did not have an active PTO. 


What They’re Building:
The Faison Parent Nation Team is working to build a unified voice of parents and community members to advocate for Faison students. A core group of five dedicated parents lead the team, and are working hard to build a PTO, advocate for children, and recruit others to become more involved. 

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How They Got There:

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Latino Parents United in Action

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The Challenge: Language barriers make it hard for school, staff and parents to communicate with each other. In non-ESL desig
nated schools, the forms, materials and announcements sent home with students are often only available in English. Parents must navigate foreign educational norms in a school system they themselves never personally experienced. Parents from various Pittsburgh Public Schools formed LPUA and are supported by A+ schools and the Latino Family Center. 

What They’re Building: LPUA is working hard to build a welcoming community for new Latino families entering Pittsburgh Public Schools. They aim to establish support structures and communication channels that will help new families navigate and understand the school system here in Pittsburgh.

Successes So Far: 

How They Got There: Supported by staff from A+ Schools, Pittsburgh Public Schools and the Latino Family Center and generous funding from Vibrant Pittsburgh, LPUA has been meeting monthly at the Latino Family Center to work through initial information and training sessions so that they can plan future projects.

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Spring Hill K-5

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The Challenge: Spring Hill Elementary is a neighborhood school serving 300 students on Pittsburgh’s North Side. 84% of students are from low-income families. The Parent Nation team at Spring Hill formed when parents decided to speak up about the safety issues students’ faced walking to and from school.

What They’re Building: The parent team at Spring Hill collaborated with community members to collect concrete evidence of the hazards students face in walking to and from school. The team worked with A+ Schools to create action plans and hold meetings with key decision makers. 

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How They Got There: The group met on a monthly basis throughout the school year to plan and conduct their safety campaign.

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King PreK-8

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The Challenge:  Pittsburgh King PreK-8 is a feeder school serving over 500 students from communities in the North Side. When the 2013-2014 school year began, the school did not have family engagement events planned and only two parents were working to build an active parent group.

What They’re Building:  The King Parent Network team is focused on building a strong and active group of parent volunteers. As an A+ Schools Parent-Led Program, the group designed a volunteer based school support in which one parent or family member is selected to serve as a “Parent Rep” for each grade. Parent reps are responsible for providing clerical support to the teaching team in their assigned grade, communicating back to the rest of the parents, and being another pair of eyes and ears in the school. 

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How They Got There:

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Grandview K-5

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The Challenge: Pittsburgh Grandview K-5 is a feeder school serving 300 students from the Allentown, Beltzhoover, and Knoxville communities. The challenge for the Grandview team has been to build a PTO and a formal space for parents to be engaged and involved, successfully bridge the gap between the school and community.

What They’re Building: The Grandview PTO has built a strong core of seven parent leaders who have engaged over 50 parents throughout the year. They have collaborated with teachers and administrators to put on four events that provided learning opportunities and encouragement for all of Grandview’s students. Additionally, they have been growing the organization with fundraisers. 

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How They Got There: 

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