Parent & Community Concerns
You are invited to a special screening of the national award-winning movie 'Bias'. This public event is being brought to you by San Ramon Valley Council of PTAs and SRV PFLAG on Wednesday, September 25th at 7pm at San Ramon Valley High School Theater. Doors open at 6:30pm for reception, the film will begin at 7pm, followed by a Q&A. The event will conclude at 9pm. Please register to attend this free event.
Bias....you're human, you're biased. Now what?
"Bias" challenges us to confront our hidden biases and understand what we risk when we follow our gut. Through exposing her own biases, award-winning documentary filmmaker Robin Hauser (CODE: Debugging the Gender Gap, Running for Jim) highlights the nature of implicit bias, the grip it holds on our social and professional lives, and what it will take to induce change.
The toxic effects of bias make headlines every day: sexual harassment, racial profiling, the pay gap. As humans, we are biased. Yet few of us are willing to admit it. We confidently make snap judgments but we are shockingly unaware of the impact our assumptions have on those around us.
The documentary feature "Bias" follows filmmaker Robin Hauser on a journey to uncover her hidden biases and explore how unconscious bias defines relationships, workplaces, our justice system, and technology. "Bias" contemplates the most pressing question: can we de-bias our brains?
Directly following the screening, there will be a Q & A with award-winning producer and editor Christie Herring.
Christie Herring has worked in documentary filmmaking for over 20 years and has recently edited and produced Code: Debugging the Gender Gap and edited (with Jean Kawahara) NOVA's Point of No Return.
Visit the BiasFilm.Com website to learn more.
What is the Parent & Community Concerns Committee?
Parenting in this day and age can be tricky. And navigating the ins and outs of modern day childhood education can be equally challenging. Your school PTA and PTSA Parent & Community Concerns (PCC) Representatives work hard to offer parent education events and information throughout the school year to help you navigate the road ahead. Some events are offered at individual school sites while others are open to parents from the entire school district. Be sure to check your school newsletter, school website and the SRVCPTA newsletter for information on upcoming events.
If you have an idea for a parent education topic, please be sure to inform your school's PTA or PTSA PCC Representative. Or contact the SRVCPTA PCC Committee Chair. Education is not only key to our children's success in life, but our success as parents!
What is Ed100?
Ed100 is a free, self-paced online course that prepares you to make a difference in your school or school district. California's education system is complex and changing fast. Whether you are a parent, a teacher, or a community member, Ed100 helps you learn what you need to know to be informed, credible and ready for action. Each lesson takes about 5 minutes, in English or in Spanish.
Ed100 Parent Leader Guide
This Parent Leader Guide provides "ready to go" plans for parent group meetings. We want to help you hold meetings that matter. It's all here: Lessons, discussion guides, handouts and suggestions for taking action.
You want to improve your school. We want to help you succeed. This Guide for Parent Leaders offers specific advice and practical tools to help you engage and support your school community. After all, how much that's worth doing can you really do all alone? Using these resources, you can build your school's capacity to face facts, work together, sharpen focus, or change direction.
Here are some suggestions to get you started.
Invite your board and school community to join Ed100.org.
Use the lessons as Mini-Trainings for your board or leadership committee
Get parents to sign up and sign in -- and enter a drawing to win money for their school.
By having these conversations together, you will have more fun, learn more, and have a much bigger chance of turning insights into actions for your school. Many of the lessons in Ed100 are available in both English and Spanish, which can help you include more of your school community in the dialogue.
This is where PTAs can really make effective change. Some examples that I have been part of include:
Educational family nights with themes like “Science Blast” or “Family Spelling Bee.”
Family Reading Night” or “Family Reading Month” where parents are asked to bring a book to read to the class. It can take as little as five minutes to read a book.
“Three For Me” Project where parents pledge on “Back To School Night” to volunteer three hours to help their child’s class. This can mean cutting out art projects at home, washing desks or being a “Junior Achievement” mentor. Regardless of the task, it encourages ALL parents to volunteer so each child can see their parent helping. (This is also one of my favorites because too many times, three moms hog all the volunteer spots and although great helpers they take away from other kids in the class seeing their parents help.)
“Family Performance Night” where parents and students receive roles for the school play and are part of the drama club or talent show.
“Show & Tell Moments” but instead of material items students bring in a parent or guardian to show off.
Why Family Engagement is so Important
At every turn, we encounter educators and parent leaders who encourage us to get involved in our children's education. And while it's often hard to find the time for such commitments, it really does pay off. According to the California State PTA (CAPTA), "Decades of research prove family engagement is key to kids' success in school - and in life." CAPTA offers three tips to "keep family engagement and student progress going throughout the entire year." Be sure to click on the active links below for more details.
INVOLVEMENT MAKES A BIG DIFFERENCE - Research shows family engagement is the number one factor in student success, so check out ways to get and stay engaged at school, at home - even on the go!
PARENT--TEACHER COMMUNICATION IS KEY - Strong interaction, teamwork and partnership between families and teachers creates the optimal environment for student success.
PARENT--ADVOCACY OPPORTUNITIES ABOUND - New state laws and standards mean new opportunities for parents to get involved in the education process.
Ways for Parents to Learn More About Participating in Decision-Making
Well-informed and engaged parents help to ensure that every student has an opportunity to enjoy overall success in school and beyond. There are several ways parents can collaborate with school staff and district leadership as partners in school governance and decision-making, including:
Attending PTA meetings and sharing your parent view on school-related issues with educators. Contact your school PTA President about the agenda process and parliamentary procedure for having a dialogue
Serving on your PTA boards, school site councils, education fund boards, and school district committees
Keeping other parents informed about specific issues and laws that affect their children’s schools as a PTA legislative committee member
Providing a parent’s perspective by taking part in committees who interview and hire school staff
Working with other school and community leaders on programs, policies and practices that support student achievement
Attending LCAP meetings, school board meetings, and special board of education workshops that are open to the public