Strong, positive engagement with students’ families is essential to the school-family partnership. GSA will provide this through the following:
- Workshops for parents. Many parents are unaware of their children’s learning and relationships and may be equally unaware of the programs that are available for them. GSA will offer a Parent Academy to educate parents about the school, its program and how they can most effectively support their student’s success.
- Community leaders and activists will be invited to come and talk to the parents in school events, including parent-teacher conferences; and talk about connections to community resources. Community leaders will be invited to attend teacher meetings and assist teaching staff in understanding family situations that may impact students’ interactions and learning.
- Prevention and Intervention Services to support students’ families will be made available through community partnerships and outreach. According to the U.S. Department of Education, positive school climates require a focus on prevention, using evidence-based strategies focusing on students’ individual needs. GSA will pay attention to the unique needs of children and families. Elements of the prevention and intervention approach will include:
- Social Curriculum will be integrated into the weekly classroom curriculum to promote pro-social behavior.
- Social Support Groups will be offered as preventive interventions to help students build necessary social skills. These groups may be held after school; GSA will seek to recruit community supporters as volunteers to lead these groups, building connections with community while supporting students in their social/emotional growth.
GSA welcomes parents as key partners supporting their children’s education, and will seek parents as volunteers to support the program. A parent Teacher Organization (PTO) will be established to which all parents are invited. The PTO will meet weekly and will provide a venue for parents to meet with school staff and jointly plan activities in support of the school. Parents will be invited to volunteer at the school, and GSA will recruit parents for positions at the school as they become available, depending on parents’ qualifications.
GSA’s development team is well-connected with educational and community organizations, and will forge specific links with agencies that GSA can partner with.