Overview of Programs and Services

Reaching for the Stars

A showcase of student achievement for parents, families, and the community.

Parent Leadership Training

Parents engage in an intensive training session to learn about engagement in school leadership improvement planning process and how to be effectively involved at home and school. They learn to recognize and resolve barriers to parental involvement and become familiar with educational language, data, and practices.

Family Partnership Network

Networking session with district staff and agencies that provide services to the parents and families of SCSD students.

“Finding Our Voices”

A Parent Literacy Workshop facilitated by local published poets addresses family and school issues through writing. These sessions model the necessity of writing and literacy for our children. Completed works are published and read during a family celebration at the end of the program.

Information and Referrals

Families, community members, and staff receive information about schools in the District, community services, and supports.

PUMP Bus (Power Unit Motivating Parents)

A community engagement project that travels where parents are (shopping centers,downtown, schools, community festivals, etc.) to provide new books to parents and children. Parents also get information on development of pro-social skills, ELA, math, science, and brain research.

Support of Superintendent’s Parent Council

Leaders of parent groups meet to discuss, share ideas, and focus on student achievement.

1:1 Advocacy

Families assisted at school and District meetings, behavioral hearings and special education meetings.

School Support

Each of the liaisons provides personal support to each school and its families. The support includes resources, information, and attendance at meetings.

Parent Partnership Network Newsletters

Collaboration with Delta Sigma Theta Sorority to provide newsletters which are inserted into church bulletins monthly.

Workshops

Offer a variety of programs to inform, empower and involve parents/families.

Staff Development

Workshops focusing on effectively communicating with families provide information and resources to staff.

Parental Involvement Resource Library

Books, tapes, and games are provided to parents and school staff with information to support the academic and social achievement of families.

Research and Development

A continuing effort to define and highlight best practices in parental involvement, new policies, and other aspects of education allow the Parent Partnership Network to develop and distribute relevant up-to-date information to families, staff and community members.

Coordination and Monitoring of the District’s Family and Community Involvement Policy

The Parent Partnership Network provides support to Syracuse City School District efforts to ensure academic success for all students by aligning parental involvement initiatives with District goals and focus areas. The Board of Education and the Superintendent receive a biannual written report on schools’ implementation of the Policy.

Support of parent/family groups

Developed and newly emergent family groups ( school or community based) receive services and resources .