What cause are you representing and why is it important to highlight?
When parents and school staff work together, students are more successful and schools are much stronger. Through targeted family engagement practices, students can improve academically and do well socially and emotionally. Turning the Page promotes family engagement in six North Lawndale public schools by equipping parents with resources and tools to help children learn at home and excel in school.
What new or innovative developments are taking place to either increase awareness or to address the issue itself?
Parents often feel isolated from one another and unsure of how to help their child do well in school. Today, many rely on online communication, but in-person meetings provide the energy and support parents need. Parents enjoy meeting and talking with like-minded parents. In response, Turning the Page holds monthly Community Nights at each school to bring parents and school staff together. We provide the space and time to engage families in the school community.
How can YNPN members and supporters help or get more involved?
Volunteer! We are in need of volunteers to read stories with students and do activities in our student workshops at Community Nights. Volunteers can choose which and how many dates they can help. Visit tinyurl.com/fallttpsignup to sign up or learn more!
Join the movement! Want to be even more involved in the family engagement movement? Apply to join the Turning the Page Advisory Board. Click here to learn more information about Advisory Board membership opportunities.
Promote family engagement in your community! Anyone can support students in their family by finding opportunities for you to learn together. This could be reading out loud or visiting a museum. Learning together is a great way to support the students in your life.
Is there anything else you’d like us to know about your cause?
We are new to Chicago! Turning the Page has been in Washington, D.C. since 1998 and began working in Chicago public schools in 2015.
Liz Ferguson is with Americorps VISTA, Turning the Page