Parent Education

Parent Education

Stevenson Elementary is proud to be a community of learners where parents continue to explore and strive to understand the school's dynamic teaching methodologies. Parent education is key component of building this collaborative and inclusive community and an important part of growing a whole child. At Stevenson, each family takes at least 10 hours of formal Parent Ed when they enter school. Parent Ed is divided into three modules that explore the school's mission, vision, and educational philosophy; help to create a common language that is used in the classroom by both teachers and parents and is based on the principles of Responsive Classroom; and gives parents practical tools for working with students in small groups and understanding different learning styles.

The classes are taught by parent volunteers with support from teachers and the school principal.

Sessions are designed to be active and engaging with games, role plays and discussions. The tools and information are useful when volunteering in the classroom but also when parenting at home, helping to keep continuity between what happens in the classroom and what happens outside of school.

Parents also participate in regular classroom meetings and one annual meeting, all of which have parent education components. An effort is also made it inform parents about parent education opportunities in the community through both the district and other organizations.

Additional Resources

In addition to formal training, PACT encourages families to seek self-education through community forums, informal coffees, book clubs, and so on. PACT parents and teachers have a wide range of interests, sharing news links, upcoming seminars, and parenting events. Here are some additional resources shared in our community:

  • Responsive Classroom - classroom management system utilized by all teachers; parents trained in it too
  • Challenge Success - Stanford University, Graduate School of Education
  • Kid Writing - information from the Educators who developed Kid Writing; Kid Writing is primarily used in grades K-1
  • Whole Child Education - a network that highlights examples and best practices of "whole child education." Many interesting articles on the Blog
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