Parent and Teacher Relationships: From Blame to Working Together
Monday, September 23, 6-8pm
10 E. North Ave. Baltimore 21202
Teachers’ Democracy Project will share a study of the gap between parents and teachers that helps us understand why we blame each other and what we can do instead. The study was conducted in the Summer of 2018 by a team of 25 fellows who engaged in 659 interviews primarily with parents and teachers as an organizing project. The report reveals the key issues parents and teachers are concerned with and how and why they tend to blame each other for the problems that schools face. We will discuss our findings and recommendations and give audience a chance to engage in shaping solutions.
Dinner and childcare provided. RSVP for childcare to firstname.lastname@example.org
BECOME A TDP FELLOW
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We offer fellowships in the fall, spring and summer for teachers, paras, administrators, parents and community members. Fellows are typically paid $1000 and sign up for a semester or so of learning and working together on a project that brings change at the school and/or district level.
PARENT POWER FELLOWSHIP
TDP will support 10 parents who want to create a city-wide parent advocacy group focused on Baltimore City Schools.
The Parent Power Group will be a group of parents who listen, inform and organize other parents so that we can collectively advocate for the systemic change we wish to see. We do this work through one-on-one conversations, supportive social media spaces, public events and targeted collective action.
SCHOOL CULTURE AND SAFETY
This fellowship is for parent and teacher pairs who are willing to learn how to build a cohesive team of parents, teachers, and other school staff who will work together to come up with a plan to address a school safety and climate challenge at their school. We expect that the process will help to establish deeper relationships within the school community, and that, with the support and knowledge that TDP has honed over the past few cycles of fellows, these teacher/parent partners will be able to effectively navigate their school spaces and get the plans implemented.
FUNDING THE KIRWAN COMMISSION- STATE LEVEL ORGANIZING
The Kirwan commission produced a set of recommendations for education funding that will need to be fought for in Annapolis this winter. In order to be ready, TDP will fund 2 fellows per county (Anne Arundel, Prince George’s, Montgomery, Howard, Frederick and Baltimore County as well as Baltimore City) to organize other parents with the goal of getting 50 people to write letters and make phone calls and who can themselves testify and write letters. Nov-April.
INTERESTED IN ANY OF THESE FELLOWSHIPS? PLEASE FILL OUT AN INTEREST FORM SO WE CAN FOLLOW UP WITH YOU.
TDP engages teachers, parents and community members in Fellowship Projects. Fellows are working on: Restorative Practices and bullying, socially engaged curriculum, and parent power. By proactively connecting teachers, parents and community members we aim to transform school relationships, culture and the way decisions get made.
Our Advocacy Work is a result of what we hear from our fellows as they tackle issues in their schools and in response to larger national and local trends. We couple teacher and parent feedback with other research to help us advocate for better policies and practices. We attend school board meetings and host community forums around how to create more equity and inclusion in school decision making.