Parent Engagement We value the inclusion of our parents in our community as we believe that parents are the key to supporting their child's learning. As discussed in “Roots of Action”, ”Parent Engagement: A Paradigm Shift”, years of academic studies have shown that parent engagement is linked to children’s academic, social and emotional development. This type of engagement involves parents as teachers and learners. This article promotes the idea that “we must go beyond thinking of parents as school volunteers and fundraisers and consider them part of a school’s learning community”. It means building parent-school partnerships that not only increase student learning but expand learning for everyone in a child’s support system. We will work closely with our families to ensure that they have a complete understanding of what it means to be a 21st century learner. As stated in the “Getting Smart” article dated May 8, 2015 titled “5 Ways Parents Can Encourage 21st Century Learning,” ”The 4Cs, Communication, Collaboration, Critical Thinking and Creativity, are the skills they will need, and are often cited as 21st century skills– but what’s new about them is how important they are for all kids, not just those lucky enough to live in the right zip code”. Pathways High intends on collaborating with our families by following the seven steps laid out in “Roots of Action”...”Parent Engagement: A Paradigm Shift”:
Engage together in meaningful dialogue.
Show mutual respect.
Actively listen to one another.
Collaborate on issues that affect student learning.
Empathize with one another.
Open themselves to learning from each other.
Involve students as responsible collaborators in their own learning.
Community Support Pathways High’s values lead us to foster relationships in the community in order to support student growth. In order to support students from classroom to workroom, we will build supportive relationships with individuals, businesses and organizations in Milwaukee. The IMPACT coordinator and Director will serve as the liaison in recruiting, training, pairing mentors and mentees, monitoring progress and more. Primary goals include:
Working with businesses and organizations aligned to a wide variety of career pathways to provide introductory, exploratory experiences that will help students understand the many paths available to solid careers, often in currently emerging fields. Our IMPACT program allows students to build relationships with specific mentors but also develop meaningful connections to a variety of fields of industry.
Developing relationships with University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee and MATC to provide dual credit opportunities for our students.
Providing access to cultural, political and social events that will build awareness of and skills for interacting with the greater community.
Providing mentors for individual and small group support of student learning and whole person development.
Providing service opportunities for Pathways High students.
Providing Experts in Residence to augment PBL experiences as well as instructional experiences for individual and small group interests and talents.
As reported in “The Atlantic” on 1/13/16 “When it comes to helping young people succeed, education experts and nonprofits are embracing the idea that a broad web of formal and informal role models is key”. This article references “a growing body of research-including a study last year by America’s Promise Alliance, which found that students with social support are more likely to re-engage with school in the face of adversity, suggests that the United States should invest broadly in mentorship”. Pathways High will be hosting quarterly Community Conversations with mentors from our community who are trained in “Crucial Conversations” through the Boys and Girls Clubs. Pathways High has begun the process of mentor recruitment by initial discussions with programs such as the Milwaukee Brotherhood of Firefighters, the Running Rebels Community Organization, Southwest Key Youth Mentoring Program and with local fraternities such as the Delta Psi Chi fraternity in Milwaukee.
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