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“I think this is an amazing model for how to bring communities together, how to make schools like the hubs of our neighborhood again.”
– Melinda Bell, Ashley Park PreK-8 School Parent
The scope of this year’s work continued to focus on family insights, 10 total family empowerment events, and community partnerships. Each school also took place in monthly professional development and data meetings as well as two joint professional development sessions to share resources, insights, and best practices. Although the family empowerment nights are the most public-facing aspect of the initiative, 90% of the work that took place behind the scenes is what made this initiative successful.
63% increase in unique families attending events at Ashley Park from 18/19 to 19/20
65% increase in unique families attending events at Movement School from 18/19 to 19/20
43% growth in community partner participation at family night events from 18/19 to 19/20
“The increased frequency with which your organization has repeatedly drawn large percentages of parents who express feelings of empowerment from having attended is a testament to the effectiveness of the model you have developed and the partners you have engaged… We all know that parents are our first and best teachers and this COVID-19 pandemic has demonstrated just how important their involvement in their children’s education is.”
– Thelma Byers-Bailey, District 2 Representative and Vice-Chair, Charlotte-Mecklenburg Board of Education
Family Empowerment Events across both schools
Total scholars and family members attending
Unique families attending a Family Empowerment Event across both schools
Families who reported attending a family night reported feeling more empowered
Families who reported attending a family night reported more involved in their child’s school
Families that reported attending a family night also indicated that they had used the resources or skills learned from these nights at home
Pre-surveys collected from Movement School
377 or 78.5% of Movement scholars were represented by pre-survey responses
Pre-surveys collected from Ashley Park
178 or 36.9% of Ashley Park scholars were represented by pre-survey responses
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|2||Soaring to New Heights||135||301|
|3||Milestones in African-American History||90||239|
|2||Planting Seeds for Success||83||181|
|3||2020 Vision & Goal Setting||126||259|
|4||History Comes Alive||108||309|
In mid-March of 2020, schools across Mecklenburg County turned to a virtual model in response to COVID-19. Without a school to gather in, the family empowerment initiative and family night model shifted to meet the changing needs of students, families, and schools.
“We’ve been at Ashley Park since my daughter was in kindergarten and we feel a deep connection to the scholars, faculty, and this neighborhood. I am thrilled to offer perspective based on my lived experience. I know this type of hardship and I want to be able to pay the opportunity of stability forward.”
– Parent, Ashley Park Family Relief Fund Review Team
Scheduled for June 12, Movement School plans to celebrate the end of the school year with a drive-thru event. Teachers will distribute academic workbooks for all grade-levels.
Movement scholars whose families attended 2 or more events exhibit better achievement outcomes than scholars whose family had only attended one family night. Significant for literacy, math, and integrated subject areas.
The percentage of Movement scholars who scored 70 and above in literacy and math was higher among those whose family attended two or more family nights.
The percentage of Movement scholars that were chronically absent was lower among those whose family attended 2 or more family nights.
Movement scholars whose family attended 2 or more family nights averaged fewer absences when compared to scholars whose family attended only one night (no significant differences).
“I think the partnership is a great way to maybe change the lens of how charter and district schools view each other.”
– Teacher at Movement School
“[as a result of the partnership] we can compare the best teaching, testing, and parent engagement techniques to better serve our demographic. Without these comparisons, we would be wasting vital time and underserving
our students well-being.”
– Teacher in evalutation interview
“During school hours they are teachers and have to put on their teacher persona. But at family nights, you can see who they are as people. If you have question you can ask during family night, they invite you to use that time, that opportunity. It gives you a different perspective on who your child is seeing every day during school.”
– Family in evaluation interview
Total Social Media Impressions
In the 2020/21 school year, we intend to focus our efforts on joint back-to-school PD, grade-level or content-level focus areas, and advocacy.
These documents were created to present many of the systems and structures from the district/charter collaboration project focused on family empowerment. These documents are intended to be actionable, and easy to use for key stakeholders wishing to implement a family empowerment initiative in their community.