Parents need to be active partners in their children’s educational process, which was a theme at the Northwest Community Coalition for Youth (NCCY) meeting at Imhotep Charter High School, 21st and Godfrey streets, in West Oak Lane on March 27.
On March 31, there was a Parents’ Summit meeting at Arcadia University in Glenside.
According to Philadelphia Home and School president Delores Solomon, these meetings and others can help parents aid the educational process. One such meeting will be held during a special session with Philadelphia Federation of Teachers President Jerry Jordan at the Philadelphia School District building, 440 N. Broad St., on April 10 at 6 p.m.
“We hope to see parents here (after the Easter break),” said Solomon.
Last weekend’s Parent Education Summit filled up the parking lot of Arcadia University Commons Great Room for most of the day.
After the opening plenary sessions, parents were privy to many workshops such as “Parents Matters,” the “ABCs of College,” “Father Figures & Mentors,” and “Healthy Kids Equal Smart Kids.” During the “Third Grade Learning” sessions, parents learned about how the first three years of a child’s educational life has an impact on long term achievement. “Summer Brain Drain” emphasized the need for students to continue reading during the summer to increase proficiency in reading and writing.
Over at Imhotep, parents discovered why the Safe Corridors program is so important, according to Isabel Fitzgerald. Each week NCCY partners engage in a weekly conference call with principals, those who work with young people, and even the 14th and 35th police districts to discuss how to better serve Northwest Philadelphia youth.
For more information about the upcoming Philadelphia Home and School Association meeting call 215-400-4080 or visit www.phillyhsc.org. For more information about NCCY visit nccy.org.