Services, Tools & Resources

COPACS Services, Tools & Resources: 
We offer workshops and services that support the information dissemination and knowledge
utilization needs of parents and community stakeholders in states, districts and schools. For more information, please contact us at:

The workshops include but are not limited to:
  • The History of ESEA
  • The Purpose of ESEA/ESSA 
  • How Different Special Interest Groups Are Interpreting ESSA (in Relationship to Student Achievement)
  • Defining the Purpose of ESSA State Stakeholder Initiatives in Relationship to Social Inclusion
  • Participatory Democracy: Building the Foundation for Interactions Between
    Parents, Community Members and Public School Educators

  • Identifying the Nondemocratic Factors that Support the Imbalance of Power in Stakeholder Engagement Iniatiaves (from the promotion of status quo agendas to the status quo choosing who can sit on committees (through their own competitive application process)
  • Understanding and Addressing the Politics Associated with Stakeholder Engagement Initiatives
  • State Accountability Plans & Stakeholder Engagement (Topics of Concern - call 202-534-1954 for more on this list. . .)
  • Ways to Strengthen Stakeholder Voice Aligned With Positive Student Outcomes  --- Supported by Gold or Evidenced-based Research & Lessons Learned
  • Strategies to Strengthen Student Voice & Empowerment  in Public Schools --- Supported by Gold or Evidenced-based Research & Lessons Learned
  • Developing Opportunity Structures for Stakeholder Engagement in Educational Systems 
  • Understanding State, District and School Report Cards 
  • Exploring & Understanding the Power Dynamics in Public School Systems 
  • The ARVIN Analytical Framework & Assessment Tool
  • How to Support Equity & Excellence within Public Schools
  • Promoting Transparency & Accountability in Public School Governance, Discourse & Decision-making Tied to Student Achievement  --- Supported by Gold or Evidenced-based Research(Topics of Concern: School Choice, School Turnarounds, Teacher Evaluations/Teacher Productivity Tied to Student Achievement or Teacher Preparation Issues ,  State Standards & Assessments, State Report Cards , Equity & Excellence in Schools , Parent and Community Stakeholder Voice, Agency  & Influence in Schools, etc.)
  • Understanding Social Capital, Social Cohesion, Buy-in, Reciprocity, Political Trust and the Legitimacy of State Stakeholder Engagement Initiatives Based on Social Inclusion, and
  • How to Create Socially Cohesive School Communities Built By All School & Community Stakeholders.

Services include but are not limited to:

  • The research and development of specific content for websites, newsletters, workshops and retreat programming or presentations, etc. (fee-based starting at 50.00 per month, including the development and design of training materials)
  • The development of the content for public budget presentations tied to school programming and activities
  • The development of parent and community stakeholder training and curriculum materials
  • The development of research syntheses pertaining to best practices and lessons learned in parent and community engagement, etc. 
  • The development of research syntheses on capacity building tools, techniques, trends, models, and organizational approaches that support  parent and community stakeholder engagement tied to student achievement 
  • The development of analytical frameworks for parent and community stakeholder engagement  tied to transparency and accountability in school governance, discourse adn decision-making 
  • Research syntheses focusing on case studies tied underserved students (lessons learned), including but not limited to   school board/school district decisions   that promote inequality , segregation , the school to prison pipeline, etc.
  • The coordination and development of parent and community stakeholder assessments  tied to transparency and accountability in school governance, discourse and decision-making 
  • The development of reports for workshops focusing on ESSA Title One funding   data --- or formulas (if they exist) at the state and local levels, including how funds are used and  tied to student outcomes
  • The development and identification of research-based strategies assocated with genuine parent and community stakeholder engagement initiatives
  • The development of reports comparing and contrasting  stakeholder initiatives controlled by the status quo with those that serve genuine stakeholder engagement intiatives --- from a historical perspective
  • The development of MOOCs (online courses) and study guides for parent and community stakeholder engagement  tied to student achievement.