Services, Tools & Resources
Building a Learning Community
by Supporting Capacity Development Programming
Target Audiences: Parent Practitioners, Parents, Community Stakeholders, Educators 
(or Supporters of the U.S. Public  School System)
 
We offer capacity building events. This includes: 
planning services for conferences, educational institutes, workshops, seminars,
information fairs, etc.  These learning events  address and support the 
information dissemination and knowledge utilization needs of parents and community stakeholders in  states, districts and schools.

Stakeholders may also request webinars, briefs, supplemental guides,
hand-outs, and educational tools for specific learning events, etc. 

For more information, please contact us at: srobinson@copacs.org

Overall educational topics include but are not limited to:
 
  • Understanding Your State's Accountability Plan Please Note: Stakeholders may also request a specialized webinar focusing on their state's plan in order to "study" a wide range of expert views on this subject (an option that does not limit stakeholders to their state, district, and local school officials' viewpoints, perspectives or interpretations of accountability) ---complete with an e-book and a research synthesis broken down in terms that support effective capacity building.  
  • In Search Of A Wider Audience For Research Findings (Many parents and community stakeholders do not know about key research studies that support student achievement. This workshop focuses on this overwhelming need --- and/or the need to connect stakeholders to the work of outstanding researchers who have produced high, quality research studies tied to student achievement. The overall goal is to ensure that educational research is an accessible topic, fun to pursue, discover and explore and, of course, easy to understand and discuss with all audiences in mind.)
  • Can we talk? Can we  talk about high performing school systems and what they do to support student achievement?*
  • The History of ESEA
  • The Purpose of ESEA/ESSA
  • Defining & Studying the Purpose of ESSA Stakeholder Engagement 
  • Understanding the Purpose of NAEP, PISA, TIMMS and Statewide Assessments 
  • Understanding  Quality Classroom Instruction, etc. Tied to Student Achievement (On Any Given Day) 
  • Interpreting ESSA by Reviewing Insights from a Wide Range of Stakeholders  
  • Participatory Democracy: Building the Foundation for Interactions Between Parents & Schools
  • Reviewing Best Practices & Lessons Learned tied to Equity and Excellence in Schools 
  • How to Build a Social Equity Framework
  • Understanding  Policy Development, Research & Its Analysis at the State, District and School Levels
  • State Accountability Plans, the Status Quo & Stakeholder Engagement 
  • Ways to Strengthen Stakeholder Voice, Influence & Agency 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, including Power Imbalances 
  • Exploring the ARVIN Analytical Framework & Assessment Tool
  • 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.

*If the the transparency and accountability process is to be a legitimate one parents and community stakeholders must be included in school-based conversations on an equal basis with other entities (i.e., all of the unions). They must attend the meetings where critical topics are debated. When this goal is achieved, strong parent groups and theri members (rather than those who serve at the whims of school officials and unions) must have an equal say in state, district and schoo-based decisions. In other words, without parents and community stakeholders' input, voice and influence it is impossible for school-based decisions to really count --- if they do not truly represent their decisions. For example, the unions  could say: "we want  teacher effectiveness defined, etc.  in this way" and nobody is really expected to disagree with them. In other words, let the unions speak for their members --- but parents and community stakeholders must be allowed to truly speak on behalf of children or with the best interests of children in mind, too. 

Services include but are not limited to:

  • The research and development of specific content for websites, newsletters, workshops and retreat programming or presentations, etc., including the development and design of training materials
  • 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 based 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 to underserved students (lessons learned), including but not limited to   school board/school district decisions   that promote equality, social inclusion and/or high expectations for all students in contrast to  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; sometimes they don't) 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 and,
  • Assistance with grant development.