Parents SEE is a 13 week training program focused on parent leadership in education. Created by the Partners for Educational Leadership and the Connecticut Commission on Children to provide parents, grandparents, and guardians with the skills, tools, and understandings they need to become leaders, change agents, and active participants in education.
Parents SEE facilitates partnerships with parents and district/school personnel to address inequities, improve schools, strengthen community engagement, and increase student achievement.
equity in education
what an effective schools look like
how a school district functions
how can parents lead in schools
For more information or to be considered for Cohort 11 in Winter/Spring of 2024, call Sara North at Parents' Place, 203-381-6992 or click here to fill out an application.
What is Parents SEE?
■ a chance to make a difference for children and schools.
■ a place to engage in dialogue and practice skills needed to effect constructive change.
■ an opportunity for parents to acquire knowledge to become leaders, change agents and active participants in education.
How Do We Do It?
■ Participants explore Leadership, Change, Educational Policies and Partnering.
■ School and community leaders attend as guests, facilitating dialogue and policy partnerships.
■ Parents acquire skills to address public policy issues and engage as civic leaders to improve schools for all children.
Why Do We Do It?
■ Research shows a clear link between student achievement and parent/family involvement.
■ Students are more successful when schools, families and communities work together.
■ Parent involvement at home, at schools, and in communities really does make a difference.
Stratford has completed 10 consecutive cohorts of the Parents SEE Program, that is 174 parents, grandparents or guardians that have graduated Parents SEE in Stratford.
After graduating, participants use their training in many different ways. Some report a better comfort level in communicating with school/district leaders, some pursue advocacy efforts in schools/the district, some take on leadership roles within the district/community. Most credit Parents SEE for assisting with their success.
Some examples of leadership roles:
Youth Sports Coach
Girl Scout Troop Leader
SPS Strategic Planning Committee
SSRACCAC (Stratford School Readiness & Child Care Advisory Council)
Stratford's Democratic and Republican Town Committees
Sterling House Committees
PTA/PTO/PTSA Board Member
Elected BOE Member
Teacher of the Year Selection Committee
C.A.R.E. Board of Directors