On Saturday, May 2, 2015, the Chicago Public Schools Office of Family and Community Engagement (FACE) joined with the Parent Leadership Network to present a conference for CPS families. It was the first event of its kind in Chicago and was free of charge. The event was held at Whitney Young High School, 211 S. Laflin, from 9 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.
With the theme "Planting the Seed: Growing as Parent Leaders," this event helped CPS parents and guardians develop the leadership skills that will make them better prepared to fully engage in their children's education.
"This conference helps fulfill the promise laid out in Pillar 3 of our District's Action Plan – to engage and empower CPS families and communities," said Philip Hampton, Chief of Family and Community Engagement for CPS. "This is an opportunity for parents and guardians to receive information on topics relevant to their children's education, building on the fact that a well-informed parent is critical to shaping a well-educated child."
During the conference, families had the chance to hear from such experts as Dr. Mahalia Hines, a member of the Chicago Board of Education, and Roberto Rivera, a renowned artist, educator and change agent. They also took part in engaging workshops on such topics as parental involvement in schools, restorative justice practices, and social media trends among today's youth. Breakfast and lunch was provided, and raffles and giveaways were given out throughout the day.
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