Workshop equips parents to play active role in education


Dayton Public Schools administration and staff will encourage parents to play a more active role in education through parent conference workshops on Sept. 25 from 8:30 a.m. until 1 p.m. at Sinclair Community College, Building 12.   A joint effort between DPS and Parity, Inc., and sponsored by National City Bank, the conference is titled "Reclaiming Our Youth" Empowering Our Parents."

The conference will begin at 9 a.m. with welcome messages from Superintendent Percy Mack, Ph.D., and Shawn McDowell, vice president of public affairs and community development for National City Bank.  

At 9:15 Dr. Steve Johnson, president of Sinclair Community College, will discuss the importance of college.

The third-annual conference will also include several workshops, which will begin at 9:45 a.m.  Participants may choose to attend "Leave No Child Behind," "Empowering You Into Leadership," "Fathers are Parents, Too," and "Music and Learning "Making the Hip Hop Connection," among others. (See workshop details below.) Experts will also teach parents and students how to play educational games such as scrabble and chess.

Conference highlights will include a display from Highlights Magazine, entertainment from SMAG Dance Collective, and a mini-college and career fair.  (See details below.)

"The purpose of the career and college fair is to help parents tune into their children’s future and connect students with resources for jobs," said Brenda Dewberry, director of pre-college programs at Wright State University.  "This conference really is for the kids, the parents, and the entire community."

Attendance at the Parent Conference includes free admittance, parking, lunch, book bags, handouts and souvenir banks.  Door prizes include a bicycle and helmet, and stereo system.  Event sponsors are National City Bank, Xerox, KeyBank, and Bank One.

"This is a serious conference for our parents and students. Parents will meet DPS administrators at the workshops and learn how to become involved in our schools," said Donna Wright, coordinator of family involvement for Dayton Public Schools.  "We want our parents to be involved in the education of their children.  We want to hear their thoughts, help them when we can, and work with them so that our students receive the best education possible."

Workshop equips parents to play active role in education