(Washington, DC) This winter and spring, DC Public Schools (DCPS) will offer a series of virtual events for parents and caregivers, as well as for middle school and high school students. Happening nearly every week from March to May, these events allow families to engage more with their school community and provide students with resources and mentorship to support their growth and development as young leaders.
“DCPS seeks to create environments where our students feel empowered and inspired to be student leaders and positively influence their community and the world,” said Chancellor Lewis Ferebee. “We know that families are experts in their children and partners in their success and are excited to continue our robust family workshops.”
Parent University virtual workshops provide parents and caregivers helpful resources in navigating the school year and supporting their child’s education. Sessions will take place online on Tuesdays at 5:30 p.m. See the full schedule and RSVP at bit.ly/dcpsparentursvp.
- March 1 — Preparing for parent-teacher conferences: Using grades to support your child
- March 8 — Preparing for parent-teacher conferences: Reviewing assessment data
- March 15 — Let’s talk through DCPS summer learning plans!
- March 22 — 9th-11th grade guide: Using the guide to reach your goals
- March 29 — Worry and anxiety in children and adolescents: Strategies to help kids and caregivers cope during tough times
- April 5 — Transition planning: Preparing for life after high school
- April 19 — Summer learning: Going beyond the classroom
- April 26 — DCPS assessment guide for families: What assessments is my child taking this spring?
- May 3 — Finding ways to recharge and support your child's learning
- May 10 — Supporting dual-language learners at home
- May 17 — Supporting English language learners at home
Student Leadership Programs
#KingTalk is a virtual series is for Black and Brown identifying students in middle school and high school and their allies. Sessions will take place each month and focus on opportunities for students to engage in self-reflection and explore their respective journeys in a collaborative atmosphere that encourages leadership development amongst peers. This series is part of DCPS’ EMOC: Empowering Males of Color program. EMOC supports schools in developing effective strategies to enhance the student experience, increase achievement and engagement, and prepare our males of color and their allies for postsecondary, careers, and life beyond DCPS. Upcoming March events include:
- March 3 at 12 pm and 4 pm — DIY: How to Build a Great Leader! (RSVP here)
- March 23 at 12 pm and 4 pm — A Living History: Yesterday, Today, and Tomorrow of the Pan-Africa and Latinx Diasporas (RSVP here)
We The Girls Read is a book club for young women of color. The program, in partnership with The Dinner Table Doc, is already underway and middle school and high school students meet monthly to explore diverse literature and develop their literacy and leadership skills. We The Girls Read is part of Reign, an empowerment project that uplifts a new generation of young women leaders across DCPS. Reign programming focuses on creating spaces for young women of color to build community, confidence, and leadership skills, while also focusing on identity and health and wellness.