Parents Lead Workshops for Students

posted Jun 12, 2011, 5:09 AM by Suzannah Ohring   [ updated Jun 20, 2011, 7:51 AM ]
Students and parents at West Side Collaborative have transformed June clerical half days into an opportunity for innovative family engagement. 

On June 7 and 13, parent volunteers gathered at the school to run workshops for students, showcasing their skills, talents and interests.  Students could choose from an array of workshops:  Conversational Spanish, Conversational French, Quick and Easy Breakfasts, Cinematic Language, Teen Talk, Old School Street Games, Poetry and more.  Parent participants included a professional caterer, documentary film maker, musician and group counselor. 

For days afterwards the hallways echoed with Spanish and French phrases as students practiced their newly acquired skills.  The workshops encouraged students to see parents in a different light and gain an appreciation for all they have to offer. For parents the event was an opportunity to better understand the role teachers play in children's lives.  This event brought the entire community together.  It was a positive experience for all involved.