Supporting Decision Making and Advocacy

Supporting Decision Making and Advocacy

The tools and resources in this module support programs that are committed to shared decision making and advocacy. Empowering families to help solve problems, discuss program effectiveness, prioritize spending, spending priorities, and develop policies, sends a powerful message about collaboration, equity and access.

The findings presented by Henderson and Mapp have shown that schools with parents who are involved in decision making and advocacy have higher levels of student achievement and public support. Effective partnerships develop when each partner is respected and empowered to fully participate in the decision-making process.

Professional DevelopmentProfessional Development

School, home, and community partnerships that are committed to shared decision making lead to a high level of parent involvement. Empowering families to help solve problems, discuss fiscal priorities and develop policies that are more child/parent friendly sends a powerful message about collaboration, equity and access.

This module provides information and ideas on:

  • the role of parent organizations, advisory councils, parent advocacy groups and networks;
  • building networks for families;
  • keeping parents informed about critical issues; and
  • participating and supporting the election process for governance.
  1. Getting Ready
  2. PPT Overview Sheets
  3. Handouts
  4. Evaluation and Certificates
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