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.

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Use the Self-Assessment rubric and reflections to evaluate your efforts to support decision making and advocacy within your school community. Think about where you see yourself and your school in the process of building effective partnerships where partners are informed, respected, and empowered to fully participate in decision making and advocating for all children within the school community.

Use the Teacher Self-Assessment rubric to evaluate your efforts to support decision making and advocacy within your school community. Think about where you see yourself in the process and strategies you use to support and value parents as critical partners in their children’s success.

Use the Teacher Reflection for to plan for improvement, reflect on key elements, and consider where you see yourself and your school currently as well as in the short and long term with respect to supporting decision making and advocacy in your school community.

Use the Family Reflection to engage parents in reflecting on perceptions regarding the school and specific actions that they can take toward improvement.

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