Readers of this blog might already be aware of this, but I just learned that the PTA has launched what they’re calling an “Urban Family Engagement Initiative.”
Here’s how their website describes it:
“… in recognizing that different modalities of parent involvement must be developed to be inclusive of all parents, the National PTA has identified ten cities, with 5 additional cities to be selected in 2010 to develop new models of parent engagement to ensure opportunity and equity for the students in each city. The cities include: Atlanta, Albuquerque, Baltimore, Boston, Chicago, Houston, Las Vegas, Miami, New York and Philadelphia. These new strategies will be locally-driven and will mobilize volunteer leaders to address needs important to each community.”
I don’t know if any of these efforts have begun yet, or what they might look like. If you do, please leave a comment.