The education justice movement requires strategic, ongoing, multi-sector collaboration working across various systems and places. For this reason, SEF engages in a range of partnerships and coalitions designed to attack the root cause of educational inequities by strengthening the capacity of parents & community. By using data, policy analysis, and the dissemination of evidence-based research, we convene, connect, and collaborate with the aim of helping to shape local, state, and federal policies that result in equitable and effective systems change for students of color and low-income students in the South.
Parent & Community Engagement
Toward a Better Future
The Future We Aspire To:
SEF aims torward creating demand at the community level for what needs to happen in their schools and developing durable coalitions across race and class to increase political power and influence.
We believe in the power of leaders in the community to eradicate the policies and practices that allow race and class to be the most reliable predictor of student success. Therefore, our organization designs programs to equip these leaders with the understanding and skills necessary to navigate the complex landscape of public education and advance equitable school strategies. At SEF, the principle of leadership development involves investing in individuals across sectors and systems in order to bring these ideas to fruition and to challenge notions for which they have not been equipped.
SEF Parental & Community Engagement Pathways to Advocacy (PCPA)
SEF PCPA offers an approach to connect students, parents, families, schools, and community stakeholders in learning opportunities that moves from individual involvement to collective advocacy and action. We view it as an entry point for parents and community stakeholders to drive school improvement as well as to advance learning opportunities for children and schools.
Our work emphasizes parental engagement and community engagement as a catalyst to success for the schools their children attend locally.
Provide School Governance Teams with access to coaches and customized assistance that is tailored toward learning to address challenges faced in their communities.
Assist in making connections among local stakeholders with relevant expertise that may be applied to a local context.
Investing in the conception and implementation of innovative programs.
Support the implementation of curricula that is academically demanding, enhances exposure, and ensures students are sufficiently prepared for postsecondary education.
Metrics of Success
Provide support to increase parents’ capacity to improve the system that impact their local school and children’s performance.
Support parents, students and community stakeholders with learning opportunities that move them from individual involvement to collective advocacy and action.
Decisions are being made for and about Black, Brown, and low income children without them being a part of the process. It is essential to lift voices and increase the power of those directly impacted in education policy and practice. Resources are needed to continue to build relationships with parent and community members, help them tell their stories, increase their knowledge of systems and enhance capacity to advocate for their child, school, and community.
The Call to Action
Parents and community members must engage in education issues in order to take back their schools and communities. Getting stakeholders engaged requires time and trust. Building relationships and understanding various perspectives on education is required to build capacity and power. Parents and community should be involved in their children’s individual learning to move them toward collective engagement and organizing.
Educators are understanding that it’s about how you treat children…We’re working with them to engage parents more, earlier, and often. It shouldn’t just be ‘call me when there’s a problem' it should be 'call me because my kid had a great day.'
Hear from Marlyn Tillman of Gwinnett SToPP