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2013-2014 Family Engagement Conference
The AIG and Federal Programs held the 2nd Annual Family Engagement Conference on Saturday, Oct. 26, 2013 at Monroe Middle School. This event provided the UCPS families and Monroe community an opportunity to gather together and learn more about supporting our children. The theme for the conference, “My Size Fits Me”, provided fifteen workshop sessions on a variety of topics for parents and staff such as health and nutrition, advocating for the unique needs of children, gifted learners, English as a Second Language, and math and Common Core State Standards. Lunch and door prizes were enjoyed by all.
The morning kicked off with a rousing performance by the Western Union Elementary School chorus, led by Mr. Evan Stevens. Mr. Shelton Jefferies provided a warm welcome to the families and encouraged the importance of family engagement for student success.
Beverly Roberts, Project Director for the North Carolina Parent Information and Resource Center, provided the keynote and served on a panel discussion on the topic of parent advocacy. Presenters included UCPS staff, Dr. Janet Jenkins from Wingate University, and various community members. Volunteers included UCPS staff and students from Monroe Middle School and the Early College program.
The event also included a children’s conference that offered a variety of keynote speakers, art, drama, science, and drumming activities. Students were actively engaged in these activities as their parents attended the workshop sessions. The morning culminated with the children sharing in a final performance for their families.
We look forward to our next conference for the 2014-2015 school year and we are excited to see the event grow and include schools across the district.
To view the Family Engagement Conference program in English, click here.
To view the Family Engagement Conference program in Spanish, click here.
Written by: Lisa Gibson, AIG Elementary Education Coordinator and Title I Specialist
Posted: Sep 12, 2013 by Meghan Jarrell