About Project Appleseedtm
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Our MissionAs a parent it can be a struggle sometimes to figure out how much and how exactly to be involved in a child’s school life and in the community. It is important to have a resource to turn to that is universal to parents across the United States.
Project Appleseed provides resources for parents
who want to be engaged in their children's schools and
for schools who seek their involvement.
Project Appleseed is a nonprofit resource, advocate, and voice for families, in the pursuit of life, liberty and happiness,
by means of a quality education in America’s public schools.
Project Appleseed is an outstanding educational resource for families in public education. Our web-based tools utilize the Six Types of Involvement from Dr. Joyce Epstein’s research to engage with families, schools, and communities for student success and achievement in K-12 education. It has many useful resources for both staff and parents including tips, the Parental Involvement Toolbox, and handouts.
Project Appleseed's Parental Involvement Pledge is a learning compact, providing an opportunity for parents to formalize their commitment to working with their child’s school through a written agreement, which they can complete and take to their parent leader, school secretary, teacher, or principal. The Pledge is based on the Six Types of Parental Involvement developed by Dr. Epstein. This resource also includes an example of a survey of parent volunteer interests. The survey identifies areas in which parents can volunteer in school, outside the classroom, and at home.
Though not yet at the scale of the national civil rights movement, organizers around the nation are currently working in communities to ensure that historically marginalized parents and students can participate in local, state, and national education debates and decisions. We are guided by the research which has shown that the community organizing approach to school reform has led to successes such as increases in education funding, more equitable distribution of education resources, greater access to college preparatory curriculum, and more effective teacher recruitment and retention in hard-to-staff schools. (Strengths and Challenges of Community Organizing as an Education Reform Strategy: What the Research Says; Prepared by the Annenberg Institute for School Reform at Brown University, Renée, M., and S. McAlister. 2011)
We Engage Families and CommunitiesProject Appleseed was founded by Kevin Walker in 1993. He serves as the organization's president & national director. As our first national leader, Mr. Walker worked with the Clinton White House and helped pioneer the original parental involvement provisions in Section 1118 of Title I of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act in 1994.
(Pictured, Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa and Kevin Walker at the Grantmakers for Education Conference In L.A.)
Project Appleseed has three purposes - improvement in learning, wellness, and school facilities. We are a catalyst in the implementation of effective, research based, model parent and community involvement programs that increase social capital, improves the lives of families and revitalizes schools and communities across the United States.
During the past two decades, Project Appleseed has provided school districts throughout the country with two widely celebrated events – National Parental Involvement Day and Public School Volunteer Week. These are the celebrations in which schools recruit, engage and recognize the services of America’s dedicated school volunteers who have offered their time, encouragement, and meaningful contact with students.
Our Three Purposes
achievement by mobilizing parent, family and
community volunteers inside and outside schools. The
winning work to build social capital is
our learning compact called the Parental
Based on the words of President
Woodrow Wilson, the Parental Involvement Pledge
is the most widely distributed compact in the United States. By signing
the Pledge, parents agree to "take personal responsibility" for their
children's education by promising to help their children with homework
fifteen minutes each school night and to volunteer at their local
school at least five hours each semester. Project Appleseed recruits
and organizes parent help and support in local schools and school
districts by providing schools with Project Appleseed's Parental
Involvement Toolbox through this web site. Schools and organizations
can order a complete plan, the Parental
Involvement Toolbox, for mobilizing parents to volunteer in
schools. Included in the toolbox is the Parental Involvement Pledge,
Parental Involvement Report Card, a ten-step recruitment plan, parent
organizing software and more!
The Six Slices
of Parent Involvement were adopted
by Project Appleseed in 1996
from the framework developed by Dr. Joyce L. Epstein, director
of the Center on Families, Communities, Schools, and Children's
Learning at Johns
Hopkins University in Baltimore, Maryland. The Center's
mission is research, evaluation, policy analysis and dissemination in
order to produce new and useful knowledge about how families, schools,
and communities influence student motivation, learning, and
development. Project Appleseed is forever grateful to Dr. Epstein
and the Center, for their contribution in establishing the Six Types of
Parental Involvement as national standards.
Primary Program Activity - www.projectappleseed.org
nutrition by supporting family
participation in physical activities and healthy eating. Join
parents, grandparents & caring adults who have pledged to
support their children's
participation in physical activities and healthy eating, to be active
role models, and to include healthy eating and physical activity in
family events. Take the Fitness
& Nutrition Parental Involvement Pledge! In the fight against
childhood obesity, parental involvement has received a good deal of
attention because of its potential to influence a large number of
school-aged children and their families. A new federal mandate went
into affect in 2007 that requires school districts throughout the
United States to reach out to parents and implement local wellness
policies to improve the eating and physical habits of students. This
mandate represents a unique way in which parents can work closely with
local school administrators, parents, students, staff, fitness &
allied health professionals to create
and implement wellness policies in schools.
Primary Program Activity - www.projectappleseed.org/fitnessnutrition.html
environment by utilizing alumni and
community giving – as universities do - to
finance the rebuilding
public schools as green schools. Charitable
billion even as Americans began
feeling the pinch of soaring gas prices, falling stock
markets and a looming mortgage crisis, they donated $306.39 billion to
charity in 2008, more than ever before.
as a recipient of grants and gifts.
As public school districts
deal with more and more budget
shortfalls, organized parents, community members and educators are
turning to alumni philanthropy to finance school
construction and staff
augmentation-just as America's public universities have done for more
than a century. Alumni
to renovate and re-build America's
schools - green. Green schools cost less to
operate, freeing up resources to truly improve students’ education.
Green schools have carefully planned acoustics and abundant daylight that make it easier and more comfortable for students to learn. Their clean indoor air cuts down sick days and gives our children a head start for a healthy, prosperous future. And their innovative design provides a wealth of hands-on learning opportunities.
Activity - www.projectappleseed.org/capitalcampaign.html
Copyright 2010 PACE / Project Appleseed, the National Campaign for Public School Improvement, a 501 (c) (3) Nonprofit Missouri Corporation. Parents Advocating Challenging Education, Project Appleseed, The National Campaign for Public School Improvement, Leave No Parent Behind, Leave No Dollar Behind, The Parental Involvement Pledge, Family Involvement Pledge, The Parental Involvement Report Card, National Parental Involvement Day, Public School Volunteer Week, Organized Parental Involvement, are trademarks of the National Campaign for Public School Improvement. All Rights Reserved.
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