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Our in-person and online professional development, is tailored to help

your school or district reach every parent, grandparent and caring adult.

Professional Development

Project Appleseed offers professional development in family engagement. Our basic training is the first step in preparing schools and districts to reach every parent, grandparent and caring adult in your community. Project Appleseed professional development comes in two forms -  our Traveling Workshop or Parental Involvement Toolbox Training. The work of family engagement is demanding. In our professional development, you'll learn how to deploy the Parental Involvement Pledge learning compact to recruit families in learning, volunteering and discipline.

Project Appleseed provides a unique opportunity to bring Kevin Walker (Pictured right) our founder and a national parent leader to your school community.  In 1994 Mr. Walker advised the White House on the creation of the first parental involvement provisions of Title I which are now part of the current Every Student Success Act (ESSA). He is also the creator of both National Parental Involvement Day and Public School Volunteer Week

Project Appleseed’s professional development is an excellent way to teach specific parent engagement objectives to a targeted group - school staff, parents, and school groups, like parent teacher associations with ideas and strategies for working together to create a healthier school. 

 

Parent engagement in schools is parents and school staff working together to support and improve the learning, development, and health of children and adolescents. Parent engagement in schools is an important, shared responsibility in which schools and other community agencies and organizations are committed to getting parents involved in meaningful ways, and parents are committed to actively supporting their children’s and adolescent’s’ learning and development. 

 

Our Traveling Workshop is a one-day session and our Parental Involvement Toolbox Training is two hours - both have highly effective transfer skills and knowledge. Project Appleseed’s workshops and online trainings provide a program for schools and communities that focuses on the techniques and skills in family engagement that has long-term benefits. 

 

One-Day Traveling Workshop

(Offered on-line until Kevin Walker resumes traveling. Estimated to be May 1, 2021.)

Research repeatedly correlates family engagement with student achievement, yet this strategy is rarely activated as an integral part of school improvement efforts. Our family engagement training provides strategies that are aligned with student learning and achievement. Schools organize parent responsibility with an effective model that is research-based, meets district, state and Title I ESSA mandates. You will leave the workshop with a multi-year plan and the tools to engage all families.

 

One-Day

Traveling Workshop

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Project Appleseed's professional development is not a stand alone activity rather than a journey that is intensive, collaborative, job-embedded, data-driven and family focused. The Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) redefines high-quality professional development for elementary and secondary education. Whether you’re a brand-new or seasoned educator or parent leader, we have the evidence-based knowledge you need to get up to speed, perform at your best, and get the most out of parents.  

Our program and support is included 

  • Complimentary Four-Year Parental Involvement Toolbox for each school or district conducting a Traveling Workshop  - a $700.00 value.

  • Participant guides and resources to build connections between home and school.

  • Our interactive workshops have hands-on applications.

  • Follow-up session available by video conference - no charge.

Our professional development will also equip staff to better respond to family engagement issues related to COVID-19.  School health activities are more successful when parents are involved. The Centers for Disease Control's Division of Adolescent School Health first partnered with Project Appleseed nearly a decade ago to promote effective parenting on National Parental Involvement Day. Drawing from research and best practices from schools across the country, CDC collaborated with key partners to create the strategies found in Parents for Healthy Schools to give schools a framework for parent engagement. There are three aspects of the parent engagement framework:

 

  1. Connecting with parents.

  2. Engaging parents in school health activities.

  3. Sustaining parent engagement in school health.

 

Project Appleseed follows the six CDC professional development practices —Sustain, Design, Promote, Deliver, Follow-Up, and Evaluate. When developing and delivering your professional development workshop, we integrate all six of these practices. Our professional development is consciously designed to actively engage learners and includes the planning, design, promotion, delivery, follow-up, and evaluation.

Scheduling Options:

  • We can schedule your online session as a one-day event. Our in-person workshop is normally held between 8:30am and 2:30pm (including lunch and breaks).

  • Or two day workshop with 2 1/2 hour sessions at times that you choose (including lunch and breaks).

Traveling Workshop (One-Day Online until May 1, 2021)

  • Our Tools: Features the implementation of the Parental Involvement Toolbox in your school community for a school year and the metrics for parent engagement success based on our Logic Model

  • Certification in ESSA Title I: An introduction to Title I parental involvement and planning and evaluating your Title I program.

  • National Standards: An overview of the Six Slices of Parental Involvement is presented along with specific activities to organize families and increase student outcomes. 

  • CDC Planning Guides and Resources: Our partner at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) joined with Project Appleseed to release resources on parent engagement. The CDC guides are based on the Six Slices of Parental Involvement framework and with the Parental Involvement Toolbox.

  • Create A Plan: Develop A 10 Step Family Engagement Plan. Educators are provided information on how to encourage, involve, and measure parents’ involvement at different levels.

  • On-Going Learning: Follow-up utilizes access to Powerpoint Central, a library of Powerpoint presentations on parent engagement by education experts from across the country.

  • Follow-Up: Features ongoing two-way support by Skype, phone, email. 

  • Project Appleseed Certification: Our certification will show you’ve got what it takes to crush the complex real-world challenges of parent engagement.

Download more information here! Traveling Workshop in your schools is $4,000.00 for training of all staff and administrators.  We ask that you book at least 30 days in advance.

 

Parental Involvement Toolbox Training (Two-Hours On-line)

Two-Hour

Toolbox Training

The Parental Involvement Toolbox is a family engagement program designed for schools that want to mobilize family engagement to improve student outcomes. Each Toolbox Parental Involvement Pledge and Parental Involvement Report Card are branded with each school's logo's for distribution to every student and family.  Schools organize parent responsibility with an effective model that is research-based, meets district, state and Title I ESSA mandates. 

Zoom! with Project Appleseed president & founder, Kevin Walker. Our flexible professional development options offers two hour training sessions scheduled at your request. Download our slideshow presentation of Project Appleseed's program, Strong Families, Strong Schools, for more information on how we engage families. Fees are $1,500.00:

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Toolbox Training Outline

  • Features the implementation of the Parental Involvement Toolbox in your school community and the metrics for parent engagement success.

  • An overview of the Six Slices of Parental Involvement. Guidance on how to engage parents. Each session is meant to offer solutions for educators and parents tailored to each school or district’s needs.

  • An introduction to Title I parental involvement and planning and evaluating your Title I Program.

  • Follow-up utilizes access to Powerpoint Central, a library of Powerpoint presentations on parent engagement by education experts from across the country.

  • Follow-up features ongoing two-way support by phone, email.

Download more information here! Toolbox training in your schools is $1,500.00 for training of all staff and administrators.  We ask that you book at least 30 days in advance.

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"A 10% increase in parental participation (a form of social capital) would increase academic achievement far more than a 10% increase in school spending."

Project Appleseed, family engagement, parental involvement public schools

This is not an argument against school budget increases, but an argument for paying attention to social capital (Putnam, Sanders 2001). Research repeatedly correlates family engagement with student achievement, yet this strategy is rarely activated as an integral part of school reform efforts (Weiss et al, 2010).  Our program can increase family engagement in your school community!

Project Appleseed's Parental Involvement Toolbox is ourl program designed for educators and parent leaders to supersize and mobilize family engagement.

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Learn family engagement with our In-person or Online training!. Utilize one of America's most accessible parent and family engagement leaders in your schools!

Download our slideshow: Strong Families, Strong Schools! Family engagement should be an essential strategy in building partnership with parents.