On Monday night, StudentsFirstNY hosted a conversation with parents from our Brooklyn and Queens community chapters. The conversation this week included an interactive game that challenged parents to work together to decide which comments and political leaders supported education reform and which ones opposed it.
Parents did a great job identifying expressions commonly associated with each position, and the activity led to great conversation between the chapter members. Sabrina, a parent leader from Canarsie, offered her views on education as it ties to generational poverty. The majority of our parents agreed that fixing our public education systems is a key piece of eradicating poverty. Another parent leader from our Bed-Stuy chapter offered her views on teacher evaluation in New York City saying, "In no other profession are evaluations not common practice. It is a way to measure quality performance and ensure job security.”
At the end of the evening’s conversation, a parent leader from our Brownsville community urged other parent leaders to unite together and demand better schools and quality teachers in their communities.
We had a great meeting, and over the next few weeks, parents will continue to gather and discuss ways to improve the educational system that will provide a quality education to all of its students.
If you are interested in being involved, please e-mail us at: firstname.lastname@example.org.