Parent Mentor Program
"Parents and Teachers Working Together"
HOW THE PARENT MENTOR PROGRAM WORKS
The community-based organization (CBO) and the school recruit a group of parent mentors every year. There is a school-based parent mentor coordinator hired by the CBO who does most of the recruiting and he/she is responsible for the smooth running of the program.
Parent mentors complete 15 hours leadership training, and are then assigned a classroom (not their own child’s) where they are mentored by a teacher on how to work one-on-one and in small groups with children. Parent mentors work in the classroom Monday-Thursday for 2 hours/day and participate in ongoing training on Friday mornings. After successfully completing their term, parent mentors receive a modest stipend.
ROLE OF PARENT MENTORS
- To work in assigned classroom for a full two hours Monday-Thursday and participate in Friday morning trainings.
- To spend time directly working with children, either in small groups or one-on-one; NOT constantly grading papers, running errands or doing grunt work.
- To build leadership skills by getting involved in school and community activities.
EXPECTATIONS FOR TEACHERS
- Build a relationship with the parent mentor in order to learn from each other and recognize each other’s strengths and talents.
- Communicate clearly with parent mentor about expectations.
- Make sure the parent mentor spends most of his or her time working directly with children, either one-on-one or in small groups.
- Raise questions or concerns with the parent mentor coordinator or CBO staff.
- Participate in occasional program evaluation meetings, surveys and programs observations.
- Participate in one “get to know you meeting” to meet your parent mentor before he or she begins in your classroom.
Parent Engagement Institute at Logan Square Neighborhood Assoc. & Southwest Organizing Project