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Schools Chancellor Walcott Announces “Parents as Partners” Week

Department of Education Will Host Events During Week of October 24th to Boost Parent Involvement

Schools Chancellor Dennis M. Walcott today announced that the Department of Education will host a series of events during the week of October 24th in order to inform parents about higher academic standards, provide tips to help their children succeed in school, and offer several new initiatives to build stronger partnerships with parents.

“Our parents can become a tremendous resource for building on the gains our students have made in recent years,” said Schools Chancellor Walcott. “‘Parents as Partners’ Week is not about encouraging a one-size-fits all way to better engage parents. It’s about channeling the love and commitment of our parents and families to help our students strive academically and ultimately, lead productive adult lives.”

As the City continues to focus on ensuring that every student graduates college and career-ready, the events during “Parents as Partners Week” will address ways that parents can become more involved in their school communities and their children’s education. “Parents as Partners” Week events include:

Tuesday, October 25th at 6:00 p.m.
Chancellor Walcott will kick-off “Parents as Partners” Week by hosting a meeting to discuss new, more rigorous standards for New York City public schools. Chancellor Walcott will be joined at the Seward Park Campus in Manhattan by David Coleman, an author of the Common Core literacy standards; members of the Panel for Educational Policy; the DOE’s Chief Academic Officer, Shael Polakow-Suransky; as well as families and interested members of the public. After an introduction from Chancellor Walcott, Mr. Coleman will make a presentation on what the new academic standards ask of students at each grade level—above all, what they will need to learn to be on track for success in life after high school. The presentation will be followed by a question-and-answer session with Mr. Coleman and Chief Academic Officer Polakow-Suransky. For the remainder of the evening, attendees may complete an exercise in which they perform sample problems that students will do this fall, and learn how the new assignments are more challenging and thoughtful than those in years past. The Panel Meeting is open the public. Attendees may submit their questions in advance by contacting (212) 374-4946 or

Wednesday, October 26th at 6:00 p.m.
Chancellor Walcott will engage parent leaders in a conversation on the importance of meaningful, increased parent involvement to the success New York City public school students. Chancellor Walcott will be joined at the Park West Campus in Manhattan by Executive Director of the Division of Family and Community Engagement Jesse Mojica, as well as families, members of the Chancellors Parental Advisory Council, and District Family Advocates. After introductory remarks from Executive Director Mojica, Chancellor Walcott will share his top family engagement priorities and exciting new ways that the Department of Education will partner with parents. Following the presentation, parents in the audience will have an opportunity to share their feedback and ask Chancellor Walcott and Executive Director Mojica related questions. "Partnering with Parents: A Conversation with Chancellor Walcott" is an invitation-only event for leaders of Parent and Parent-Teacher Associations and Parent Coordinators. For questions regarding the conference, please e-mail or call 212-374-5070.

Thursday, October 27th at 6:00 p.m.
High schools across the City will be holding Parent-Teacher Conferences. Chancellor Walcott will visit a high school to discuss ways that parents can have more productive and informative sessions with their child’s teachers.

As “Parents as Partners” week approaches, more events may be added to the schedule. Please check the Department of Education website for updates.