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Schools Chancellor Walcott Announces Second Annual “Parents As Partners Week”


Week of Events Connecting Parents to Education Resources Kicks Off October 15

Chancellor Walcott to Deliver Address at Keynote Conference on Wednesday, October 17

Schools Chancellor Dennis M. Walcott today announced that the Department of Education will hold its second annual Parents as Partners Week, featuring a series of events to connect parents with resources and information about their children’s education. Beginning the week of October 15, the Department of Education will host workshops and information sessions to provide parents with guidance to help their children succeed in school, as well as information about new initiatives that are aimed to strengthen schools’ partnerships with parents.

“I am thrilled to welcome parents back for our second annual Parents as Partners Week,” said Chancellor Walcott. “Parent involvement is among the most important factors in determining a child’s success, both in school and beyond. When parents become active members of their child’s school community, the entire community benefits.”

As the City continues to focus on ensuring that every student graduates from school ready for college and career, the events during Parents as Partners Week will highlight ways that parents can enrich their child’s educational environment. Parents as Partners Week events will include:

  • Monday, October 15 at 9:30 a.m.
    Petrides Educational Complex
    715 Ocean Terrace, Staten Island

    Chancellor Walcott will deliver opening remarks at a meeting of the Staten Island Federation of Parent-Teacher Associations. Chancellor Walcott will join parent leaders from across the borough. The Staten Island Federation of Parent-Teacher Associations is the only organization of its kind in New York City, representing all of the Parent Associations and Parent-Teacher Associations in Staten Island. For over 30 years, the Staten Island Federation of Parent-Teacher Associations has provided support and training to parent leaders, and funded a scholarship program for graduating seniors.

    Registration is not required to attend this event.

  • Monday, October 15 at 6:00 p.m.
    Brooklyn Borough Hall
    209  Joralemon Street, Brooklyn

    Education expert Liz Sciabarra, formerly of the Department of Education’s Office of Student Enrollment, will hold a workshop to help parents learn ways to support their children in their transitions from middle school through high school to college, and beyond.

    Registration is not required to attend this event.

  • Tuesday, October 16 at 6:00 p.m.
    District 30 Office
    28-11 Queens Plaza North, Queens

    Officials from the Department’s Division of Family and Community Engagement will provide an overview of Citywide and Community Education Councils and explain the upcoming 2013 Selection Process. FACE Executive Director Jesse Mojica will be joined at the presentation by Juan Rosales, Senior Director of the Education Council Engagement Unit. Citywide and Community Education Councils are comprised of volunteer public school parents who influence policies and priorities in their districts, and provide support and guidance for their community’s public schools. Participation on these councils is an important responsibility that the Department of Education encourages every parent to consider. The Citywide and Community Education Council Selection Process workshop is open to the public.

    To register for this event, please call 212-374-4118 or email

  • Wednesday, October 17 at 5:30 p.m.
    High School of Fashion Industries
    225 West 24th Street, Manhattan

    At the Parents as Partners Keynote Conference, Chancellor Walcott will engage parent leaders and Parent Coordinators in a conversation about the importance of increased meaningful parent involvement to the success of New York City’s public school students. Chancellor Walcott will be joined by FACE Executive Director Jesse Mojica, as well as education expert Liz Sciabarra, families, and members of the Chancellor’s Parental Advisory Council. 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 during the coming year. Following the presentation, parents in the audience will have an opportunity to share their feedback and ask Chancellor Walcott and Executive Director Jesse Mojica related questions. Following the Chancellor’s address, the parents who collaborated to produce the Planning for Success guides will hold a panel discussion.

    To register for this event, please call 212-374-4118 or email

  • Thursday, October 18 at 6:00 p.m.
    School for Career Development
    510 Clermont Avenue, Brooklyn

    New York City Fatherhood Services Coordinator Alan S. Farrell will deliver a speech highlighting the different types of support that the Mayor’s Office of Fatherhood Initiatives provides to New York City’s families. Mr. Farrell will be joined by FACE Executive Director Jesse Mojica. Following Mr. Farrell’s remarks, there will be a panel discussion featuring New York City fathers who will share their experiences advocating for their children with special needs. Executive Director of the Division of Family and Community Engagement Jesse Mojica will be one of the participants in this panel, along with Joe Williams of the District 75 Council.

    To register for this event, please call 212-374-4118 or email

  • Saturday, October 20 at 10:00 a.m.
    The APEX Building at Lehman College
    250 Bedford Park Boulevard West, Bronx

    The Department of Education is partnering with New Futuro to host a college prep fair for Latino families. The New Futuro College Prep Fair will provide Latino students with the information and tools they need to get into college, and to pay for it. Hundreds of bilingual representatives from universities, colleges, and community organizations will be on hand to help answer questions and provide useful tips and advice. Chancellor Walcott will stop by the fair to welcome students and make remarks. College and career experts will hold workshops and educational sessions to provide students and families with further support.

    To register for this free event, please visit