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WHO ARE WE?
Formation of the Parents’ Council of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) came about as an outgrowth of ideas put forth during the 1995 and 1996 NAACP Youth Sum-mits. The Parents’ Council is one of the vehicles created to empower African American and other minority parents to take a more proactive role in the education of their children. The Council is made up of parents, guardians and grandparents of minority children enrolled in the Montgomery County Public School System (MCPS) and residents who may not have children in school but who share the goal of equal education for all children, particularly minority children.
The Purpose of the Parents’ Council is to provide a forum through which interested citizens may offer assistance, guidance and support to African American parents and students of Montgomery County Public Schools (MCPS) to pursue the highest qualify education possible through encouragement, information sharing, positive motivation, critical evaluation and advocacy.
HOW ARE WE ORGANIZED?
The Parents’ Council is comprised of representatives from each school in Montgomery County. Selected by their principal, these parent representatives work together within the county’s schools for the purpose of training other parents to be advocates for their children, sharing information, and resolving problems that impact the education of their children. Each school elects a representative to attend the monthly meetings of the Parents’ Council. Any interested person may attend the monthly meetings.
The Parents’ Council is made up of officers, parent representatives and the
Montgomery County Maryland Branch NAACP President, Executive Vice President, Vice President of Programs, and Chair of the Education Committee. The Council meets monthly throughout the year to share in-formation that parents can use to enhance their child’s chances of academic success, and provide training to parent representatives.
WHAT DO WE DO?
Empower parents, guardians and stu-dents by providing information about educational issues
Host workshops and meetings to educate parents to be effective advocates for their children
Promote parental involvement
Design and implement programs that provide academic support to students
Collaborate with PTA and MCPS developing strategies to close the achievement gap
Provide outreach to parents and students
Provide a forum for information exchange
Refer and link students with programs that provide academic support and enrichment
Attend PTSA/PTA meetings monthly and participate on executive committees
Organize at least 3 meetings each school year to discuss issues of concern, and deliver information and training to parents helping to increase knowledge and par-ticipation in their children’s education.
In the past, Clusters schools have held Parents’ Council activities together for maximum impact and participation.
You can join the NAACP by visiting NAACP.org.