On Friday, December 8th, Kinvolved and the West Harlem Development Corporation co-hosted the West Harlem Attendance Summit. The summit brought together educators, school-based teams, community members, nonprofit partners, and parent advocates to discuss how to use community partnerships to help elevate attendance in Harlem. In considering how to elevate attendance and deepen family involvement in Harlem schools, summit participants identified key research, new resources, and new tools; engaged with community partners to exchange shared challenges and solutions; and arrived at common language and goals for the Harlem community.
Following Dr. Boateng’s remarks, Kinvolved’s Chief Executive Officer and Co-Founder, Miriam Altman, gave an opening presentation and led a Q&A in preparation for a case study on KiNVO use at PS 36 Margaret Douglas.
Ginelle Wynter, Site Manager for Healthy and Ready to Learn at PS 36, offered a glimpse into her school community, reviewing attendance data, sharing best practices, and engaging the broader audience in a dialogue around meaningful parent engagement practices.
Attendees then broke into small groups for intensive facilitated discussions, and then came back together as a large group to share reflections and goals for the community going forward.
Summit attendees left with a renewed commitment to better engage parents in the education process. Attendees agreed that the small group discussions were an effective, meaningful way to share experiences and best practices.
One attendee remarked, “Working in education, you think, ‘What else can I do?’ Every time I attend these Summits, it gives me hope I can do something big to make change. It’s an exciting feeling, and it’s through Kinvolved that I’ve been able to get into this work.”
Kinvolved will continue to offer additional summits and related events, in an effort to galvanize a movement of people who will elevate attendance by involving families in education. New York City is a special place to Kinvolved. It is our hometown, but we have also launched this model to other urban centers across the country. We invite you to join our movement.
View our full Harlem Attendance Summit photo library here.