Last night, we hosted the third Springfield Empowerment Zone Parent Leadership Team (PLT) meeting. Stand has been working with the Springfield Empowerment Zone Partnership (SEZP) to build PLTs, with the goal of having parents collaborate and improve instruction within the schools in the Empowerment Zone. As our meetings continue to build momentum, we were excited to see both familiar and new faces from across the city.
The two-hour event was held at Forest Park Middle School, one of the 10 middle schools in the Empowerment Zone. Springfield Public Schools’ Parent and Community Engagement Center (PACE) shared updates for parents on high school registration, the application process for work permits for teenagers, and workshops for parents offered through the Springfield Parent Academy. Principal Nate Higgins from Impact Preparatory Middle School encouraged parents to be the voice for their children and communicate their educational needs. He also shared Impact Prep’s active reading initiative, where sixth-grade students have a goal of reading fifty-eight million words by the end of the 2016-2017 school year.
Finally, Chestnut Talented and Gifted parent, Mariane Kounta, shared her reflections on the recent Springfield Empowerment Zone Board Meeting. She made sure to highlight that these meetings are informative and open to the public, urging other parents to attend.
As a community organizer, former teacher, and parent of a Springfield student, I continue to encourage parents to engage in leadership opportunities provided at the Empowerment Zone middle schools. If you are interested, please consider attending the SEZP Board Meeting on March 20 at Forest Park Middle, and the next SEZP Parent Meeting on April 12.
Read the news article in the Springfield Republican.