Discussion on parent engagement in Monticello
MONTICELLO, NY — Community leaders, parents, teachers and administrators attended a roundtable discussion regarding parent engagement at the George L. Cooke Elementary School in Monticello on Monday, July 21. New York State Education Department (NYSED) Board of Regents Chancellor Merryl Tisch and Board of Regents member Josephine Finn facilitated the discussion. Assemblywoman Aileen Gunther was also in attendance. The discussion explored how school districts, community organizations and parents can work together to help close the achievement gap among students. Principal Johnson-Fields offered her ideas for a Parent University, a collaboration of the school district, community, Head Start, EPIC, family members and more. This meeting was the first in an effort to identify ways of bringing parties together to increase parent engagement in the schools.