This year has brought unexpected changes and several shifts in the way school communities are able to stay connected. Teachers at Legacy Traditional School – North Chandler have found a way to combat this by establishing a platform where parents and students can feel involved with other families and their campus network.
Sara Wayne (a second grade teacher at Legacy – North Chandler) and Cassandra Hinton (student support coach) co-created Coyote Parent Academy, a platform for parents to meet virtually and explore topics that support the academic growth of their children. “There have been a lot of changes on the North Chandler campus over the last few years,” Wayne said. “With COVID making its face in the spring of 2020, the school felt that we needed to create a platform to keep our Coyote parents connected. Our goal is to help parents feel more involved with the school by helping them understand different aspects of what the school and teachers are doing, providing information on how to better help their students, and sharing fun activities that families can do together.”
Parents who join the academy have a variety of virtual sessions available for them to attend. Surveys are sent to parents to inquire what their unique interests are and what types of content would be helpful to them. “Some of the activities that we have provided for our families are tips and tricks on how to help their child with Schoology or curriculum, MAP information, WorldStrides information, family crafts, financial literacy tips and mental health tips, to name a few,” Wayne said.
Families who participate are also entered into an end-of-the-year drawing for a Chromebook.
The next few sessions will be held in mid-February and will include discussions about strategies parents can use at home for math and ELA, fun activities to do with their families, and tips to prepare for AZM2 testing.
Once in-person learning resumes for all students and things are completely back to normal, Legacy- North Chandler hopes to continue holding the parent academy, to maintain overall parent engagement, knowledge and connection.