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Leaders for Engaged & Active Parents (LEAP)

Leaders for Engaged and Active Parents (LEAP) Program works with parents to develop the necessary leadership skills and program activities in the school site plan to help school implement and improve their family engagement practices in order to ensure student success. LEAP provides intensive, ongoing support to parents in East Oakland schools to get informed, get involved and take action to improve their children’s learning and school environment through Transformative Family Engagement.

The LEAP program as four main goals. The first is to increase parent leadership and engagement at partner schools with a focus on Child Development Center & TK-3 grades. The second goal is to build capacity and infrastructure to sustain family engagement by increasing knowledge of site personnel knowledge of the standards and best practices in transformative family engagement.  Our third goal is to change the culture and practice regarding family engagement. By increasing community building opportunities among parents, teachers, and staff this ensures that each site demonstrates progress on at least one standard per year using the Family Engagement Rubric. Our fourth goal is to change the story of families’ roles in Oakland schools.

PLAN staff and parents developed the Reading is Fundamental and Fun Campaign (see PLAN December newsletter) at Madison Park Business & Arts Academy in the lower campus using resources from the W.K. Kellogg Foundation and First Five Alameda County.

PLAN staff and parents developed the Reading is Fundamental and Fun Campaign (see PLAN December newsletter) at Madison Park Business & Arts Academy in the lower campus using resources from the W.K. Kellogg Foundation and First Five Alameda County. The goal was to support children’s families and the school’s goals of developing strong readers. A preliminary examination of the reading progress of 30 children whose parents participated in one or all of the trainings in support of the campaign. Data is unavailable on eight students who did not complete the school year at Madison. Fountas & Pinnell (F&P) assessment data of the remaining 22 students are as follows:

  • Only one child showed no measurable growth.  However, that child started the year at grade level and stayed above grade level. The remaining 21 students moved 68 letters levels, which represents an average growth of three letter levels.
  • 36% of student started at or above grade level.
  • 50% of students ended the year at or above grade level.
  • 50% did not reach grade level, nevertheless each student-demonstrated growth.
  • 5 students made significant gains and moved between one and or three grade levels even though they remain below their grade level.

The data supports the original premise that parent engagement in supporting childrens’ reading & literacy acquisition would result in improved readers.

Sasha Shane, Co-Principal Sabrina Moore, and Monica Scott Green

Sasha Shane, Co-Principal Sabrina Moore, and Monica Scott Green.

Back row Principal Moore, 2nd grade teacher, Silvia Alejo mother, Elizabeth Comeau Literacy Specialist, and in the front best buddy Julian Cuenca and winner Ivan Alejo

Back row Principal Moore, 2nd grade teacher, Silvia Alejo mother, Elizabeth Comeau Literacy Specialist, and in the front best buddy Julian Cuenca and winner Ivan Alejo.

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