For this episode of Passing Notes, in the Leadership Series, I visited with retired educator Pam Hibbs on building relationships. Pam Hibbs is the former Director of Early Childhood and my old boss in OKCPS. During her time with OKCPS she developed relationships with community partners, families, and students in order to build opportunities for families.
How do you build relationships with your students and parents?
How do you build relationships with partners to provide opportunities for your students?
How does your school engage the community/parents to participate in instruction?
What strategies do you use to encourage family participation?
What impact does engaging partners/families in the classroom have on instruction? Building community?
It’s Public School Week in Oklahoma! I’m a proud recipient of a public school education at Norman Public Schools and a proud public school educator who has served in Putnam City Schools and Oklahoma City Public Schools! Majority of Oklahoma’s students attend public schools – let’s support them and their family’s decision by appropriately funding education!
Amy Curran is the Oklahoma executive director of Generation Citizen. She works across the state to bring the programming of Generation Citizen to school districts and to also advocate for strong civics education in our state. You can find Amy on Twitter @amycurranokc.
Generation Citizen is a national organization that works to empower young people to become engaged and effective citizens. In Oklahoma, Generation Citizen partners with local school districts to provide curriculum and training for teachers that actively involves students in civic engagement. You can find Generation Citizen on their website or on Twitter @gencitizen or @GCFeelingOK.
Below are the questions that I prepared to ask Amy Curran for this episode:
Introduce yourself and your organization.
What does Generation Citizen do? What ages/grades does the organization work with? What districts/schools does the organization currently work with?
What are some of the projects the organization has been involved in within the state?
Why is Civics Education important?
Where do teachers start?
What are some good examples of implementing strong Civics Education practices in the classroom?
What classroom strategies/content is available? What classroom strategies/content should teachers focus on?
How do teachers engage in promoting civics engagement/practices in their classroom if they don’t have a strong understanding of the process?
What positive outcomes occur from civically engaging classroom practices?
What role does having knowledge of history and current government practices play in being civically engaged?
What resources/supports are available to teachers?