Parent Power: Stronger in Numbers

joinptaParents have the power to #DoMoreThanScratchTheSurface but you have to use that power.

Parents, I can hear you in my head: “I am too busy. To be real, I just don’t want to use the effort to get the changed accomplished. But there are some things happening at my child’s school that concerns me. Where to start where do I start?”

All these excuses are real but they are based out of fear. Many of these problems can be solved if you work with other parents.

As a parent, you have national organizations that can help you address concerns at your child’s school. Considering being more than that parent, who lights up your Facebook page make a decision to turn your frustration into power.

But in order to turn that frustration into power, you must be willing to join an organization.

Parents working together won some of those victories and here are two national groups that I recommend: National Council on Educating Black Children and National Parent Teacher Association.

First, the National Council on Educating Black Children, according to Executive Director Diana Daniels says they provide a stakeholder model, which is people who are invested in a student’s success, and the organizations work to improve student achievement through advocacy, action plans and programs to solve problems and make improvements to a child’s education.

The next organization is the largest. The National Parent Teacher Association (PTA) has been around over 100 years and according to their website, the organization has millions of families, students, teachers, administrators, and business and community leaders devoted to the educational success of children and the promotion of parent involvement in schools.

According to their website, PTA prides itself on being a powerful voice for all children, a relevant resource for families and communities and a strong advocate for public education. Membership in PTA is open to anyone who wants to be involved and make a difference for the education, health and welfare of children and teens.

Like National Council on Educating Black Children, the PTA offers advocacy tools that will give you a roadmap for parents to implement a plan of action to succeed.

By Tara J., advocate with the hip hop twist