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Stratford schools seeking parents for leadership program

January 9, 2019

STRATFORD -- A program that aims to make parents of children in the town’s schools better leaders is scheduled to start next month.

Parents Supporting Educational Excellence (“Parents SEE”) begins with a five-hour retreat Feb. 2 and continues for 12 Wednesday evening sessions running from 5:30 to 9 p.m. Childcare is also provided.

The program’s coordinator, Sara North, said the program aims to go beyond giving parents information “for their own child in their own schools.”

“It’s more of a district-wide understanding,” North said. “We try to get a few parents from each of the schools so everybody’s represented. The idea is they’re learning about the Board of Ed and how it works in town, and who the key players are.”

She said the program’s participants and alumni often go on to serve on town boards and commissions, and it’s also a good way to meet others interested in schools and education.

“It’s a great networking experience, in addition to bettering yourself and going through this process,” North said. “It’s a great way to meet other parents who are concerned and motivated.”

The program, now in its sixth year, is sponsored by the school district and the Stratford School Readiness and Child Care Advisory Council.

It was created by the Connecticut Center for School Change, a nonprofit education advocacy group. The program has been offered in 24 communities throughout the state.

North, who participated in the program in its first year, said the program will be limited to 25 participants.

Parents interested in signing up can call (203) 381-6992 or email norths@stratk12.org.

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