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WE SPECIALIZE IN SUPPORTING

Advisory Councils

With Equal Step offers training and support to school councils at the elementary, middle and secondary levels. We give you the steps to effectively engage your families in the common goal of student achievement.

Staff Development

Research tells us that when families are engaged, our students do better and their parents are satisfied with the education system. We work with educators to enhance engagement, linking it to a supportive culture of education and student achievement.

Community Based Agencies

Family engagement in education should be championed in every space where we find families. With Equal Step helps agencies and community-based groups build the capacity of their families to support their children’s education - in school and at home.

  • “Thank you. It was just what (our Councils and staff) needed to hear.” ~ Board Superintendent
  • “You … have helped (the staff) to plant some seeds.  We are excited to watch them grow!!” ~ Principal
  • “Thank you for speaking at my Ward Forum. I found it extremely helpful.” ~ Trustee
  • “A terrific power-source…with fine presentation skills.” ~ Parent Leader
  • “Thank you for your help and guidance with the School Council. I have spoken to a many members and they are feeling good about our new start!” ~ Principal
  • “That was so helpful. More Councils need to hear this.” ~ Parent Leader
  • “We understand a lot of strategies in the school. We learnt how to interact the teachers about our children. I became aware of some of the things that seems very simple and inexpensive way I can support my child learning experience.” ~ Newcomer Parents

We can help:

  •  your school engage families in learning and narrow the achievement gap
  •     teachers embed culturally responsive engagement opportunities into their curriculum
  •     develop meaningful partnerships between staff and families
  •     increase the capacity of school councils and PICs to support family engagement
  •     build effective connections with your community
  •     provide tools and resources for ongoing work 

RECENT BLOGS

A Seat at the Table

I joined Twitter as a way of hearing new and different voices in the field of education and parent engagement. I found amazing people blogging and having great online conversations about these topics. (And I see only a minute fraction!) Some inspire me; others almost cause my head to explode; a few make me stop and reconsider my beliefs, while many confirm my convictions.

Engagement or Contact?

Stephen Hurley recently wrote a blog - “Back to School - A Family Context”  that I appreciated. In it, he talks about the need for schools to view families as a vital part of children’s lives and learning. His suggestions for supporting engagement are welcome.

Imagine If...

A wishlist of things we can all do to make education more inclusive and wholesome. 

Six Questions about Family Engagement

As a new school year begins, I find myself reflecting on the challenges we face building family engagement into our education landscape. I’ve written about the benefits and ideas on implementing it in our schools. When I work with staff and parents, I see the same practices being used year after year. Is it a misunderstanding or a matter of choosing comfort over efficacy?

The Potential of Family Engagement

By now, we are well aware of research that indicates a link between family engagement and improved student achievement.

Most schools have a school council and all Boards in Ontario have a Parent Involvement Committee (PIC). But are we moving ahead or are efforts in this area the same as they were two decades ago? Are we doing the same things and expecting a different result? I’ve worked with some passionate, dedicated parents who are engaged with their school, hoping to make things even better.

What's in a Word

Responding to a half-hearted “Sorry, Mooom,” I’ve been known to tell my children that words are cheap; actions matter.

However, I’ve seen the effects of words - both good and bad - on the faces of my children and students. They can inspire or deflate. Words have meaning. Words speak volumes. Words show intent. In the last few weeks, there have been many places where I’ve read the word “Parent” council - newspapers, twitter, school signs - when they mean SCHOOL council. One word. A world of difference.

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