Adelaide L. Sanford Institute
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In keeping with our goal to support parent advocacy, the Parent leadership Institute (PLI) continued its monthly meetings with parents in Central Brooklyn.  ASI wants to transform the quality and effectiveness of school-parent interactions by preparing a core group of parent leaders. This core group will conduct parent outreach using nationally recognized strategies and approaches. The major outcome of the PLI is a cadre of well-informed parent leaders who are: aware of policies, practices, legislation, and school data that affect their children’s education and life choices from infancy to postsecondary experiences; sensitive to the requisite behaviors that make school success a reality for their children; mobilized to support a network of parents from preschool through college who represent an educational corridor for information sharing and assistance; and confident, motivated, and empowered to collaborate with community-based organizations and city/state agencies to access resources and quality educational programs.

The Institute meets the second Saturday of each month at 8:30 a.m. until 11:00 a.m. at Boys and Girls High School, and encourages all parents interested in building strong schools to join. During the program year, 2012-2013, ten sessions were held, September, 2012 through June, 2013.

The following lists the topics that were highlighted during the 2012-2013 year.

September 8, 2012
Dr. Divine Pryor was the guest speaker. A panel of students and parents shared their experiences in overcoming challenges and attaining school success.                                                                                                                                                               

October 13, 2012
ENSURING SCHOOL SUCCESS, PART ll. Dr. Angela Moses, guest speaker, focused on the parent’s role in raising high achieving students.

November 10, 2012
COLLEGE ADMISSIONS & CAREER AWARENESS The guest speaker was Constancia Simpson Hayes, Director of College and Career Services at BGHS. Parents had an opportunity to visit the college center and locate college resources.

December 8, 2012
VIOLENCE PREVENTION Dr. Robert Gore, Physician, Kings County Hospital, Founder of KAVI (Kings Against Violence Initiative), presented his youth development violence prevention program.   Diahann Antoine, Founder,, presented Next-Level Teens! The program helps teens choose career paths. 

January 12, 2013
A CONVERSATION ON PARENT INVOLVEMENT: THE STUDENT’S PERSPECTIVE: Six students expressed their feelings about parental involvement. THE ROLLER COASTER OF ADOLESCENCE.  Dr. Kimberly Williams, pediatric neuropsychologist and clinical psychologist presented. PLANNING FOR COLLEGE Vincent Riggins, financial planner, presented a strategy for financing a college education. 

February 9, 2013
SHARING WINNING RESOURCES was presented by parent leader, Earline Mensah. Teresa Ann Willis, author of LIKE A TREE WITHOUT A ROOT, led a discussion of challenges that our youth face while growing up.

March 9, 2013
COMMON CORE STANDARDS SESSION PART II: NEW YORK STATE ASSESSMENTS Parents of students in grades three through twelve attended grade appropriate workshops focused on how they could help their children do well on the NEW YORKSTATE GRADES 3—8 ELA & MATH TESTS & HIGH SCHOOL REGENTS EXAMS April 13, 2013
THE NEW YORK STATE SCIENCE TESTS: GRADES 4, 8, & HIGH SCHOOL Parents attended workshops to review the tests and learn how they can support their children at home.

May 11, 2013
COLLEGE AND CAREER PREPARATION Dr. Eugena Griffin, psychologist and author of THE STEPS I TOOK, took the parents through a series of steps that they should follow to prepare their children for college and careers.