Mentorship is the single most important commitment we can make to our kids.
There is clear research to show that when schools and families partner, children flourish. Over the course of the last two years, PSD 107 has sought out new ways to connect with our families and engage in conversations that will move our schools from great to greater. We understand that the conversations you have with and about your school can help shape the experiences for our students. We also know that these conversations are not only taking place at Board and PTA meetings, but at the dinner tables of our families.
To help shape this conversation we have partnered with the other Lyons Township schools and Parent Community Network (PCN) to bring our families unique learning experiences. These experiences include: speakers, experts, and resources. All of these can help guide family discussions. In this post I am excited to bring you two more great conversation starters. First, on March 15 at 7:00 p.m. at Lyons Township High School (South Campus), the district is hosting a screening of the documentary, Screenagers: Growing Up in the Digital Age. This is a FREE event and documents the filmmaker’s attempts to manage technology in her home. This event is meant to be attended by both parents and children, so bring the kids!
The second opportunity to engage in a family conversation is a continuation of an event we sponsored this fall. In October we brought Dr. Devorah Heitner, author of the book Screenwise to the township to address parents on the challenges of raising digital natives. Dr. Heitner’s presentation was recorded and has been edited to include embedded discussion questions throughout the presentation. This video is meant to be watched with your children and engage in discussion about how we maintain a healthy technology diet. The video is about 45-minutes long and includes six discussion questions throughout the presentation. Watching this video is a great way to begin or continue this important conversation with your child. I encourage you to check it out (link below).
As always, we will continue to seek out ways to enhance the home/school partnership and look forward to connecting with you in new and unique ways in 2017.
Video Link: https://youtu.be/uW59v1ZGQ9c