Noble’s Government Affairs team held the first installment of Noble’s Parent Leadership Series (PLS) Workshops for the 2020-2021 school year on October 14th. This training series, one of three, has two purposes. First, it aims to support and connect parents to the information they need in order to ensure they can support their students successfully throughout their time at Noble. Secondly, it aims to develop and empower parents to be leaders in their student’s school and community.
With the effects of COVID-19 on the forefront of everyone’s mind, this year’s first PLS looked much different than it has ever looked. Over 150 participants joined us via Zoom for a 90-minute event. Noble’s CEO, Constance Jones, addressed parents by providing updates on remote learning and how Noble is moving towards becoming an anti-racist organization. Families then had the opportunity to participate in breakout sessions that addressed specific questions submitted during registration.
The rooms consisted of the following:
- Noble’s remote learning plan with Noble President, Matt Niksch
- Advocacy & Community Engagement with Director of Government and Community Affairs, Claudia Rodriguez and Senior Organizer, Luriel Ocampo
- Deeper dive into Noble antiracism work with CEO Constance Jones and Director of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion, D. Nigel Green
- Mental health during a pandemic with community partner CornerStore Chicago and founder Michelle Thompkins
- Changes in the college landscape with Chief College Officer, Dr. Aidé Acosta and Director of College Counseling, Sarah MacCallum
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