Noble’s Government Affairs team hosts it’s annual Parent Leadership Series (PLS) for the 2020 – 2021 school year.  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 at the forefront of everyone’s mind, this year’s PLS looked much different than it has ever looked. Participants joined the workshop via Zoom

The first installment of the PLS series was held on October 14th with more than 150 participants 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

The second PLS was held on January 20th, with more than 140 participants including parents and staff members. Attendees heard from Noble’s CEO, as well as campus leaders who discussed three specific ways to support your scholar’s remote learning based on grade level. 

Following breakout sessions, participants heard from Noble’s Chief Equity Officer, Jennifer Reid Davis, and Director of Equity, Inclusion and Diversity, D. Nigel Green. The team presented on Noble’s Antiracism Commitment and next steps. To end the night, Noble’s Chief College Officer, Dr. Aidé Acosta shared an update on the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program. 

 The third – and final – Parent Leadership Series workshop will be hosted on March 3rd 6:00 pm via Zoom. Registration will open soon.

See the recorded PLS sessions below.

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