Fostering Family Leaders - Parent Leadership Class

Fostering Family Leaders - Parent Leadership Academy 

Communities In Schools of Douglas County and the Douglas County School System have partnered with United Way of Greater Atlanta to provide a unique parent leadership academy program. The Fostering Family Leaders Program offers ten sessions over the course of a school year.

Session Overview:

Session 1: We Are Family! 
Focus: Begin leadership journey with peers in a safe environment; introduction of the 5 protective factors.

Key Topics: 
  • Storytelling as a learning tool
  • Establishing a support network in the group
  • Reflection on self as leader
  • The 5 Protective Factors 

Session 2: Developing Your Vision
Discover and build on unique gifts as individuals, parents, and community leaders; examine how leadership begins within and how to be strong leaders with your family. 

Key Topics: 
  • Building on individual gifts
  • Develop a personal vision
  • Vision boards 

Session 3: Get SMART: Goal-Setting 
Focus: Refine goals using new tools and strategies; continue to work on personal visions. 

Key Topics: 

  • SWOT Analysis
  • SMART Goal Setting
  • Action Planning 

Session 4: Ages & Stages: Your Child's Milestones 
Focus: Learn about your child's developmental milestones; share ideas to support academic success; identify opportunities for parent involvement and academic transitions. 

Key Topics:

  • Developmental Milestones
  • Academic Success
  • Effective School Transition
  • Parent Engagement 

Session 5: Our Power 
Focus: Examine support networks, realize the power of collective voice; learning effective communication techniques. 

Key Topics:

  • Developing a network of allies - Circles of Support
  • 40 Developmental Assets 
  • Power: its use, abuse and roles

Session 6: Communicate and Connect 
Organize to create change in the community; review steps for effective community planning.

Key Topics: 

  • Community planning through the community action cycle
  • Cross collaboration 

Session 7: Advocate: Communicating for Change
Focus: Practice good listening strategies and communication skills; share interests on community needs.

Key Topics: 

  • Roadblocks in communication
  • Active Listening skills
  • "I" Messages 

Session 8: Learning to Lead

Focus: Build relationships between parents and community members; explore the foundation for sustainability of community projects after the program ends. 

Key Topics: 

  • We are Trees
  • Guest Presentation

Session 9: Preparing for Success
Focus:  Preparing to present in Session 1-; refine plan of action based on shared interests using skills learned.

Key Topics: 

  • Leadership Bingo
  • Community Action Project 

Session 10: Celebrating Your Achievements
Focus: Present on community plan of action; determine next steps in the sustainability of plan.

Key Topics:
  • Community Action Presentation
  • Explore next steps

For more information contact Mitzi Teal or Patti Sullivan.

Mitzi Teal 770-651-2039 or [email protected]
Patti Sullivan 770-651-2118 or [email protected]


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