Wednesday, April 6, 2016

Summit Launches Parent Ambassador Institute

This spring, Summit launched its Parent Ambassador Institute to prepare parents to become advocates for their school, Summit Public Schools, and high-quality educational opportunities for all children in our communities. We hosted a two-session series where over 70 parents of both current and incoming students across both California and Washington schools joined. 

In the sessions, families learned more about Summit, charter schools, and how to amplify their voice. In the first session, Diane Tavenner, Summit's CEO, discussed the history of Summit and the importance of parent voices. Families also had a chance to explore their personal values, as well as learn more about Summit’s personalized learning model and charter schools. In the second session, participants learned how to amplify their voice by developing an elevator pitch and personal story about their experience with Summit. Then, they had the opportunity to share their pitch and story in various role plays with prospective families, media, and elected officials. Our families’ stories were inspiring, moving, and deeply touching, and we look forward hearing more stories in future sessions and parent ambassador actions.   

“The Parent/School Administration Leadership community continues to be amazing. After today I feel much more welcomed to participate in any advocacy process.”
“It has been the best leadership training I ever attended… and I have been in many”. 

“I loved hearing Diane speak about Summit's history”
“Extremely well done! Easy to see why our son has thrived at Summit Prep!”


Top Left: Summit parents share their personal Summit story
Top Right: Parents simulate a local school district board meeting
Bottom: Parents from Summit Tahoma (San Jose) enjoying small group activity during lunch

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