In the fall of 2013, a facilitation training for the Looking for Answers Together Issues Guide took place in Bridgeport, CT. Photographer Karla Woodworth reflects “For some reason this photo of one of the women training with us in Bridgeport came to mind. I believe it shows the amount of passion in the people that we have worked with the past few years. It illustrates the process of getting ‘it’ and feeling ‘it’. Looking through all the photos from this training session, there are similarities found in the hand gestures. The gestures capture what a loving and passionate group this was. This is just a few of many moments of joy that I have encountered with this work and remains ingrained in me.”
Photographer Karla Woodworth reflects, “I love this image of Yuri Maciel-Andrews (one of the original parent co-researchers). She shows such power in this photo. She stands in front of the many diapers collected by The Diaper Bank in New Haven, CT. They would be distributed to organizations which assist families in need. I think she represents what we all would like to feel while doing work on behalf of others: informed and empowered.”
A Looking for Answers Together issue guide conversation was held at Hartford Public Library in the Summer of 2013. This conversation was distinct as it was conducted entirely in Spanish. Photographer Karla Woodworth reflected on this experience stating “Although the conversation was all in Spanish, I remember thinking that I could pretty much follow along with the conversation and it sounded similar to issues I had heard in Issue Guide Conversations held in English. It was also the first time I met Marilyn Calderon and I really appreciated how she interacted with people. She made a connection with each person during the process. I could see she made them feel comfortable and heard. I learned so much at this event even though there was a language barrier.”
Photographer Karla Woodworth chose these photos not so much for the photos themselves, but for the story. The Parentii Core Researchers with others held numerous community conversations across the state of Connecticut putting the “Looking for Answers Together” issue guide to work (http://discovery.wcgmf.org/lookingforanswerstogether). There are a couple stories that have remained with Karla. This is a mom at the Manchester Community Conversation. Karla admired her strength and ability to share her story. The Mom was able to recount positve interactions with DCF and was grateful for the experience. It was a first for Karla Woodworth to hear an account of the system actually working and working well. How powerful it would be to have a group of people telling the stories of systems working rather than how they fail, to create hope rather than fear.
This is a photo of Monica Jackson after her Parent Leadership Training Institute graduation ceremony at the Legislative Office Building in Hartford, CT. Photographer Karla Woodworth thinks it portrays much of what Parentii is about. Monica has accomplished a great thing that she probably had doubts about and struggled through. She has grown and is proud and grateful. She is looking forward to the future with another tool set. She is strong and hopeful for herself, her family, and her community. One of the original Parent Information Action Research parent leaders, she has taken another step towards realizing her personal goals.
After a brief break from public presentations and conversations, the parent learning community will be presenting at the 2014 Stone Soup Conference: Parent Voices: From Listening to Action! Please see information on this presentation below:
Date: October 28, 2014 7:45 AM – 3:00 PM
100 Berlin Rd
Cromwell, CT 06416
Discovery Communities and Partners
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PARENT & COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT FROM THE PERSPECTIVE OF PARENTS
Come learn how your collaborative can strengthen parent engagement by building the capacity of parents to engage with other parents. Parent Researchers will share why they value being part of a network of parents and what they have learned through their work. Through the Parent Inquiry Initiative (Parentii), Parent Researchers’ have demonstrated that parents will become and stay engaged in collaborative, cross-community work if the work is intrinsically worthwhile and connected to specific community issues they care about. Participants will receive materials they can use in their community with a range of stakeholders.
Parent Dialogue Leaders:
Organizational Dialogue Leaders:
Paige M. Bray, University of Hartford
Erin M. Kenney, University of Hartford
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Después de un breve descanso de presentaciones públicas y conversaciones , la comunidad de aprendizaje de los padres hará una presentación en la Conferencia de piedra sopa de 2014: voces de los padres : De escuchar a la Acción ! Por favor, consulte la información sobre esta presentación a continuación:
Fecha : 28 de octubre 2014 7:45 AM – 3:00 PM
100 Berlin Rd
Cromwell , CT 06416
Comunidades de descubrimiento y Partners
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PADRES Y COMPROMISO CON LA COMUNIDAD DESDE LA PERSPECTIVA DE LOS PADRES
Venga y aprenda cómo su colaboración puede fortalecer la participación de los padres mediante la construcción de la capacidad de los padres para participar con otros padres . Los investigadores de padres compartirán por qué valoran el ser parte de una red de padres y lo que han aprendido a través de su trabajo . A través de la Iniciativa de Investigación de Padres ( Parentii ) , investigadores de padres “han demostrado que los padres van a llegar a ser y mantenerse involucrado en el trabajo de colaboración entre comunidades , si el trabajo es intrínsecamente valiosa y conectado a cuestiones específicas de la comunidad que les preocupan . Los participantes recibirán materiales que pueden utilizar en su comunidad con una amplia gama de partes interesadas .
Líderes Diálogo padres:
Líderes del Diálogo de organización:
Paige M. Bray , Universidad de Hartford
Erin M. Kenney , Universidad de Hartford
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