Plans for 2020

 

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In the first half of 2020, the Parentii team hopes to support deliberative issue naming, parent trainings using the infomat and Parent-to-Parent training as part of two conferences:

  1. March 26 & 27, 2020 – Urban Living in the Age of Climate Change: A Sustainable Local Development in Hartford and Connecticut.
  2. June 25 – 28, 2020 – Montessori for Social Justice – Parent common ground and actions.

The team looks forward to further exploring the use of the infomat and adjusting the tool based on feedback and experience.

 

2017 – Year in Review

The Parentii work continued in 2017 with careful reflection upon feedback given during issue guide conversations over the previous years.  A commitment to a community responsive format was pivotal to the Parentii team.

From our previous issue guide conversations, we learned that engaging citizens in meaningful and continuous ways can be difficult.  Collaboration that engages citizens in co-construction and offers opportunities for clarification and meaningful participation is more successful and tends to increase buy-in (particularly if the problem directly effects the citizens engaged).  The perception of power distribution and authenticity of contribution can make or break successful engagement. It is important to note that definitions of successful interaction may vary from partner to partner in collaborations.

From our previous issue guide conversations, we learned that engaging citizens in meaningful and continuous ways can be difficult.  Collaboration that engages citizens in co-construction and offers opportunities for clarification and meaningful participation is more successful and tends to increase buy-in (particularly if the problem directly effects the citizens engaged).  The perception of power distribution and authenticity of contribution can make or break successful engagement. It is important to note that definitions of successful interaction may vary from partner to partner in collaborations.

Given these reflections, we sought to engage community members in reworking the issue guide so it could be a more organic process. We considered use of an infomat to serve as a tool to start a conversation, while being organic enough to jump participates to develop their own issues. In this way, the conversation is spent on issues affecting group and not the predefined format of issues previously used with the issue guide.  Moving forward, the team agreed to dedicated time to development of this infomat tool.  

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2015 – Clarifying Identity

The Parentii team spent time in 2015 defining the learning community and what we hoped to accomplish moving forward.  With the initial issue guide roll out completed, we worked to identify specific areas in which we could continue the work of community specific deliberation and community related action projects.

From our previous work together, members of the Parentii team began to identify what their individual contributions to the process were.  We had individuals with distinct roles and talents that were not necessarily clearly defined.  For instance, one Parentii member was skilled in visually capturing the work through photographs and videos.  We considered her to be our visual historian, documenting the process with images.  Other team members similarly found their niches and began to consider how these contributions could continue in our future endeavors.

We documented our previous work in a resume format.  This Parentii Resume clearly identifies presentations, grants, and other forms of dissemination the Parentii team has completed over previous years.  We further developed a postcard style information sheet which clearly states the goals of the Parent Inquiry Initiative and how they are to be achieved.  These materials serve to define the learning community and give a clear path forward for the Parentii team.

Parentii Postcard

 

 

 

 

Looking for Answers Together Within Our Community

During Fall 2013 and into 2014, Parent Co-Researcher and Leaders are working together in a learning community to identify what parents need to take a leadership role in community-based conversations.  Specifically, parents are determining which experiences and what information best supports parents in bringing a Looking for Answers Together Issue Guide Conversation to their own communities.

For a better understanding of this work and a glimpse of what parents have already accomplished, view the Looking for Answers Together Within Our Community video here.

This is the second in a video series documenting the initial Parent Information Action Research project and resulting extended inquiry.  This video documents the community based action research projects enacted by parents to address specific community need(s).

For more videos and information see here.

Looking for Answers Together Issue Guide

Guía de Asuntos Buscando Respuestas Juntos