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The Parent Partnership

Parent Meeting Everest Value School was founded during a weekly parent meeting at its sister school, Downtown Value in 2014. Without a guarantee that the school would be approved by LAUSD or that we would find a building, a discussion began. These original parents helped pick the colors of our uniform, our food company, and were introduced to each of our first staff members as they were hired. A bond was formed between Everest and its families and it has thrived through the last 7 years.

When COVID-19 caused the Everest campus to close, our staff and families reached out to each other for support. Soon the weekly parent meeting returned, enabling the Everest families and staff to confront the uncertainty together. Over the summer, Everest created its Reopening Plan by using survey data to understand the need for more synchronous instruction and technology support. Parents learned about the need for structure and routines at home, and to create a dedicated learning environment for their student to succeed.

At the end of July, Everest began a Parent Professional Development series, and treated parents as the fellow educators they have always been. In addition to helping families understand all the new technology, we provided strategies to try at home when helping students attack a new skill. Here are some of the top tips we shared in these sessions:

It’s Not About Being Finished
The biggest misconception with education is that teachers want perfect work. As a parent, you never want to give answers or force your student to complete something they don’t understand. Each assignment is an opportunity for a wonderful discussion to help you understand how your student thinks and where they need help. Rushing or punishing students for not getting things done can create negative feelings about school for both of you. Take your time, ask a lot of questions and enjoy listening to your student work through problems and build mastery of the skills themselves. If you both are stuck on a problem, teachers love it if you send a message to let them know.

The Learning Key
Everest has given all families a list of “Learning Targets” their child will be responsible for at this grade level. It is important you look this over and become comfortable with what is expected. As the year progresses you will see the teacher updating your student’s progress on their Learning Key and you can celebrate and support as necessary. Being able to listen to your student describe the weekly Learning Target and identify any confusion, will help you target your guidance and build their confidence in overcoming mistakes.

“I do”, “We do”, “You do”
If your student is having trouble on a Learning Target, it’s best to start with modeling how to do it correctly. First you should demonstrate the skill for the student slowly and accurately, while thinking aloud, the student will have a chance to imitate this success. (I do)

Next, you can try a problem together and ask your student questions to move you step by step through the problem. You may find that this may take several attempts to practice, but it is very important to listen carefully to your student. (We do)

Finally, once practiced, the student is ready to try some of the problems on their own. They may not get them all correct, but they will be confident enough to engage with the problem and try their best. (You do)
 
Must do and May do
Sometimes you may have siblings at different levels of success with school. In this case, it is important to create ways to make things fair, and not allow one student to become frustrated when the other finishes. Developing a list of “Must do” tasks and “May do” tasks, can help keep all members of your family busy during learning time. For example, both of your students “must do” the assignments given to them by their teacher, but if one of them finishes early, they may do a cartoon book or science experiment.
Here are some other resources from our Parent PD series:

10 Tips for talking to your kids about COVID-19
Free, educational PBS daytime programming designated for each grade level weekdays through the following channels:
Pre-K - 3rd grade on PBS SoCal
Pre-K - 12th grade on KLCS
9th - 12th grade on KCET
KCET can be accessed with link below:
https://www.pbslearningmedia.org
 
 

See school calendar for upcoming meeting dates and times.

If you'd like to view some of the additional policies and procedures for parents at Everest Value School, click here.

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