Chancellor Carmen Fariña and First Lady Chirlane Mccray Launch First Citywide Parent Conference

NEW YORK— Schools Chancellor Carmen Fariña and New York City First Lady Chirlane McCray today kicked off the first Citywide Parent Conference at The High School of Fashion Industries in Manhattan. The conference, designed specifically to address the needs of high school parents, is the first of a three part series of citywide conferences titled “Fostering Parent Leadership for Student Success.” The conference series strengthens parent leadership, provides tips for parents to help their children succeed in school, and builds stronger partnerships between parents, schools, and Department of Education leaders.

The three, newly created parent conferences are designed to engage parents of different school levels—elementary, middle, and high school—in order to provide the most specific and useful information, content, workshops, and advice.

“Parents are our partners and are truly critical in their children’s success—in school and in life,” said Schools Chancellor Carmen Fariña. “I am grateful to all the parents who came out today and excited for the future parent conferences we’ll have across the City. This ongoing communication with families will help support collaboration and joy between parents and our schools as we together cultivate the future leaders of this City.”

"Parents are their children’s first and most important teachers," said First Lady Chirlane McCray. "Schools have so much to gain by engaging parents and integrating their energy, ideas and cultures in our classrooms. Gatherings like this one are essential to building a school system that work for all of our children, and I'm so grateful to all of the parents who invested a precious Saturday in the future of our city."

Following opening remarks from the Chancellor and First Lady, parents attended workshops where a variety of topics were discussed. Key topics discussed include ways to incorporate reading into a child’s life, best practices to support social skills and the importance of using New York City as a classroom through hands-on learning. Workshops were facilitated by the Coalition for Educational Justice, parent leaders and DOE staff, and additional sessions will occur in May and June.

Citywide Parent Conferences:

Saturday, May 31, 2014
Elementary School Parent Conference
Long Island City High School
14-30 Broadway
Queens, NY 11106

Saturday, June 7, 2014
Middle School Parent Conference
Van Siclen Community Middle School
800 Van Siclen Avenue
Brooklyn, NY 11207