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October 28, 2014 STONE SOUP | Parent Voices: From Listening to Action!

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Stone Soup 2014, Parent Voices:  From Listening to Action!  will feature parents sharing their stories, reflections from Key Listeners and interpretation by Hudson River Playback Theatre.  

Key Listeners will be:

  • Myra Jones-Taylor,  Commissioner, Connecticut Office of Early Childhood
  • Lisa Graustein, Trustee, William Caspar Graustein Memorial Fund 

Hudson River Playback Theatre will offer an innovative opportunity for dialogue and discovery through the telling and enactment of true stories.  Audience members will be invited to share aspects of their varied experiences as parents, advocates, leaders and recipients.  Performers will listen deeply, then co-create spontaneous reflections of real life with movement, imagery, spoken word and music.  Hudson River Playback Theatre's respectful, creative process honors divergent voices, illuminates commonalities, and weaves a tapestry of shared vision in action.

REGISTRATION WILL BE OPEN SEPTEMBER 22-OCTOBER 12, 2014. Please check session descriptions below, before clicking the REGISTER button, as descriptions will not be available on the registration form.

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Date: 
October 28, 2014 7:45 AM – 3:00 PM
Location: 
Crowne Plaza
100 Berlin Rd
Cromwell, CT 06416
Audience: 
Discovery Communities and Partners
Registration for this event is closed

Event Resources

Stone Soup 2014 Brochure [PDF 427.35 KB]

Stone Soup 2014  Parent Voices:  From Listening to Action!  Conference Brochure More

Topic(s): Community Engagement
Date: August 28, 2014

Full Description: Stone Soup 2014  Parent Voices:  From Listening to Action!  Conference Brochure


Agenda

  • 7:45 – 8:30 AM                  Registration and Continental Breakfast*
  • 8:30 – 8:45 AM                  Welcome and Introductions by David Addams
  • 8:45-10:00 AM                   Parent Stories and Hudson River Playback Theatre
  • 10:15-11:00 AM                 Affinity Groups
  • 11:15 AM-12:15 PM           Concurrent Learning Through Dialogue Sessions
  • 12:30-1:15 PM                   Family-Style Lunch, Table Talk, and Reflections from Key Listeners
  • 1:30-2:30 PM                     Repeat of Concurrent Learning Through Dialogue Sessions
  • 2:45-3:00 PM                     Closing Session:Awards and Closing Remarks

*Please note that ballroom will be set theatre-style, and there will be no tables on which to place cups and plates, so please arrive early, in order to be finished with breakfast before you enter the ballroom.


Session Descriptions

GENERAL SESSIONS - You may select any and all you would like to attend.

7:45-8:30 am – Registration and Continental Breakfast


8:30-8:45 am – Welcome and Introductions

David Addams, Executive Director, William Caspar Graustein Memorial Fund, will provide opening remarks and introduce our featured guests and plenary presenters.


8:45-10:00 am – Plenary Session

Three parents will tell their stories about trying to work with various systems (for example, school districts or early care).  The stories will make visible the challenges and barriers parents encounter.  Translation will be provided for persenters and participants.

Hudson River Playback Theatre will co-create reflections of the parent stories through movement, imagery, words and music and invite audience members to share their varied experiences to allow different perspectives to become visible.


10:15-11:00 am – Affinity Breakout Groups

Participants will be pre-assigned to affinity groups based on their registration identification.  Each group will have a moderated conversation focused on what you are doing to support parent voice and how you can help remove barriers that diminish parent voice.


12:30-1:15 pm – Lunch, Table Talk and Reflections of the Key Listeners

The Key Listeners will reflect back to the audience what they heard in the parent stories and the themes that were captured throughout the day by the themers.

  • Myra Jones-Taylor, Commissioner, Office of Early Childhood
  • Lisa Graustein, Trustee, William Caspar Graustein Memorial Fund

2:45-3:00 pm – Closing Session

Celebrating "Champions for Parent Voice" and Closing Remarks

David Addams will recognize the "Champions" and, in his closing remarks, will highlight the future directions of the Stone Soup Conference and the Memorial Fund.


 

AM CONCURRENT LEARNING THROUGH DIALOGUE SESSIONS 11:15 AM-12:15 PM - You may select only one. (Note: session descriptions are provided on the event page, but not on the registration page.)

AM 1-PARENTS AS COMMUNITY MESSENGERS AND LEADERS

Come learn how to start a community messenger program, what type of training is provided, how parents are supported as leaders by the community collaborative, and the impact on the community.  Community Messengers is a citywide grassroots vehicle to communicate with parents in ten very diverse neighborhoods.  The program brings together parent leaders who have the trust of their neighborhood and the ability to overcome language barriers.  The parent leaders spread the word about programs, services and resources that can help other parents to realize their potential as their children’s first and most important teacher.

Parent Dialogue Leaders: Yolanda Stinson and Julio Reinoso


AM 2-PARENT ENGAGEMENT, EDUCATION AND EMPOWERMENT IN THE LATINO COMMUNITY

Learn about parent engagement and empowerment from the founder and a representative of Madre Latina, a parent-led Latino network based in Waterbury.  Presenters will engage with participants in a dialogue about how to build relationships with parents by responding to their needs and building a support network of parents.  Presenters will also share their successes and lessons learned encouraging the advancement of Hispanic mothers by providing training, technical assistance, and mentoring in order to pursue continuing education.  

Dialogue Leaders:  Yoellie Iglesias and Luanelly Iglesias


AM 3-PARENT HONEYCOMB AS A STRATEGY FOR ENGAGEMENT

Learn how members of the Hartford Honeycomb Network use their framework for parent engagement, which builds on the parent honeycomb created for Discovery communities.  Participants will also see a demonstration of the web-based portal that allows parents to access resources and services by neighborhood or location.  The Hartford Honeycomb Network is a collaborative effort to co-create effective parent engagement across the city being led by parents, a neighborhood organizing agency Hartford Areas Rally Together (HART), City of Hartford, Department of Family, Children, Youth and Recreation, the University of Hartford, and CT Parent Power.

Parent Dialogue Leaders:  

  • Daemond Benjamin
  • Timeca Peters
  • Nelky Maldonado
  • Tericsha Diaz

Organizational Dialogue Leaders:  


AM 4-PARENTS, PROTECTIVE FACTORS AND STRENGTHENING FAMILIES

Get an overview of the protective factors framework, the foundation of the national Strengthening Families approach, by engaging in hands-on activities and guided dialogue.  The five protective factors: Social Connections, Knowledge of Parenting and Child Development, Concrete Supports in Times of Need, Parental Resilience, and Social and Emotional Competence serve as a buffer against risk and trauma, build upon strengths, and support children in achieving optimal development.  Participants will receive Strengthening Families take-home materials including the workbook, Living the Protective Factors:  How Parents Keep their Children Safe and their Children Strong.

Parent Dialogue Leaders: 

  • Kristopher Wright
  • Nizla Alleyne

Organizational Dialogue Leaders:  


 

AM 5-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:

  • Karla Woodworth
  • Carmen James
  • Timeca Peters
  • Doreen Abubakar
  • Cheryl Petersen
  • Monica Jackson

Organizational Dialogue Leaders:


AM 6-PARENTS' ADVOCATE FOR SCHOOL REFORM

Learn how Teach Our Children advocates for changes within schools and the community, and how it has become an acknowledged participant within all school improvement efforts across the city of New Haven. Teach Our Children is a New Haven parent and student led grassroots advocacy organization. Their mission is to ensure that parents and students are authentically engaged within the Prek-12 educational school reform decision-making process.  Participants will leave with an understanding of how parents organized themselves as members of Teach our Children, and how they have brought other parents into advocacy efforts. 

Parent Dialogue Leaders: Garrett Munroe and Megan Ifill


AM 7-PARENTS AND PARTNERS: SETTING UP CHILDREN FOR SUCCESS WITH SECURE EARLY ATTACHMENTS

Come hear a basic overview of attachment theory and engage in a conversation about how all of us – as parents, childcare providers, and community partners – can develop secure attachments with children that create a foundation for a life of learning, working, and enjoying positive relationships with others.

Dialogue Leaders: Barbara Stern, independent consultant and parents from Discovery communities


AM 8-PARENT STORIES AND THE PLAYBACK THEATRE METHOD

Learn and experience some basic deep listening and authentic expression skills from the Playback Theater method based on spontaneity, art, ritual and social consciousness as a tool for effective communication.  Parents and the Hudson River Playback Theatre will also share their experience in planning for the Stone Soup plenary session. 

Dialogue Leaders:  


AM 9-PARENTS AND THE POWER OF QUESTIONS IN PARTNERING WITH SCHOOLS

Join us for a hands-on introduction to the Right Question Family Engagement Strategy, developed by the Right Question Institute.  This evidence-based strategy was created to help parents and family members develop key skills to support their children’s education, monitor their progress, and advocate for them.   Using these skills, parents can establish strong partnerships with their children’s schools.

Dialogue Leader:  Luz Santana, the Right Question Institute


AM 10-PARENTS ADDRESS EQUITY THROUGH COMMUNITY DIALOGUE

Come and engage in a lively conversation that highlights the first steps of one community’s journey toward creating racial and economic equity in its schools! Parents and leaders from Derby, CT will share their successes and challenges related to earning support for organizing an engagement process called “dialogue to change” that develops parents as co-leaders, participants and action planners. Learn more about how to use a dialogue to change process (also known as study circles or community conversations) to foster relationships between parents, schools, and service providers with the intention of developing authentic, sustainable and diverse parent leadership to create community change on early childhood issues.

Parent Dialogue Leaders: parents from Discovery communities

Organizational Dialogue Leaders:  


PM CONCURRENT LEARNING THROUGH DIALOGUE SESSIONS 1:30-2:30 PM - You may select only one. (Note: session descriptions are provided on the event page, but not on the registration page.)

PM 1-PARENTS AS COMMUNITY MESSENGERS AND LEADERS

Come learn how to start a community messenger program, what type of training is provided, how parents are supported as leaders by the community collaborative, and the impact on the community.  Community Messengers is a citywide grassroots vehicle to communicate with parents in ten very diverse neighborhoods.  The program brings together parent leaders who have the trust of their neighborhood and the ability to overcome language barriers.  The parent leaders spread the word about programs, services and resources that can help other parents to realize their potential as their children’s first and most important teacher.

Parent Dialogue Leaders: Yolanda Stinson and Julio Reinoso


PM 2-PARENT ENGAGEMENT, EDUCATION AND EMPOWERMENT IN THE LATINO COMMUNITY

Learn about parent engagement and empowerment from the founder and a representative of Madre Latina, a parent-led Latino network based in Waterbury.  Presenters will engage with participants in a dialogue about how to build relationships with parents by responding to their needs and building a support network of parents.  Presenters will also share their successes and lessons learned encouraging the advancement of Hispanic mothers by providing training, technical assistance, and mentoring in order to pursue continuing education.  

Dialogue Leaders:  Yoellie Iglesias and Luanelly Iglesias


PM 3-PARENT HONEYCOMB AS A STRATEGY FOR ENGAGEMENT

Learn how members of the Hartford Honeycomb Network use their framework for parent engagement, which builds on the parent honeycomb created for Discovery communities.  Participants will also see a demonstration of the web-based portal that allows parents to access resources and services by neighborhood or location.  The Hartford Honeycomb Network is a collaborative effort to co-create effective parent engagement across the city being led by parents, a neighborhood organizing agency Hartford Areas Rally Together (HART), City of Hartford, Department of Family, Children, Youth and Recreation, the University of Hartford, and CT Parent Power.

Parent Dialogue Leaders:  

  • Daemond Benjamin
  • Timeca Peters
  • Nelky Maldonado
  • Tericsha Diaz

Organizational Dialogue Leaders:  


PM 4-PARENTS, PROTECTIVE FACTORS AND STRENGTHENING FAMILIES

Get an overview of the protective factors framework, the foundation of the national Strengthening Families approach, by engaging in hands-on activities and guided dialogue.  The five protective factors: Social Connections, Knowledge of Parenting and Child Development, Concrete Supports in Times of Need, Parental Resilience, and Social and Emotional Competence serve as a buffer against risk and trauma, build upon strengths, and support children in achieving optimal development.  Participants will receive Strengthening Families take-home materials including the workbook, Living the Protective Factors:  How Parents Keep their Children Safe and their Children Strong.

Parent Dialogue Leaders: 

  • Kristopher Wright
  • Nizla Alleyne

Organizational Dialogue Leaders:  


 

PM 5-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

  • Karla Woodworth
  • Carmen James
  • Timeca Peters
  • Doreen Abubakar
  • Cheryl Petersen
  • Monica Jackson

Organizational Dialogue Leaders: 


PM 6-PARENTS' ADVOCATE FOR SCHOOL REFORM

Learn how Teach Our Children advocates for changes within schools and the community, and how it has become an acknowledged participant within all school improvement efforts across the city of New Haven. Teach Our Children is a New Haven parent and student led grassroots advocacy organization. Their mission is to ensure that parents and students are authentically engaged within the Prek-12 educational school reform decision-making process.  Participants will leave with an understanding of how parents organized themselves as members of Teach our Children, and how they have brought other parents into advocacy efforts. 

Parent Dialogue Leaders: Garrett Munroe and Megan Ifill


PM 7-PARENTS AND PARTNERS: SETTING UP CHILDREN FOR SUCCESS WITH SECURE EARLY ATTACHMENTS

Come hear a basic overview of attachment theory and engage in a conversation about how all of us – as parents, childcare providers, and community partners – can develop secure attachments with children that create a foundation for a life of learning, working, and enjoying positive relationships with others.

Dialogue Leaders: Barbara Stern, independent consultant and parents from Discovery communities


PM 8-PARENT STORIES AND THE PLAYBACK THEATRE METHOD

Learn and experience some basic deep listening and authentic expression skills from the Playback Theater method based on spontaneity, art, ritual and social consciousness as a tool for effective communication.  Parents and the Hudson River Playback Theatre will also share their experience in planning for the Stone Soup plenary session. 

Dialogue Leaders:  


PM 9-PARENTS AND THE POWER OF QUESTIONS IN PARTNERING WITH SCHOOLS

Join us for a hands-on introduction to the Right Question Family Engagement Strategy, developed by the Right Question Institute.  This evidence-based strategy was created to help parents and family members develop key skills to support their children’s education, monitor their progress, and advocate for them.   Using these skills, parents can establish strong partnerships with their children’s schools.

Dialogue Leader:  Luz Santana, the Right Question Institute


PM 10-PARENTS ADDRESS EQUITY THROUGH COMMUNITY DIALOGUE

Come and engage in a lively conversation that highlights the first steps of one community’s journey toward creating racial and economic equity in its schools! Parents and leaders from Derby, CT will share their successes and challenges related to earning support for organizing an engagement process called “dialogue to change” that develops parents as co-leaders, participants and action planners. Learn more about how to use a dialogue to change process (also known as study circles or community conversations) to foster relationships between parents, schools, and service providers with the intention of developing authentic, sustainable and diverse parent leadership to create community change on early childhood issues.

Parent Dialogue Leaders: parents from Discovery communities

Organizational Dialogue Leaders: