Welcome to the Parent Council Hub

Looking for the dates of our trainings? The Parent Council badge? Or notes from a webinar? The Parent Council Hub is the central repository for all our training together.

Want something you don’t see here?  Email Amy so we can add it to the hub or point you in the right direction.

If you haven’t yet, bookmark this page so you can get back here easily.

Schedule of Trainings

Here are the tentative dates/times for our training sessions. They will each take about one hour, unless otherwise indicated below. We will confirm these and send out the links as we get closer. As a reminder, all sessions are recorded, so if you can’t make the live session, please plan to watch the recording on your own.

Session 1: Thursday, February 21, noon ET (COMPLETE)
Session 2: Tuesday, March 5, 8 p.m. ET (1.5 hours) (COMPLETE)
Session 3: Tuesday, March 19, noon ET (1.5 hours) (COMPLETE)
Session 4: Monday, April 1, 8 p.m. ET (1.5 hours) (COMPLETE)
Bonus Session – Half-way point debrief: Saturday, April 13, 11 a.m. ET (COMPLETE)
Session 5: Monday, April 15, noon ET (was originally Thursday) (COMPLETE)
Session 6: Tuesday, April 30, 8 p.m. ET (COMPLETE)
Session 7: Wednesday, May 15, noon ET
Session 8: Tuesday, May 28, 8 p.m. ET

Sunday, June 16: Deadline to complete the certification exam

Social Media

Be sure to follow Safe and Sound Schools from your social media accounts on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and/or LinkedIn. Also, join our Facebook Parent Council group to keep the conversation going between our sessions.

Here’s a badge you can use to tell your networks about joining this program. Right click on the image to copy or download it.

Raptor - Volunteer Management System

To get started with our volunteer management system, donated by Raptor Technologies, click here.

This will take you to an “application” (even though you are already approved) that kickstarts the account process. As a reminder, this process will automatically run a criminal background check (just like what your own school would do).

Once approved, you will receive an email notification with your username and a link to set up your password. With your account, you can keep track of the trainings and other volunteer activities you do as part of the Parent Council program. This is an easy way for you to quantify your impact, and as a whole to see the investment our group is making toward improving school safety. Here’s a one-pager about the volunteer management system: Using Raptor Volunteer Portal

Session 1 - Introduction

Here are the notes and worksheets from Session 1: Introduction – Parent Workbook Session 1

If you missed the online learning session, or want to watch it again, here is the recording.

Session 2 - Culture, Climate, and Community, and School Law, Policy, and Finance

Session 2 – Culture, Climate and Community, and School Law, Policy, and Finance

You can watch the recording below, and access the slides here from DropBox. Here is the workbook for Session 2

Session 3 - Physical Environment, and Operations and Emergency Management

You can access the video recording of this session below, and the slides here (via DropBox), and the workbook here.

Bonus Session Debrief

At the half-way point, some of our parent council members gathered to reflect on the earlier sessions, review homework, and identify questions to cover in future sessions. Here’s the video so you can catch up.

Session 5 - Approaching the School

For Session 5, we heard from Dr. Catherine Finger, retired high-school superintendent and award-winning author, and current director of educational services for NaviGate Prepared. She helped set the context for our next steps, and provided some great ideas for how we can think about, approach, and collaborate with school administrators. Here’s the video and slides so you can follow along, and here is the workbook.

Session 6 - Successful Planning

For session 6, Successful Planning, click here to view the slides and you can watch the video below. Here is the workbook that accompanies Session 6.

Session 7 - Tools for Parent Council Members

Here is the video from Session 7. Here are the slides and the accompanying workbook.

Session 8 - Conclusion

Below you will find the concluding session video, and here are the slides.