Strengthening Parent & Family Voices in Education

Opportunity 180 announced four grantees for its inaugural Family Power Impact Grant totaling $1.8 million over multiple years, with the goal of providing support for family-focused organizations dedicated to education, programming and capacity-building to increase families’ voices in education. This first-of-its-kind grant opportunity will give organizations capacity to  develop programs, events and outreach tools to keep families engaged with their students’ educational experiences as the 2022-2023 school year begins.

According to the national leader in investing in family voice, the Flamboyan Foundation and its “Family Engagement Matters” publication, family engagement leads to increased student achievement rates, higher graduation rates, reduced absenteeism, better student-teacher relationships and more cultural competence — all of which can have significant results on long-term student achievement and success. Creating these opportunities to support family voice is a critical component of engaging the community towards a North Star of ensuring every kid graduates from high school college and career ready.

“Opportunity 180 is committed to elevating student and family voices to ensure students are at the center of solutions to educational challenges,” said Jana Wilcox Lavin, CEO of Opportunity 180. “Through the Family Power Impact Grant, we are supporting organizations that will bolster student and family voices and provide meaningful, targeted resources to support diverse communities, increase understanding and communication, and ultimately have an impact on student success.”

The four grantees are: 

  • Parent Leadership Team of Nevada, which will use grant funds to form their own 501(c)(3) organization and deepen their impact on our community, as well as provide training, volunteer materials, and programming to support their efforts in developing and organizing families seeking better educational outcomes for their children, particularly in immigrant and under-resourced communities in Southern Nevada 
  • No Racism in Schools, which will establish its first two programs, Kids Corner (a mentorship and life coaching program) and quarterly workshops for families and other community stakeholders, as well as build capacity for future growth and family engagement efforts
  • Power2Parent, which will bolster its team in support of its education, training, and communication initiatives with parents, including effectively advocating for children through Parent Leadership Academy training and building family connection points through new and expanded programming
  • Rise Up Nevada, which will use its grant to expand its Project 3E (Engaged, Equipped, & Empowered) to provide data-driven support and education to families, as well as promote a culture of continuous improvement through engagement and advocacy.

“The Nevada Parent Leadership Team (PLT) believes that parents are the first link in the chain of their children’s success. Our team works hard so that immigrant, emerging bilingual and low-income families benefit and learn that education is the best equalizer. The Nevada Parent Leadership Team wants to build an organization focused on informing, empowering, organizing, and advocating for families seeking better educational opportunities for their children,” said Selene Lozado, Founder and Executive Director of the PLT. “We are grateful to be part of a diverse cohort of grantees who are focused on building the power of families in our community. With this generous grant, the PLT now has the resources it needs to help low-income families (regardless of race or language) provide the tools so these families can change their children’s future through education.”

Please note, funding cannot be used for lobbying activities, and funding is not an Opportunity 180 endorsement of specific issue areas on which the project or organizations are focused.

Nevada Ed-Watch 1/9/20

The Ed-Watch series is designed to increase access to information on what decisions are being made regarding public education in Clark County and Nevada.

Clark County School District Board of Trustees 

What is the Board of Trustees & what are they responsible for? The CCSD Trustees are publicly elected decision-makers for the school district. They are responsible for providing oversight to the Superintendent and establishing District-wide policy. Trustees are accountable to work with their communities to improve student achievement.

Click here to learn more and see a list of current Trustees

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How often does the Board of Trustees meet? Trustees meet twice per month (second and fourth Thursdays) at 5pm at the Edward A. Greer Education Center (Board Room): 2832 E. Flamingo Road, Las Vegas, NV 89121.

Click here for a full list of Trustees meetings and agendas

Click here to visit Hope For Nevada’s #NVEd Calendar

Can community members engage at Trustee Meetings? Decision-making bodies benefit greatly from hearing public input and multiple perspectives. Community members can sign up to speak after the agenda has been posted– by calling the Board Office at (702) 799-1072 at least 3 hours before the scheduled meeting, or signing up in-person at the beginning of the meeting. Prior to each agenda item being voted on, speakers can share their perspective after the Board’s discussion and prior to the vote.

Thursday, January 9, 2020

Clark County School District Board of Trustees Meeting

Click here to see the meeting agenda

What happened at this meeting?

Public Comment

Members of the public provided testimony to Trustees regarding:

  • Concerns about benefits for substitute teachers
  • Concerns about a lack of diversity in school leadership
  • Concerns about public education funding 
  • Concerns about school staffing regulations

Trustees Heard a Presentation on Focus 2024 Student Success Measures 

The board heard a presentation on progress towards the student success goals outlined in the Focus 2024 Plan (summarized below). 

Student Success Objective: Increase the four-year high school graduation rate.

The District met its four-year high school graduation rate goal of 84.3% (2018-2019), with an actual graduation rate of 85.2%.

Student Success Objective: Decrease student achievement gaps in the four-year high school graduation rate while increasing the graduation rate for all subgroups.

The District did not meet its goal. The proficiency gap between the highest- and lowest performing subgroups increased by 2.5% in 2018-2019.

Additionally, for American Indian/Alaska Native students, students with Limited English Proficiency, and students on Individualized Education Programs (special education), 2018-2019 graduation rates decreased.

Trustees requested more information about the breakdown of the district’s student population. Trustees discussed continuing to work with the state for collecting accurate data in a timely manner. 

Click here to see this presentation.

Click here to see student success indicators by subgroup.

Click here to see this portion of the Focus 2024 plan.

Trustees Approved the Naming of Tyrone Thompson Elementary School

The School Name Committee recognized the late Assemblyman Tyrone Thompson’s contributions to education in Clark County, and recommended him as a school namesake for the Clark County School District. 

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Trustee Reports

Trustees participated in Principal for a Day, Sun Youth Forum, and the Middle School Honor Choir Concert. 

Superintendent Communications

  • Rancho High School received a grant from the NFL & Raiders of $250K for a turf field.
  • The district is negotiating with the Clark County Education Association (CCEA) and the Nevada State Education Association (NSEA) regarding filing lawsuits against individual school principals in response to staffing decisions.
  • Strategic budgets are being released to school principals on January 15.

Requests for Future Agenda Items:

  • Information about  protocol principals follow for master scheduling
  • Review of the Community Engagement Policy for schools (Policy 1140)
  • Data on graduation rates among English Language Learners
  • Updates on the English Language Learner Master plan 
  • A list of district principals broken out by race and ethnicity
  • Teacher and staff retention rates for each school

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