Lakota Launches CommUnity University

Lakota Launches Family & Parent CommUnity University
Posted on 08/23/2018
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Community University Sept. 22Lakota Local Schools announces its first-ever Family & Parent CommUnity University hosted by Lakota’s Outreach, Diversity & Inclusion (LODI) department, in partnership with Miami University Voice of America. The new monthly learning series, led by expert Lakota staff and community partners, is designed to provide training and resources to parents, relatives, staff, community members and others who play a role in helping educate our youth.

“While one of our goals is certainly to share information and expert guidance on different issues affecting our youth, it’s also about building stronger relationships and encouraging open dialogue,” said Angie Brown, Lakota’s parent and family engagement coordinator and one of the leaders behind LODI’s work.

The new initiative builds upon Lakota’s long-standing efforts to increase parent involvement in our school communities and empower parents to be active in their child’s growth and development. Last year’s parent learning sessions - both face-to-face and via Facebook Live - paved the way for this year’s model.

“When it comes to giving our students the best possible education, there are no boundaries. Educators are not limited to the teachers in our buildings,” said Lakota Superintendent Matthew Miller. “Lakota’s CommUnity University is about bringing all those people together to learn from one another and do what’s best for our kids.”

Sessions will range from mental health and digital competency to diversity training, state testing and health and wellness. The curriculum has been shaped by a review committee represented by parents, staff, local employers and agencies, as well as other community partners. Interviews with other similar efforts nationally and a survey offered to the Lakota community also helped develop the learning series.

The classes will kick off Saturday, Sept. 22 from 8 a.m. to noon at Miami VOA with an engaging first session, “The Land of Lakota.” Assistant Superintendent Robb Vogelmann and Executive Director of Curriculum & Instruction Keith Koehne will help acclimate families to the range of opportunities available to Lakota students. This will include special attention to Lakota’s district-wide focus on the E+R=O model, which encourages students and staff to press pause and consider the consequences before reacting to a situation.

The general session will be followed by two smaller breakouts led by the elementary and secondary curriculum directors, where attendees will learn more about Lakota’s curriculum, including how to most effectively use tools like Home Access Center and Canvas.  

Each monthly session will be live streamed and includes breakfast, compliments of Overhead Doors, and free childcare provided by student volunteers. The sessions are free and open to the public, but registration is encouraged. Click here to register for the Sept. 22 session Visit the CommUnity University page on Lakota’s website for more information and future session information.