Education is the number one social issue millennial parents are interested in followed by healthcare and the economy. Half of a typical school district’s parents are millennial parents. The other half is Gen X’ers. This diversity creates an interesting dynamic when it comes to engaging families because these two generations require different engagement strategies. For the first time in our country’s history, schools have to train their staff on how to handle age diversity.
Millennial parents want to be more involved than their parents were in their child’s education. The catch is that they want to be involved and engaged in a very different way than parents of past generations. For teachers to effectively engage and communicate with their student’s parents, they need to know what motivates today’s parents.
Intergenerational Engagement Development Training
DKMC provides half-day Intergenerational Parents professional development for district personnel, principals and teachers to help them better understand the most efficient ways to engage both millennial and Gen X parents. Better understanding and appreciation of the unique needs of parents today will help schools craft the right mix of programs that will help teachers improve their practice and student outcomes.
Community Partner Evaluation
It is a well-known fact that schools are underfunded and often lack resources to help children graduate from school college-ready. The challenges are even greater in low-income schools. DKMC uses more than 20 years experience building win-win education partnerships to help school districts and individual school leaders become knowledgeable on how school-business partnerships work. We use our proprietary community evaluation tool to assess the value of all district and school partnership assets and then identify local, regional and national mission-aligned partners who have business needs that can be met with the right-fit education initiative.
DKMC then provides partnership development training for the school’s family-community engagement coordinators that aligns with the district’s goals thus minimizing any conflicts with district-level partnership outreach.