by Damon Cobble
Damon Cobble is a mental health counselor at the Minor Daniels Academy. You can follow him on Twitter at @DCBLESSED2
On March 22nd, I coordinated a special event, H.O.P.E. (Having Only Positive Expectations) at Minor Daniels Academy (MDA). The focus of this event was to highlight the importance of good parent/teacher relationships. It is well-documented and critically imperative to not only support our students but their families also. Research has shown that parent involvement in their child’s education is beneficial to not only the child but also the parents and teachers (Eldridge, 2001). We highlighted the importance of a healthy teacher/parent relationship, the positive attributes of our students, while also sharing the plethora of resources we offer at MDA.
We had over 50 parents/guardians attend which is unheard of. The MDA staff represented well along with our community partners who supported this event by reserving tables to share their services: JCPS Cultural and climate committee, PIVOT to PEACE/Peace Education Program, Whitney Young Job Corps, Kentucky One Health, and MDA/Breckenridge FRYSC. Also, our special guests were fantastic: Circuit Court Judge Brian Edwards and Kentucky House Representative Charles Booker Jr.
It is my H.O.P.E. to create a framework for alternative schools to increase parent engagement in schools by building positive relationships. H.O.P.E. Night will be an annual event for parents, teachers, and support staff working together to support and improve the learning, development, and health of children and adolescents, specifically at-risk youth through collaboration, involving all stakeholders.
Lastly, below you will find a couple of emails sent to me expressing their positive sentiments from this event.
“Damon, the MDA team led a quality event! The parent turnout was fantastic and the speakers you selected were so relevant to the evening and the work happening for students in our alternative schools!” – Dr. Katy DeFerrari, Assistant Superintendent School Climate & Culture
“Mr. Cobble, I was honored to be at the H.O.P.E event on a FRIDAY evening to support and provide resources to your students! It was very refreshing to see parents and relatives supporting the students. We were pleased with the number of students and guests who visited our table to learn about the Whitney Young Job Corps Center.” – Jannette Sweeney Business Community Liaison
Want to share your own story? Click here to learn more about JCPSForward Classroom Curations.