As you and your family settle into a new academic year, we know you’re doing everything you can to make sure your student is excited and prepared! We’re here for you – making sure you have everything you need to jump into the school year ready for anything.
You can find resources about safe transportation to and from school, school schedules, grade-by-grade resources, the Readiness Check, and a recap of our Thank You event celebrating the progress made on the #DoMoreWith54 and #WeBudgetTogether campaigns in this edition of the PAVE Post!
All DC public school students – public charter and DCPS – in 3rd through 8th grade take the ELA and math PARCC test, and high school students take an English II and Geometry PARCC test.
So, what is the PARCC, how did our schools do during the 2018-19 School Year, and what do the scores mean?
Everything you need to know is inside!
Answering the call from parents to connect with one another, deepen their knowledge of key early childhood issues, and use their collective power to advocate on behalf of our city’s youngest residents, PAVE is excited to kick off a listening tour to hear from parents and other caregivers regarding your experiences in meeting the needs of your infant/toddler. Your stories – and the stories of other parents across the city – will help us identify the most pressing challenges AND parent-driven solutions.
Are you ready to take your leadership to the next level? Apply to become a Parent Leader in Education today!
We believe that EVERY child deserves a high-quality, safe, and nurturing school environment to learn and reach their fullest potential – and we know that you do too. As a parent, you are already your student’s greatest advocate. You know what works and doesn’t work for your child, your school, and your family. That is why it is critical that our elected officials and policymakers hear from YOU.
On June 1st at the Third-Annual PAVE Parent Policy Summit, 166 PAVE Parent Leaders joined school leaders, community organizations, elected officials, education advocates, DCPS Chancellor Ferebee, Councilmember Ward 7 Vince Gray, and other stakeholders at KIPP College Prep in Ward 5.
This historic moment for parent and family engagement in our education system provided an opportunity for a diverse group of parents to listen to, learn from, and be heard by fellow community members.
Get up to speed on all the ways PAVE Parent Leaders have amplified their voices and pushed for change over the past year!
The 2018-2019 school year has almost come to an end and what a year it has been at PAVE!
In order to meet the needs of these families, PAVE wants to hear from YOU – Hispanic/Latinx parents and caregivers! Our mission is to build a shared community, provide accessible information, and remove language as a barrier to opportunities for advocacy so more families can feel empowered to advocate for their children, and for ALL children.
Alongside our listening tour for families with students with special needs, PAVE is conducting a listening tour for Spanish-speaking families to understand how we can best support the Hispanic/Latinx community as they navigate the education system.
Read about how PAVE Parent Leader Lateefa Dawkins is PAVE-ing the Way as an advocate for her children with special needs!
“While it is often difficult for any parent to navigate the education system, this is especially true for parents who must also navigate the special education process. Between having to understand the legal terms in Individualized Education Plans (IEP) or 504 plans, finding a school that can appropriately support your child, or simply understanding your child’s diagnosis and what they need to be successful – it can be an overwhelming, isolating, and frustrating experience…”
We received OVER 400 RESPONSES on our Summit Issue Survey – the results are inside this evening’s PAVE Post, click to read all about the selected issues!
“On Saturday, June 1st, parent leaders will come together for the Third-Annual PAVE Parent Policy Summit to set their vision for education in our city and create PAVE’s roadmap for our work together for the upcoming year, with policymakers, school leaders, and other community members in the room to witness the true power of parent voice…”
On Tuesday, April 9th, 95 school partners, parent leaders, agency partners, and system leaders across all sectors came together for a PAVE All-Day Family and Community Engagement Professional Learning Community (PLC) session around the theme,“Coalition Building for Systemic Change in DC Education.” These powerful sessions dug into the who, what, when, where, and how of building effective, equitable, and powerful family and community engagement in our schools and education system.
Ward 7 parent leader and educator Sharon Culver blogs about the importance of Mental Health and Trauma-informed Training in ALL schools:
Check out PIE Network‘s article on PAVE’s PLCs!
“In the fall of 2017, PAVE established the first Professional Learning Community (PLC) for family and community engagement staff at area schools and agencies. After its first successful year, the PLC has grown to include two cohorts…
Can you believe that it’s time for our Third-annual PAVE Parent Policy Summit? Join us on June 1st at KIPP College Prep where we will fill the room with even MORE parent leaders to collectively reimagine an education system that is created not just for, but by and with families!
This year, make sure YOUR voice is heard and help create a parent-driven policy agenda for 2019-2020 by taking this survey!
PAVE’s Founder and Executive Director illustrates why DC must #DoMoreWith54.
Our children are hurting, and we MUST do better to build a city that is investing in their futures. Instability in health care, housing, and food in the District all increase the risk for mental illness and trauma in our city’s children, and in turn, intensify the need for mental health supports and trauma-informed training in ALL schools.
On Thursday, March 21, at PAVE’s #DoMoreWith54 Event, Raymond Weeden shared Jaleesa Matthews’ testimony in which she discussed ways we can meet the mental health needs of ALL of our kids.
“We are doing an injustice to our kids when we do not equip them with the tools they need to navigate extremely difficult situations.”
On Thursday, March 21, Ward 8 and Citywide PLE Board member DaSean Jones joined parents, youth practitioners, researchers, and school leaders to learn about how we can meet the needs of all our kids and #DoMoreWith54.
“DC schools need increased mental health supports, including trauma-informed training for teachers, social emotional learning curriculum, and trained mental health professionals in all schools.”
Catch up on the progress of one of our #ParentPriorities from the 2017-2018 school year – One Citywide School Report Card!
“At the 2017 PAVE Parent Policy Summit, over 100 parent leaders from all across the District chose this as one of our top priorities after coming together to share their experiences with the DC education system…”
On Thursday, March 21, Jalen Gross joined parents, youth practitioners, researchers, and school leaders to learn about how we can meet the needs of all our kids and #DoMoreWith54.
“I join everyone here today to ask the mayor and city council to devote funds in the budget to support the increase of mental health professionals in DC schools and to better train our educators to create supportive and safe environments for us to learn.”
Michael Villafranca explains why our city must #DoMoreWith54 and invest in mental health supports and trauma-informed training in all schools.
“Our children and youth are living in especially challenging times, so increased access to mental health supports are needed now more than ever.”
This year, We are honored to highlight two incredible PAVE parent leaders that are furthering their leadership through the Wayfinder Foundation Community Activist Fellowship: Ward 4 PLE Board Member Chioma Oruh and Ward 7 & Citywide PLE Board Member Yolanda Corbett!
My family has lived in Washington, DC for five generations. As a kid growing up in DC in the 1980s and ‘90s, the city and her people bore me, raised me, and gave me an understanding of the true meaning of community. DC was the place I called home – no matter how many times we had to move…
In celebration of DC Parent Voice and Choice Week (DCPVCW), last week, PAVE continued our four-year tradition of hosting breakfast and luncheons at the Wilson Building to foster a more meaningful partnership between DC parents and education leaders. This year, PAVE parent leaders joined us the Wilson Building to share their stories and education priorities, making 199 touch points with 11 DC Councilmembers and the Deputy Mayor for Education…
…As DC parents finalize their school preferences before upcoming lottery deadlines, it’s worth resurfacing a recent study by the D.C. Policy Center. It found only one area of the District — the far northwest corner — where a large proportion of families (79 percent) choose to attend their “in-boundary” DC public school, because it feeds into the much-desired Wilson High School. Elsewhere in the city, we see a great deal of mobility from one school to another, with only 26 percent of families choosing their neighborhood school. Instead, most make a mish-mash of choices, playing the lottery or moving about, all in hopes of winning a “golden ticket” to a school that will meet their children’s needs….
Countdown to DC Parent Voice and Choice Week! Our second-annual DC Parent Voice and Choice Week will kick off on Monday, January 21, and will include numerous parent-led meetings at the Wilson Building. Check out this week’s DCPVCW PAVE Post for more information!
Join us during DC Parent Voice and Choice Week (DCPVCW) to celebrate our city’s many incredible parent leaders who are partnering with our school leaders, elected officials, and education policymakers to create a school choice system that works for ALL DC families! This year during DCPVCW, our 118 PAVE PLE Board members will be calling on policymakers to support the issues parents voted for during the Parent Policy Summit in May: Transparent Citywide School Funding and Mental Health Supports and Trauma-Informed Training for All Schools.
“Because the work we do is for families, we do it as a family. We are so thankful to be surrounded by so many committed, passionate, and determined supporters who believe in the power of parent voice to make great schools for every child in every ward a reality. This year, our family of parents, students, school leaders, policymakers, and education advocates has reshaped our education landscape.”
Check out the Holiday PAVE Post and sign-up now to join 2,000+ Parent Leaders to amplify our 2018-2019 issues – Mental Health Supports and Trauma-Informed Training for All Schools!
Today, the Office of the State Superintendent of Education (OSSE) released DC’s new School Report Card for the 2017-2018 school year. For the first time in our city’s history, this School Report Card will include a wide range of information about how all of our public schools performed – both DCPS and public charter schools.Here is everything you need to know about the new DC School Report Card: http://bit.ly/2QiDZzE
Do our education leaders trust that families know what’s best for our kids?
On Monday, November 19, the DC Public Charter School Board (PCSB) is scheduled to vote on the application of the LEARN Charter School Network – the school operator chosen by the parent leaders of the Ward 8 POST. This vote will send a clear message to families about whether or not our education leaders trust parents to be partners in creating high-quality school options that work for ALL families.
Ward 1 PLE Board Member Alberto Otero seeks to model the leadership he wants to see in schools. While working in the criminal justice system, Alberto witnessed the school-to-prison pipeline firsthand and realized that limited access to a high-quality education perpetuated this vicious cycle. He is deeply concerned with the leadership that steers our education system and wants to see more inclusive leadership moving forward.
“As a PLE Board member, I hope to listen more to the concerns of other PAVE parents and our fellow parents and community members. I want to show that men, and especially Black and Latino men, are essential to moving these issues forward. I want my children and the children of the District of Colombia to dream bigger and to do more than we ever imagined.”
Rock the Vote on November 6th! Read our latest PAVE Post Update for everything you need to know about registering to vote, where to vote, and what races YOU will be deciding on November 6th!
“I want to use my experiences to best support my child and work with parents who share like interests.”
Ward 6 PLE Board Member Machee Kelly is PAVE-ing the Way! Machee shares how growing up, working, and raising a daughter in DC schools has made her a stronger advocate for ALL children.
Parent leaders and the team at PAVE are extremely excited that our city has taken a monumental step forward in creating a more equitable system for all of our children by officially announcing that Bard High School Early College will open a DCPS campus, with plans to open the school East of the River.
On Saturday, we welcomed the 118 parent leaders who will make up the 2018-2019 PLE Boards! Representing the unique needs, values, and diversity of DC families, our PLE Boards will now work together to ensure ALL children have the supports they need!
On Saturday, September 29th, 119 PAVE parent leaders from across DC will come together at KIPP DC College Preparatory for the first time as the 2018-2019 Parent Leaders in Education (PLE) Boards! New and returning Board members will build on the momentum of their first year of successful advocacy with new education priorities for DC schools.
Stay informed with us! Here’s your guide to our 2018-19 top issue areas, which over 150 parent leaders voted for at the #PAVESummit in May!
It’s the September PAVE Post! Inside, check out new updates from the 2018 PARCC, DC schools that are making huge gains, and a deep-dive into the Learning Heroes resources you should know!
It’s the Back to School PAVE Post! We’ve got you covered on everything you should know to get ready for a successful school year! Also inside, check out our favorite moments from PAVE Night at Nats Park!
Want to know more about our 2018 PARCC results? Read our PAVE Post Update with everything you need to know about PARCC, DC’s performance, and where we still need to go to ensure ALL students are making gains!
Are you ready to AMPLIFY your voice? Do you want to ELEVATE your leadership to move our schools forward? APPLICATIONS ARE NOW OPEN to join a PLE Board for the 2018-2019 school year! It only takes a few minutes to apply! Apply by July 20th at dcpave.org/PLEBoardApply
It’s a Special Edition July PAVE Post! Take a look back on your incredible accomplishments this year as our founding PLE Board members! Also inside, read Ward 5 PLE Board Member, Yvette Selby, share what this year meant to her!
Let’s raise our voices, as one, to keep families together. Parents and children need our help – and whenever one of us needs help, we must all stand together.
If the work PAVE’s parent leaders have done these past two years on behalf of children and families in this city is any indication, we have extraordinary collective power to make change. We can all do something.
It’s the June PAVE Post! Check out all the sights and sounds from our 2nd Annual PAVE Parent Policy Summit!
Also inside, new PAVE parent leader Jael Anker-Lagos shares her experience connecting with fellow parent leaders at her first PAVE Summit!
Your voice, leadership, and advocacy over the last year has led to $20.25 million in OST funding! That’s an increase of nearly $10.56 million!
These new dollars will help end the chronic underfunding of OST programs and ensure that students and families facing the greatest barriers will have more access to safe, enriching learning programs before school, after school, and in the summer!
Couldn’t be with us at the 2nd Annual PAVE Parent Policy Summit last weekend? We’ve got you covered! Check out the issues we’ll be AMPLIFYING this year based on what more than 100 parents voted for at the Summit!
What you’ve been waiting for – PAVE’s NAEP 101 guide to everything you need to know about America’s education report card, what the scores say, how DC performed, and what this means for the future of education in our city!
It’s the May PAVE Post! Check out highlights from our second All-Day PAVE Professional Learning Community (PLC) this spring!
Also inside, Ward 8 PAVE PLE Board Member Barbarann Mack writes about her experience at the first PAVE Parent Policy Summit and what she is excited for this year!
Two years ago this month, eight parent leaders joined Maya Martin and started an organization (PAVE) to reimagine our education system by amplifying parent voice – and the rest is history!
Read our letter from our Founder and Executive Director, Maya Martin, who is taking a moment this month to reflect on the incredible accomplishments of our parent leaders!
It’s the April PAVE Post! Read how you can support the more than 800 parents and education advocates who have already told their councilmember #WeNeed25 for OST programs!
Also inside, Ward 1 PAVE PLE Board Member Christine Miller shares why parents make the best advocates for our schools!
Parent leaders score a huge early victory for kids! Read our PAVE Post Update to learn more about Mayor Bowser’s historic investment in OST programs and what our parent leaders are doing now to ensure we reach $25 million this year! #WeNeed25#WhenParentsLeadKidsWin
It’s the March PAVE Post! See how YOU can make a difference for students across DC in just five minutes by sharing your #WeNeed25 story. Also inside, read Meaghan’s story of finding the answers to our education system’s most vexing questions by talking to fellow parents on the walks to and from school.
If you believe that EVERY student should have access to high-quality and affordable before, after, and summer school programming, join the hundreds of DC students, families, and OST providers who are saying #WeNeed25 for OST Programs.
It’s the February PAVE Post! See highlights from the first-ever DC Parent Voice and Choice Week, which brought more than 60 members of PAVE’s PLE Boards to the Wilson Building to meet with ward-based councilmembers and citywide officials. Also inside, read how Ward 8 PLE Board Member Anise Walker is reimagining the way our education system listens to parent voice!
January 21 – 27, 75 Washington, DC parents of DCPS and DC public charter school students will lead a series of breakfast and luncheon meetings with six ward councilmembers and four citywide officials to highlight DC Parent Voice and Choice Week. PAVE is launching DC Parent Voice and Choice Week to provide an opportunity for parents in DC to advocate for a stronger partnership between policymakers and families.
It’s the January PAVE Post! Read why #WeNeed25 million to fund Out of School Time (OST) Programs in DC and learn more about how you can join the movement! Also inside, read how Breakthrough Montessori Public Charter School and Ward 3 parent, Young Kim, found his balance between career and fatherhood.
Happy holidays from the PAVE team! As we say goodbye to 2017, we are reflecting on the incredible progress we have made this year to change our education system through the power of parent voice! See how parent leaders made all the difference in 2017 – read our end-of-the-year message to our PAVE families and friends.
It’s the December PAVE Post! Check out highlights from the first Cross-Sector All-Day #PAVEPLC and our first “Building Stronger Boards” training session! Also inside, read Ward 4 PLE Board Member Cathaleen Skinner’s story of how her family fought for her daughters’ rights and how this has transformed her vision for education in DC.
It’s the November PAVE Post! Check out what PAVE parent Tearsa Coates had to say about her experience at the Connecting Communities of Courage Summit with fellow PAVE parent Reggie Workman and PAVE’s Founder and Executive Director, Maya Martin. Also inside, read how Ward 8 PLE Board Member DaSean Jones uses his experience growing up in DC’s public education system to be a stronger advocate for his children.
This fall and spring, Charter Board Partners and PAVE (Parents Amplifying Voices in Education) are partnering to host a series of trainings called “Building Strong Boards: Elevating Parent Voices” – an opportunity to provide school leaders, Board Chairs, and parent board members with information, support, resources, and training to amplify the role of parents on charter school boards.
It’s the October PAVE Post! Check out the highlights from the PAVE PLE Board Kickoff, which brought members from the Wards 1, 4, 5, 6, 7, and 8 PLE Boards together for the first time at City Arts & Prep! Also inside, read Ward 1 PAVE PLE Board Member Miriam Perlacio’s story of how she was motivated to become a parent leader after learning about the obstacles non-native English speaking families face when trying to access educational opportunities in our city.
Eighty-two Washington, DC parents have been selected from across the city to shape and lead the PAVE PLE Boards that represent families in Wards 1, 4, 5, 6, 7, and 8. As founding members, parents, grandparents, and guardians from across DC will have full ownership over the priorities, organization, and implementation of these ward-based education boards.
It’s the September PAVE Post! Check out the highlights from OSSE’s fourth annual “Parent and Family Engagement Summit,” including reflections from PAVE’s Founder and Executive Director, Maya Martin, in the panel “The Key to Your Child’s Success – Your Involvement!” Also inside, read the story of how Ward 7 PAVE PLE Board Member Yolanda Corbett became an advocate for ALL children in the District by starting as an advocate for her son.
It’s the August PAVE Post! Check out highlights from the PAVE and Education Reform Now DC Ward 8 Back to School BBQ, an update on the Parent Leaders in Education Board interview process, and a special request from the PAVE team to help us reach our Launching Parent Leaders goal! Also inside, read Ward 7 resident and KIPP DC parent Veda Rasheed’s incredible story of how she found her voice as a community organizer and parent leader!
PAVE’s work is carried out by a small staff and the incomparable parent leaders who are the greatest champions for this work – and the reason why PAVE exists. When it comes to amplifying parent voice, a small donation can make big changes. Would you be willing to make a special summer donation of $20, $50, $100, or whatever you can afford to help us meet our goal and address a huge gap: the lack of parent voice in education policymaking?
On Thursday, August 17, the city released the results of the 2016-17SY Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC) at Watkins Elementary School in SE, a school that saw increases in both ELA and Math. So, what is the PARCC, how did our schools do, and what do the scores mean?
PAVE Post Breaking News – Mayor Announces New DCPS Teacher Contract & 5.9% Increase To UPSFF For ALL Schools
BREAKING NEWS: On Monday morning, Mayor Muriel Bowser announced that the city has come to an agreement with the Washington Teachers’ Union (WTU) over a new contract. This new funding will result in a 5.9% increase in FY18 (this school year) on the UPSFF that funds ALL of our public schools – charter and DCPS! #allinforkids
Interested in becoming a parent leader in your ward and a policy mover in the District? Check out this edition of the PAVE Post for more information about Parent Leaders in Education Boards! In addition, you can find more information about PAVE’s summer activities across the District.
It’s here! Check out all the highlights and incredible photos from the first annual PAVE Parent Policy Summit in this edition of the PAVE Post. Also inside, PAVE Board Member Joy Russell reflects on her journey from working in public policy to advocating on behalf on her child.
Breaking News! Thanks to the advocacy of many of our city’s advocacy organizations, education leaders, and community members, including PAVE parent leaders like you, today, the Committee on Education proposed moving funds around in the budget to increase the Uniform Per Student Funding Formula (UPSFF) to 2.38%. If finalized by the DC Council, this increase would lock in a higher base funding level, providing schools with the funds they need not just this year, but in future years.
“When the Mayor released her 2018 budget last month, it fell short of meeting the immediate needs of our schools.” Read our latest update on the status of the Mayor’s proposed budget, and make sure to act! Use the quick and helpful tool inside to send a message directly to your Ward’s Councilmember that you support a 3.5% increase in the UPSFF.
In this edition of the PAVE Post, we announce our first annual event, the “PAVE Parent Policy Summit,” which will convene parents with school leaders, elected officials, and education advocacy supporters to have an informed conversation about the very issues our PAVE parents have identified. Also inside, PAVE Board Member LaJoy Johnson-Law shares why she was motivated to join PAVE!
“With the Mayor’s proposed budget, equitable school funding is headed in the right direction for DC’s students, but the funding still does not adequately meet the needs of all of our children and all of their schools.” Read our full letter to parents and supporters about the impact the Mayor’s proposed budget will have on school funding!
Learn more about DC’s budget process and how all of DC’s public schools – traditional and charter – receive funding by reading our latest PAVE Post Update! Also inside, helpful tips about how YOU can amplify your voice!
You can learn about how the ESSA Plan will increase accountability across DCPS and public charter schools in the District by reading our PAVE Post Update! Also inside, helpful tips about how YOU can get involved and amplify your voice!
In this edition of the PAVE POST, we celebrate the incredible work of the Ward 8 POST to release a first-of-its-kind Request for Proposals (RFP) – created, designed, and written by parents! Also inside, PAVE Board Member and Treasurer & Finance Committee Chair, Suzie Parsons, reflects on the importance of parent collaboration.
In this edition of the PAVE Post, see highlights from our National School Choice Week (NSCW) breakfast and luncheon series at the John A. Wilson Building. Also inside, PAVE Board Member and Ward 5 parent Cecily Miles Slater reflects on her journey back to DC from Los Angeles to find stronger schools for her children.
National School Choice Week (NSCW) is an annual, week-long event that spotlights the quality options available to meet the needs of every child – public traditional, public charter, magnet, private, parochial. In this edition of the PAVE Post, learn more about our National School Choice Week (NSCW) event series for January 2017.
In this edition of the PAVE Post, see highlights from My School DC EdFest 2016 and learn more about our event series to celebrate National School Choice Week (NSCW). Also inside, PAVE Board Vice Chair and Ward 1 parent Deanna Troust shares her positive experience with school choice in DC.
In this edition of the PAVE Post, see highlights from Twenty Years of Charter Schools, an event cohosted by the DC Public Charter School Board (PCSB). Also inside, PAVE Board Member, Ward 7 parent, and winner of the 2016 Parent Leadership Award, Erika Harrell, shares her path to PAVE.
Giving Tuesday is a national day of giving celebrated on the Tuesday after Thanksgiving. In this letter, learn more about supporting PAVE’s work to show the power and importance of parent voice in DC’s education policy.
In this edition of the PAVE Post, see highlights from our house meeting with Ward 1 Councilmember Brianne Nadeau and State Board of Education Member Laura Wilson Phelan, and learn more about our event celebrating Twenty Years of Charter Schools, an event co-hosted by the DC Public Charter School Board. Also inside, PAVE Board Member and Ward 8 parent Lulu Talley reflects on the importance of school choice and empowered parents.
In the first edition of the PAVE Post, we introduce PAVE’s Founding Board and recap highlights from house meetings with Councilmember At-Large Robert White; Ward 4 Councilmember Brandon Todd; Ward 7 Councilmember Vincent Gray; and Councilmember At-Large and Committee on Education Chairperson David Grosso. Also inside, Founder and Executive Director of PAVE Maya Martin shares the organization’s vision for DC’s education system, and PAVE Board Chair and Ward 8 parent Desiree Hoffman talks about being a parent leader with PAVE.