This presentation by Dornswalo Wilkins-McCorey, Virginia Beach Public Schools and President Elect of Virginia AssocIation of Gifted Children, provides information on how Virginia Beach City Public Schools set up a pilot program and offered the Supporting Emotional Needs for the Gifted (SENG) parent workshop for parents in Title I and former Title I schools. The presenters share how they marketed the session and set up a venue for parents. The facilitator discusses outcomes.
From Ms. Wilkins-McCorey:
"The purpose of this pilot program was to provide the Supporting Emotional Needs Group model for underserved populations of parents in Title I schools and former Title I schools. It was hypothesized that this intervention would provide parents with tools to help them with the implementation of better parenting skills while building authentic relationships with the school staff. First, we created a principal’s memo and distributed it to all the Emerging Scholars Initiative Schools. We created an electronic registration form. Upon completion of each form, we called each parent and explained the six-week commitment. After the six-week commitment to the parents, they received a schedule and books for the parent group. Then, we met weekly for six weeks and implemented the model. The parents continued to participate in the book study and share anecdotal information about their children. In the end, the parents decided to create an end of the session celebration and provided feedback to the Office of Gifted Program via a digital survey."
Watch video footage, the review of data, and a discussion of the parents' demographics. Shared insights, findings, and next steps are included in this presentation. Finally, the presenter will highlight the importance of this work by sharing qualitative data.