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Actively Engaging Parents of High School Students

Adlai E. Stevenson High SchoolAdlai E. Stevenson High School, (Lincolnshire, IL). Stevenson High School offers a variety of opportunities for meaningful parent engagement. Each fall, using a conversation framework, the school hosts family discussions about their child’s course selections for the following school year. In addition to weekly parent information through an interactive report card platform, counselors facilitate Student-Counselor-Parent Engagement (SCoPE) meetings. During these meetings, counselors connect with parents and their child individually to learn more about the student’s strengths, interests, goals, and concerns. Each month, the principal and superintendent invite eighty randomly-chosen parents to a breakfast meeting with a parent-driven agenda. Leadership brings any issues discussed by parents to the administrative team to be addressed. In addition, parents are on Stevenson’s Equity, Race, and Diversity Steering Committee. Parents have reviewed: books for courses, the support offered to students of color taking AP courses, and potential professional development. By participating in the school’s Advisory Council, parents guide the Student Services Division in establishing and evaluating progress toward their goals. Each year, the school hosts a Parent University where speakers share their expertise on a variety of topics. Through relationships with community organizations, the school connects students and families to these resources through a Career Expo, Summer Job Fair, or Trades Week.