The Newark Board of Education hosted their 35th Annual Title 1 Parent Conference: Hope Grows A New Beginning Through Learning on Saturday, December 4, 2021. With a total of 765 registrants, parents and community members were able to choose from over 30 live or on-demand sessions throughout the day. Those who tuned in were also able to connect with and gather information from 22 community partners. The day began with welcoming words from Superintendent Leόn and Deputy Superintendent Johnson, followed by student performances and inspirational words from keynote speakers, Judge Victoria Pratt and Jasmine Lopez.
Superintendent Roger León said, “We are committed to providing opportunities for our parents, guardians, and caregivers to experience continuous learning as outlined in The Next Decade: 2020-30. And, based on the feedback from parents and presenters, this year’s conference exceeded all expectations”.
Presenters of the conference noted how well organized the event was and shared their interest in presenting again. Participants referred to the presentations as “informative” and “phenomenal”. One parent stated, “A lot of great tips were given in the How Parents Can Support Children in Grades 8-12 session. This is usually an under-supported target group. So I was glad to see attention being paid to it.” Schools were encouraged to promote the event and share the information with their families as a means of additional support to parents and guardians of Newark Public Schools. “There were a lot of First Avenue parents who joined and they were very happy with the content presented, “said Ms. Aquino, Parent Liaison from First Avenue Elementary School.
“I could not be more proud of this conference. Every part of this day was well thought out and designed with excellence! There was a session for everyone, from Pre-K to postsecondary,” stated Deputy Superintendent Nicole T. Johnson.
Ms. Dawn Haynes said, “As a parent and President of the Newark Board of Education, I am thrilled with the quality of the presenters and content of this year’s Title I Conference. I can’t wait to see what’s in store for next year.
For additional information: 35th Annual Title I Parent Conference