E-Team hosts Community Circles as part of our
Family Resource Network. Circles offer a chance to get to know others as part of smaller conversations within our larger event. Come meet families, educators, and community members and learn strategies to connect to resources and support your student.
Our Network provides ongoing connection with other families, agencies and resources for advocacy.
Parent and Teacher Workshops
As parents and teachers, E-Team members know that we all have times when we need someone to help us navigate the education system with our children. In addition to our Mentor Teams, we hold regular workshops on subjects such as Transitions, How to Have a Meaningful Parent-Teacher Conference, Trauma-Informed Teaching, and How to Navigate an IEP. We plan these sessions with teachers included so that we're able to bridge and strengthen the relationships between families and teachers that result in stronger partnerships and outcomes for students
Power of Partnerships
O.W. Holmes School
PoP is an after-school initiative now in its eighth year at Holmes. Trained tutors/mentors from OPRFHS and Dominican University work with students who benefit from extended learning opportunities. Other community partners include Trader Joe's, the Township of Oak Park, and the Frank Lloyd Wright Home & Studio. For the 2018-19 school year, we are looking to expand this program to additional schools.
Restorative Justice &
Data clearly indicates disproportionate discipline rates for students of color. Our communities and schools need conversations about race and implicit bias. The E-Team meets with teachers to discuss classroom practices as they relate to race and equity. We also hold forums on these topics to create space for conversation and mobilize community members to push for action and a change in our school policies. We are currently working with The New York Times on a forum to engage the community on the documentary America to Me directed by Steve James and filmed at Oak Park and River Forest High School.
Early Childhood to
College and Career
Our team meets with families to help navigate the transitions that students face from cradle to college or career. Oftentimes, resources exist, but are not easily accessed. We provide information and connections for families and students to take advantage of every opportunity that is available to them.
Power of Partnerships Summer 2018
at the Oak Park Public Library
PoP Summer is a collaboration between the
E-Team, the Oak Park Public Library, Dominican University and District 97. Oak Park elementary and middle-school students enjoy a new and exciting type of summer school opportunity created to enhance their study and reading skills while preparing them for the academic year ahead. This program connects learning to inquiry, experimentation, and hands-on projects that focus on collaboration and relationship building while supporting basic skill development in literacy and math. Much of the work explores themes of social justice and empowering all voices. The partnership with families and teachers continues into the school year.