907 Barra Row, Suite 102/103
Davidson, NC 28036
Web site: http://www.ecac-parentcenter.org
Hours: 9:00 am - 4:00 pm, Monday - Friday
Ms. Beverly Roberts
Evaluator: Terri Shelton
State PIRC Board:
Glenda Adams, Wilkes County, NC Department of Public Instruction Consultant
Noemi Alcantara, Forsyth County, Parent, English 2nd Language
Stephanie Antkowiak, Guilford County, Parent, Elementary School
Dan Baker, Mecklenburg County,, Parent and Classroom Teacher
Camille Catlett, Orange County, Frank Porter Graham Child Development Center, Early Childhood Research
Anne-Marie Dekort-Young, Mecklenburg County, NC State Dept of Public Instruction, School Readiness Dept Staff
Tony Flores, Wake County, Parent, Elementary and High School
Sharon Foote, Mecklenburg County, Parent, Middle and High School
Frank Graziadei, Mecklenburg County, NC Department of Vocational Rehabilitation Counselor
Ruby Houston, Mecklenburg County, Charlotte Mecklenburg School System Parent Involvement Coordinator
Chris Mackey, Orange County, NC Department of Public Health
Lori Oates, Cleveland County, Parent, High School
Azell Reeves, Guilford County, Parent, High School
Paul Revere, Mecklenburg County, Minister and Parent
Margaret Richardson, Mecklenburg County, Parent, Elementary School
Michael Teague, Wake County, Parent, Middle School and Psychologist
Richard White, Cabarrus County, Professor Department of Education University of NC at Charlotte
Special Advisory Committees:
The advisory committee consists of 9 - 12 members representing local parents, community members,school representatives and students from across the state.
The North Carolina State PIRC provides information, skills and supports necessary for families and schools to work together to improve the academic performance.
Goals –The goals of the grant are to provide information and materials designed to:
- increase active participation in activities related to strengthening partnerships and improving education outcomes for students.
- prepare NC families to make decisions about their own children’s education and to partner with educators on school improvement activities.
- strengthen and support the ability of NC families to become involved in activities that lead to improved academic achievement for their children.
In addition the project:
- provides Technical Assistance to staff and administrators on implementing successful and effective parent involvement policies.
- supports parents by assuring the successful implementation of NC Parents as Teachers Programs.
Parental Engagement Model
In The Case for Parent Leadership (July, 2004), the authors note that parent involvement activities tend to fall into four main roles: parents as teachers, Parents as supporters of education, Parents as advocates for their own and for all children, and Parents as decision makers. Research also found that children do best when parents are able to be involved in all four ways. Parent Partners is designed to provide information and training in all of these areas.
Early Childhood Model
The Project collaborates with NC Parents as Teacher Network to promote early childhood parent education.
NCPIRC is committed to providing training and information designed for individual parents, schools, parent and community groups. Services including: a toll free parent info line, information and referrals, website, newsletter, , workshops, institutes, conferences, a lending library, information packets on topics such as NCLB, DVDs, electronic bulletins, assistance to parent groups, consultations, leadership training and multicultural outreach. Emphasis is on families whose children attend Title I schools or programs, schools designated as “low Performing” or schools with a significant gap in performance between majority and minority students. Training, information, and technical assistance is also offered to school personnel.
Meeting the Needs of Parents
Families are more likely to learn initial skills and develop confidence in their abilities through training provided by individuals from similar backgrounds. This fact gives our project unique credibility because of our statewide reputation as a parent organization with multi-cultural and economically diverse staff and consultants representing the communities to be served. The goals are designed to address the needs in our state. Objectives and methodologies were developed based on research and evidence based effective practices on improving academic achievement and parent involvement.
Parents, other stakeholders, and collaborators were directly involved in identifying areas of need to be addressed by this project based on the purpose of a statewide PIRC included in the RFP. All project goals, objectives and activities are aligned with and related to achieving the purpose of a statewide PIRC. Unique Characteristics
The PIRC provides technical assistance targeted to the lowest performing high schools in NC. Improvement of these high schools has been mandated by the NC Superior Court.