Parent Action Leader
Parent Action Leaders (PALs) are selected and approved by the school principal to serve as the liaison between families, schools, and the district. PALs are trained to be leaders in their schools and paid a stipend for their parent engagement work.
What does a PAL do?
Schools may select one or two PALs depending on the parent engagement work needed. Each PAL will encourage partnerships within the GRPS community and foster an environment where family engagement is supported and respected.
- Attending and participating in at least one Parent University course per quarter.
- Attending a PAL orientation prior to the beginning of the school year (for new PALs only)
- Attending and participating in individual meetings two times a year with the F.A.C.E. department.
- Attending and participating in monthly PTA/PTCC/CSLT meetings.
- Attending and participating in quarterly PAL meetings.
- Collaborating with the school principal to support school-wide family engagement activities.
- Collaborating with outside organizations or companies and providing critical link between families, the school, and community.
- Communicating and promoting GRPS information with school families regarding district initiatives, Parent University, and recruitment retention.
- Communicating effectively by listening and deeply learning the perspectives of community's families, teachers, administrators, and scholars.
- Communicating frequently through a variety of social media methods and personal outreach.
- Connecting monthly with the school principal to discuss ways to support that month's school-wide engagement efforts.
- Creating and submitting quarterly PAL reports with the school principal.
- Identifying engagement challenges and inviting solutions.
- Listening and sharing feedback between the school community to the PALs.
- Promoting cultural inclusion and embracing the diverse perspectives of the entire school community.
- Serving as a liaison with school administration, community partners, and school families.
- Visiting the Parent University website frequently and using social media to share site resources and receive PAL updates.
- Volunteering at events when available.
- Welcoming all families, school staff, and community members in a way that values their unique strengths, abilities, and interests.