2012 Youth and Family Summit

The 2012 Youth & Family Summit was informed by the previous efforts and recent feedback.  The 2012 Summit’s youth programming track aims to facilitate educational success among participants through the following:

  • Developing and engaging youth in critical thinking about their education, including the role of family, schools, community, and culture.
  • Empowering youth to advocate for quality education.
  • Equipping them with skills to organize and collaborate with peers to build student organizations.
  • Promoting educational achievement and success among youth.
  • Engaging youth in critical and productive dialogue about social issues such as equity, race, class, and representation and their role in education.

The parents/guardians focus continues the work of the 2011 Tacoma Public Schools Community Awareness for Student Achievement (CASA) project and the 2009 Race & Pedagogy Parents/Guardians Conference.  This focus realizes the mantra that parents are the first teachers of their children.

The 2012 Summit’s parents/guardians programming track aims to empower partnership between parents/guardians and schools to achieve the following:

  1. Gain new skills in navigating and negotiating the specific challenges of education systems. Become powerful educational advocates for ALL children, including partnering with educators and policy-makers to embrace an overarching vision of student success. 
  2. Understand how students are underserved due to race and/or economic hardship and how Tacoma’s student achievement lines up with state and national achievement.  Develop personal, collective, and systemic strategies and accountability to remedy disproportionality, disparity, and structural inequalities.
  3. Build understanding of the existing gaps in opportunity, expectations, and achievement.  Develop the skills and sense of urgency to take action to close these gaps.
  4. Function as allies for one another across social groupings such as race and economics.
  5. Embrace a cradle to career belief that children will go to college or follow career paths beyond high school.  Promote the expectation of post-secondary learning in children.

The 2012 Youth and Family Summit then is an effort to construct an inclusive program agenda that seeks to alter power relationships by engaging high school students and families throughout the planning process, mentoring students and inviting parents to serve as co-presenters so their voices can shape the way schools undertake education, and supporting student and family efforts for quality education, with adequate resources beyond the one-day Summit.  We will create in this Summit a learning environment for parents/guardians and students where they can engage with educators both to imagine and recognize possibilities for success and work collaboratively to achieve them. In the face of difficult challenges in education we invite participants to “look at things as if they could be otherwise” with the confidence and means for inventing the future.

Workshops for the 2012 Youth and Family Summit will occur in two separate tracks, with opportunities for everyone to come together at different points throughout the day.

  • Parents/Guardians Workshops will be coordinated by Tacoma Public Schools (Tacoma 360).
  • Youth Workshops will be coordinated by the Race and Pedagogy Initiative.

Click on a poster image below to get a larger version you can download and print.

Family Summit 2012 Poster     Youth Summit 2012 Poster

Summit Makes KING 5 News

Professor Dexter Gordon and Ayanna Drakos '11 appeared on KING 5 Morning News on April 27 to talk about the 2012 Youth and Family Summit at Lincoln High School. Watch the video.