Every Child in Focus Leadership Series: LGBTQ

The PTA has a new webpage that highlights their Every Child in Focus Leadership Series with a focus on LGBTQ issues. http://www.pta.org/LGBTQ

ECIF Leadership Series

At the 2016 National Convention, National PTA adopted a resolution on the recognition of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Queer/Questioning (LGBTQ) Individuals as a Protected Class. The resolution calls for federal policies that specifically protect LGBTQ youth and local practices that create and maintain safe, affirming and inclusive learning environments for all students.

In light of this, National PTA has established a partnership with The Human Rights Campaign to develop resources to help our members better understand how to support and welcome students and families from the LGBTQ community.

Discussion Guide · Watch Now

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Discussion Guide

ECIF - Hispanic Heritage Webinar Discussion Guide

National PTA has prepared a Discussion Guide to use with the previously recorded events and webinars. Download the guide to distribute when hosting a Leadership Event, or keep it for your personal notes when watching the series.

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Watch Now!

The following are pre-recorded Every Child in Focus Leadership events that are available for viewing any time. You can host an Every Child in Focus Leadership event in your school or community by airing these events and then hosting a conversation using PTA’s event discussion guides.

Embracing Family Diversity: Welcoming LGBTQ Families
Family Engagement in children’s education allows kids to perform better in school, and navigate more easily some of the challenges of growing up, such as bullying. Today’s PTA is the vehicle through which engaged parents can accomplish great things for their children and ensure their overall success. In order to create inclusive PTAs which welcome all families, family diversity must be taken into consideration. How can your PTA create a welcoming culture for all families?

Watch this recording in a new window (YouTube)
Download this presentation’s¬†slides¬†(.PDF)

Supporting LGBTQ Students: Bullying Prevention
Bullying can happen anywhere and to anyone. However, depending on the environment, certain groups‚ÄĒsuch as LGBTQ students and students who are perceived to be LGBTQ‚ÄĒare at a greater risk of being bullied. Creating a supportive school climate for LGBTQ students improves educational outcomes for all students. Attendees will gain an understanding of how to best support LGBTQ students and reduce their risk of being bullied, as well as ways to advocate for all students.

Watch this recording in a new window (YouTube)
Download this presentation’s¬†slides¬†(.PDF)

Neighborhood Matching Grants Cycle Open

School site councils and parent teacher organizations are among those eligible to apply. Projects may include, but are not limited to, public school partnership projects that benefit school children and the immediate neighborhood,

Southeast Neighbors

from the Community Bulletin

The City of Eugene Neighborhood Matching Grant cycle is open now through October 31st with $50,000 available for neighborhood improvement and community-building projects. Community involvement and building relationships are key components and are encouraged by requiring that the project budget include a match amount equal to, or greater than, the grant request. Demonstrating responsible stewardship of our community assets while balancing our community’s social and environmental values are additional components of any project proposal submitted.jpeg-1

Grant guidelines and application materials are available on the City’s web site, www.eugene-or.gov/nmg, and at the Permit and Information Center located at 99 W 10th or by calling Cindy Koehler at 541-682-5272.

A project description and estimated budget are required for the pre-review process to check for consistency with grant guidelines and existing plans and policies of the City and other partner agencies. Pre-review also ensures applicants submit a competitive…

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4J Budget, Equity Committees Seeking Members

4J Newsflash –¬†Eugene¬†School District 4J¬†is seeking community members¬†interested in serving on the district‚Äôs volunteer budget committee and equity committee.¬†There are multiple¬†openings on both¬†committees. Applications are due Wednesday, September 28.

The budget committee examines the district’s budget and approves a budget to recommend to the school board for adoption. There are two openings for positions previously held by committee members whose terms have expired. Members with expired terms may reapply. The three-year terms run through June 30, 2019. (learn more)

The equity committee’s mission is to advise the district and act as community catalyst in improving student success among students from racial and ethnic minority groups and economically disadvantaged backgrounds, GLBTQ students, students who have disabilities and students who speak languages other than English. There are several openings. (learn more)

How to apply

There are two steps to the application process: Candidates must submit an application by Wednesday, September 28, then should attend the school board meeting on Wednesday, October 5, at 7 pm., and briefly speak about their interest in the position. The board will vote to appoint applicants to the committees at the following board meeting, on Wednesday, October 19, at 7 p.m. Both meetings will be held at the 4J Education Center, 200 N. Monroe St., Eugene.

Requirements

Budget committee applicants must be registered voters and must live within the boundaries of Eugene School District 4J. Equity committee applicants are not required to live in 4J but preference will be given to district residents. Applicants do not need to be parents of students in 4J schools. Eugene School District employees are not eligible to apply for appointment to either committee.

Term of service

The budget committee is expected to meet several times over the school year, beginning in or around December. Meetings are normally scheduled on Monday evenings. New appointees may also be expected to participate in an orientation in the fall. The appointed members will serve through June 30, 2019. If an appointee wishes to serve longer, she or he may apply for reappointment in 2019.

The equity committee meets once each month. Subcommittees may meet more often than that. Meetings of the full committee are normally scheduled on Thursday afternoons. The appointed members will fill positions with specific term lengths. If an appointee wishes to serve longer, she or he may apply for reappointment at the end of the term.

Questions?

Learn more about the budget committee or call 541-790-7629.
Learn more about the equity committee or call 541-790-7737.

Apply online

Budget Committee
Equity Committee 

Lowe’s Charitable and Education Foundation Accepting Applications for Toolbox for Education Grants

The Lowe’s Charitable and Education Foundation has announced the opening of its Fall 2016 Toolbox for Education, which supports projects that encourage parent involvement in local schools and build stronger community spirit. One-year grants of up to $5,000 will be awarded to projects with the potential to have a permanent impact on a school community, such as facility enhancement (indoor or outdoor) or landscaping/clean-up projects.

In addition, Toolbox grants can be used as part of a large-scale project like a playground, as long as the grant will be used to complete a phase of the project that can be completed within twelve months of the award.

Learn more and apply at http://www.toolboxforeducation.com/