AGUILAS DE WEST ATHENS
Parents realized that children attending West Athens Elementary School faced a growing bullying, harassment and school safety crisis on school grounds. Despite being informed by parents, school officials failed to adequately address the issue. A group of concerned parents came together to form an organized body that would mount a campaign to pressure the school to improve school safety. As more parents joined the effort, efforts to improve the school beyond school safety came to the forefront.
Parents met with multiple administrators and educators to outline parent concerns about school safety and academic achievement. While parents openly acknowledged a capacity to mount and achieve an aggressive Parent Trigger campaign, the organized group opted to collaborate in good faith with the school and district to achieve a negotiated solution, rather than engage in a potentially contentious fight.
Initial campaign successes included the development of Parent Engagement Modules, which provided a space for parents, educators, and administrators to work together in collaboration towards improving school culture, safety, and performance. As a result of these modules as other ongoing communications, the parents and school/district negotiated a formal agreement and strategic plan whereby the various stakeholders would continue the path of collaborative efforts towards school improvements. This agreement was publicly signed by parent leaders, school officials, and the superintendent of the school district.