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Elephant in the Room

Elephant in the Room

that Should Unsettle Us

PPU Advisory Board

PPU Advisory Board

Teachers Advisory Board

Our Kids

Our Kids

Verses the School System

PPU Rallies/DSC

PPU Rallies/DSC

at school board meeting

Data With Soul

Data With Soul

Families Telling Their Stories

Parent non-Involvement

Parent non-Involvement

Perspective Why I’m not involved: Parental involvement from a parent’s perspective

Teacher/Student Relationships

Teacher/Student Relationships

a plan called Positive Students..

Girls For Gender Equity

Girls For Gender Equity

Our partners fighting for their freedom to be trans

Dignity In Schools

Dignity In Schools

Our Partners (DSC) members from 15 states convened our Partners all over the country....

Inequality

Inequality

At School

School Prison Pipeline

School Prison Pipeline

Black students and the school-to-prison pipeline

Teaching ‘Grit’ is Bad

Teaching ‘Grit’ is Bad

for children and bad for democracy. Grit: courage and resolve; strength of character. "he displayed the true grit of the navy pilot" synonyms: courage, bravery, pluck, mettle, backbone, spirit, strength of character, strength of will, moral fiber, steel, nerve, fortitude, toughness, hardiness, resolve, resolution, determination, tenacity, perseverance, endurance; informalguts, spunk "just the grit we're looking for in a candidate"

Soft Skills Is Not The Reason

Soft Skills Is Not The Reason

Rubbish! Soft skill training is disguised bootstrapping, which insidiously blames youth for failing in racist systems designed to block their success

Race Boot Camp

Race Boot Camp

Loving Up Movement

Portland Public Schools Board

Portland Public Schools Board

SIGN UP FOR Board Testimony

Education News

Education News

what's going on in Oregon

Equity Training

Equity Training

Training CFEE

Baseline Essays Example

Baseline Essays Example

of Cultural Teaching. Oregon is Now the Only State to Have Required Ethnic Studies Curriculum for K-12 Students Governor Kate Brown signed the ethnic studies legislation July 1, 2017

Partners for Each and Every Child

Partners for Each and Every Child

Essa Toollkit

Legislature Ore.

Legislature Ore.

Oversight Bills we are watch dogging and bills we are writing

DSC@US DOJ

DSC@US DOJ

#CounselorsNotCops policy platform

Who Are We DSC

Who Are We DSC

DSC Dignity in Schools Coordinating Committee

Connecting Families

Connecting Families

Schools and Communities

Faubion is our 2nd

Faubion is our 2nd

Rosa Parks First Coalition for Community Schools. PPU is pushing for CC's

An open letter to

An open letter to

Black Parents whose small children have been pushed out of school!

OEA Relationship

OEA Relationship

Human Rights Award

Every Child Deserves

Every Child Deserves

a champion, an adult that won't give up on them

Family Engagement

Family Engagement

Using Appleseeds parent engagement plans

Community Organizing

Community Organizing

and family issisues

PPU Videos

PPU Videos

from Portland Parent Union You tube Playlist

PPU Newest Campaign

PPU Newest Campaign

Counselor's Not Cops

Is This Working

Is This Working

Stories of schools struggling with what to do with misbehaving kids. There's no general agreement about what teachers should do to discipline kids. And there's evidence that some of the most popular punishments actually may harm kids.

Watching Black Boys

Watching Black Boys

Bias Isn't Just A Police Problem, It's A Preschool Problem. A new study out of Yale found that pre-K teachers, white and black alike, spend more time watching black boys, expecting trouble. LA Johnson/NPR

Parent Power Bootcamp

Parent Power Bootcamp

ESSA Toolkit

An Exercise

An Exercise

Is PPS system working any better than the NYC system?

Teaching Tolerence

Teaching Tolerence

For some K–12 students—particularly students of color—classrooms are not places for learning but places that push them out of school and into the criminal justice system. The cover story of the Spring 2013 issue examines how educators can recognize and dismantle policies and practices that favor incarceration over education. A related feature story explains how classroom teachers’ daily decisions can divert students from the school-to-prison pipeline.

Opportunity mapping a research tool

Opportunity mapping a research tool

used to understand the dynamics of “opportunity” within metropolitan areas. The purpose of opportunity mapping is to illustrate where opportunity rich communities exist (and assess who has access to these communities) and to understand what needs to be remedied in opportunity poor communities.

Chipping Away at

Chipping Away at

Implicit Bias

Report Card Project

Report Card Project

PPU's Experience Story "Getting It Off Our Chest"

Developing Personal

Developing Personal

Qualities are not measure by tests

PPU PICTURES

 

ORGANIZING PARENTS FOR BETTER OUTCOMES

PORTLAND

PARENT UNION

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 
 

Organizing Parents for Better Outcomes​​

 

​​PPU has made important steps so that we, amongst the rest of the Family communities, can go forth to do the work that we are called to do. Every family of the educational system has a right to be heard and the children have a right to a great education. We are created in the divine likeness of those who came to demand before us. We live a struggle that we know to well but are creating/demanding  safe spaces for us to be heard.. This is what will sustain us.

 

We write of mental and physical oppression that attempts to keep our children bound to that educational slavery (testing, exclusion, labeling, profiling, privilege). Even though our Families have been indoctrinated with the belief that they are inferior, we will be courageous enough to know that families will evolve into the strong advocates who are respected and listened to as well as looked at as the true leaders.

 

​Our educational oppression is a timeless message that tells of the struggle of our marginalized families and how every day we push our children to rise above the education system's expectations. We must see and name the process of knowing and connecting to the RLD's message as our Families' capital.

 

We are dedicated to the growth and maturity of our Families/Students and  have an inner courage to conquer the trials we come across.

 

When asked for a word to describe the capital of our Families, we call it  "unifiedcollaborative" capital. Ours is a community built on the strength drawn from the love of our Children. This is​​​​​

 PARENT POWER

Parents have become so convinced that educators know what is best for their children that they forget that they themselves are really the experts. Marian Wright Edelman

 

PPU Founder/Director

Campaigns Programs InItiatives

If you have come to help me, you are waisting your time. But if you have come because your liberation is bound up with mine, then let us walk together…” 
--- Lila Watson, Australian Aboriginal woman "Aboriginal activists group, Queensland, 1970s.

Our Mission is to organize ​Parents​ ​for better outcomes by enriching them through support, information and education. We are dedicated to parents: to involve their families, to anticipate their challenges and help them to take advantage of opportunities to guarantee a ​successful student. We are dedicated to the Parent's development of leadership skills, knowledge and responsibility.

 

  

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Teacher/Student Relationships

a plan called Positive Students..

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