Youngstown schools parent conference is Friday night at Stambaugh Auditorium

YOUNGSTOWN — The Youngstown City School District and its Family Engagement Department want to shatter the myth parents aren’t involved in their children’s education and that parents and teachers don’t work well together.

“Changing the Narrative” is the theme of Friday’s YCSD Parent Conference in the Stambaugh Auditorium Ballroom.

“Contrary to widespread opinion, YCSD parents are involved and invested in their children’s education and our teachers are dedicated, caring professionals who are always willing to help,” said Linda Hoey, the school district’s chief of family engagement.

This mark’s the 12th year the district has honored parents, but changes abound this year.

It’s an evening affair, beginning at 6 p.m. In prior years, conferences convened in the morning.

“We want to give parents a night out,” Hoey said. “We’ll have the red carpet leading into the conference, like we’ve had for the last several years, so parents can stop and get their pictures taken.”

She said about 300 people attended the gathering last year with more expected this year.

In another twist, not only did teachers nominate for recognition parents who are doing a good job, but parents nominated teachers for their hard work as well.

“Education is a partnership,” said Krish Mohip, district CEO. “Students need parents and teachers working together to reach their full potential. It’s important that we honor and recognize the people on both sides of that equation who are dedicated to helping to make that happen.”

Author and educator Dr. Chike Akua will be the featured speaker for the conference. A master teacher, Dr. Akua has been a speaker and trainer at colleges, school systems and conferences across the country.

The program also includes dinner and music for the invited guests with each honoree receiving a trophy.

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