The CPC P-3 Mentor serves as a guide to the CPC P-3 Collaborative Leadership Team and is charged with the responsibility for supporting an educational program with an emphasis on high parent involvement and engagement, relevant to the specific needs of a center’s families. Specific responsibilities include receiving staffing updates from the principal, ensuring that professional development is taking place, ensuring that teaching assistants are being used effectively, and supporting the PRT, PIL, and SCR in providing a comprehensive CPC P-3 parent program which serves the needs of the families.
The CPC P-3 Mentor provides advice and assistance to Collaborative Leadership Team members and teachers for implementing the CPC P-3 program with high fidelity across the preschool–3rd grade continuum.
Typical tasks for the Mentor may include:
Interview with Anita President
Q: The needs of each school are unique. How do you tailor your support to each school?
A: In order to tailor support for each school it is critical to understand its culture. One way this can be achieved is by having participants complete a Needs Assessment checklist prioritizing which areas of interest they consider most important. After thoroughly reviewing the area of interest expressed on the checklist, this can be used as a tool to help guide support of the school.
Q: What suggestions do you have for helping the SCR, PRT, and HT collaborate on increasing student attendance?
A: It is important for the team (HT, PRT, SCR) to meet daily – some days this will be an informal meeting. Each team member will share areas of concern and identify families needing support. Then phone calls and home visits can be made. The team should always document what has been discussed and the steps that have been taken. Additionally, it is important that families are acknowledged whenever there is an improvement in attendance, no matter how slight. It is important to remember that if you want to build rapport with families, don’t just call when there is a problem. People need to hear cheerful and encouraging messages as well, and they will be less defensive and more cooperative if your calls are not always disheartening.
Q: Can you share some of your methods for guiding PRTs and SCRs in their work together?
A: One method is to make sure the lines of communication are open. It is important to share information and keep documentation current, in order to find out how to deal with individual parents. The PRT can provide workshops to address issues and concerns of parents. The SCR and PRT can come up with a list of agencies that can be shared with the parents or compiled in a handbook to be kept in the Parent Resource Room.