For the purposes of our PIBs the word Charrette refers to any collaborative session in which a group of stakeholders drafts a solution to a problem. Our discovery process has shown that motivational speeches or antidotal workshops do not create systemic change. Our Parent Charrette Process takes place in multiple sessions in which parent and community stakeholders divides into sub-groups. Each sub-group then presents its work to the full group as material for future dialogue. Parent Charrettes serve as a way of quickly generating a design solution while integrating the aptitudes and interests of a diverse group of people. One of the key process improvements we bring to our Parent Charrettes is the ability to engage divergent monolingual participants into collaborative discussions.
Our Parent Charrettes promotes joint ownership of solutions and attempts to defuse typical confrontational attitudes between parents and schools. Parent Charrettes tend to involve small groups, however the parents participating may not represent all the parents nor have the moral authority to represent them. Parents who do participate get early input into the planning process. Our Parent recruitment and retention models include the utilization of social networking framework technology so the maximum parent participation is attained and measured.
Parent Charrettes are held on a recurring basis creating a continuous improvement practice to help inform school/parent compact relevance.