RSD AND URBAN LEAGUE OF GREATER NEW ORLEANS PARTNERSHIP INCREASES SERVICES AND ACCESSIBILITY OF FAMILY RESOURCE CENTERS

Oct 08, 2012

New Family Resource Centers Open at Crocker and Coghill Elementary School

NEW ORLEANS - Today, the Recovery School District (RSD) and the Urban League of Greater New Orleans announced the launch of an innovative partnership to provide families increased assistance with both school enrollment and access to information and support services. This partnership will expand the offerings available to parents at the three RSD Family Resource Centers, two of which are being relocated to newly opened school facilities.

"We are thrilled about this collaboration and partnership with the Urban League of Greater New Orleans and what it means for our ability to provide our parents and other care givers a multitude of services in our three Family Resource Centers," said RSD Superintendent Patrick Dobard. "Together we are empowering parents by providing not only the information they need to make informed choices about the right school for their child, but also through workshops on financial literacy, parenting support, and job skill development."

Resources for parents and families at the centers include student enrollment support and up-to-date school information. Expanded services provided through this initiative include:

  • Weekly workshops on topics such as Parent-Teacher Conferences, School Choice, Parent Leadership Development, The College Application Process, and Skills for Supporting Students
  • One-on-one counseling on job skills and financial literacy development
  • Parent "chat" sessions to create strong relationships between parents and schools
  • Parenting skills literature
  • Community support resource information

"The Urban League and the RSD are uniquely positioned to provide comprehensive services to parents, ensuring that they receive both the unbiased information they seek while increasing their capacity to engage via workshops and leadership training.  We are thrilled that the RSD has opened its doors to us so that families are better served and students benefit from more informed parents," said Erika McConduit, Executive Vice President for the Urban League of Greater New Orleans.

One newly-opened Family Resource Center is located uptown at Lawrence D. Crocker Arts and Technology School, 2300 General Taylor Street. This Center replaces the one previously located at Walter Cohen High School.

"As a school leader, I hear from families all the time that they want to get involved. This new partnership will foster parental involvement that is essential to not just our school, but the community around us," said Charmaine Robertson, principal of Lawrence D. Crocker Arts and Technology School. "We’re excited to have the RSD Family Resource Center here at Crocker, and are excited about all of opportunities we’re going to be able offer on our campus."

Final preparations are underway for the November opening of a second new Family Resource Center at Mary D. Coghill Elementary School located at the new Parkview facility, 4617 Mirabeau Street in the Pontchartrain Park neighborhood. This new center will replace the center currently located at Sarah T. Reed High School. No changes are being made to the location of the Family Resource Center housed at L.B. Landry High School, 1201 L.B. Landry Avenue.

An opening reception to highlight the services and information available to families will take place at the RSD Family Resource Center at Crocker Elementary School on Thursday, October 11, from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

RSD FAMILY RESOURCE CENTER LOCATIONS:

Crocker Arts and Technology School, 2300 General Taylor 
(Previously at Cohen High School, 3520 Dryades Street)

Sarah T. Reed High School, 5316 Michoud Blvd 
(Center will remain open until November and then be replaced by the center at Mary D. Coghill Elementary at Parkview, 4617 Mirabeau Street)

L.B. Landry High School, 1201 L.B. Landry Avenue

All RSD Family Resource Centers are open from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday. For more information, please call 1-877-343-4773.

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