COFFEE KLATCHES

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COFFEE KLATCHES

Postby JimBoice » October 25th, 2013, 10:15 am

Coffee Klatches: Not your average cup of joe!

What are they?

Coffee Klatches are small, informal get-togethers hosted by supportive parents in their homes. The purpose of Coffee Klatches is to improve your association's commuity relations and to take the opportunity to listen to what parents have to say--to hear their interests, opinions, and desires about their public schools.

Why should my local organize one?

The more people know about your association, your members, and the issues you are facing, the more you increase your chances to have their support. And, most importantly, by identifying individuals in the community who support your association, you can generate a list of allies for the future.

What if our community is not supportive?

Your association and its members may have an accurate read on the community and you may not. Coffee Klatches allow you to test your assumptions in a friendly environment, and to adjust your perceptions if your assumptions are inaccurate.

What do you we have to gain?

More often than not, your association and the parents you serve share common values, desires, and vision. Coffee Klatches let you discover where you have common ground, and how to find it where it may not exist.

Read a story about a local holding a Coffee Klatch here: https://www.njea.org/news/2012-05-10/he ... custodians
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Re: COFFEE KLATCHES

Postby AndrewLewis » January 23rd, 2016, 9:50 am

"How To Host A Coffee Klatch" from NJEA's PRIDE page.
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Re: COFFEE KLATCHES

Postby AndrewLewis » October 12th, 2016, 8:33 am

The Old Bridge Education Association (Middlesex) hosted their first Coffee Klatch in the spring of 2016. Here is the agenda we used including the questions used to guide the discussion:

  • Thank You and Welcome (President)
  • Why are we here? (Pride Chair)
    We’ll be doing a few of these. What time will we end? Listen with intention, speak with attention.
  • Ground Rules (OBEA Leadership Hosts)
    We will respect your opinions, and your privacy. This is a safe place where you are free to express yourself. While we have prepared some guiding questions, speak freely, whatever topics are discussed are fine with us. We are here to listen. We aren’t here to gossip. We aren’t here to bash teachers or administrators. Whatever you say here, stays here.
  • Introduce Yourselves
    Name, Children / Schools, Why are you here? What do you hope to get out of this?
  • Magic Wand
    Looking ahead to the future, if you could wave a magic wand, what would you change about . . .
    Your child’s school
    Old Bridge schools
    Public Education
  • Closing
    Going around the table give us a 30 second or one sentence take away from tonight. Anything actionable?
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Re: COFFEE KLATCHES

Postby AndrewLewis » October 12th, 2016, 8:35 am

We'll be hosting our first Coffee Klatch of the year next week, we are following the same agenda, but here are our tentative questions.

  • In building a partnership to make Old Bridge a better place, who are our stakeholders?
  • How can we, working together make the greatest difference in our schools?
  • How can we, working together make the greatest difference in our community?
  • If our success was completely guaranteed? What bold steps might we choose to take?

So the answers to question one will be the "we" used in questions two and three.
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