Proactively supporting new HOPE parents in their role as co-teachers is one of the key components of HOPE’s Family Ministry program. The Parent Mentor program was piloted in 2014 and was formally presented as a best practice at the NAUMS national conference in 2015. Mentors are assigned prior to the start of the school year and come alongside of new parents to encourage and assist.
Examples of current and past programming includes:
- Large group dessert and coffee reception
- Small group meetings at Panera
- One-on-one prayer time at home
- Celebratory year-end lunch
In order to equip parents as they engage in our unique school model, HOPE provides multiple training opportunities in late summer and throughout the school year.
New Parent Orientation
This is a required event for all new HOPE parents and typically takes place one evening in early August. Topics covered include how to successfully transition to a University-Model® School, the basics of homestudy and time management, a brief review of policies and procedures, and a question and answer session.
This is a required full-day (Saturday) event near the start of school in August and is designed for both new and returning HOPE families. It’s an amazing day full of fellowship and community-building time, intermixed with practical, subject-specific learning sessions led by field experts and designed to support parents in their role as co-teachers at HOPE.
Coffee and Curriculum
Parents and teachers meet 3-4 times per year during the school day to connect with one another and discuss curriculum such as projects, new units and specific initiatives. During these forty minute sessions, teachers present upcoming unit topics and projects, and field questions related to coursework and homestudy.
Opportunities exist throughout the year for parents
to receive practical training in subjects related to
academics, parenting, and life skills. Examples of past
topics: Middle School Math (quarterly), Executive
Functioning Skills, Word Study, Love and Logic and
Encouragement for Moms.
This group of parents meets monthly morning drop-off after to collectively pray for our school, the staff, and needs within the families. This team is open to any parent who wishes to participate and regular attendance is not required.
MEN OF HOPE
The Men (dads) of HOPE was established during HOPE’s first year. Our goals are to model service for our children, and provide encouragement to one another as fathers. The Men of HOPE facilitate weekly Bible studies for HOPE dads and other members of the community.
Each month, the Men of HOPE and their students meet for dinner and then host Bingo at a local assisted living residence. They also coordinate the annual Field Day & BBQ lunch event that has become a well anticipated tradition on the last day of school.
Romans 12:10-13 “Be devoted to one another in brotherly love. Honor one another above yourselves. Never be lacking in zeal, but keep your spiritual fervor, serving the Lord. Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, faithful in prayer. Share with God’s people who are in need. Practice hospitality.”
For more information, contact Paul Elliott at firstname.lastname@example.org