Engage your school community.

ASPIRE is a simple and effective program to foster mutually meaningful engagement with parents and other members of a school community.
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What Is ASPIRE?

“Simply put, do not ask a parent with marketing and/or graphic design skills to bake brownies — when she could be creating dynamic publicity, partnership, and proposal materials for the school, with less effort, more meaning, and greater returns...”

There are 6 components to the ASPIRE survey.
The ASPIRE acronym makes them easy to remember.

Roll over each one to learn more:

Assets

Skills

Professions

Interests

Relationships

Environment

How It Works

1.

ASPIRE is an easily administered survey that assesses the collective talent pool of all parents and adults associated with a school — as well as the assets and traits of the community itself.

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Its primary purpose is to create higher valuations of, and returns on, parent contributions to their involvement within the school program at large and goal oriented projects in particular; specifically alignment with curricular objectives and funding strategies.

2.

Inventory six resource variables, recognize them, and utilize them within a proper context that respects the inherent, interactive, and contributive value of a given factor to the educational processes of the school community environment.

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Given the emergent social dialogues and reformations in housing, economics, food, community building, as well as education, the survey is easily applied in non-school contexts and their various ends as well.

3.

ASPIRE Online provides users and visitors with a subscription-based and open access support for directions on how to elicit, compile, output, and utilize the survey content. Please take a look around and feel free to contact us directly. We’ll respond.

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The ASPIRE workbook is also available for free, to provide a stand-alone overview with details about the survey development, rationale, compilation, and application.

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Choose between the free workbook and our premium web app.

 

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Includes a condensed, “how-to” version for workshops, and a complete, unabridged version

A complete workbook for facilitating ASPIRE with your school or community

Free of charge, no strings attached

Includes best practices, ideas for facilitating, a history of ASPIRE, and more.

 

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Track which school resources get used, how often, and by whom - even add your own comments.

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Generate ideas and share feedback with other ASPIRE schools in our Forums

Support is always available to answer all your questions, technical or otherwise.

 

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What They’re Saying

Thoughts from some teachers and organizations currently using ASPIRE.

Because of its methodical approach to teasing out information, ASPIRE helped parents to think about engagement in a way that they had not before....

...ASPIRE’s greatest strength is that it builds community by acknowledging the talents within that same community.

Michael S.

A meaningful and structured way of getting to know your parents and thus, being able to get them involved.

Chelsea C.

[Parents] were no longer seeing themselves engaging in things they “had” to do; instead they were seeing ideas unfold that they would “want” to do.

Charline D>

Every single parent that attended our presentation left that afternoon with a new view on their role within the school.

Holly K.

ASPIRE is that bridge between the gaps that can help connect segregated communities like the one I grew up in.

Jonathan B.

When one parent said she was a blogger, I immediately thought of the Common Core Standards. Standard CCSS.ELA-Literacy.W.3.6  states, "With guidance and support from adults, use technology to produce and publish writing (using keyboarding skills) as well as to interact and collaborate with others." How amazing would it be for students to create their own identity online through blogging? By interacting with one another, publishing their work, and reading the posts of others, my students will be better equipped for world of technology we live in.

Allison L.

 

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