What’s a Parent Portal?
The parent portal is more than a web site. It is a space
that presents diverse information in multiple media
formats. This portal is designed to provide support to
parents in Delaware and surrounding communities in the
Muncie, Indiana area.
What’s the purpose of the Parent Portal?
The purpose of the portal is to provide a collaborative of
local community service and school agencies to coordinate
services, share resources, and engage parents in their
This portal is the result of an emerging media grant
through Ball State University. It reflects two year’s
of work conducted by lead professors Dr. Sheron Fraser-
Burgess, Dr. Matt Stuve, Dr. _John_Fillwalk with their
graduate assistants, students, and the help of many
community agencies including the ICan network, Sutton
Elementary, Parents Encouraging Parents, the Muncie Housing
Authority, Indiana Partnership Center and Action Network.
What will parents find on the Parent
The parent portal uses emerging media and varied media
formats in providing information and mentoring which
• Podcast interviews with local parents on what has
worked for them in advocating for their children in the
• A downloadable step by step parent book written for
parents on what to ask, seek out, and look for in helping
their children transition from middle school to high school
and from high school to the university
• Links to community centers where parents can access
information and resources that allow them to support their
children’s education which include social service
agencies, free tutoring, and free parent mentoring
• Opportunities to build online parent communities
around topics of interest and concern
Why empower parents?
We know that families are a key component in any social
system and we know that families play a significant role in
the education of their child. Conventional public schooling
approaches have generally not had an effect on the lack of
educational attainment and generational cycles of poverty.
During a time when education is so critical for our young
people, effective parent advocacy in the schools is the key
to a child’s success in schools. It is often
difficult for teachers and schools to perceive and utilize
the social, economic, linguistic, and cultural background
of the parents they serve. Likewise, it is difficult for
parents to navigate the public school system, which also
has its own cultural and language barriers.
Why create a portal and not just a web
New technologies offer the promise of altering existing
relationships between families, the schools, and community
agencies and the parent. Information is power and having
not only access, but the opportunity to engage with that
information can create individual and collective voice and
action. Emerging media provides the opportunity for parents
to access that information through audio, video, and online
While in the portal, parents can read, research, listen,
view, react, respond, ask questions, find answers, have
discourse, form relationships, find their voice, and create
Who can use the portal?
Parents, educators, and any local community agency who
supports the public school system in the local Muncie
community. This portal will be ever evolving. As new
resources arise, we will add those. As new technologies
emerge, we will add those. As parents request and require
new information, we will add that.