Parent University is an opportunity for parents to sharpen their skills as they work in one of life's most important and demanding roles. Sessions focus on child development, what children are learning in schools, advocacy, parent leadership and effective parenting skills.
Launched in 2009, Parent University was established by the Boston Public Schools Office of Family and Student Engagement as the primary strategy to build the capacity of parents to be actively engaged in their children's education.
The goal of BPS Parent University is to "educate and empower parents as partners, advocates and lifelong teachers in their child's education through educational courses and leadership opportunities."0 Comments
Participate in this workshop series for families with children ages 3-8 to help foster learning at home.
+ This is free.
+ Developed by Harvard University and based on cutting-edge brain research on children's social, emotional, and intellectual growth.
+ Receive learning materials and activities to use at home.
Jose Maldonado started his journey with Parent University two year ago. He is now co-teaching at Parent University, hosting Parent University information tables at schools, and speaking with other parents and city officials across greater Boston about the opportunity that Parent University represents.
Two years ago, Jose's son was accused of being a "bad boy" in school. However, it was discovered that he was not "bad." Rather, as the "new" kid in school was targeted and bullied some of his peers. This experience inspired Jose to become more involved at the school including connecting with his son's teachers and principal regularly.
Jose's eagerness to be involved landed him at Parent University, and on various committees at the Tobin School. He has spoken openly about anti-bullying and ADHD in students, as these were the issues facing his child. Having participated in several trainings and workshop on these topics, he has now become an advocate for anti-bullying and supporting students with special education needs.
Jose graduated from Parent University in 2011 and delivered a speech as the representative for parents in his graduating class. This opportunity helped to build his self-confidence and public speaking ability. It also opened the door for him to share Parent University across many platforms, as he has been asked by a number of the public officials attending the graduation to speak at an event.
When asked about his experience with Parent University, Jose said, "Parent University has helped me grow and made me believe in myself. Today I reach out to help others whenever and where I can."
Jose continues to support Parent University by recruiting fathers to participate in sessions, volunteering during the large learning sessions, and serving on the Parent University Alumni Committee. He also continues to give back by serving as a parent volunteer and leader in his son's school and in his local community.
When: 6:00pm-8:00pm (Dinner at 5:30pm)
Where: Madison Park High School, Cardinal Hall
75 Malcolm X Blvd, Roxbury, MA 02120
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*Childcare & simultaneous translation provided*
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