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.
All parents want to support their children so they can be successful in life, but a group of parents in Brighton are doing their brain homework to learn how to help make that happen.
At a recent Parent University, Mind Matters: Families Make a Difference session held at the Edison School in Brighton, parents expressed their desire to be a positive force in their children's lives. "My child has a strong temperament and I want to better understand her," said one. "I want to be a good teacher with my children," said another.
The 20-hour workshop, developed by Harvard Public Affairs and Communications' teaching and learning partnerships team and rooted in current brain research, shows parents strategies for fostering the development of essential life skills for their children through hands-on activities, group sharing and discussion. Parents were at the center of the conversation, voicing their desires to learn more about their children's development and learning about the latest research about brain development that can help them think about effective parenting strategies. It was lead by Family Community Outreach Coordinator, Luciano Felix from the Edison School, and the Family Liaison, Katonya Gaines from the Jackson-Mann School.