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February 2018 Community
What is Parent University?
The philosophy of Parent University is that parenting, like other types
of education, is a lifelong learning process.
We know that
children tend to do better in school when their parents or guardians are
involved in their education. With that in mind, Parent University helps
parents and guardians understand how to work effectively with their
child's teachers and others at school. Parent University also offers
monthly trainings and workshops on a variety of subjects parents want to
know about (see calendar at right). The programs are free and conducted by local experts in
The City School District of Albany launched its Parent University
program in the spring of 2015, and it continues to grow and evolve.
We launched the project in all our middle schools, since this is
the point at which parent involvement tends to drop off dramatically.
Middle school also is a time when many students' grades, attitudes and
behaviors take a turn for the worse -- a trend here in Albany,
throughout the state and across the
Parent University expands through grant
Courtesy of a My Brother's Keeper Challenge
Grant, Parent University has expanded to
benefit families from Albany High School and the district’s five
Priority elementary schools – Arbor Hill Elementary School, Giffen
Memorial Elementary School, Philip Schuyler Achievement Academy,
Sheridan Preparatory Academy and Thomas O’Brien Academy of Science and
Technology (TOAST). The presentations at
these elementary schools will cover topics including restorative
justice, literacy at home and prekindergarten literacy, while Albany
High's presentation will focus solely on restorative justice.
The grant will also allow for additional
presentations on restorative justice at North Albany Academy, Stephen
and Harriett Myers Middle School, West Hill Middle School and William S.
Hackett Middle School.
The dates, times and locations can be found
in the schedule at right.
Goals of Parent University
To connect more parents and guardians to their
To create productive and open relationships between parents and
guardians, children and schools
To empower parents to raise children who are successful in school
and in life
To provide parents with tools to raise confident, successful
children prepared to live and work in the 21st century.
Links to helpful information
Articles and resources from the American Academy of Pediatrics
Articles from the Harvard Family Research Council
Family Engagement Blog from the Harvard Family Research Council
Information about Common Core