Published : Tuesday, August 1, 2017 | 9:23 PM
A group of Pasadena Unified School District parents went back to the classroom Tuesday morning at the Jackie Robinson Community Center to participate in the district’s three-day Parent University program which provides a variety of classes that help strengthen connections between families and schools and steer children toward academic success.
Established as part of PUSD’s strategic directives to meaningfully engage families, the Parent University back-to-school boot camp supports parents as partners in their children’s education through capacity-building educational courses and leadership opportunities.
Free standalone classes are offered at PUSD schools and other locations throughout the school year and classes are open to all parents and adult caregivers, whether or not your children are already enrolled in PUSD.
“We’re here to offer our parents and caregivers at PUSD an opportunity before school starts to really get a head start on their child’s education,” said Alison Vai from the PUSD Family Resource Center.
The boot camp is a three-day workshop that features three separate sessions each day and includes topics such as how to prepare your child for college, transitioning to new schools, volunteer opportunities and more.
The unique workshops give parents the opportunity to come in and learn from experts on how to help their child succeed academically, emotionally, and socially, according to Vai.
Parent University workshops offer parents an opportunity to listen to experts and also ask questions in-person.
“We listen to our parents and we really want to provide things that will help their child and their individual needs,” explained Vai.
The genesis for the boot camp can be traced a couple years back when a parent a who felt overwhelmed and underprepared for their child’s entry into elementary school in the PUSD wanted to feel more connected in the child’s journey.
The parent approached the district’s community resource center and the idea was born to reach out to parents that may feel the same way.
“When I saw the flyer, it was really interesting to me. It’s very important to me to know the district and there are so many things I didn’t know that I learned today,” explained Morely Paredes, mother of a nine-year-old student at Marshal Fundamental Secondary School
Paredes was interested in understanding what resources are available through the several departments within PUSD.
“It’s good to know because not only does it help me and my son, but now I feel I can be of help to my friends who may not understand certain things that they can do for their kids at their schools,”
The sessions are offered throughout the district and are open to families and students outside of the PUSD.
“Anybody can come. Just because you don’t have a child that goes to the school where the workshops are offered, we are happy to have you at that school,” said Vai. “The family and community resource office is the one-stop-shop for parents to get any information that they want. We might not know the answers, but we will have the answers for you,” explained Vai.
For more information about the PUSD Parent University, visit https://www.pusd.us.