BCSD Summer Parent Academy Offered Topics to Support Student Learning

July 29, 2016 – Many parents of students of the Bakersfield City School District took time out to learn alongside their children this summer at the BCSD Summer Parent Academy. Eleven of the summer school sites offered a variety of classes this summer, giving parents the opportunity to learn something new while their child attended summer school.

The Family and Community Engagement (FACE) Department offered learning modules to help support student learning. Topics offered included How to Promote Positive Behavior at Home and School, How to use Technology to Support Student Learning, and How to Become a Parent Volunteer. Each day began with a Zumba dance and exercise session to help parents build a sense of community among each other while also getting motivated for the day ahead.

“The Zumba class is a good example of how Parent Resource Centers encourage parents to be involved in children’s education,” said parent Hilda Llanes, who participated in sessions at Compton Junior High.

FACE also partnered with the District office and community organizations, such as the UC Cooperative Extension and the Kern Literacy Council, to offer parents a variety of workshops. Sessions offered included early literacy skills, financial literacy, and health education related to school readiness, nutrition, and asthma.

“My son has asthma and I am here to learn more about how to have it under control so I can help my son at home and at school,” said parent Sandra Argueta who attended the Summer Parent Academy at McKinley Elementary School.

For more information on family and community engagement at your child’s school, visit http://bcsd.com/parents/.


Zumba class at Compton Junior High.

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Abel Curtis learns and plays while his mother dances Zumba.

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Financial literacy class at Evergreen Elementary School.

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Parents learn new ways of working with the family budget.

Jackie Samuel - Parent

Parent Jackie Samuel during an asthma class at McKinley Elementary School.

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