September 30, 2016 – The Bakersfield City School District (BCSD) celebrated its Parent University Kick-off at Walter Stiern Middle School on September 24th. A total of 374 parents participated in the event, with more than 500 attendees.
During the celebration, Superintendent Doc Ervin, and Assistant Superintendent Mark Luque, spoke to parents about what the District team is doing to support student success, as well as the role of parents in helping to accomplish that goal. Parents also heard from keynote speaker, Dr. Nicoline Ambe, an educator and best-selling author, who presented the topic “Helping Parents Raise High Achievers.” Dr. Ambe shared motivating concepts such as how “Education Changes the Course of our Lives.”
“It’s important to be prepared as parents in order to help our children to have the knowledge and education they need; our children are our future,” said Parent Forest Thornthon from Frank West Elementary School.
The event kicked off the 2016-2017 monthly sessions that help to prepare parents, tutors and families to help their students succeed.
“Capacity-building for parents aims to better prepare them to be engaged in their children’s school, to understand the District’s educational policies and practices that might affect their children, and to support their children in meeting their educational goals at home. When parents have a clear understanding of their child’s needs, they are better prepared to provide support.” said Dee Dee Harrison, Coordinator of the BCSD Family and Community Engagement Department.
The BCSD Parent University upcoming sessions will include topics such as “How to promote positive behaviors in the home and at school,” and “Fixed vs. Growth Mindset.” Dr. Ambe will be a special guest at three of those workshops. To see the complete 2016-2017 schedule, click here. To view more pictures of the Parent University Kick-Off event, visit the BCSD Facebook page: click here.
To see a short video covering the event click HERE.