Hundreds of BCSD Parents Attended the Parent University Kick-off Celebration

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.




Parents making a promise to help all BCSD students achieve academic success.


Superintendent Doc Ervin


Jefferson Elementary School parents with Principal Russell Gayer and Christine Campas, School & Community Activities Assistant.


Dr. Nicoline Ambe

Forest Thornthon-Father at Frank West

Parent Forest Thornthon and his daughters.


Dee Dee Harrison, Coordinator of the BCSD Family and Community Engagement Department.

Parents Julio Prado and Blanca Jimenez with Anthony Prado and Jonathan Prado from Curran Middle School.

Parents Julio Prado and Blanca Jimenez with their children Anthony and Jonathan from Curran Middle School.


BCSD Board of Education President Fred L. Haynes and Board Member Pam Baugher.


Nondiscrimination Policy

Bakersfield City School District programs, activities, and practices shall be free from unlawful discrimination, including discriminatory harassment, intimidation, and bullying based on actual or perceived characteristics of race or ethnicity, color, ancestry, nationality, national origin, ethnic group identifications, age, religion, marital or parental status, physical or mental disability, sex, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, gender expression, or genetic information or any other characteristic identified in Education Code 200 or 220, Penal code 422.55, or Government Code 11135, or based on association with a person or group with one or more of these actual or perceived characteristics. If you believe you have been subjected to discrimination, harassment, intimidation, or bullying, you should immediately contact the school site principal and/or the District’s Human Resource Administrator, at 661-631-4663, or at 1300 Baker Street, Bakersfield, California 93305. A copy of BCSD’s Uniform Complaint Procedures and Non-Discrimination policies are available by clicking here and/or upon request.