May 4, 2017 – The Bakersfield City School District (BCSD) Family and Community Engagement Department (FACE) proudly celebrated 287 parents who successfully completed the Parent University Program. The graduation ceremony took place at Stiern Middle School on April 29, 2017. Parents form all school sites received completion certificates for having participated in several educational sessions with the focus that all the students at BCSD achieve academic success.
“I have seen a breakthrough in my child’s academic learning since I have implemented what I learned at Parent University,” said Maria Perez, Parent at Williams Elementary School. “I received a lot of motivation to succeed, and that is the same motivation I passed on to my son.”
Parent University provides an opportunity for parents from each of the District’s schools to gain skills for one of life’s most challenging roles: parenting and advocating for their children through their academic journey. Topics of the educational sessions included: Navigating School, District and Community Resources, Fix vs Growth Mindset, Passport to Student Success -technological resources for literacy and math, Positive Behavior Skills at Home and School, and a fieldtrip to learn about California State University Bakersfield career opportunities.
The FACE Department, with the support of the FACE Liaisons assigned to each school site, collaboratively develop and strengthen the connection between families and schools through the capacity-building opportunities offered through Parent University.
“Children also look at dads as role models, so it’s important that fathers graduate from the Parent University too,” said Chipman Junior High Parent Alejandro Calderon, who served as one of the event’s parent speakers. “Mom and Dad together we have more power than one.”
BCSD Superintendent Doc Ervin congratulated parents and also encouraged them to spread the word so that more parents in the District are involved in the academic learning of their children. “Each time parents participate, we are closing the achievement gap,” he told the crowd.
BCSD congratulates all Parent University graduates for their commitment to their child’s education. To see more pictures click here.
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