Now in its third year, Active Parent University introduces families to Aldine ISD programs and connects them to community partners. Active Parent University is a community collaborative led by the District’s Title 1 Department to help parents become full partners in their children’s education. The objective is to equip families with new skills, knowledge, and resources to increase their children’s academic success.
According to LaTashia L. Abrams, Active Parent University (APU), which is a Title 1 initiative, offers families a “crash course” in how to be involved in their children’s education. Abrams coordinates APU sessions with fellow Title 1 Program Directors Alonda Jacks-Moorehead and Nancy Gauthier.
“Active Parent University was designed based on the understanding that parents and community are an essential component in educating our children,” said Abrams. “Classes touch on a variety of subjects, including parent–engagement strategies. We want to increase parent involvement in the schools and empower parents to raise children who are successful in school and in life.”
Research has shown that parents can increase a child’s academic success through their involvement with schools and communities. Parental involvement improves student morale, attitudes, and academic achievement across all subject areas. Abrams encourages legal guardians and grandparents raising kids to attend Active Parent University.
Dr. Jinneh Dyson is a life coach and motivational speaker on mental health and other issues in Houston. She has authored several books focused on how to overcome depression and stress as well as the mental habits of high-performance individuals.
As a consultant, Dyson inspires others to create the future that they desire by “thinkingUP.” She helps people develop the mindset and confidence to accomplish their goals in life.
Prior to becoming a consultant, Dyson worked with the National Alliance on Mental Illness in Arlington.
Her topics center on parent empowerment and the power of encouragement.
Who: Open to all Aldine ISD parents, legal guardians, grandparents raising a child between the ages of five (5) and 18. The classes are also open to staff members.
Where: All classes will take place at Aldine ISD M.B. “Sonny” Donaldson Child Nutrition Center, 1802 Aldine Bender (Houston, TX 77032). This is a central location in the District.
Languages: All sessions will offer a simultaneous presentation in English and Spanish (español).
Program Contact: If you have any questions, please contact LaTashia L. Abrams at (281) 985-6418 or email her at [email protected]
April 17 @ 8:15 – 10:15 a.m.
May 22 @ 6-8 p.m.
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