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Cathy Edmondson

Community Engagement Coordinator

1 Academy Park

Albany, NY 12207

Phone: 475-6067

Fax: 475-6069




February 2018 Community Resource Bulletin


What is Parent University?

The philosophy of Parent University is that parenting, like other types of education, is a lifelong learning process.


We know that children tend to do better in school when their parents or guardians are involved in their education. With that in mind, Parent University helps parents and guardians understand how to work effectively with their child's teachers and others at school. Parent University also offers monthly trainings and workshops on a variety of subjects parents want to know about (see calendar at right). The programs are free and conducted by local experts in their fields.


The City School District of Albany launched its Parent University program in the spring of 2015, and it continues to grow and evolve. We launched the project in all our middle schools, since this is the point at which parent involvement tends to drop off dramatically. Middle school also is a time when many students' grades, attitudes and behaviors take a turn for the worse -- a trend here in Albany, throughout the state and across the nation. 


Parent University expands through grant

Courtesy of a My Brother's Keeper Challenge Grant, Parent University has expanded to benefit families from Albany High School and the district’s five Priority elementary schools – Arbor Hill Elementary School, Giffen Memorial Elementary School, Philip Schuyler Achievement Academy, Sheridan Preparatory Academy and Thomas O’Brien Academy of Science and Technology (TOAST). The presentations at these elementary schools will cover topics including restorative justice, literacy at home and prekindergarten literacy, while Albany High's presentation will focus solely on restorative justice.


The grant will also allow for additional presentations on restorative justice at North Albany Academy, Stephen and Harriett Myers Middle School, West Hill Middle School and William S. Hackett Middle School.


The dates, times and locations can be found in the schedule at right.


Goals of Parent University

  • To connect more parents and guardians to their children's school

  • To create productive and open relationships between parents and guardians, children and schools

  • To empower parents to raise children who are successful in school and in life

  • To provide parents with tools to raise confident, successful children prepared to live and work in the 21st century.

Links to helpful information


Articles and resources from the American Academy of Pediatrics

Articles from the Harvard Family Research Council

Family Engagement Blog from the Harvard Family Research Council

Information about Common Core

Mark your calendar:
Parent University meetings


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