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Cathy Edmondson

Community Engagement Coordinator

1 Academy Park

Albany, NY 12207

Phone: 475-6067

Fax: 475-6069


 

 

 

 

 

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 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
  
SEPTEMBER
9/13 William S. Hackett Middle School, 5:30-7 p.m. Topic: TBD
9/14 Sheridan Preparatory Academy, 3-5 p.m. Topic: Literacy at home
9/18 Thomas O'Brien Academy of Science and Technology (TOAST), 4-6 p.m. Topic: Literacy at home
9/18 Albany High School,
5:30-7 p.m.
Topic: TBD
9/19 Edmund J. O'Neal Middle School of Excellence,
5:30 p.m.
Topic: TBD
9/20 Arbor Hill Elementary School, 5-7 p.m. Topic: Literacy at home
9/20 Stephen and Harriet Myers Middle School, 5:30-7 p.m. Topic: TBD
OCTOBER
10/4 William S. Hackett Middle School, 5:30-7 p.m.,
Topic: TBD
10/11 Giffen Memorial Elementary School,
5-7 p.m.;
Topic: Building relationships together
10/11 Stephen and Harriet Myers Middle School,
5:30-7 p.m.,
Topic: TBD
10/17 For families from Alternative Learning Center, Arbor Hill Elementary School, Edmund O'Neal Middle School of Excellence and Sheridan Preparatory Academy -- session to be held at O'Neal Middle School, 5:30-7 p.m.; Topic: Restorative justice
10/23 Albany High School,
5:30-7 p.m.;
Topic: TBD
10/25 Philip Schuyler Achievement Academy,
5-7 p.m.;
Topic: Prekindergarten literacy
10/25 Edmund O'Neal Middle School of Excellence,
5:30-7 p.m.
; Topic: TBD
10/30 For families from Albany High School, Philip Schuyler Achievement Academy and Stephen and Harriet Myers Middle School -- session to be held at Albany High,
5:30-7 p.m.;
Topic: Restorative justice
NOVEMBER
11/1 William S. Hackett Middle School, 5:30-7 p.m.; Topic: TBD
11/8 Giffen Memorial Elementary School,
5-7 p.m.
; Topic: Building relationships together
11/9 Albany High School;
5:30-7 p.m.;
Topic: TBD
11/15 Edmund O'Neal Middle School of Excellence,
5:30-7 p.m.
; Topic: TBD
11/20 Giffen Memorial Elementary School,
4-6 p.m.;
Topic: Literacy at home
11/28 For families from Giffen Memorial Elementary School, Thomas O'Brien Academy of Science and Technology (TOAST) and William S. Hackett Middle School -- session to be held at Hackett,
5:30-7 p.m.;
Topic: Restorative justice
11/29 Stephen and Harriet Myers Middle School, 5:30-7 p.m. Topic: TBD
DECEMBER
12/13 Giffen Memorial Elementary School,
5-7 p.m.;
Topic: Building relationships together
JANUARY
1/10 Giffen Memorial Elementary School,
5-7 p.m.;
Topic: Building relationships together
1/24 Giffen Memorial Elementary School,
5-7 p.m.;
Topic: Prekindergarten literacy
1/31 Philip Schuyler Achievement Academy,
5-7 p.m.;
Topic: Literacy at home

 

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