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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, but for additional information, please view the flyers for each school  below, available in the district's top five langauges in addition to English.

 

Albany High School Arbor Hill Elementary School
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Stephen and Harriet Myers Middle School Giffen Memorial Elementary School
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West Hill Middle School Philip Schuyler Achievement Academy
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William S. Hackett Middle School Sheridan Preparatory Academy
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North Albany Academy Thomas O'Brien Academy of Science and Technology (TOAST)
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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
  
MARCH
3/1 William S. Hackett Middle School, 5:30 p.m.Topic: Yoga and relaxation
3/9 North Albany Academy, 5:30 p.m. Topic: Yoga and relaxation
3/11 Arbor Hill Elementary School, 10 a.m.-noon Topic: Literacy at home
3/18 Presentation at Albany High School for families from Stephen and Harriet Myers Middle School, North Albany Academy and Albany High, 10 a.m.-noon Topic: Restorative justice
3/21 Giffen Memorial Elementary School, 5-7 p.m. Topic: Prekindergarten literacy
3/23 Stephen and Harriet Myers Middle School, 5:30 p.m. Topic: Yoga and relaxation
3/25 Presentation at 50 North Lark St. for famlies from Arbor Hill Elementary School, Philip J. Schuyler Achievement Academy, Sheridan Preparatory Academy and West Hill Middle School, 10 a.m.-noon Topic: Restorative justice
3/28 Philip J. Schuyler Achievement Academy, 5-7 p.m. Topic: Prekindergarten literacy
3/30 West Hill Middle School, 5:30 p.m. Topic: Yoga and relaxation
APRIL
4/1 Presentation at William S. Hackett Middle School for families from Giffen Memorial Elementary School, TOAST, and Hackett, 10 a.m.-noon Topic: Restorative justice
4/4 Sheridan Preparatory Academy, 5-7 p.m. Topic: Prekindergarten literacy
4/5 William S. Hackett Middle School, 5:30 p.m. Topic: What you need to know about Albany High School
4/8 Giffen Memorial Elementary School, 10 a.m.-noon Topic: literacy at home
4/11 TOAST, 5-7 p.m. Topic: Prekindergarten literacy
4/13 West Hill Middle School, 5:30 p.m. Topic: What you need to know about Albany High School
4/20 North Albany Academy, 5:30 p.m. Topic: What you need to know about Albany High School
4/25 Arbor Hill Elementary School, 5-7 p.m. Topic: Prekindergarten literacy
4/27 Stephen and Harriet Myers Middle School, 5:30 p.m. Topic: What you need to know about Albany High School
4/29 Philip J. Schuyler Achievement Academy, 10 a.m.-noon Topic: Literacy at home
MAY
5/6 Sheridan Preparatory Academy, 10 a.m.-noon Topic: Literacy at home
5/17 Albany High School, 5:30 p.m. Topic: Year-end Parent University celebration for all schools
5/20 TOAST, 10 a.m.-noon Topic: Literacy at home

 

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