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What is Parent University?
Parent University is an opportunity for parents to sharpen their skills as they work in one of life's most important and demanding roles. The program provides parents and caregivers with information about their vital responsibility in shaping children's lives. The Parent University sessions focus on child development, what children are learning in schools, advocacy, parent leadership and effective parenting skills.
What will I learn?
Parent University learning sessions are focused on four areas that support parents in ways that empower them to become leaders and advocates for student learning and school improvement.
• Parents are Teachers – provides a clearer understanding of how children grow and learn and the teaching & learning approaches in BPS
• Parents are Advocates – builds capacity to advocate for their child, understand the standards and expectations for learning and support learning at home
• Parents are Leaders – provides the opportunity to develop the skills necessary to assume leadership roles in their schools and community
• Parents are Learners – provides the opportunity to build upon their own skills for personal and professional growth
How does Parent University work?
Parent University offers three day-long Saturday learning sessions during the academic year: one each in October, January, and May, with additional sessions offered throughout the year at schools, libraries and community centers. Parent University is free for all BPS parents. In June, there will be a Parent University graduation for parents who have completed a set of learning sessions.