Launched in 2009, Parent University was created as the primary strategy to build the capacity of parents to be actively engaged in their child's education . The goal of the program is to "educate and empower parents as partners, advocates and lifelong teachers in their child's education through educational courses and leadership opportunities."
All BPS families are equipped and empowered to advocate and partner with schools to ensure every child has access to a quality education and achieves excellence in school.
Theory of Change
If we provide all BPS parents with knowledge and experiences that build their capacity to advocate and support not only their child's learning but their own personal learning, then parents will become more engaged and intentional in demanding and supporting quality education for their children in ways that result in improved student outcomes and school improvement.
- Parents are Teachers – provides a clearer understanding of how children grow and learn and the teaching and learning approaches used in BPS.
- Parents are Advocates – builds capacity to advocate for children, understand the standards and expectations for learning, and support learning at home.
- Parents are Leaders – helps parents build the skills necessary to assume leadership roles in schools and the community.
- Parents are Learners – provides parents with the opportunity to build upon their own skills for personal and professional growth.