By Mai Xi Lee and Elisa Gonzalez - A.P. and Parent Advisor
Parent University Update:
We kicked off our the 2011-2012 Parent University classes with our first orientation session on September 27th. We had well over 70 parents in attendance, including a group of new Freshmen parents. The parents arrived enthusiastic and eager to learn. They were introspective as we reflected on the following questions: What are their hopes for their child and what college do they and/or their child want announced after their name at graduation? The parents had the opportunity to dialogue with other parents about the two questions, then they were asked to dialogue with their children about the same two questions. Parents were invited to share their thoughts aloud. Many of the parents shared college and continued academic success as a goal. They also discussed the importance of sharing these goals/expectations with their children in an open dialogue, which would enable their children to express their own self-expectations and goals. Many parents were excited to go home and have the dialogue with their children and were genuinely interested in finding out what colleges their children were thinking about. For some parents, this would be the first dialogue they will have had with their children about college.
In October, we had our 2nd session focusing on building successful high school students. We had about 80 parents in attendance. The parents heard from Mr. Peterson and Ms. Lee, two administrators at Luther Burbank High School. Mr. Peterson spoke to the parents about what a successful student looks like. The analogies he used to exemplify successful students (Runners and Cyclists) versus unsuccessful students (Park sitters) really hit home with the parents. Mr. Peterson helped parents to visualize what successful students look like and provided parents with some strategies on ways to support their student’s success. Ms. Lee engaged parents on an informative conversation about the California High School Exit Exam and how to read/interpret a high school transcript. Parents were given information on how to advocate for and support their student’s academic progress so they effectively pass all classes as well as the California High School Exit Exam. It was great for parents to hear from two administrators who spoke to them about student success, as opposed to hearing from administrators only about disciplinary-related topics.
The 2011-2012 Parent University is getting off to a fantastic start and we’re looking forward to an exciting year. We’re looking forward to a phenomenal year of meaningful and authentic parent engagement!
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