One of the most effective strategies for ensuring a student’s achievement in school is the active participation of the student’s family in encouraging learning, expressing high expectations for their child’s achievement and future career, and becoming meaningfully involved in their child’s education at school. Latino Leadership works together with the National Council of La Raza, Stonewall Jackson Middle, and its feeder schools to help families increase their knowledge of the school system and strengthen their ability to advocate for quality education that will result in school readiness, high school graduation, and college success.
Latino Leadership’s Padres Comprometidos (PC) program is anchored in the philosophy that all parents love their children, want the best for them, and are able to be active partners with schools to improve the learning process. It is also based on the belief that schools can provide parents with valuable information about ways to help their children learn, and that parents and teachers alike need to work in concert to ensure the educational success of every child.
The Padres Comprometidos curricula engages parents in negotiating the public school system, becoming knowledgeable of academic standards and testing requirements, understanding the importance of higher education, promoting healthy and effective strategies and habits, and recognizing the developmental, social, and academic milestones of these age groups. Parents are continuously reinforced in how these skills are crucial to attaining the ultimate goal of college enrollment, attendance, and graduation.
The main areas of discussion for the program are:
- Adolescence, changes and physical growth
- Understanding the school system
- Understanding the importance of higher education and the pathway
- Forming a relationship with school staff
During Fall 2012, Latino Leadership will be working with parents at Stonewall Jackson Middle School. If you are interested in participating with the Padres Comprometidos program, please contact Marucci Beard at firstname.lastname@example.org or 407-895-0801.