Parent U helps families navigate U.S. education system
January 24, 2012
Contact: Jill Moberley, Public Information Officer
For Immediate Release
Helping children succeed in school is challenging for today’s parents, amid standardized tests, sweeping reforms, and local district programs and policies. These challenges are especially daunting for many parents of DPS students in the district’s English as a Second Language program.
Beginning Feb. 1, 2012, Parent University will offer parents of students in the district’s ESL program a series of eight weekly sessions designed to explain how their children’s schools operate, how to help their children succeed academically, and how to become an involved member of their community.
Parent University, a Dayton Public Schools program, has grown out of the recent Welcome Dayton initiative that encourages community institutions and business leadership to make Dayton a welcoming place for new residents from other countries who have come to invest in the community, build better lives and, in turn, make Dayton a better place to live.
The sessions will be held at St. Mary’s Center, 310 Allen St., Wednesdays from noon to 1 p.m. as listed below. Refreshments and childcare will be provided.
Feb. 1 – The City of Dayton welcomes you!
Feb. 8 – How to help your child succeed in U.S. schools
Feb 15 – U.S. schools continued
Feb. 22 – Being a parent in the United States
Feb 28 – How to find what you need in Dayton Public Schools
March 7 – Introduction to finances and economic resources in Dayton
March 14 – How to get involved in city government and neighborhood groups
March 21 – Celebration lunch
Dayton Public Schools serves approximately 520 students from 20 countries who speak 15 different languages. For information about Parent U, call Teresa Troyer at (937) 542-3344.