What does the Parent Organizing Project do?
• Engages low-income immigrant Latino parents in learning about their children’s education, their school system, and how to help their children succeed academically.
• Provides a16-unit “Educate and Inspire” curriculum, which is grounded in Popular Education philosophies and strategies.
• Supports interested parents to grow as leaders and advocates.
How does it Work? Who is Involved?
• The “Educate and Inspire” workshops are taught by parents who are trained facilitators from the Spanish-speaking immigrant community.
• Parents learn the skills they need to engage with their children at home and at their schools to ensure their children stay positively involved in education, graduate from high school, and obtain higher education and/or job and career skills.
• Parent facilitators receive ongoing professional development in facilitation, communication, Popular Education, and peer mentoring.
• Schools and districts contract and partner with the Coalition, and workshops are held at local schools.
• Recruitment is focused on relationship-building and customized outreach by other bilingual, bicultural parents in addition to school staff.
How does it Grow Leaders and Advocates?
Parents are encouraged to volunteer and take leadership positions in the schools and community. When an opportunity for civic engagement arises, parents are invited to participate; and are trained to be effective.
Through the POP, a previously disempowered parent may grow into a community and school leader, organizer, educator, and an agent of lasting change
What is the Goal?
To engage and equip Spanish-speaking parents to play a powerful role at home, at school, and in the community.
A high level of parent engagement at school and at home will help close the achievement gap between low-income students who are learning English and their native English-speaking, middle-class peers.
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