Wednesday, April 1, 2015

Webinar on Fostering Latino Family Education Leadership April 9

Webinar on Fostering Latino Family Education Leadership 
Thursday April 9, 2015 – 1:00-2:30 p.m. CST – Free!

Webinar on Fostering Latino Family Education Leadership

Find out how you can foster Latino family engagement for leadership in education.  Panelists from six organizations from across the nation whose mission includes educational equity and access will share the story of their leadership development programs that have proven successful with Latino families.

Thursday April 9, 2015 – 1:00-2:30 p.m. CST – Free!

Panelists include: Dr. Maria S. Quezada, California Association for Bilingual Education (CABE); Richard Garcia, Colorado Statewide Parent Coalition; Patricia Ochoa-Mayer, Parent Institute for Quality Education (PIQE); Gina Montoya, MALDEF; Hilda Crespo, ASPIRA Parents for Excellence (APEX); and Aurelio M. Montemayor, IDRA.

This conversation will bring to light practices that are both authentic and also culturally and linguistically appropriate. Presenters will also describe successes and challenges in the work.


Dr. Maria S. Quezada
California Association for Bilingual Education (CABE)
CABE’s i3 Project2Inspire – A research-based family, school & community partnership program
that building family competence in improving their children's educational outcomes; enhances their knowledge, skills, and abilities to support student learning and school improvement; and engages school staff to support and cultivate positive environments and build relationships with families that increase their capacity to support their children's educational needs

Richard Garcia
Colorado Statewide Parent Coalition
Partners in Education – The Colorado Statewide Parent Coalition’s mission is to close the achievement gap and reduce the Latino dropout rates. The CSPC does this through a number of programs.The Los Padres/Las Madres Training Program expand parents’ ability to be more involved in their children’s education; communicate more effectively with their children (and spouses); and provide leadership advocacy for the educational and social welfare of the family. Parent Leadership Teams are designed to give the Latino parents a voice in the schools as it relates to student achievement. The Providers Advancing School Outcomes (PASO) provides high intensity training to informal childcare providers; the providers are immigrant Latinas who are caring for children in their homes. They receive a total of 120 hours of training and an opportunity to apply for the national child development associate credential from the Council of Professional Recognition. Tres Pasos is an early childhood parent education program developed by the CSPC. The program provides information and knowledge and tools on social emotional development and cognitive development, this program is designed to prevent the summer slide that occurs with low income families.

Patricia Ochoa-Mayer
Parent Institute for Quality Education (PIQE) – creates partnerships between parents, students and educators to further students’ academic success. As a result of our work in parent engagement, more than 1.5 million under-served student's educations have been enhanced since our inception in 1987.

Gina Montoya
Mexican American Legal Defense & Educational Fund (MALDEF)
Parent School Partnership (PSP) Program – Since 1989, this program has trained thousands of parents and community leaders throughout the nation to become change agents in their communities. The 12-session PSP program provides parents with the tools necessary to become more effective advocates in improving their children's educational attainment, schools, and community.

Hilda Crespo
Parents for Excellence (APEX) – Since 1998, the APEX program has developed the capacity of over 15,000 parents to become meaningfully involved in their children’s elementary, middle and high school education. The APEX Workshop Series developed by ASPIRA: (a) develops parenting skills; (b) makes parents aware of their rights and responsibilities relative to involvement in their children’s education; and (c) facilitates the formation of dynamic parent groups that discuss and evaluate their roles in impacting their local schools and the educational system.

Aurelio M. Montemayor
Intercultural Development Research Association (IDRA)
Family Leadership in Education – Grounded in IDRA’s Family Leadership in Education process, the Comunitario PTA model is an innovation for school-family-community collaboration. Comunitario PTAs are affiliated with the national PTA organization, but are based in a community organization, rather than in a single school. And their sole purpose is to collaborate with schools to improve the success of students in the community

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