DPS kicks off brand new parent workshops for 2012-13 school year

DETROIT (September 11, 2012) – In keeping with its mission to actively engage parents to improve student achievement, Detroit Public Schools today announced a new slate of parent workshops for the month of September in the district’s eight Parent Resource Centers, including two brand new centers that opened at Bennett Elementary and Drew Transition Center this summer.

The workshops, which launched today, Tuesday, September 11, 2012, are part of the district’s comprehensive Parent Engagement programs and build upon its success in improving student attendance by encouraging parents to make sure their children are in school on time every day. Through its parent engagement initiatives, the district has successfully raised parent involvement in school programs by 30%, increased parents’ involvement in their children’s activities by 63%, and raised the percentage of parents reporting their attendance at parent meetings by 49% since last year, according to independent surveys of 3,144 parents.

Parent Resource Centers are open Monday through Thursday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Bennett’s PRC hours are 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. The centers are closed on Fridays.

September workshops include (see flier for exact times):
September Workshops in the Parent Resource Centers

September 11–14  — Time Management: Establishing a healthy back-to-school routine

  • Making time to get the homework done
  • Getting everyone to school on time and excited about learning
  • Bedtime routines the entire family can live with
  • Finding the right blend of school, family and social time


September 17–21 — Understanding: What are Grade Level Content Expectations, AYP and MEAP?

  • Find out what GLCES, AYP, MEAP mean
  • Understanding how you can better support your children in being academically successful


September 24–28 — Choices: Helping children to make better choices

  • Creating good study habits early
  • Choosing the right friends
  • Using free time to do the RIGHT things
  • Helping them to choose learning first


The district plans to announce upcoming introductory parent fairs at the new Centers this month at Drew, designed to serve district parents of children with special needs, and at Bennett, serving the families of southwest Detroit.


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