DPS kicks off registration for new Parent University

Detroit Public Schools will kick off registration today, Wednesday, February 12, for its new Parent University, a semester of coursework for parents and guardians in four subject areas allowing them to earn first-ever “Parent Leader” certification.

A total of 20 free classes will be offered. Registration will occur at the district’s eight Parent Resource Centers and is open to all DPS parents, primary caregivers and guardians. Classes, which are two hours long, begin March 10 and run through May 23.

“The goal of our new Parent University is to educate and empower parents as partners, advocates and lifelong teachers in their child’s education by providing them with educational courses and leadership opportunities,” said Jack Martin, DPS Emergency Manager. “Providing parents with increased access to programs such as this will ultimately benefit our students and their academic achievement.”

Providing parenting skills and increasing parent involvement are major elements of Detroit Public Schools’ five-year Strategic Plan, through which this year the district launched the first phase of another nationally modeled program – Home-School Teacher Visitations. The visitations add to ongoing robust parenting programs throughout DPS, including workshops at eight regionally located Parent Resource Centers.

The Parent University model has been successfully introduced in several forms throughout the United States. The DPS model includes:
• The formation of a collaborative of support organizations vested in parents from Head Start to college
• The development of a professional curriculum for parents tailored to the district’s parent population
• The opportunity for Parent University graduates to be trained Parent University instructors
• The opportunity for Parent University graduates to be placed into internships with partner agencies serving on the collaborative group
• Insight from session leaders who are experts in their discipline from the partner agency collaborators

Parents can participate in four programs for certificates over the course of three semesters:
• Spring 2014: Parent Leader Certificate (PLC)
• Summer 2014: Parent Educator Certificate (PEC)
• Fall 2014: Parent Leader Certificate (PLC), Parent Educator Certificate (PEC), Parent Mentor Certificate (PMC) and Parent Advocate Certificate (PAC)

Participants will be able to take classes from four possible tracks:
• Track 1: Student Success – Helping children of all ages
• Track 2: Life Skills – Maximizing your potential
• Track 3: Parenting – Effectively raising children
• Track 4: Leadership – Inspiring others with a vision

Graduation requirements are: Completion of 10 classes during the semester. Of those 10 classes, participants must complete two classes from each track.

Next phases of the program may include community college credits, placement with workforce development and internships.

Registration is limited to the first 150 parents who apply. For more information, please call 313-240-4377 or visit any Parent Resource Center.

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