Register Now for the 8th Annual Leadership Institute!

Parenting Partners will be hosting our 8th Annual Leadership Institute June 16-19, 2020 in the beautiful city of San Diego, California.

The Institute will be returning to the Humphreys Half Moon Inn for a second year in a row. Last year, attendees loved the beautiful views of the sunset and the bay, so we are excited to return back to the Inn. At the Institute you can look forward to engaging conversations and presentations from partnering districts around the country.

NEW in 2020

  • This year’s Institute will include an additional half day to allow for more in depth learning and networking. The Institute will be all day June 17th and 18th and a half day on Friday, June 19th.
  • This year, attendees will receive a Professional Learning certificate from Family Leadership for attending the Institute and participating in 17 hours of content.


We encourage all of our partner districts to make plans to attend! For more information, contact

Below are some highlights from the 7th Annual Institute in 2019

Parent Center Fosters Community at Fontana Middle School

Parents becoming leaders in their families and communities is the reason Parenting Partners workshops exists. That is why we are so happy to feature the Fontana Unified School District in Fontana, California. They have excelled at leading workshops and creating an environment for parents to become leaders and build relationships.

A few weeks ago Malu Pulido, a Team Support Specialist, visited a few schools in the Fontana Unified School Districts including Fontana Middle School where she was encouraged to learn about the impact the workshops have had on the parents at the school. Malu met with Diana Gutierrez who is a Parenting Partners facilitator and Community Liaison who helped develop a Parent Center on her campus. The Parent Center is a place for parents to attend Parenting Partners workshops and also have access to additional resources.

Giving parents a room at the school has encouraged parents and given them the space to learn and grow together. We want to commend Diana for her efforts of developing the Parent Center and for gathering support from the school Principal and School District. Support for projects like this have a profound effect on a school and community, so we are thrilled to hear the vision behind the Parent Center and how it is already having an impact on parents.

After Malu visited she said, “Parents in Fontana Middle School are becoming leaders in the community because they build relationships as they go through the workshops. It’s really cool to see them connect and do more than just attend the workshops.”

We are excited to see the future of the Parent Center and the impact future Parenting Partners graduates will have on their families and community. Keep up the hard work Diana and the rest of your tea

Come Visit us at Upcoming Conferences Spring 2020

Our team will be presenting at a number of upcoming conferences around the country this spring. If you are attending one of the conferences we encourage to you stop by our booth and workshops to learn more about Parenting Partners and how you can increase parent engagement at your school.

CAASFEP Conference in San Diego, California

Visit our booth to meet Curriculum Authors and National Directors, Patty Bunker and Katie Harri on January 27-29, 2020.

ESEA National Title I Conference, Atlanta, Georgia

Stop by booth #209 and #211 to meet National Directors Patty Bunker and Katie Harri, and a Title I Consultant, Karen Williams.

Our team will also be leading a demonstration workshop that we encourage you to visit if you are attending the conference. The workshop is about: “A Proven Model: Create Strong, Effective Family Engagement with Parenting Partners” on Saturday February 6th at 2:15pm-3:00pm in the Exhibit Hall Stage B.

AASA National Conference of Education in San Diego, California

Come visit our booth in the exhibit hall to learn about Parenting Partners and ask any questions you have about our workshops on February 13-15.

NAFEPA Conference in Washington DC

Patty Bunker, one of our national directors, will be at the conference on March 16-18 and is eager to talk to you about your parent engagement goals.

CABE Regional Conference in San Francisco, California

Katie Harri, a National Director, and two National Trainers, Malu Pulido and Carol Shimer, will be at the conference April 8-11.


Our team is looking forward to meeting you at one of the spring conferences. If you have any questions please do not hesitate to reach out.

New Year, New Parenting Partners Workshops

2020 is officially underway and so are Parenting Partner’s workshops across the country. We are excited to see schools inviting parents and starting the workshops on their campuses.

A district we want to feature this week is McFarland Unified School District in McFarland, California. Facilitators received a refresher training in fall of 2019 and they are eager to put what they learned into practice this semester and involve even more parents at their schools.

The workshops recently started at McFarland Junior High with the help and commitment of the devoted facilitators and the principal, Mr. Robles and Vice Principal, Mr. Grijalva. The support from the school leaders has had a profound impact on the success of the Parenting Partners and Family Meals Challenge workshops. We also want to give a special shout out to some of the great facilitators taking the lead at McFarland Junior High: Leady Montoya, Rene Briones, Blanca Reyes, and Marisa Flores.

There was a great turn out for the workshop with parents excited to return for the 2nd week. The team at McFarland Junior High have done a wonderful job at engaging parents in their community and coming up with new ways to invite parents.

We appreciate the dedicated facilitators and we look forward to hearing the impact the workshops have on parents in their community.


Harlandale ISD Graduation – 2019

It was a thrill for our Team Support Specialist, Terri D’Agostino, to be in Harlandale in order to attend Harlandale ISD’s second Parenting Partners graduation on December 12th.  Harlandale graduated 106 parents who all wore caps and gowns! They walked in to Pomp and Circumstance, each graduate had their name announced and they all received their graduation certificates along with their own copy of the book Love You Forever. There was a marvelous presentation of pictures from the various campus workshops which played as people entered the room.  The tables were decorated beautifully, and it was all very festive.  The Parenting Partners graduates were surrounded by friends, family members and district VIPs who were all there to cheer them on!

Family Leadership/Parenting Partners would like to congratulate the parent graduates from Harlandale ISD on attending and participating in the Parenting Partner workshops and for taking the steps to become leaders in their community and schools.


Parenting Partner Graduations – Cutler Elementary School and Crockett Elementary School

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This is Cutler Elementary School’s 8th graduation since the program started with Cutler-Orosi Joint Unified School District, CA. Cutler Elementary has been involved with Parenting Partners workshops for 4 years, and this was their largest graduation they have had yet. There were a total of 30 parent graduates – twenty parents had perfect attendance at all six Parenting Partners workshops. The graduation consisted of heart-warming speeches from Maria Sanchez and Mannolio Herrera who spoke on behalf of all of the parents. There were many emotions going around the room.

As a part of Maria Sanchez’s speech, she stated, “Parenting Partners helped us to understand the power of positive words and how to use them all the time with our children.” We are so proud of our Parenting Partners teams and their graduated parents.

Crockett Elementary School – Crockett ISD

From Crockett Elementary School with Crockett ISD, TX, there were a total of 8 parents that graduated from the Parenting Partners program and each received a graduation certificate for perfect attendance to the Parenting Partners workshops.

These parents have accomplished so much already, and we are excited to see their leadership expand at their school.



2019 SCATA & ACET Conferences

Parenting Partners is here at the 2019 SCATA Conference in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. Come meet our newest team member, Teresa Brown as well as National Director and curriculum author Patty Bunker and regional Director David Porter. Patty Bunker and David Porter will be presenting on “Creating Dynamic Family-School Partnership: Key Parent Roles” on October 24th from 10:30-11:15am in the Eton room. They will share how influential school districts can be when they partner with the parents at their schools to further their students’ success.

This week, we also have a booth at the 2019 Fall ACET Conference in San Antonio, Texas where our Team Support Specialist, Tommie Welch is networking with district leaders and other attendees at the conference. Tommie Welch presented on the 22nd about “Creating Effective Family-School Partnerships: Strategic Engagement for Student Success”.

If we have not met you yet, we are excited to meet with you and discuss the possibilities of creating a community that furthers the engagement in your schools.

New Caney ISD to Begin ProStrengths Online Course

Our Parenting Partners team spent their time in New Caney ISD on September 11th-12th to train the leaders in that district to become facilitators in order to better influence their schools with parent engagement. Participants were also able to train with Katie Harri, one of our Directors in Parent Engagement, to learn more about our ProStrengths course.

In this training, leaders from New Caney ISD participated in a morning workshop all about Strengths. They learned the value of playing to their strengths every day and further developing the very best parts of themselves. The participants learned a great deal about each other and many leaders said, “I finally have language to describe my talents”. The morning was fun, engaging, and refreshing to focus on their own development for a few hours, and they now know how to aim their strengths towards positive change in their work and their life! Next, they will take staff and leaders on their campuses through our ProStrengths online modules and work towards becoming a district that recognizes and appreciates each other’s Strengths.

Parenting Partners Launches in United ISD, Laredo, Texas

United ISD (Laredo, Texas) enthusiastically welcomed Parenting Partners into their community last week.  Over 250 people (Parent leaders, counselors, librarians teachers, and administrators) from 44 schools are being trained in the Parenting Partners process. District leadership is 100% committed to family engagement, and the facilitator teams have been showered with great hospitality and support from all levels of district leadership. Parent Leadership Workshops will begin at each school in early October. 

We are thrilled with the responses from everyone that attended the training. Below are some quotes from people that attended the training:

“I like that although the info is meant to be used in a school setting, what we learned helped us all on a personal level.” Lupita B. Eads, Colonel Santos Benavides School

“As a parenting facilitator, I will be able to help in closing the gap between schools, family, and community by training parents to become leaders. These parents will be prepared to go out and train other parents.” Lucinda Paulino, Lyndon B. Johnson High School

“Many times, we have parents come in to school looking for ways to help their children at home. This will just be the icing on the cake. We will have more parent involvement on a greater scale if they continue to spread the word.” JoAnn Lopez, Clark Middle School

“As a counselor, I desire to impact students, parents, teachers, and school. However, at times, I find time to be very limited. I find it very appealing that everything is ready for us to go and that the content is so helpful in building amazing parenting skills that will directly impact our students. Loved the workshop!” Ana P. Domingez, Freedom Elementary


Parenting Partners Expanding to Every School in Lancaster SD

Our team is training Lancaster School District in California this week to encourage strong parent engagement in their community. This year we are happy to announce that Lancaster School District is offering Parenting Partners workshops at all of their schools.

The district has seen a lot of growth in the area of parent engagement since implementing our workshops, so they are happy to be expanding the workshops to all of their schools.

We’re thrilled to work alongside the talented Lancaster School District team and to see their passion for developing parent leaders in their schools. The facilitators are eager to start workshops at their schools in the next few weeks to engage their peers for strong parent engagement.