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.



Our Biggest Leadership Institute Yet

Last month we welcomed 120 attendees to our conference in San Diego, which became the largest Leadership Institute we have hosted. We are thrilled with the response and feedback we have received from attendees and it excites us to hear about the impact of Parenting Partners workshops on communities around the country.

The theme of this year’s conference was: “Taking Parent PROficiency to the Next Level: Building the Capacity of Parent Leaders”. Attendees received a sneak peak at new content we have been developing and an exclusive look at our upcoming Level 3 course material.

The goal of our yearly Leadership Institute is always to empower our leaders to learn from each other and to bring what they develop back to their communities. We are thankful for each of our attendees for making this conference an unforgettable success.


You can look forward to another fun and engaging Leadership Institute next year at the same hotel and location, Humphrey’s Half Moon Inn, San Diego.

Harlandale School District Graduates Celebrate Their Hard Work

One of our amazing team support specialists, Terri D’Agostino, had the pleasure of attending a recent Parenting Partners graduation for Harlandale School District in Texas. Continue reading to hear about her experience and to see pictures from the memorable day.  “What a thrill it was to be able to share in Harlandale’s very first Parenting Partners graduation ceremony – they had 89 parent graduates!  The superintendent, some district administration and members of the school board were present.  Several parents spoke giving testimony as to what the Parenting Partners program meant to them.  The parents looked wonderful in their caps and gowns as they received their graduation certificates with Pomp and Circumstance playing in the background.  All graduating parents were presented with their own copy of the book Love you Forever by Robert Munsch and a key chain.  This truly was a celebration with many family members present to cheer on the graduates.  It is difficult to put into words the joy that filled the room. Harlandale is blessed with a strong leadership team that is truly focused on building strong families within their school community.”   Terri D’Agostino Team Support Specialist for Parenting Partners

80 Facilitators Training to Lead Workshops in California

In March 80 facilitators in California were certified to lead Parenting Partners workshops in their schools. The newly certified and re-certified facilitators are eager to increasing parent engagement in their communities and getting to know parents at their schools.  Below are some stories and pictures from two of our trainings in March. Fontana, California Facilitators from the Fontana Unified School District came together at the beginning of March to learn how to lead Parenting Partners workshops. The facilitators enjoyed discussing the outcomes they want to achieve with their workshops and how they can work better as a team.

  Los Banos, California The facilitators at the Los Banos, California training were enthusiastic about being able to reach parents in their community and increase parent engagement. Participants enjoyed practicing presenting sections of the Partnering Partners workshop curriculum to their team. This is an impactful part of our training because people learn from feedback from our trainers and schools teams.

Come Visit us at the California Association for Bilingual Education Conference in Long Beach!

Our team is having a blast so far at the California Association for Bilingual Education Conference in Long Beach. If you’re attending the 2019 CABE conference stop by booth 421 to meet our team Katie Harri, Malu Pulido and Carol Shimer. Join us for our workshop: “Creating Strong Family-School Partnerships: Key Parent Roles in Leadership and Student Success” Friday, March 22, 2019 10:30 am – 11:45 am Long Beach Convention Center 102C   Our team loves meeting new people and building connections with people that are passionate about families in their communities. Stop by and say hi! 

Undertake Parent Engagement as a Family

A group of 12 dedicated parents at Grand View Elementary School in Dinuba, CA completed the workshops and had a touching graduation ceremony in the fall of 2018. Alicia, the facilitator was especially proud of the 2 fathers that joined the group with their wives. Over the course of the workshops Alicia saw a lot of growth in all of the participants and is proud of their hard work. These graduates are an excellent example of the benefits of the whole family being involved and committed to learning.     Join us in congratulating all the graduates for their dedication and hard work!    

Padres Comprometidos con la Escuela y la Familia.

  El grupo de padres de la Escuela Grand View en Dinuba CA. completaron con dedicación la serie de talleres de Compañeros en la Crianza de los Hijos con una emotiva ceremonia de graduación este pasado otoño 2019. Alicia, la facilitadora de los talleres estaba muy honrada de tener a dos padres de familia que se unieron al programa con sus respectivas esposas. En el transcurso de los talleres, Alicia observó el crecimiento del liderazgo en los padres y su gran esfuerzo; por lo que está muy orgullosa de ellos. Este grupo de padres graduados es un excelente ejemplo de los beneficios que la familia completa puede obtener cuando se comprometen al éxito.   ¡Únete a nosotros y felicita a nuestros padres graduados!

Come Visit us at the National Conference on Education in Los Angeles!

Our team is having a blast so far at the National Conference on Education presented by AASA. If you’re attending the conference come meet our national directors Patty Bunker and Katie Harri at booth 111. Stop by to say hi and learn how you can create dynamic Family-School partnerships. Our Parenting Partners workshops fulfill EESA, Title I, Title III, Literacy & EL Parent Engagement priorities. Visit our booth for more information.

Parenting Partners at Conferences around the United States

January is a busy time for us because new Parenting Partners semesters begin as well as our staff travel to attend conferences and train facilitators across the country. Continue reading to see what our staff has been up to over the last few weeks. Our staff enjoyed meeting district and prospective partners at two education conferences in January: CAASFEP in Sacramento, California and SCABSE in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. CAASFEP Conference             Two of our directors, Patty Bunker and Katie Harri, represented Parenting Partners at the California Association of Sate & Federal Education Programs in mid-January in Sacramento, California. Parenting Partners has attended this conference since 2014 and over the years we have met many people that are passionate about running state & federal education programs.     Parenting Partners is happy to be part of this conference and support what they are doing to impact the next generation.   SCABSE Patricia Wade, one of our Team Support Specialists, presented at the South Carolina Alliance of Black School Educators conference in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. Patricia presented the workshop “Building Family-School Partnerships: Strategic Engagement for Success” to enthusiastic conference participants. This was Patricia’s first conference on her own and we are thrilled to hear how well the workshop went and the connections she made with attendees.