Madera is boosting student achievement by building highly skilled parents!
We are focused on raising literacy and academics across all grade levels.
“I’m looking forward to the unity that is going to be established here throughout the district. I think the parents that are going to be participating here in this particular program are going to be blessed. I am excited with the caliber of individuals that are here and are going to be facilitating the program. So we look forward to just having a dynamic program and one that will be successful for years to come.”
Director of Community Services, Madera Unified
We’re so excited about the comprehensive approach of Madera School District. You have a true “All kids are our kids” approach of empowering parents at every school to boost the opportunities of every promising student.
National Director of parent Engagement, Family Leadership
Parenting Partners in Action
John Adams Elementary, Lincoln Elementary, James Madison
Cesar Chavez Elementary, Monroe Elementary, Madera South High
Sierra Vista Elementary
Madera’s Parent Trainers
A Father’s Story
A story of a father at a Madera School Translated into English:
One day my 7-year-old son came home from school, and he didn’t seem like himself. When I asked him what was wrong, he started to tell me about a boy in his school. He then went on to tell me about this boy, he said that this boy always wore the same thing to school every day. He also explained to me how he is always getting picked on at school because his clothes are old and have holes in them. My son was feeling really bad for this boy and I told him that it’s not the little boy’s fault as to why he doesn’t have nice clothes. His parents work very hard to pay their bills, to feed him and they just do not have enough money left over to buy him new clothes. My son then asked me if he could give him his clothes, as a father this was one of my proudest moments with my son. Seeing my son wanting to help another, made me realize that my own son had a heart of gold. I told my son that if he gave him all of his clothes then he would not have any left for himself, my son then answered with “but dad he’s a lot smaller than me, I can give him the clothes that don’t fit me!” The next day my son and I went to the boy’s home and gave him my son’s clothes.
A Grandfather’s Story
A story of a grandfather at a Madera school graduation translated into English:
Through most of his son’s childhood this dad would just work and work, thinking that providing food on the table and clothes for his children was enough. He felt that his duty as a father ended there. He then started weeping as he shared how his son was now involved in gangs and in drugs. The young man had already been incarcerated twice. His gang friends were bad influences and were really not friends at all, forgetting about him when he was in jail. The grandfather now realized that being a father was more demanding than he realized, and he wished he had known more. He talked about how he was thankful that he was still alive and able to take custody of his grandson. After participating in Parenting Partners workshops for two months he now believes that he can break that old family chain for him. Now he has the skills to shape his grandchild’s values. He knows how to guide his choices and moral development. Typical of our parents who start transforming their families, he also stepped up as a volunteer at school, extending his leadership there. Experiences like these give us urgency to reach more families. If they had received these skills earlier, more of their children would have been saved from choices that led to crime in our communities. Instead they would be successfully entering careers and raising their own children.