Welcome to Parent University!
February 10, 2014

Parent University is an opportunity for parents to sharpen their skills as they work in one of life's most important and demanding roles. Sessions focus on child development, what children are learning in schools, advocacy, parent leadership and effective parenting skills.

Parent U 2014

Launched in 2009, Parent University was established by the Boston Public Schools Office of Family and Student Engagement as the primary strategy to build the capacity of parents to be actively engaged in their children's education.

The goal of BPS Parent University is to "educate and empower parents as partners, advocates and lifelong teachers in their child's education through educational courses and leadership opportunities."

For a detailed overview of Parent University, click here.

To become a Parent University satelitte location, click here.

To fill out a Request for Proposal, click here.

What should you do after you attend Parent University?  Parent Essentials is the program for you.  Click here for more information.  


Getting Involved, Staying Involved
December 04, 2013

Jose Maldonado started his journey with Parent University two year ago.  He is now co-teaching at Parent University, hosting Parent University information tables at schools, and speaking with other parents and city officials across greater Boston about the opportunity that Parent University represents.

Two years ago, Jose's son was accused of being a "bad boy" in school.   However, it was discovered that he was not "bad."   Rather, as the "new" kid in school was targeted and bullied some of his peers.  This experience inspired Jose to become more involved at the school including connecting with his son's teachers and principal regularly.

Jose's eagerness to be involved landed him at Parent University, and on various committees at the Tobin School.  He has spoken openly about anti-bullying and ADHD in students, as these were the issues facing his child. Having participated in several trainings and workshop on these topics, he has now become an advocate for anti-bullying and supporting students with special education needs.

Jose graduated from Parent University in 2011 and delivered a speech as the representative for parents in his graduating class.  This opportunity helped to build his self-confidence and public speaking ability. It also opened the door for him to share Parent University across many platforms, as he has been asked by a number of the public officials attending the graduation to speak at an event.


When asked about his experience with Parent University, Jose said, "Parent University has helped me grow and made me believe in myself.  Today I reach out to help others whenever and where I can."

Jose continues to support Parent University by recruiting fathers to participate in sessions, volunteering during the large learning sessions, and serving on the Parent University Alumni Committee.  He also continues to give back by serving as a parent volunteer and leader in his son's school and in his local community.

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The Future of BPS Town Hall
December 03, 2013
A Town Hall to Transform the Public Education Agenda for Boston

When: 6:00pm-8:00pm (Dinner at 5:30pm)
Where: Madison Park High School, Cardinal Hall
75 Malcolm X Blvd, Roxbury, MA 02120

Led by and for students, parents/families, educators, labor &
community members. Let's create a united vision for Boston

*Childcare & simultaneous translation provided*
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Revised School Site Council Manual is available now!
November 21, 2013

We are excited to present the revised 2013-2014 School Site Council Manual.  From nuts to bolts the manual will guide you to manage a successful School Site Council.

Click here for your copy.

Reflecting on October 12, 2013
November 05, 2013

We recently kicked off our 5th year of Parent University with a large convening, October 12th at the Northeastern University Curry Student Center. We were thrilled to welcome over 200 BPS parents to our event! Parents went to sessions including "Setting Our Boys Up 4 Success" and "From Book Drive to Board Room: Fundraising for Schools and Families", and we all had a blast. Here are some of the things parents said about their day at Parent University!

Parents, what motivated you to come?

"This was a great opportunity to learn different skills and strategies to make sure my boy is succeeding socially, academically, and emotionally"

"It's time to come and learn about Parent University because I've never been here"

"I wanted my kids to have a better future"

"I wanted to be more active and involved in my children's education"

"I wanted to be more active and involved in my children's education"

Parents, what is one thing you learned?

"I learned better tips on how to communicate with my child, and look at things from the point of view from my child"

"I learned the rights of parents, and the importance of advocating for my child's needs"

"I learned different approaches to deal with conflict"

"I learned how to change my attitude for helping my kids with their homework"

"I learned about saving money, and that it's never too late to educate yourself"

Thank you to all of the parents who joined us, to the Interim Superintendent John McDonough for welcoming our parents, and to all the volunteers and BPS staff who helped make this wonderful event possible. We hope that you had an enriching, empowering and engaging day, and we look forward to seeing all of you at our Parent University winter session, January 18, 2014! Save the date!




BPS Vision for Family & Student Engagement

"Every School will welcome every family and every student, actively engaging them as partners in student learning and school improvement." -

John P. McDonough, Interim Superintendent

Greetings and welcome to Boston Public Schools (BPS) Office of Family & Student Engagement website!

It is our hope that this portal provides valuable resource not only to parents, families, students, and community members but also to teachers and school staff.  We have included links and information to keep you informed about the latest BPS information and resources for engaging families and students in academic achievement and school improvement.

We want this to be a trusted site that you will rely on for timely information and useful resources.  You will find links to download our new learning guides, Parent University updates and more.

Warm Regards,

Michele P. Brooks,
Assistant Superintendent
Family & Student Engagement


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