Aldine ISD ‘Active Parent University’ Returns Starting Oct. 10

Aldine ISD ‘Active Parent University’ Returns Starting Oct. 10
Posted on 10/09/2018

The program connects parents to District and community resources. Parent U teaches parents how to be involved in their children’s education.


Active Parent University returns this fall. The first class is set for October 10. The program, now in its third year, introduces families to Aldine ISD programs and also connects them to community partners. Active Parent University is a community collaborative led by the District’s Title 1 Department to help parents become full partners in their children’s education. The District objective is to equip families with new or additional skills, knowledge and resources to increase their children’s academic success.

According to LaTashia L. Abrams, Active Parent University offers families a “crash course” in how to be involved in their children’s education. Abrams is program director of Title 1.

“Active Parent University was designed based on the understanding that parents and community are an essential component in educating our children,” said Abrams. “Classes touch on a variety of subjects, including parent–engagement strategies. We want to increase parent involvement in the schools and empower parents to raise children who are successful in school and in life.”

Why Be Involved?

Research has shown that parents can increase a child’s academic success through their involvement with schools and communities. Parental involvement improves student morale, attitudes, and academic achievement across all subject areas. Abrams encourages legal guardians and grandparents raising kids to attend Active Parent University.

Active Parent University Fall & Spring Classes

Who: Open to all Aldine ISD parents, legal guardians, grandparents raising a child between the ages of five (5) and 18. The classes are also open to staff members.
Where: All classes will take place at Aldine ISD M.B. “Sonny” Donaldson Child Nutrition Center, 1802 Aldine Bender (Houston, TX 77032). This is a central location in the District.
Languages: All sessions will offer a simultaneous presentation in English and Spanish (español).
Cost: The classes are FREE!

Fall 2018 Schedule

  • October 10 @ 8:15 – 10:15 a.m.
    Topic: Active Engagement for School Success

  • October 17 @ 6-8 p.m.
    Topic: Active Engagement for School Success

  • November 7 @ 6-8 p.m.
    Topic: Setting Family Goals & Taking Action

  • December 12 @ 8:15 – 10:15 a.m.
    Topic: Parent Empowerment — Strong Parents, Strong Kids

Spring 2019 Schedule

  • January 16 @ 6-8 p.m.
    Topic: Communication — Are You Speaking My Language?

  • February 6 @ 8:15 – 10:15 a.m.
    Topic: Connecting Families With Community Resources

  • March 20 @ 6-8 p.m.
    Topic: Bully-Proofing Your Child

  • April 17 @ 8:15 – 10:15 a.m.
    Topic: Parent Empowerment — The Power of Encouragement

  • May 22 @ 6-8 p.m.
  • Topic: Continuing the School-Parent Partnership

Parental involvement is the crucial factor during the school life of children, especially in primary and middle school grade levels. Scientists found that parental involvement can affect children’s academic progress, behavior, language abilities, social skills and attitude toward life.

What do Aldine Parent Scholars Say About the Program?

“I’ve really enjoyed every session that I’ve attended and look to returning.” — M. Hammond

“Active Parent University was an excellent use of my time.” — S. González

"I am excited to be a graduate of Aldine Parent University.” — A. Chairez

” The strategies I learned at Parent University have helped me and my family.” — J. Herrero

If you have any questions, please contact Abrams at (281) 985-6418.

Come out and become a Parent Scholar!