April 17th 2015
Maria Jose Sandoval 301‐717‐4492
CASA Launches Parents-As-Teachers Spring Institute with a Feria de la Primavera Celebration
“Learning Together” Project Aims to Grow Immigrant Parent Success
What: Spring Fair
Where: CASA | 8151 15th Ave., Langley Park, MD
When: Monday, April 20th | 3:00 pm
(Langley Park, MD) – On April 20th, CASA’s Learning Together parent engagement program will host aFeria de la Primavera with activities and initiatives for parents that want to be more effective in promoting their children’s academic success.
Learning Together was first launched in the Fall of 2014 as a critical strategy for improving the academic achievement of students in the Langley Park area. Developed in response to Langley Park’s dire statistics on educational outcomes, Learning Together is a based on a philosophy that immigrant parents have enormous assets to help their children develop but need training and skills to understand and flourish in a new educational system. More than 50 families participated in a pilot ten‐week fall program – a set of courses referred to colloquially as a “Parent University.” Those graduates will be on hand Monday to welcome in the spring semester with more than 300 participants.
“Learning Together taught me to be persistent when trying to talk to teachers. Instead of just giving up, parents have to keep trying again and again!” said Rosemary Palacios, a parent‐graduate of the Fall Parents‐As‐Teacher program.
At Monday’s Spring Fair, parent graduates of the institute’s Fall semester will provide information about Parent‐As‐Teacher workshops, coaching sessions for academic success, and Earth Day‐oriented family gardening designed to develop interest in the sciences and technology. Parents will be joined by supporters of the program, including the Ascend Fund and PNC Bank. Additional funders include the U.S. Department of Education, the Eugene and Agnes E. Meyer Foundation, and Adventist HealthCare.