D'Angelo Bridges, who turned failing grades in high school to a 4.6 GPA through the AVID program and recently graduated from college, addresses the Third Annual Riverside County Parent and Family Engagement Summit.
Parent Summit draws 200 participants
More than 200 educators, parents and community members Thursday (September 13, 2012) explored ways to help build more resilient children who can become successful students. (Find more photos on Facebook.)
Too much time with TV’s and smart phones, over protective parents and lack of rules have hurt children’s chances of learning to bounce back from adversities, problem solve and find their way in the world, said Dr. Michele Borba, a child expert, author, and educator.
“We need to unplug our kids and plug them into their parents,” she said. “They need face time, one-one-one time, family dinners and discussions. They need that family support to be successful ”
The Summit was created by Riverside County Superintendent of Schools Kenneth Young in partnership with the 23rd District PTA, representing more than 80,000 parents and educators in Riverside County.
D’Angelo Bridges, one of three student speakers at the event, echoed Borba’s comments in telling how he turned failing grades into a 4.6 GPA and a college degree.
“I learned the desire to succeed, to do well, to never give up, from my parents,” he said.
Workshops at the event ranged from how to prevent bullying to preparing for college and using the latest digital information to enhance learning.
Three parent engagement programs were honored:
-- The Parent Intervention Program at Saul Martinez Elementary School in the Coachella Valley Unified School District.
-- The Parent Summit at Moreno Valley High School in the Moreno Valley Unified School District.
-- The Beaumont Adult Parent Academy in the Beaumont Unified School District.
In addition, the 23rd District PTA, representing 80,000 members in Riverside County, was recognized for winning an award for its parent engagement initiative from the National PTA.
“We are very proud of the impact we have made on families and students in Riverside County students,” she said.
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