MVLA expands program for parent education

The Mountain View Los Altos Union High School District’s Parent Institute for Quality Education is scheduled to launch a series of workshops today.

Established in spring 2017, PIQE served more than 100 MVLA and Mountain View Whisman School District families last year by providing a variety of services, including eight weeks of workshops on high school systems and the college admissions process to enable immigrant parents to help their children reach their full potential.

The Hispanic Foundation of Silicon Valley co-funded the program, which offered its parent education workshops in Spanish along with a complimentary dinner and child care during class time last spring, culminating in a graduation ceremony in May, according to Margarita Navarro, associate superintendent of educational services.

This spring’s PIQE workshops will expand into two levels, beginning and intermediate. The intermediate classes cater to Spanish-speaking parents who attended last year’s workshops and would like to learn more, Navarro said.

“PIQE is based on the idea of empowerment,” she said. “It empowers parents to know they have a role in supporting their children through their educational experience. It’s also honoring the fact that parents’ participation is equally important as the participation of teachers and staff in supporting a student to succeed.”

Navarro noted that last year’s PIQE participants became more involved with their children’s schools after learning how to approach the main office, make an appointment with a staff member and write an email, mostly in Spanish, to their children’s teachers.

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