Training Testimonials

As a parent I felt challenged, and encouraged to grow.

Rachel Chima , Family and Community Liaison

“As a parent I felt challenged, and encouraged to grow. As a Family and Community liaison, I look forward to making parents feel comfortable and growing together in this process for our students.”

Rachel Chima
Best Elementary

I’m really excited to share this wonderful program with our parents to empower them to be stronger and more positive parents.

Deborah Torres, Teacher

“I’m really excited to share this wonderful program with our parents to empower them to be stronger and more positive parents. I’m excited about them using positive discipline and consequences effectively with their children.”

Deborah Torres

Well, in the words of my three-year-old ‘it’s amazing.

Kay DeWalt, Teacher/Parent

“Well, in the words of my three-year-old ‘it’s amazing.’ It’s an amazing time to be a parent, an educator and just a part of this process. I take away that engagement and empowerment is going to absolutely equal excellence.”

Kay DeWalt
Riverview Elementary

This is our second year in doing it and what we saw in our community is parents got more involved with each other…

This is our second year in doing it and what we saw in our community is parents got more involved with each other and they’ve made sure that at the end of the graduation that they still had their phone numbers to keep in contact with each other just in case as a support group.

Ruby Ceja Cervantes Contreras
Martin Luther King Middle Scool

Through this I have seen the most effective and best ways to interact with kids.

“Through this I have seen the most effective and best ways to interact with kids. I can use it in the classroom now but I really hope to use what I learned with my future kids. As a facilitator I hope to better understand the stories that our parents carry in and how that reflects on the students. Ultimately I’ll get a better understanding of where these students are coming from and what they are dealing with.”

Jackie Bornhorst
Heritage Elementary

I work with the Head Start. I’m real thankful because this was encouragement and support for the work I have been doing, and now I can do it in a more structured way.

Sandra Bega, Teacher

“I work with the Head Start. I’m real thankful because this was encouragement and support for the work I have been doing, and now I can do it in a more structured way.

We will teach parents about how to use consequences. It’s their responsibility to teach their children and make them accountable for what they do. They are parents, not buddies.”

Sandra Bega

You all have excited me, I see all the excitement that are in your eyes. I feel like you’re going to take it and run with it.

“You all have excited me, I see all the excitement that are in your eyes. I feel like you’re going to take it and run with it. I feel like I could trust each of the parent advocates and the team leaders at each school, to do exactly what needs to be done to make sure this program runs next year in a really good way because I want to show results and I want our districts to adopt this into our partnership strand. I’m looking forward to that and I hope that you know if you need any help we have a whole district team working with you, just honk, we will come running to you.”

Karen Williams

Estoy muy contenta de deber asistido en estos talleres. Estoy muy contenta de aprender todo y cada uno de los talleres.

“Estoy muy contenta de deber asistido en estos talleres. Estoy muy contenta de aprender todo y cada uno de los talleres. Para poner en practica como dijo la compañera algo de mí. Ah mí me falta mucho en poner de práctica como saber hablarles a mis hijas de la disciplina de como forma las realmente en la escuela. De hablar como mí marido también porque quiero poner plática con mi marido por que trabaja fuera y platicarle la importancia que tiene todo esto que me han ensenado a mí.”

Translation

“I am very happy that I assisted here with the workshops. I am very happy from what I learned here today. To put in practice like my colleague said. I need to put this in to practice, I want to be able to talk to my daughters about discipline and school. I want to be able to talk to my husband as well. I want to talk to him about the importance that all everything that I was taught here.”

Maria Miranda
Grayson Charter School

They’re bringing the best they have to our doors so I want to make sure we are giving them the skills that they need and picking them as leaders.

Cindy Hunt, Teacher

“I think the training validated a lot of what we were doing but it also taught me a lesson — you have to look at every parent as a leader no matter what they bring to the table, and not necessarily judge them.

They’re bringing the best they have to our doors so I want to make sure we are giving them the skills that they need and picking them as leaders.”

Cindy Hunt
Oakdale Elementary

I am a true believer of this program and I am just looking forward to seeing those parents.

“I am a true believer of this program and I am just looking forward to seeing those parents. We want to encourage them and make them feel supported and I think this is a great way to tell them “we want you here and to be involved and really appreciate you as parents.”

Victor Lemus
James Monroe Elementary

Para mí como padre es un placer de ser aparte de este equipo por que el talento que nos dio dios es de usarlo y no esconderlo.

“Para mí como padre es un placer de ser aparte de este equipo por que el talento que nos dio dios es de usarlo y no esconderlo. Así es que las escuelas hay mucha necesidad en muchos aspectos no solamente en lo académico. Nosotros estamos mano a mano aquí con el maestro así como es mano a mano con la familia a la escuela.”

Translation

“For me as a parent it is a pleasure being a part of this team because of the talent that God has given to use. Because schools have needs in many aspects; not just in the academics. We are hand in hand with the teachers as well as being hand in hand with the family and school.”

Alma Cristina Mendoza
Hays Magnet Academic Academy

First off as a parent I think that this was a good reminder that our kids always come first, not our career, not our jobs. Nothing else comes first.

“First off as a parent I think that this was a good reminder that our kids always come first, not our career, not our jobs. Nothing else comes first. We only get one chance, one crack at it to raise them right or at least to put them in position to have a successful life. As an administrator I think it is also another good reminder that their babies and you care about them equally and it’s our job to work with you to prepare them for a better journey.”

Agustin Arreola
Creekside Middle School

Now because of this support from the training we can give them real tools on how to turn that around. We can let them know that their child is not a failure and find how to be a better success in their children’s lives.

Karla West, Teacher

“I am on the disciplinary committees and so many times my parents feel defeated, feeling that they’ve done something wrong. Now because of this support from the training we can give them real tools on how to turn that around. We can let them know that their child is not a failure and find how to be a better success in their children’s lives. I’m really looking forward to see the children that are going to come out of our district now.”

Karla West

I can use these tools with my family, professional relationships, and personal relationships and I think it transcends and for that I say thank you.

Treyonde Allen, Teacher

“I hear people always talking about how this generation is failing. I always answer ‘if our children are failing it’s because we fail them.’ So this has encouraged me because now we have a tool box and some tools that can help.

So I’m encouraged personally and professionally. I can use these tools with my family, professional relationships, and personal relationships and I think it transcends and for that I say thank you.”

Treyonde Allen

… I think by doing this we are showing the parents that we’re here to help them and their kids to achieve something higher.

“We’re here because we care about the kids and we want them to succeed and so I think by doing this we are showing the parents that we’re here to help them and their kids to achieve something higher.”

Steve Gonzalez
Howard Elementary School

I call parents and they say, ‘I don’t know what to do with them.’ I think with some of these tools we can suggest a couple of things.

“Our parents need the tools. I think they feel like they don’t know what to do with their children. I call parents and they say, ‘I don’t know what to do with them.’ I think with some of these tools we can suggest a couple of things. We can say ‘This is one thing you can try this week,’ and then we can give them something else to try.”

Amanda Markley
North Middle School

First off all I just loved being a part of everybody in the room and hearing what they had to say was just wonderful.

“First off all I just loved being a part of everybody in the room and hearing what they had to say was just wonderful. For me it’s the listening part of it that I think it hit me the most. To encourage and support our children because I’m sort of one those who likes to talk. So for me just learning sometimes that you don’t have to fix or solve but just listen. Let them come to us and let them know that we’re always there for them and as parents too. I mean we need to teach their children but we also need to teach the parents. Everyone in here learned something really valuable and maybe if it’s specific to yourself. I also hope this can be something that continues to grow and mushroom and impact the Patterson community.”

Denise Sullivan
Grayson Charter School

A lot of the kids come in very broken, misunderstood and quite lost. I just want to take back what I’ve learned to help them.

Brady Thompson, Parent

“A lot of the kids come in very broken, misunderstood and quite lost. I just want to take back what I’ve learned to help them. And give them the support and guidance so they feel better than when they come in.”

Brady Thompson

As a family liaison, I’m proud to be a part of raising future leaders with Parenting Partners.

Luz Reyes, Family Liaison

“As a family liaison, I’m proud to be a part of raising future leaders with Parenting Partners. I look forward to seeing the growth within our community and our families.”

Luz Reyes
Hearne Elementary

What I hope to take tomorrow from here is to listen. I didn’t realize I did have that problem.

“What I hope to take tomorrow from here is to listen. I didn’t realize I did have that problem. Especially when I go home with my kids. I always kind of cut them off and I think I know what they’re trying to tell me, but by listening I learned a lot about them. I’ve learned a lot a little bit from everybody here. Everybody is amazing this was an awesome, awesome experience for me.”

Anabel Reichmuth
Patterson High School

They don’t realize how much they have to share.

“It’s just great and I am excited about seeing more parent leaders because they have so much to give.  They don’t realize how much they have to share. Just giving them that opportunity to share is wonderful.”

Elida Lopez
Sierra Vista Elementary

After hearing the stories and also reflecting myself as a parent and as a teacher. One thing I take from this is when we get our students in the classroom or we have more than one sibling they are all different.

After hearing the stories and also reflecting myself as a parent and as a teacher. One thing I take from this is when we get our students in the classroom or we have more than one sibling they are all different. They have all different needs and meeting their needs and understanding that, sometimes it’s a challenge. So what I want to learn is how to be able to make that connection with not just my students but also as parents working together.

Jorge Pineda
Apricot Valley Elementary

I’m excited to do the Action Plan not only with my children but with all the children in our community…

Suzanne Lopez, Parent

“I’m excited to do the Action Plan not only with my children but with all the children in our community so that something could be about them every day.”

Suzanne Lopez

I learned a lot in the last two days.

Patti Bitter, Teacher

“I learned a lot in the last two days. I’m going to take this back to help our parents speak up for themselves. They should not feel bad or embarrassed to be who they are.”

Patti Bitter
Alpha Elementary

I recently became a legal guardian so the thing that was really crucial for me was learning not to be the buddy.

“I recently became a legal guardian so the thing that was really crucial for me was learning not to be the buddy. There are a lot of things I’m learning as a recently new legal guardian is something that I will be able to model for parents and relate to them because sometimes it is hard when you don’t have kids or don’t have the responsibility to set the example for other parents and say ‘Oh, you should be doing this,’ or parents will be like ‘How do you know what it’s like to be a parent,’ so now I can at least relate a little bit more.”

Jonathan Frias
Plaza Learning Center

Just seeing the excitement of the parents, ‘Hey I’m not alone,’ it was pretty cool.

“Just seeing the excitement of the parents, ‘Hey I’m not alone,’ it was pretty cool. Seeing how they learned new things on how to help their kids and not only did they learn but I learned and I thought that was pretty cool.”

Maria Rodriguez
Howard Elementary

It’s just nice to see our parents grow…

“It’s just nice to see our parents grow, and watch their kids’ blossom because of it and make such impact on families.”

Robin Reitz
Alpha Elementary

I’m excited about Parenting Partners because parent involvement is our primary challenge in our middle school.

Latasha President, Teacher

“I’m excited about Parenting Partners because parent involvement is our primary challenge in our middle school. We have parents cry out saying that they don’t know what to do. And I think this will give them an idea of where to go. I know it did for me.”

Latasha President
Ridgeland Middle School

For my parents at the school I want them to know that we’re there. I think they know that, but I think this has helped provide a structure for that, a visual for that.

“For my parents at the school I want them to know that we’re there. I think they know that, but I think this has helped provide a structure for that, a visual for that. A lot of people know that the information is out there but they don’t know how to use it, and I think this is a great tool that we’ve learned to provide that visual for them.”

Zenovia Dixon
Northwoods Middle School

…if they felt like they been a disaster in parenting, this gives them a sense of hope.

“I am looking forward in seeing the change in parents. Having parents realize that it’s okay to not be perfect. That there is hope at the end of the tunnel and if they felt like they been a disaster in parenting, this gives them a sense of hope.”

Raquel Rodarte
John Adams Elementary School

Now this is a grand opportunity for me to take this to my house, to my children and everyone who is around me.

Rigo Pelayo, Parent

“I am going to say it in Spanish because it is my first language. I never had any parents to teach me how to be a father. Now this is a grand opportunity for me to take this to my house, to my children and everyone who is around me.”

Rigo Pelayo

This has opened my eyes to the togetherness we all have–the shared responsibilities of trying to accomplish the goal.

“My take away from this training is we’re not alone in what we’re trying to accomplish here. This has opened my eyes to the togetherness we all have–the shared responsibilities of trying to accomplish the goal.”

Kevin Gregor
John Adams Elementary

La herencia de nuestros hijos es parte de esto que nosotros le vamos a dar. Y lo bonito es que lo vamos a compartir con otros padres. Se van ver reflejado en el éxito de nuestros hijos y en construir en un mundo mejor.

Yo creo que fue un privilegio para todos estar aquí. Saber y darnos cuenta que aunque queramos y nosotros sabemos que los amos con todo nuestros corazón. Siempre hay cosas nuevas que aprender y hay cosas nuevas que ensenarles a ellos para que sellan mejores personas. Mejor que nosotros verdad? La herencia de nuestros hijos es parte de esto que nosotros le vamos a dar. Y lo bonito es que lo vamos a compartir con otros padres. Se van ver reflejado en el éxito de nuestros hijos y en construir en un mundo mejor.

Translation

I believe that it was a privilege being here today. Knowing and finding out that even though we know we love them with all of our heart. There is always something new to learn and there is always something new to teach them so they can be better people. Better than us than us? The heritage of our children is a part of this of what are giving them. And the beauty of it is that we are going to share with other parents. The success will reflect with our children and build a better world.

Norma Turcios
Golden Poppy Elementary

It’s incredibly professionally done and I’m very impressed so thank you.

Gary Styer, Teacher

“I just feel incredibly grateful for you putting this together. It’s incredibly professionally done and I’m very impressed so thank you. This web is very symbolic that we were all one–teachers, parents, grandparents. We have to respect one another. As a teacher I realize how important it is to have these parents involved with their kids, and also with school at some level. And so I’m eager to go back with these tools and these gifts to share with our parents of our students.”

Gary Styer

I will say when I came in yesterday morning I was like, ‘Okay this is going to be boring, I’m going to sit down and listen the entire time.’

“I will say when I came in yesterday morning I was like, ‘Okay this is going to be boring, I’m going to sit down and listen the entire time.’ Now we’re engaged and we learned a lot, such as structure and the shield and I learned there were some things I should have done with my son when he was younger. What I expect from our parents is that they have better parenting skills, ways to discipline their children and just everything really. I enjoyed everything, I learned a lot and I will take everything back to our parents and instill them and work with them and hope that they can be successful in raising their children.”

Vanessa Smith
Ladson Elementary

So this is encouraging to know that we really can do something –we can help with what happens when they get home.

Angie Padillo, Teacher

“Weeks before this training, I was thinking about some of our parents and how we’re going to get them in. I love the idea of welcoming them as leaders and getting them working together as a team.

Sometimes we say our kids are 7:30-2:30 kids – that we are limited on what we can do outside that time. So this is encouraging to know that we really can do something –we can help with what happens when they get home.

As a mom of triplets I can see that ‘the Shield’ will create calm and be useful to us.”

Angie Padillo
Riverview Elementary

Voy a comenzar con mis hijos. Porque mi hijos va ser el reflejo de yo misma.

Voy a comenzar con mis hijos. Porque mi hijos va ser el reflejo de yo misma. No quiero que mis hijos mañana oh pasando que sientan que yo no soy una buena madre.  Y quiero que se sienta orgullosos de su madre. Y quiero ser una mejor mama.

Translation

I am going to with my children because they are a reflection of myself. I don’t want my children to think tomorrow or in the future that I am a not a good mother. I want them to be proud of their mother. I want to be a better mother.

Magdalena Scoles
Patterson High School

I learned about this opportunity needing help as a single parent and this was right up my alley experiencing everything we’ve talked about.

“I learned about this opportunity needing help as a single parent and this was right up my alley experiencing everything we’ve talked about.”

Jewell Norris
Oak Tree Elementary

I feel that as an immigrant a lot of parents don’t realize all the resources that we have.

“I feel that as an immigrant a lot of parents don’t realize all the resources that we have. So I really hope that my motivation is what gets them going with that. The main thing is I would like to help grow this movement.”

Nadia Hoover
James Monroe Elementary

I’m looking forward to the unity that is going to be established here throughout the district.

“I’m looking forward to the unity that is going to be established here throughout the district. I think the parents that are going to be participating here in this particular program are going to be blessed. I am excited with the caliber of individuals that are here and are going to be facilitating the program. So we look forward to just having a dynamic program and one that will be successful for years to come.”

David Hernandez
Director of Community Services

I want to say is that Parenting Partners has given us the training, the tools and everything. But what I am really grateful for is that they will be there for us for whatever we need.

“I just want to say is that Parenting Partners has given us the training, the tools and everything. But what I am really grateful for is that they will be there for us for whatever we need. We’re not just being forgotten and it’s good to know that they’ve got our backs.”

Angie Serrano
Bowie Jr. High School

For us it is our time, it’s our opportunity to really make an impact in the lives of our parents that eventually will change their children’s lives.

“To all the parents that are here, thank you for your time. Thank you to the Administration that brought the Parenting Partners team here.  For us it is our time, it’s our opportunity to really make an impact in the lives of our parents that eventually will change their children’s lives.”

Leon Gomez
Ector Jr. High School

I just want to say thank you for providing me the tools to be better parent.

“I just want to say thank you for providing me the tools to be better parent. Because sometimes we think we are good parents, but there is always room for improvement.”

Rebecca Garcia
Cameron Dual Language Magnet School

And with all the assets that we have I can change and I can make it better for my children and make them better parents when they become parents.

Rosa Garcia, Parent

“Something very important that I’ve learned is that I don’t have to do what my parents did. I can change, I can break the cycle right here right now and I don’t have to carry it.

I may see a lot of negatives but why do I have to be negative? Why do I have to do the same thing? And with all the assets that we have I can change and I can make it better for my children and make them better parents when they become parents.”

Rosa Garcia

There are three schools here and we already knew that collaboration was really important and we found a common goal out working together for We just want to say this is a fabulous program.

“There are three schools here and we already knew that collaboration was really important and we found a common goal working together. We just want to say this is a fabulous program. We’re looking forward to implementing this in to our schools. Giving our parents some tools as a team.”

Terrie Dowling
Summerwind Elementary

…they can play a role in that success.

“I hope our parents recognize that they are a mutual part of their kids’ education. I hope they know they are an important part of their success and they can play a role in that success.”

Shelly Williams

Last year our school started Parenting Partners and it was so powerful that the parents who attended wanted us to take it to the principals throughout the district.

Klarysa Riepe, Teacher/Parent

“Last year our school started Parenting Partners and it was so powerful that the parents who attended wanted us to take it to the principals throughout the district.

So once your principals heard about the program and what was involved, every school made the commitment to go through training. So I want to thank you for that. I did learn a lot as a parent myself.

We also did a lot of these activities with the staff and it was very powerful.”

Klarysa Riepe
Oakdale Elementary

I like that sense of community that I gained from being here, along with the tools, of course.

Tara Burgess PTO Representative/Parent

“Being a PTO representative I’m very excited to bring this to school because anything that gets parent leaders into our school is fantastic. So I’m very excited and grateful for that opportunity. I like that sense of community that I gained from being here, along with the tools, of course.”

Tara Burgess

I think ‘Okay, if it’s not about you then I don’t want to hear it’ but after yesterday I realized that I have to listen to her.

“Personally it was very hard going home after yesterday and realizing that I am not in sync with my 15 year old. But I listen to her, I do hear her but I am not in sync with her, I’m not in tune. As much as she’s talks about her friends and school, it’s never about her. I can’t ignore it because I think ‘Okay, if it’s not about you then I don’t want to hear it.’ But after yesterday I realized that I have to listen to her.”

Patrica Cuellar Perez

I’m excited about the program because it is in several languages and I think that is wonderful.

“I’m excited about the program because it is in several languages and I think that is wonderful. And just like Beth said it gives our parents confidence, no matter how old our children are, and we can learn just as much as the parents that were teaching.”

Candace Brace
Charleston Middle Park Elementary

As a parent liaison I’m very excited that I learned a lot of new tools to teach parents because parents really wanted to know how to help their kids and they just didn’t have the tools.

Maria Maldonado, Family Liaison

“As a parent I learned that consistency is key. Not only with the rules but also being consistent in always being there for them whenever they need to talk, whenever they need help in their studies.

As a parent liaison I’m very excited that I learned a lot of new tools to teach parents because parents really wanted to know how to help their kids and they just didn’t have the tools. Now I finally have the tools to help them.”

Maria Maldonado
Bush Elementary

As a member of the bilingual ESL department what I appreciate is the opportunity to work with parents from many campuses and to get more involved with parents.

“As a member of the bilingual ESL department what I appreciate is the opportunity to work with parents from many campuses and to get more involved with parents. Because sometimes at a district level we get so involved with campuses that we don’t involve the parents — and they’re the key and the heart of it all.”

Gloria Phillips

I’ve been a mom for five years and I am little shocked that I just now got the instruction manual on how to be a parent.

“I’ve been a mom for five years and I am little shocked that I just now got the instruction manual on how to be a parent. So I’ve learned that I am doing a lot of things right but there are a lot of things that I can improve. For me the biggest thing is that I am distracted a lot,”

“As an administrator today I kind of solidified in my head the differences between discipline and consequences. Especially as a Assistant Principal, discipline is our job description, that’s what we do. So to really solidified that, I’m spending all of that time talking to the kids that are sent to the office, cause I’m trying to help them learn from their mistakes. It’s not a waste of time and that is what I should be doing. I’m so happy that Apricot Valley team and I are really excited about taking this back to school.”

Katie Lopez
Apricot Valley Elementary

I think this will really teach parents how to deal with their kids during their intermediate and middle school years.

Denesse Bolanos, After School Family Engagement Specialist

“As the After School Family Engagement specialist, I know this program will help other parents feel less stressed when it comes to their kids and some of the issues they may face in the future. I think this will really teach parents how to deal with their kids during their intermediate and middle school years.”

Denesse Bolanos
After School Family Engagement Specialist

I love the user friendliness of the curriculum.

Elizabeth Baker, Teacher

“I love the user friendliness of the curriculum. I think that it’s just awesome to have it all together and we’re ready to go. I’m really excited about our team and empowering our parents and then just see the changes.

As a group we also talked about how these skills can be shared with our staff and how powerful they are — the direct communication, the natural and logical consequences and just a lot of good stuff.”

Elizabeth Baker
Independence Elementary

I feel very honored and blessed to be here because initially I felt like I was a good parent and leaving here I feel like I still have a lot to learn.

“I feel very honored and blessed to be here because initially I felt like I was a good parent and leaving here I feel like I still have a lot to learn. So I’m honored and blessed that I was chosen from the school to come and I have the tools to use and to apply and model for other parents.”

Denicia Rollins
Palm Trees Elementary

Hearing some of those things that we went over, I see that I am doing some things right. That is a big thing because sometimes I feel like I’m constantly failing.

“Hearing some of those things that we went over, I see that I am doing some things right. That is a big thing because sometimes I feel like I’m constantly failing. I think our parents feel the same way. Sometimes they get so tired of all the other pressures they’re under, that when it comes to those things with school or their children they feel worn down. I hope they feel empowered and that they have something they can take with them to have more confidence as a parent.”

Amber Vernon
Unity Elementary

I think this is awesome to be given the potential to empower parents to give them a second chance with their children.

“I think this is awesome to be given the potential to empower parents to give them a second chance with their children.”

Lydia Baeza
Bowie Jr. high School

I am pretty excited to see more parents involved and pretty much more excited to see more students succeed by having their parents support.

“This is going to be the first year we are going to do it for our school. I am pretty excited to see more parents involved and pretty much more excited to see more students succeed by having their parents support.”

Anahi Sandoval
Washington Elementary

This was a real opportunity to grow — this was truly a great workshop.

Robert Hemby, Principal, Allendale SC

“One of the things I live by is that “change is constant, growth is optional.” This was a real opportunity to grow — this was truly a great workshop.

I’ll leave with this. A wise man once told me that “educating children without support of parents is like raking leaves in the wind.” It’s a very difficult task! So again I’m so thankful for the opportunity.”

Robert Hemby
Allendale Fairfax Middle School

As a school counselor this is going to be beneficial to me in working with parents.

Chasity White, School Counselor

“As a school counselor this is going to be beneficial to me in working with parents. As educators we are planting seeds in the lives of many people and I think this is a wonderful opportunity to get together and plant those seeds.”

Chasity White
Hardeeville Elementary

What I like the most is the sharing with the families and getting to know that there is no perfect parent.

Maria Elizondo, Teacher

“What I like the most is the sharing with the families and getting to know that there is no perfect parent. But we bonded here so I hope that when we do this at our school we can trade phone numbers and create some kind of support group so we can continue on.”

Maria Elizondo

I want them to be somebody in this world, because not every child has the opportunity to be somebody in this world.

This is my second year, I work at Alpha. The reason why I took this position was because I love kids so much and I want to touch their lives in some way. I want them to be somebody in this world, because not every child has the opportunity to be somebody in this world.

Patti Bitter
Alpha Elementary

I became a father at a relatively young age so I will take this back to my parents, especially my male parents, getting them involved in all the things that I learned.

“I became a father at a relatively young age so I will take this  back to my parents, especially my male parents, getting them involved in all the things that I learned. I really would like to get more males involved, there’s not enough of us males in our son’s lives.I’m passionate about my kids, I’m passionate about their lives, I’m passionate about their education and I want other fathers in my area and across the world and across the country to be passionate about their kids as well as other people’s kids. Like she said it’s a blessing to raise a child, and that’s what I’m all about.”

David Johnson
Fairfax Elementary

I was really excited to just see teachers and parents at the training and how we came together to really build more leadership.

“I was really excited to just see teachers and parents at the training and how we came together to really build more leadership. I can’t wait get back and start our eight week training with our parents.”

Kathleen Nekumanesh
Sierra Vista Elementary

As a Bilingual/ESL parent involvement initiative the feedback from campuses and parents has been overwhelming; their appreciation of the knowledge and skills passed to the families has created much excitement.

“Parenting Partners has been one of the best programs I have been involved in, both as a Trainer of Trainer presenter, and especially as a parent. As a Bilingual/ESL parent involvement initiative the feedback from campuses and parents has been overwhelming; their appreciation of the knowledge and skills passed to the families has created much excitement. We have now trained our first round of parent facilitators who are teaching the program for other families on their campuses. In fact, after completing only one semester of classes at eleven schools, we have both parents and faculty from non- Parenting Partners campuses calling and asking: ‘When can we get trained and begin offering this program?’ ‘Can our parents attend the workshop at other campuses?’ ‘Can my friend come with me to the classes?’ and the most exciting, ‘How can I become a facilitator and teach the workshops?’

As a district we are planning for a late summer training of parents who were unable to make the January training session but want to teach classes in the fall. In response to parent feedback we are working toward chunking the two day session into several evening or Saturday sessions to allow for working parents to receive the training and become campus leaders. We are creating a structured child care resource kit and procedures to support training families who want to be trained facilitators. Through this process we are also working to partner with existing host campuses to be the site of future trainings and invite parents and staff that have lead classes to come and share some of their experiences.

The Bilingual/ESL Department is also gearing up to invite the next 10-15 campuses to get their teams trained in the fall of 2015. As we prepare and look forward, we would like to see the eleven campuses currently trained have parents sign up for Parenting Partners classes during the registration process in August, 2015 and begin the year with at least one session in the first nine weeks of school. We would like to see the new 10-15 campuses offer at least one session during the second 9 weeks of school along with a second session from the veteran schools. To keep the momentum, we would like all trained campuses to hold a spring session prior to the spring 2016 testing season as well.”

Annie Arrendondo
ESL Specialist in Ector County ISD, Parenting Partners District Program Leader

I think Parenting Partners is a tool that we can offer to help both the families and the educators.

Scott Sinclair, Teacher/Parent

“As an educator, you sometimes get frustrated when working with families because the two sides are not on the same page. I think Parenting Partners is a tool that we can offer to help both the families and the educators.”

Scott Sinclair
Riverview Elementary

It’s valuable to now have a frame work and structure to empower us to talk to our parents about a lot of valuable skills.

Matthew Doyle, Teacher

“I’m really excited about the thoroughness of Parenting Partners. It gives us the structure – now we can go do it, not just talk about it. So I’m really excited.

It’s valuable to now have a frame work and structure to empower us to talk to our parents about a lot of valuable skills.”

Matthew Doyle
Northside School of Arts

Yo quiero darle las gracias a la directora que siempre me llama para las reuniones y juntas. Eso es muy importante para mí ha si se lo que está pasando en la comunidad.

“Yo quiero darle las gracias a la directora que siempre me llama para reuniones y juntas. Eso es muy importante para mí ha si se lo que está pasando en la comunidad. Yo creo que todos los que estamos aquí no es coincidencia es por algo. Y sé que vamos hacer un impacto en la comunidad. Pero primero en nuestros hijos porque yo sé que vamos a trabajar y lograr grande cosas. Pero parte de la comunidad tenemos familias, hermanos que vamos a impactar. No domas es en unidad aquí pero en nuestra familia. Yo creo que es una bendición estar aquí. Como les digo no es coincidencia es por algo. Muchas gracias y ojala que tengamos más programas de estos y que bueno que este ano tengamos muchas actividades. Gracias.”

Translation

“I want to give thanks to the director that always calls me for meetings and events. That is very important to me, that way I know what is happening in the community. I think that everyone that is here for a reason not a coincidence. And I know that we will make an impact in the community but first of all with our children. Because I know we will work hard and achieve great things. But in behalf the community we have families that that we are going to impact. Like I said it is not coincidence that were here its for a reason. Thank you very much, and hopefully we have more of these programs and that this year we have many activities. Thank You.”

Maria Arroyo

Through this workshop I think we now have the necessary skills and our tool kits.

Doretha Brown, Teacher

“I had just finished a masters with my IOP concentration on parent involvement, so I was very excited about coming to this training. Through this workshop I think we now have the necessary skills and our tool kits. Thank you, thank you, and thank you. Because this is something I can just take and run with. I appreciate the way you presented this training.”

Doretha Brown
Hardeevile Elementary

I always pride myself in being a great teacher, having great management strategies and being very positive of my students.

“I always pride myself in being a great teacher, having great management strategies and being very positive of my students. I had to take a look at the mirror yesterday and by the end of the day I said ‘So the things I would never say or do to my students I should never say or do to my own children.’ That was really huge for me because I always joked around said I’m not putting my credentials on the line so why would I put my motherhood on the line? So this has been very, very valuable for me. As an administrator I am truly, truly grateful that I have a team who are committed I feel like we’re going to make a difference and as many of have said it’s going to spread to not only other in our school but in our community and being a resident here I know that Patterson has something great to offer and with all the energy in this room we are going to make our children shine and put them on the map.”

Toney Henry
Las Palmas Elementary

One skill that I learned from Parenting Partners and used last night is to stop and listen to my kids.

One skill that I learned from Parenting Partners is to stop and listen to my kids. I need to stop interrupting — and I am big at that. My son starts saying something and I say something like “Don’t give me excuses” or I start interrupting him. Last night I caught myself a couple of times trying to interrupt. But I told myself, “Don’t interrupt, don’t interrupt, just let him talk.” He talked more last night than he’s talked in months, so I am going to make a conscious effort to stop and listen to my children.

I think we need to teach our parents that it is okay to love your kids even when they don’t succeed. Love them unconditionally. They’re all special in their own way, and even when they’re not successful we love them. We need to make parents realize that it is okay to love your kids unconditionally no matter what or who they are.

Mary Moore
Liberty Arts

I’m really excited to incorporate this in our school and really build a very good and strong partnership between our school and our parents.

“I’m really excited to incorporate this in our school and really build a very good andstrong partnership between our school and our parents. I can see how this is really going to increase our student’s self-esteem, decrease discipline problems, increase academic success, so this is very exciting. And in the future I foresee many of our parents who are going to graduate from this also being facilitators.”

Rita Gujral
Joshua Hills Elementary

Parent Collaboration is huge for my school.

“Parent collaboration is huge for my school. It’s not us and them, it’s both of us. If we don’t have that, it’s not going to work. Just improving that is huge, and if we can bring parents in, the better we will be.”

Chris Lauterbach
Heritage Elementary

I’m a new teacher, it’s my first year and I am very happy for this opportunity and the tools I’ve gained.

Wahid Farooqi, Teacher and Parent

“As both a teacher and a parent of a special needs child, I made up my mind that I will never give up. Every time, I will give them as much as possible and I expect the same from them. For the parents of the students I want to lead them and emphasize how important their role is for their children’s life. I’m a new teacher, it’s my first year and I am very happy for this opportunity and the tools I’ve gained.”

Wahid Farooqi
Best Elementary

This is one of the best prepared workshops I’ve ever been in.

David Head, Teacher

“This is one of the best prepared workshops I’ve ever been in. In terms of collecting the tools and having us walk away with everything we need. My hope is that we can continue this high standard with the program as we implement it at our campus.”

David Head
Alexander Elementary

A lot of the information was known, but it was just presented a little bit clearer for me to understand and to put my finger on it.

“A lot of the information was known, but it was just presented a little bit clearer for me to understand and to put my finger on it. One of the things that I could take from this would be your 100 words because of the simple fact again you would be surprised that the magnitude that when you come off on a different way or thinking about the words that you say to somebody, for example ‘You’re crazy,’ and then they start to think ‘Oh man you know what everybody is telling me that I’m crazy, so I’m really crazy.’ That really impacts a child but we don’t realize it.”

Micheal Halls Sr.
North Charleston Elementary

Primero quiero agradecer a mi escuela que me ha dado la oportunidad de participar en este curso que hacido muy importante parar mí, era muy motivador.

“Primero quiero agradecer a mi escuela que me ha dado la oportunidad de participar en este curso que hacido muy importante parar mí, era muy motivador. Hay mucha información parar platicar con mi familia y mi escuela y comunidad. Como dice por ha y “los niños no vienen con instrucciones” Pero yo pienso que las instrucciones están aquí. En estos cursos nos damos la oportunidad de tomarlas y aplicarlas.”

Translation

“First of all I want to thank my school for giving me the opportunity to participate in this course that has become very important to me, and motivating. There is a lot of information to talk about with my family, my school and my community. Like many say ‘children do not come with instructions’ But I think that the instructions are here. In these course we give ourselves the opportunity take them and apply them.”

Ofelia Ico

I gained a lot from this and I will be able to stand even stronger now.

Renace Lovett, Grandmother

“My principal said ‘The reason why I am picking you for the Parenting Partners team is because you are a strong black grandma.’ I’m a single grandmother raising the kids… I gained a lot from this and I will be able to stand even stronger now.”

Renace Lovett

Now we have the tools so they can do something positive and effective with their kids.

“I deal with the school’s suspension of kids and everybody is already frustrated with them. We really need to give parents tools because I think parents come in knowing that frustration. Now we have the tools so they can do something positive and effective with their kids.”

Chris Fisher
Independence Elementary

I love ‘Nevertheless’ and my big ‘Ah Ha’ moment was the discipline versus the punishment.

Mary Rivera, Parent

“I loved the stories, I loved sharing the 1000 years of parenting experience that we have together and that was amazing because that’s how you learn. I love ‘Nevertheless’ and my big ‘Ah Ha’ moment was the discipline versus the punishment.”

Mary Rivera
Miller Intermediate School

The “Ah Ha” moment for me was the skit with the paper being thrown, representing all the negative influences our kids face daily.

Roxana Galavis

The “Ah Ha” moment for me was the skit with the paper being thrown, representing all the negative influences our kids face daily.

In the mornings its rush time – making sure your kids have everything, making sure you have everything – and then if something happens you’re already stressed, already frustrated and you get upset at the kid.

So the kid is already upset going to school. And then with everything getting thrown at them they’re going to have a tough time.

So I realized that in the mornings I need to be more patient, more loving, and more supportive. Making sure that they have a smile in the mornings. Making sure that they are set for the day. That way, whatever is thrown at them, they are protected with a positive loving send-off each morning.

Roxana Galavis
Best Elemetary

It kind of validated me as a mom because of something that happen last night with my son.

“It kind of validated me as a mom because of something that happen last night with my son.  So it just helps me know that even though there are times when you’re stressed and you’re frustrated you have that moment of clarification and you know you are doing what’s best for your child. I want to just take that back to school and share it with the parents and give them those tools and skills when they’re feeling frustrated and stressed and feel like they are the worst parent in the world. To let them know that it is okay and we all go through it. So that is what I am looking forward to it.”

Shelby Huerta
Northmead Elementary

I think this framework is fantastic for reaching beyond our ‘traditional’ involved parents and giving them a sense of belonging, power, and realizing that everybody is learning and growing together.

Elizabeth Rollins, Teacher/Parent

“I think this framework is fantastic for reaching beyond our ‘traditional’ involved parents and giving them a sense of belonging, power, and realizing that everybody is learning and growing together.

As a parent unfortunately my babies are growing up too fast– I wish I would have had Parenting Partners when I was younger.”

Elizabeth Rollins
Northside School of Arts

I am from Desert Rose and I’m a parent and I volunteer a lot. I’m really thankful for this program, I’m excited to be a part of facilitating it.

“I am from Desert Rose and I’m a parent and I volunteer a lot. I’m really thankful for this program, I’m excited to be a part of facilitating it. I think that it’s so essential in the community and nowadays with such worldly things and parents don’t have the tools to be able to do and teach their children it’s not in fault of themselves; it’s maybe what they have experienced in life and they’re only doing what they’ve been taught. So I’m just so excited to be a part of this, I’m excited for Desert Rose to implement it, I’m excited for the community to have this as a tool in general. I definitely thought I was a decent parent like most of us and I think it’s not that we’re not decent parents; I think that if we care, and we love and we’re making a difference, I think it is so great to have the tools that we could utilize to be better.”

Nicole Sewalson
Desert Rose Elementary

We always say how can we create a partnership with our parents and this is perfect.

“We always say how can we create a partnership with our parents and this is perfect. Parents are always looking for tools and I know every time we teach something it reinforces for us as a person to learn better and I think I’ll be a better parent for myself and also help with the leadership in my school. I know that I have a really strong team with me and we’re going to move forward with this and excited to see what’s going to come and I know we’re getting the campus stronger with parents in our community.”

Teresa Murill
Patterson High School

This was such a surprise and such a treasure for us.

Isabel Nolte, Teacher

“I had no Idea what was going to happen. This was such a surprise and such a treasure for us. It made me realize some of things that I have done right with my daughter. But it will help me with the Hispanic parents back in school. I am really, really sure that it is going to help them as well as my grandchildren.”

Isabel Nolte
Hardeeville Elementary

And so you know we can move forward and create parents with skills and tools that are really helping them and not just blaming them and say there’s no hope for you.

Michelle Gieling , Teacher

“I know as a teacher sometimes it was easy to blame the parents who weren’t involved and it just felt like they were screwing up their kids. So I’m excited to be able to have a tool to take to them as a solution.

And so you know we can move forward and create parents with skills and tools that are really helping them and not just blaming them and say there’s no hope for you.”

Michelle Gieling

…I want to say thank you to my colleagues who brought me. Because this has enlighten me and made me want to be better as a parent…

Elida Lopez, Teacher

“I wasn’t excited about coming, but I want to say thank you to my colleagues who brought me. Because this has enlighten me and made me want to be better as a parent and as a teacher and just a person in general.”

Elida Lopez
Sierra Vista Elementary

What I liked most is how engaging this professional help has been.

“What I liked most is how engaging this professional help has been. It’s something that I was excited about coming to but not really excited but then after we got here for the first hour we really enjoyed our time. What I hope for our parents is that they feel more confident, especially in middle school with how they continue to assist their children in success.”

Beth Wheless
Charleston Zucker Middle School

We need something like this and I want to thank Parenting Partners for creating a program in a box, from start to finish, that we could actually use right away and we don’t need anything else.

“I would just like to thank the district for bringing Parenting Partners to us what an amazing program Tamarisk is excited to get started. We need something like this and I want to thank Parenting Partners for creating a program in a box, from start to finish, that we could actually use right away and we don’t need anything else.”

Michelle White
Tamarisk Elementary

‘…Schools are not really enough because they’re just buildings. It really takes the parents and that partnership…’

“Honestly they always say to build less jails, you need to build more schools.” But schools are not really enough because they’re just buildings. It really takes the parents and that partnership that’s going on with parents affecting their kids and how those kids come to our schools. I’m very excited about making a difference in our children’s lives so more of our kids can become successful and go on to be incredible human beings because they are going to be taking care of us one day, and I want quality people out there so this is great.

Jennifer Slater-Sanchez
Cactus Intermediate

The best part of this is the transformation that we see from the parents at the end of the eight weeks.

“The best part of this is the transformation that we see from the parents at the end of the eight weeks. And in our experience we’ve seen our parents get even more involved in our school.”

Leticia Ruelas
Sierra Vista Elementary

My goal is to help understand that we are a team.

“My goal is to help understand that we are a team. What I would like to bring to the parents is that we can bridge the gap and close the disconnection. That’s what I got from it and that’s what I want to do, bridge the gap and not be disconnected.”

Catherine Corina
Northmead Elementary

I never had this guidance to be able to guide my son through a good path. But now I can take this to my sons so they can know how to be good parents for their sons…

Anna Pelayo, Parent

“I too want to thank Parenting Partners. I’m excited to be a presenter. I had my first son when I was 15. I never had this guidance to be able to guide my son through a good path. But now I can take this to my sons so they can know how to be good parents for their sons and for that I want to thank God.”

Anna Pelayo

As the Family Engagement Coordinator, I was in tears yesterday at the training–it was so amazing to see over 15 parents in that room who are now trainers of other parents.

“As the Family Engagement Coordinator, I was in tears yesterday at the training–it was so amazing to see over 15 parents in that room who are now trainers of other parents. When I took this position, this is what I envisioned seeing. I love this community so much and I know it is going to make a lasting impact on them and generations to come.”

Shancelor Terry
District Family and Community Engagement Coordinator

You think you’re doing the best and that’s okay but there is also a learning opportunity.

“You think you’re doing the best and that’s okay but there is also a learning opportunity. You’re always there to learn more. Here we took away to literally come up with a good consequence and follow through with it. Were we learned to be patient. To not rush and not to be that fixer parent. Make them speak and listen to them.”

Milagros Fuerte
Northmead Elementary

This is my first time ever doing something like this, it sure has been a good experience for me.

“This is my first time ever doing something like this, it sure has been a good experience for me. One of the most powerful things I’ve learned was the shield. That worked for me yesterday, it relieved a lot of arguments, a lot of hostility. A ten year-old kid worked with me faithfully yesterday. I’d be more than glad to attend another session.”

Linda Tyler
Hursey Elementary

Our team at Tumbleweed is just really excited and looking forward to implementing the program at our school and looking forward to reaping the benefits of the shift in parenting practices.

“Our team at Tumbleweed is just really excited and looking forward to implementing the program at our school and looking forward to reaping the benefits of the shift in parenting practices. We’re also excited that it is something that the entire district is deciding to adopt for every school so there’s consistency.”

Sonia Dehay
Tumbleweed Elementary

I appreciate the sustainability compared to other programs

Damon Ward Assistant Principal

“I appreciate the sustainability compared to other programs. Strategically selecting who we initially train should pay dividends for us in the future because those parents will be leaders and train other parents– and then run the program themselves.”

Damon Ward
Rosewood Elementary

I hope to give men a chance to connect with somebody because I don’t feel like we have enough male role models in the schools.

“I didn’t grow up with a real strong relationship with my step-dad. I hope to give men a chance to connect with somebody because I don’t feel like we have enough male role models in the schools. I hope to be one, with the idea that I am definitely not perfect.”

Dennis Crites
Liberty Arts

We, as advocates for education, want to do what’s best for our parents and our schools, but sometimes I don’t think we know where to start.

“I want to affirm Parenting Partners for giving us the tools — the manuals, the scripts, the handouts — and for the great discussions during the presentations. We, as advocates for education, want to do what’s best for our parents and our schools, but sometimes I don’t think we know where to start. So Parenting Partners is a great tool to begin the process of building those long-lasting relationships with parents so that they in return become advocates for learning.”

Ana Estrada
Cameron Dual Language Magnet

…it’s what we have been wanting for ourselves and for our parents as well.

“This is our first time for us, for our school and for myself. I’m really looking forward to everything. We’re all just very excited to bring this to our community –it’s what we have been wanting for ourselves and for our parents as well.”

Maria Maya
Lincoln Elementary

With this firm foundation we can hand off really great parents to our elementary teachers.

“Our parents of Pre-K students are young and some of them are very young. We are excited to now get them started on a parenting journey that is solid! With this firm foundation we can hand off really great parents to our elementary teachers.”

Sherry Palmer
Carver Early Education Center

Yo creo en lo que me ha mas ayudado es en que ayer en llegar en mi casa yo tuve una cena con mis hijos. Practique las palabras “el que, porque y cuando.” Ya platique mucho con ellos

Yo creo en lo que me ha mas ayudado es en que ayer en llegar en mi casa yo tuve una cena con mis hijos. Practique las palabras “el que, porque y cuando.” Ya platique mucho con ellos. Y hoy en la mañana me sentí muy satisfecha en lo que aprendí aquí y tengo muchas ganas de irlo a compartir con otros padres.

Translation

I believe what helped me the most from Parenting Partners is in getting home and having dinner with my children. I practiced the words “who, what, when, where, how often.” I talked to them a lot, and today in the morning I felt satisfied with what I learned here — and I am extremely eager to share this with other parents.

 

Soledad Rivera
Bowie Jr. High School

These are things that we can use ourselves and train other parents to use and I am excited about that.

Amanda Haskin, Parent

“You’ve heard that the way to change the world is for good parents to raise good kids. I think this is a great, friendly way to do that. These are things that we can use ourselves and train other parents to use and I am excited about that.”

Amanda Haskin

I’m here representing Yellen Learning Center and I think one of the most important things that we all took out of this was not only the importance for collaboration, but also how important it is that we have a strong common goal within the district.

“I’m here representing Yellen Learning Center and I think one of the most important things that we all took out of this was not only the importance for collaboration, but also how important it is that we have a strong common goal within the district. Any one of our kids could leave this school and go to another school and have the same type of inclusive feel to the atmosphere of the school and I think that is so important for us to be able to be on the same page no matter where our students are at. I think this is one of the biggest and most important things that we could take away is that when we work together with a common thought and a common thread through all of the schools, our students can really make more progress than we’ve had before.”

Monica Petit
Yellen Learning Center

I am just looking forward to seeing the change in the parents. I want to see it their eyes, I want to see it in the way they communicate with their children and the way their relationships improve.

“I am just looking forward to seeing the change in the parents. I want to see it their eyes, I want to see it in the way they communicate with their children and the way their relationships improve. I want to see that in our parents. I want to see the difference it makes in their families.”

Stephanie McPherson
Chavez Elementary

I work at Creekside and a lot of the kids already come to me and they know I am going to listen them. They come in and I listen, but I didn’t realize when I come home I don’t want to listen anymore.

“I work at Creekside and a lot of the kids already come to me and they know I am going to listen them. They come in and I listen, but I didn’t realize when I come home I don’t want to listen anymore. I’m not listening to my kids so yeah last night I did a lot of listening to my kids. I’m missing out with their stories, what they want to tell me and other stuff and my kids still need my time.”

Elisabet Gallegos
Creekside Middle School

As a principal of a campus, I can’t wait to see how we empower not only the staff within the school but also our families.

Kathleen DiFelice, Principal

“As a principal of a campus, I can’t wait to see how we empower not only the staff within the school but also our families. Parent engagement has been the missing link in the school where I am. We have a great team, so it will be fun to make that grow and to see what happens.”

Kathleen DiFelice
Alexander Elementary

 

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