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PARCC, Paying For College, Among Lessons at Latest Parent University

February 26, 2016 08:20 AM
Parents from Proviso Township High Schools District 209 and beyond learned more about topics ranging from understanding the new PARCC exams to the college financial aid process at the District’s sixth Parent University on Saturday, January 30, at Proviso Mathematics and Science Academy.
The Parent University was a series of workshops and a panel discussion designed to prepare parents to help their students in high school and beyond and explain the resources and services available for success. The University is part of the District’s parent involvement through Title I and the Board of Education’s goal of improving stakeholder involvement. It was planned in collaboration with the District and the Strengthening Proviso Youth committee.
"The Parent University was a very positive event in which we were able to reach out to parents in our district and help them understand topics of importance to them," said Dr. Nettie Collins-Hart, superintendent of District 209. "We thank those who attended, and we know that they left with a great deal of good information."
At this Parent University, attendees learned more about how to pay for education after high school; skills in parenting teenagers; services and resources available for all students, including those with disabilities and those in English Language Learners programs; and the skills that students will need when they enter the work force. In addition, they also learned more about community colleges and how to understand the results of the new PARCC exams that students took for the first time last year.
"We as a school district are committed to providing the necessary resources to ensure that students are successful in their education," said Mrs. Theresa Kelly, president of the District 209 Board of Education. "This is a positive event, and we especially thank our students, staff, and community volunteers who worked to make it happen and all of the parents who attended."


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