Alliance 2019 Breakout Session


Presented by: Jennifer Bedon, Teacher Advisor, LAUSD Division of Adult & Career Education; Matthew Oberlander, Coordinator of Curriculum and Instruction

The Los Angeles Unified School District’s Division of Adult and Career Education has created an innovative new program to support emergent bilingual families of school-aged children. The Family Success Initiative (FSI) contextualizes traditional ESL curriculum with parent content focused on empowering parents to become active participants and leaders in the school community.

In “The Family Success Initiative: Parents as Learners and Leaders” session, participants will be able to identify how the FSI:

  • supports parents as learners
  • promotes parent engagement in the school community
  • is focused on improving outcomes for K-12 students

Join “The Family Success Initiative: Parents as Learners and Leaders” session on November 21, 2019, at the Millennium Biltmore in Downtown Los Angeles to learn how you can engage parents in your schools. Register here.


Jennifer Bedon is the Teacher Advisor for the L.A. Unified School District’s Family Success Initiative. She has dedicated her career to supporting adult English Language Learners as an ESL teacher and Family Literacy Instructor. As the mother of two LAUSD students, she recognizes the complexities of finding your voice and becoming an advocate in a large school system. She applies this knowledge to empower parents to become leaders at their schools.

Matthew Oberlander is the Coordinator of Adult Education Instruction for the L.A. Unified School District’s Division of Adult and Career Education. His passion for supporting emergent bilingual families stems from his professional experiences as an ESL teacher, working with parents of elementary school students, and his personal experiences as a father of three bilingual children. He has worked in education for over 15 years and is a founding member of L.A. Unified’s Family Success Initiative.