Dear Friends & Colleagues,  First, let me express my most sincere gratitude for your partnership during my last 10 years at Families In Schools (FIS). I am honored to have worked alongside amazing community, corporate, education, nonprofit and philanthropic leaders like you who care deeply about closing opportunity gaps for our students and families. I have felt energized and inspired by your work to ensure all children have access to high quality learning environments.  As part of the FIS team, I have had the pleasure of working with passionate, dedicated staff and board members who work […]

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Contact:  Cynthia Perez cperez@familiesinschools.org (213) 201-3932 FAMILIES IN SCHOOLS ANNOUNCES TRANSITION OF PRESIDENT AND CEO OSCAR E. CRUZ Karla V. Salazar, Current COO, Appointed As Interim President & CEO LOS ANGELES (December 12, 2019) – Families In Schools, a nonprofit organization whose mission is to involve parents and communities in their children’s education to achieve lifelong success, today announced the departure of Oscar E. Cruz, long-time President & CEO of the organization.  Over his 10-year […]

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Families In Schools (FIS) is pleased to announce the recipients of the ninth annual Excellence in Parent Engagement Awards. FIS established the Excellence in Parent Engagement Awards in 2010 to honor the legacy and leadership of Maria Casillas, our founding president. As an agent of change, Maria Casillas has dedicated her life to building partnerships to strengthen our schools, our communities, and our civic society. She is an exemplary role model and advocate for parent engagement who led […]

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Presented by: Marisa Canche, Consultant, California Emerging Technology Fund; Christina Vera, Administrator, Maywood Center for Enriched Studies Join the California Emerging Technology Fund, to learn how the School2Home Parent Education and Engagement model has empowered parents to leverage access to low-cost, high-speed internet – specifically through targeted training to monitor their child’s academic progress and increase their level of interaction with teachers and the school community. During this session, participants will learn: How to access low-cost Internet offers About developing and conducting parent workshops […]

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Presented by: Vanessa Aramayo, Executive Director, Alliance for a Better Community;  Steven Almazán, Non-Profit and Public Agency Consultant Two decades of anti-immigrant policies in California have catalyzed a new emerging era where the cultural and linguistic assets of English Learner (EL) students are increasingly embraced in law, policy, and attitudes. In the mid-1980s, an anti-immigrant movement pervaded California. By the late 1990s, voters passed a series of anti-immigrant ballot measures that denied undocumented immigrants access to public […]

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