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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Facilitator: Lourdes Ramirez-Ortiz, Ed.D., Community of Schools Administrator, East Los Angeles Community, Los Angeles Unified Parent Warriors: Gipsy Alvarado, Hilda Avila, Gwendolyn Landry, Mary Lee, Maria Leon, Mireya Pacheco Parents are their children’s first teacher and advocate. They know what their child’s needs are and are willing to do what is necessary. But, when you are low-income and already struggling, how can they get it done? How do predominantly low-income parents overcome systemic barriers and […]

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Alliance 2019 Breakout Session Parents and educators are constantly searching for homework help for their students to be more successful in school, but not everyone knows where to find them. Join this interactive session conducted by youth librarians to learn more about the FREE resources and databases the Los Angeles Public Library (LAPL) has available to students and families. This session will introduce and demonstrate the importance of building strong community relationships between libraries, families, […]

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