This program established in 1989 by the MALDEF trains parents to become leaders and change agents in their community. The 12-session training covers topics that introduce parents to the school system such as parents rights and responsibilities, parent/teacher partnerships, how the school and district function, and the path to postsecondary education. It also covers leadership skills such as teamwork, meeting facilitation, communication, and how to create an action plan. MALDEF provides a train-the-trainer model so others can lead a Parent School Partnership Program in their school or community. Currently the program is available in Los Angeles, Chicago, and Atlanta.
The website includes a detailed description of each session, useful for any school looking for ideas to develop their own leadership program.
Source Organization: Mexican American Legal Defense and Education Fund (MALDEF)