Contract to Train 140 Parents in San Antonio
San Antonio ISD and Parents Alliance signed a contract to provide our PACT Program™ to seven schools. This follows on the experience we gained last year at Briscoe Academy where graduation rate was 96 %.
Alamo Community College District will provide the online tutors for the program. Our idea is that parents make the connection with the community college to pursue additional education for themselves and their children.
We have been approved as vendors of computer technology courses for parents who have children at schools throughout the district. Houston Independent School District ’s Board recently approved funding for school year 2008-2009.
Houston ISD requires technology-based programs intended to generate an increase in parental involvement among parents/guardians of currently enrolled PK-12th grade students, particularly from low-income families.
About our PACT Program™
Our PACT Program™ is far from a new and emerging effort—it is a superior, state-of-the-art curriculum that focuses on parental involvement at the schools and training to provide low-income parents with work readiness and job skills.
We offer parents/guardians our PACT Program™ at the schools their children attend. Through our partnerships with Microsoft we offer critical workforce skills needed for today’s knowledge economy at different levels of proficiency, from digital literacy to advanced Microsoft Office. Our courses are available in English and Spanish.
The goal of parental involvement via technology-based programs is to empower parents/guardians to build their parenting, literacy, and job readiness skills and to work with their children to improve their academic achievement.
We are actively working on the following important aspects for our development:
Board of Directors
We will soon have 9 members, with Leslie Smith –Business Development Executive, IBM General Business, Americas– serving as our chairman. Jim Zaniello, Vice President of Association Strategies, Inc., is volunteering with Leslie towards integrating a board of enormous talent, expertise and dedication.
Martin Mireles –our Program Coordinator– is the number one expert in delivering computer technology courses to low-income parents. He has developed our Microsoft-based curriculum to meet the needs of schools in Texas. Martin’s experience and commitment is invaluable: he was the first CCA teacher and online tutor back in 2002, and the trainer of countless trainers.
Marion Maendel, is a journalist who joins our team as a fundraiser. She is a summa cum laude graduate of the University of St. Thomas and the former editor of the university’s student newspaper. She successfully fundraised thousands of dollars in grant money for her own journalistic endeavors and is now applying her writing and research expertise to our program. She is currently completing a course in advanced grant writing for nonprofits through the University of Houston. Marion is already aggressively pursuing additional sources of funding for our PACT Program. We are thrilled to have her on board.
Our Microsoft-based PACT Program™ really excels and is being fine-tuned each day to best meet the needs of parents and schools. We plan to offer online English courses to parents.
President Obama’s Address to Congress Talks About Parental Involvement
“In a global economy where the most valuable skill you can sell is your knowledge, a good education is no longer just a pathway to opportunity — it is a prerequisite.
Right now, three-quarters of the fastest-growing occupations require more than a high school diploma. And yet, just over half of our citizens have that level of education. We have one of the highest high school dropout rates of any industrialized nation. And half of the students who begin college never finish.
This is a prescription for economic decline, because we know the countries that out teach us today will out compete us tomorrow. Dropping out of high school is no longer an option. It’s not just quitting on yourself; it’s quitting on your country — and this country needs and values the talents of every American.
In the end, there is no program or policy that can substitute for a mother or father who will attend those parent/teacher conferences, or help with homework after dinner, or turn off the TV, put away the video games, and read to their child. I speak to you not just as a president, but as a father when I say that responsibility for our children’s education must begin at home.”
At Parents Alliance, we have the privilege to facilitate and witness firsthand the power of such parental involvement, and we couldn’t agree more!