Parent Leadership Academy News

September 19, 2018

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Welcome to the Parent Leadership Academy!

We will share regular Parent Leadership Academy News that will provide reminders to you, along with other information and resources to assist you throughout the program.

Look for it in your inbox!


Wasn't orientation fun? It was so great getting to meet you and already see some great connections happening! Thank you again for committing to this program! We look forward to learning with you!

You can download the group picture below.

PLA Welcome from Leadership Staff

Not pictured: Elsa Valenzuela-Pennell, Director, Family & Community Engagement, San Antonio ISD

Tomorrow is our first class!

Navigating the School System taught by Selene Garza

Life happens and sometimes we need a reminder on how to keep things balanced and on track. This course will provide participants with resources and strategies to support the strengthening of student academic skills outside of the classroom setting and help parents reinforce these strategies as well as apply them in their own lives.

Time: 6-8 p.m.

Location SAISD Pickett Academy Cafeteria (1931 E. Houston St.)

Orientation Make Up Session

There will be a make-up orientation session tomorrow (Thursday) at 5:30 p.m. prior to our regular scheduled PLA course for participants who missed Saturday.

If you know of anyone who would like to participate in the Parent Leadership Academy, please invite them to this make-up session and to stay for the first course. The make up orientation will fill them in on all the details.


Thank you for establishing group norms on Saturday! Everyone has agreed to commit to following these each time we meet together.

1. Raise your hand when you are going to speak.

2. Make sure you can be heard (stand or project).

3. Value everyone’s voice.

4. Agree to Disagree.

5. Value everybody’s time.

6. Technology – on silent/vibrate and use outside of class.

7. What happens in PLA stays in PLA.

Covey's 7 Habits of Successful Families

Reminder: Participation in the 7 Habits of Successful Families is non-negotiable, meaning we consider it as one of the most important courses and everyone must attend.

It is being offered for the PLA on Wednesday, October 17th, 9-3 at San Antonio College. If you think you will not be able to attend this session, it is also being offered on Wednesday, October 3rd at ESC-20.

You can attend EITHER session--they are the same! This will give you a choice as to what the best date is for your to attend.

If you have any questions about this, please let Kimberly know.

Elective Courses

Just a reminder that you need to at least choose 2 elective courses to complete the Parent Leadership Academy in order to graduate.

All elective courses are offered at Region 20. If you are unable to attend in person, the elective courses are also available via webinar. The webinar is live (same time as face to face training).

Upcoming Electives in September

Wednesday, September 26, 2018, 9:00 a.m.—12:00 p.m.

Social Emotional Development in Preschool: Talking with Your Child

Young children’s social emotional development is vital to their overall well-being, affecting their success in school and their ability to learn in all subject areas. Join us as we explore strategies to encourage communication with children; a dynamic aspect of building relationships. Participants will experience conversation strategies that either promote or inhibit communication, learn how to use open-ended questions and observations with children, and how to converse with children to support social and emotional development. This will be an active learning, participatory training– come ready to have some fun!

Session ID: 53076

Webinar Session ID: 53168

Thursday, September 27, 2018, 9:00 a.m.—12:00 p.m.

Building Basic Reading Skills at Home- Make and Take Training

Join us for a fun, interactive and crafty training designed to guide you through creating engaging activities to support your child’s acquisition of basic reading skills. We will focus on the development of print concepts, phonemic awareness and phonics skills. This training is appropriate for parents with students in any grade level that require remediation for independent decoding. All materials will be provided.

Session ID: 53077

Download the directions for signing up for the elective courses are below.

Nicole France, Senior Coordinator –Student Success Office of Outreach & Recruitment, San Antonio College