About Parent U

What is Parent University?

Our workshops and events seek to empower parents to be more confident and active advocates for students.

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Parents play a crucial role in the healthy development of our children. Through building networks of support and knowledge, we hope to build partnerships between parents, guardians, and Portland Public Schools as we all work
towards your student’s success. 

Parent University aims to support the Equity Goal laid out in our Portland Promise, our strategic plan for improving the way we teach and prepare our students.

We want to ensure that each child receives equal access to a challenging education that empowers them to make a difference in the world. By informing and engaging parents and guardians while building strong partnerships between them and their children’s school, we seek to build stronger relationships among families, teachers, and the community. We hope this effort will promote the healthy development of our students, and help them achieve academic excellence.

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Parent University offers workshops that focus on Portland Promise's four priority areas:

ACHIEVEMENT: Workshops to help parents prepare their children for college and career readiness.

WHOLE STUDENT: Workshops related to children’s social and emotional development.

EQUITY: Workshops related to the role of family engagement in student achievement, and how we can help reduce the achievement gap between groups of students.

PEOPLE: Workshops, partnerships, and events that bring together families, schools, and our community in recognition of the strength of our diversity.


Why be involved?   Research shows that parents can increase their child’s academic success by being involved in their child’s school and community. When parents engage with their child, we see improvements in student morale, attitude, motivation, and grades. Families play a huge role in their child’s success. Supporting their learning, encouraging resilience, acting as models for lifelong learning, and advocating for the best placements for their child are all ways that families improve student achievement.

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All classes are free and will provide food and childcare. Language facilitation is available.

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