School Smarts Parent Engagement Program

To build authentic family engagement in schools, California State PTA offers a research-based program, the School Smarts Parent Engagement Program, for school districts and sites.

School Smarts began as a pilot program in 2010 with the generous support of the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation. Today the program is available statewide and helps parents from all backgrounds advocate for issues that are most important to their children and schools.

It includes a seven-session Parent Academy that educates and empowers parents. Topics include understanding how the education system works, communicating effectively, advocating for a quality education and the importance of parent involvement.

The program’s operating principle is inclusion and curriculum is available in English, Spanish, Chinese, Arabic, Tagalog and Vietnamese. Each session includes instructional art activities that reinforce key lessons, which helps build a sense of community and underscores the importance of a complete education that includes the arts.

Take Action: Check out the School Smarts Parent Engagement Program on our website and contact schoolsmarts@capta.org to find out how to get involved.

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