Active Parent University

Aldine ISD Reminds Families That Spring 2019 ‘Active Parent University’ Sessions Kick Off Jan. 16
Posted on 01/11/2019

The APU initiative connects parents to District and community resources. The program also teaches parents how to be involved in their children’s education as well as how to improve parent-child communication.

Active Parent University returns this spring semester. The first class is set for Wednesday, January 16. The program, now in its third year, introduces families to Aldine ISD programs and connects them to community partners. Active Parent University is a community collaborative led by the District’s Title 1 Department to help parents become full partners in their children’s education. The objective is to equip families with new or additional skills, knowledge, and resources to increase their children’s academic success.

According to LaTashia L. Abrams, Active Parent University (APU), which is a Title 1 initiative, offers families a “crash course” in how to be involved in their children’s education. Abrams coordinates APU sessions with fellow Title 1 Program Directors Alonda Jacks-Moorehead and Nancy Gauthier.

“Active Parent University was designed based on the understanding that parents and community are an essential component in educating our children,” said Abrams. “Classes touch on a variety of subjects, including parent–engagement strategies. We want to increase parent involvement in the schools and empower parents to raise children who are successful in school and in life.”

Why Be Involved?

Research has shown that parents can increase a child’s academic success through their involvement with schools and communities. Parental involvement improves student morale, attitudes, and academic achievement across all subject areas. Abrams encourages legal guardians and grandparents raising kids to attend Active Parent University.

Dr-Dewana-Thompson-Headshot.jpgGuest Speaker @ Active Parent University Session on Wed., Jan. 16, 2019

Dr. M. Dewana Thompson is director of Village Consulting Group. She develops family and community engagement programs. Thompson also offers workshops and training for schools, community organizations, and businesses. She holds several roles that support family engagement efforts. These include program manager for Family Engagement Projects at Boston Children’s Hospital as well as a national trainer for the Brazelton Touchpoints Center and Scholastic Family and Community Engagement (FACE).

Thompson has worked with parents and children as a parent educator, administrator, and researcher for the past 20 years. She is passionate about family engagement and has dedicated her life’s work to supporting parents in their role as their children’s first and most important teacher.

Her topic, “Are You Speaking My Language,” centers on communication between parents and their children. 

Parental involvement is the crucial factor during the school life of children, especially in primary and middle school grade levels. Scientists found that parental involvement can affect children’s academic progress, behavior, language abilities, social skills and attitude toward life.

parent universityActive Parent University Spring Classes

Who: Open to all Aldine ISD parents, legal guardians, grandparents raising a child between the ages of five (5) and 18. The classes are also open to staff members.

Where: All classes will take place at Aldine ISD M.B. “Sonny” Donaldson Child Nutrition Center, 1802 Aldine Bender (Houston, TX 77032). This is a central location in the District.

Languages: All sessions will offer a simultaneous presentation in English and Spanish (español).

Program Contact: If you have any questions, please contact LaTashia L. Abrams at (281) 985-6418 or email her at

Spring 2019 Schedule

January 16 @ 6-8 p.m.
Topic: Communication — Are You Speaking My Language?

February 6 @ 8:15 – 10:15 a.m.
Topic: Connecting Families With Community Resources 

Aldine-ISD-Parent-University-image-1.jpgMarch 20 @ 6-8 p.m.
Topic: Bully-Proofing Your Child

April 17 @ 8:15 – 10:15 a.m.
Topic: Parent Empowerment — The Power of Encouragement

May 22 @ 6-8 p.m.
Topic: Continuing the School-Parent Partnership