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Modesto, CA
California PIRC
Covina, CA
16033 E. San Bernardino Road
Covina, CA 91722

Web site: http://www.bilingualeducation.org
Hours: 8:30 am - 5:30 pm (or by appointment in evenings)
  Director:
Dr. Maria Quezada

Phone: 626-814-4441 ext. 103
Fax: 626-814-4640

Evaluator: J.David Ramirez, Ph.D.

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State PIRC Board:

The State Family Area Network (FAN) Board will serve as the Board of Directors for both California PIRCs

Carol Dickson, Parent Involvement Coordinator California Department of Education
Judy Godess, California Association of Compensatory Education
Maria Elena Huizar, Parent Involvement Training Specialist
Jeana Preston, California Parent Center
Pat Sando, California Parent Teacher Association/President of Parent Involvement Commission
Gini Natali, California Parent Teacher Association
Deena Zacharin, San Francisco Unified SD
Kim Shipp, Oakland DAC
David Page, San Diego Unified DAC
Betty Glenn, Los Angeles USD DAC
Vacant (Hispanic Parent Representative)
Vacant (Hispanic Parent Representative)
Francesca Wright, Davis Consultant Network


California Association for Bilingual Education (CABE), a non-profit organization dedicated to promoting and supporting educational excellence and social justice for all students in California, has partnered with the San Bernardino County Superintendent of Schools (SBCSS), the Alameda County Office of Education (ACOE), and a wide variety of other community and educational partners in Project INSPIRE (Innovations that Nurture Success in Parent Involvement to Reach Excellence).

Project outcomes include enhanced parent knowledge of standards-based report cards, NCLB requirements, public school choice, and strategies for supporting their children’s learning at home, as well as increased capacity on the part of site leadership teams (including parents and educators) for implementing district and school parental involvement plans.

The overall goals of Project INSPIRE are to: (a) provide high quality parent education and training to parents throughout California with an emphasis on outreach and services to parents of California’s most disadvantaged students, low income, minority and English learners; (b) build the capacity of schools and districts serving disadvantaged students to maintain high quality parent education, training, and leadership programs in the future, and (c) build the capacity of parent leaders to provide training to other parents and to effectively participate in local school reform efforts.

Parental Engagement Model

The parent leadership program is structured into three levels, each with specific target outcomes.

Level One provides a variety of informative modules presented at statewide, county, or regional conferences as well as workshops at district requests. Parents can attend any of the eleven modules presented by our staff and, as a result, will increase their awareness about the importance of supporting their children’s learning.

Level Two offers a more in-depth continuous leadership development model using all the curriculum modules. A sustained group of parents participate in the full eleven modules with substantive activities to support reflection and development of individual action plans to support their child’s learning.

In Level Three, graduates from the Level 2 PIRC Leadership Development program are trained to become parent trainers using the PIRC leadership development program and develop their own organization, communication and planning skills to function as a facilitator. As trainers, these parent-graduates will lead and present the various modules at Level 1 and 2 to more parents groups, thus building our capacity. California State PIRC staff members serve as a coach and mentor for parent trainers throughout the entire experience.

Early Childhood Model
A comprehensive program, established in seven counties in southern and northern California, for the education of parents of very young children (birth through age five) has been developed and includes the implementation of the Virtual Pre-K program.

Major Activities
Project INSPIRE has established three main parent information and resource centers and 12 satellite centers located throughout northern and southern California. The project also is implementing statewide parent education and leadership development activities, as well as leadership training for teams of educators and parents from underperforming schools.

CABE’s Project INSPIRE offers a comprehensive parent leadership development training program covering the following selected workshop topics:

  • Understanding the American System of Public Education
  • State System of Accountability
  • State Standards and Special Academic Programs
  • Participation in Parent Advisory Committees
  • School/Home/Community Connections
  • Use of Technology and Online Resources
  • Helping Your Child’s Academic Success at Home
  • Road to the University
  • Parental Rights under No Child Left Behind Act.
  • Early Childhood/ Virtual Pre-K

How the Work Plan Meets the Needs of Parents
The partnership will directly serve 25,143 parents over the course of the next five years, as well as another 5,500 parents to be served by parent leaders completing the leadership development components of the project.

Unique Characteristics
In addition, the California State PIRC-1 will serve as a research project, to measure the impact of parental involvement in the improvement of student academic achievement as parents participate in the leadership development activities, especially at Level Two and Level Three. All objectives support the ultimate outcome of improved student academic achievement. The final outcomes will be: Improved home-school communication; Increased student and school academic achievement; Increased parent involvement in school planning and school review; Increased parental involvement in school improvement; and Increased school readiness.

Free Webinar Series
The U.S. Department of Education and its partners invite you to view the archive for the webinar, Bringing it All Together: Family and Community Engagement Policies in Action, which took place on November 16, 2011.

This is the ninth and final webinar in the series, Achieving Excellence and Innovation in Family, School, and Community Engagement.
United States Department of Education Funding for this project is provided by the U.S. Department of Education, contract number ED-04-CO-0039/0001. The content herein does not necessarily reflect the views of the U.S. Department of Education.
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