Tuesday, May 1, 2012

DPS Support for Spanish Speaking Families

In recent months, we have seen a lot more engagement of Latino parents with DPS leadership.  This Thursday, May 3rd, at the Durham CAN Spring Assembly Meeting, DPS Superintendent and school board members will be present to hear from Durham CAN delegates and the group's Latino Parent Council.  The Latino Parent Council recently met with the superintendent to talk about the needs of Latino parents and make a few requests for support, including additional translation services, translation of key IEP components,  supporting LPFAST (Latino Parent & Family Advocacy and Support Training) for parents in DPS, and other important items.  LPFAST developed out of the Strengthening Families Coalition at Cooperative Extension.  It is good to see this training valued and used by parents--some of the parents in the Council are LPFAST grads.  If you hope to go Thursday, the meeting takes place at First Presbyterian Church at 7:00PM.

We have also noticed DPS working to reach out in more creative ways with Spanish speaking families in our schools.  DPS recently announced a partnership with LaMega Radio Station (1310AM) for a monthly talk show where DPS officials share important information in Spanish.   Throughout the show parents can call in, text and email questions.  Tune in on first Wednesday of every month at 10:30 a.m. to listen to the broadcasts.  It will be interesting to hear what parents think.

We will let you know what happens at the Durham CAN meeting.  Please share your thoughts if you have a chance to attend and even if you don't.

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