Thursday, October 4, 2012

Make a difference for your child--PFAST Training for Parents starts October 9th!

Do you want to better navigate our public and charter schools to help your child succeed?   Have you received your child’s first progress report and it is not what you expected? Do you find the maze of school choices confusing? Do you want to better understand the programs schools offer for your child? Are you an advocate for a child and want to know more? Do you have an EC or AIG child who needs support?

If you haven't yet, you will want to consider taking the popular Parent & Family Advocacy and Support Training (PFAST) starting Tuesday, October 9 from 6:00-8:00PM at Durham Cooperative Extension, 721 Foster Street.  This six-week workshop series will help any parent K-12 better navigate our schools and build partnerships—public  and charter schools—to help your child succeed.   Dinner is included and childcare is available.

A flyer and registration form are available at the links below with all dates and more information.    Please note this is the only open series for any parent from any school before 2013.

Who should come to PFAST?
v  ANY Parent K-12 who just wants to know more about public or charter schools and how to get the most of your child’s education.
v  Grandparents, guardians, and foster parents
v  Families with exceptional or gifted children
v  Parents from other countries who want to better understand the American education system and Durham & NC in particular.
v  Parents with Pre-K Children who want to know more about schools and make choices for the future.
v  Parents who have children in Middle or High School and are encountering new challenges.

What topics are covered?
·         Parent Involvement and Advocacy
·         Building a Positive Parent – School Relationship
·         School Choice and School Lotteries
·         Common Core / NC Standards & No Child Left Behind
·         Improving Parent-School Communication
·         Maximizing Parent-Teacher Conferences
·         Testing / EOGs & EOCs
·         High School Requirements
·         AND much more!

The program will accept registrations up to October 9th depending on space.  Please call Donna Rewalt, PFAST Coordinator, at (919) 560-0538 or by email at if you have questions.    Also, LPFAST in Spanish will be offered at several schools through a partnership with DPS starting in November.  We will share more information when the dates and locations are set.

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