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Family Involvement & Community Engagement Programs

Message from Claudia Medina, Coordinator, Family Involvement & Community Engagement Programs


AUSD provides families with educational conversations and workshops that support their parenting journey through the childhood and adolescent years.

To support your child's academic achievement and preparation for college, we offer School Smarts (for elementary parents and guardians) and Parent University (for middle and high school parents and guardians).  To support you in role as a parent/guardian, we a Family Enrichment Speaker series featuring expert guests and community conversations related to raising strong and confident children.

You can learn more about these programs on this page. Please join us! We welcome your engagement and enthusiasm!

For questions regarding Family Involvement & Community Engagement Programs, please feel free to contact our office by phone (510) 337-7190, via email at or in person at our district office located at 2060 Challenger Drive, Alameda, CA 94501.

Programs to Support Your Child's Academic Achievement and Preparation

School Smarts for elementary parents and guardians is designed to support families on how to navigate the public school system. Research tells us that two important characteristics will influence a child's long-term academic success: a parents' ability to navigate the public school system, and a parents' clear communication of high expectations of their children. These workshops are free and include childcare and a light snack. Learn more here.

Parent University for middle and high school parents and guardians is part of a college-going framework that includes increasing College Aspirations, College Knowledge, and College Planning. The middle school parent workshops are focused on College Aspirations and College Knowledge, and high school parent workshops are focused on College Knowledge and College Planning.
These parent/guardian workshops were created by the UC Berkeley Center for Educational Partnerships for the Alameda Unified School District and were tailored by the staff of the Parent Involvement & Community Engagement Program and AUSD academic counselors to meet the specific needs of our parent populations.

Programs to Support Parent/Guardians

Alameda Family Enrichment Speaker Series

From navigating our digital era, to raising socially and emotionally responsible young people, these community conversations feature experts on the best ways to raise confident and compassionate children.  Click here for upcoming events or to get on our mailing list.

The educational series builds upon families’ strengths by providing parents with the information, skills, and principles essential for children to become responsible citizens and for parent/guardians to become knowledgeable community leaders. This, in turn, supports a safer and more equitable community.

Past events have included:

  • Adolescent Sleep and Mindfulness 
  • ANGST Film Screening | Anxiety disorders are real, common and treatable 
  • Taming Your Inner Procrastinator 
  • Raising Resilient Teens
  • Decoding Teen Behavior
  • How to Talk with Your Kids About Sexual Harassment
  • Emotional Intelligence 2.0
  • Positioning Black Families for Parent Involvement Success
  • Raising Kids with Emotional Intelligence
  • SCREENAGERS: Growing Up in the Digital Age
  • Family Tech Talk
  • Is that Me Yelling
School Smarts Graduates
School Smarts Graduates

Upcoming Events

Parent University
Please check  back soon for information on our dates and themes for the 2018-19 school year!

School Smarts

Please check back here this summer to learn about the 2018-19 School Smarts Academies!


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