Parent Universities help districts tap into feedback required under funding formula is an article in Ed Source reporting on Parent Universities in California — particularly in Long Beach and Fresno.
It sounds like some good work is being done. However, as I have written regularly in this blog, they do some to be falling into the typical Parent University “rut.” As I’ve said:
Parent “universities” or “academies” seem to be all the rage these days, with school districts organizing these trainings typically to help parents understand how the school works. I’ve written plenty of posts about these types of programs, and have been critical of many of them. They tend to fall on the parent “involvement” side of things instead of the “engagement” side. Parents usually don’t participate in determining their content, and they don’t tend to cover any of the other important issues affecting families — it’s just the schools’ agenda.
You can read more about my perspective at My Best Posts On Parent “Academies” & “Universities.”