More than 100 Harlandale ISD parents complete family leadership program

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Harlandale ISD leaders, administrators and staff gathered to celebrate the second Parenting Partners Graduation at the Scheh Center on Dec. 11.

A total of 106 parents and grandparents, wearing caps and gowns, proudly walked a red carpet and received a diploma for completing the eight-week family leadership program.

“We could not be more proud of our graduates,” Harlandale ISD Director of Student Support Services and Special Programs Nadine Wolfe said. “Our goal is for the parents to become strong leaders, invite other parents to the sessions, and eventually, teach the class parent to parent.”

The Parenting Partners workshops combined parenting and leadership skills to empower parents to become vital contributors to their children’s academic success. During each session, parents received practical tools to make positive changes in their families to help them increase their parent engagement, improve their children’s academic performance and build a strong home learning environment.

Harlandale ISD Interim Superintendent Samantha Gallegos congratulated the graduates for their commitment to the program and for their enormous contribution to their children’s education.

“This is the result of the hard work of a lot of people, and it’s been a lot of fun watching the campuses go through this,” Gallegos told them. “I just want to say thank you on behalf of the district for being a part of it, and congratulations on the hard work you have done.”

Parents enjoyed participating in different interactive and engaging sessions focused on an array of topics such as knowing the difference between discipline and punishment, as well as ending arguments and setting boundaries using a technique called “the shield,” which is communication that works to include the child’s feelings.

According to Wolfe, each session allowed parents to grow and become more involved in their child’s education and become true partners in the school setting.

“Their self-esteem has grown, and they continue to ask for more classes and opportunities to learn how to be better parents and contribute to their community,” Wolfe added.

Graduate Maria Villa became a Parenting Partner to build a stronger relationship with her fifth-grade son, who attends Morrill Elementary.

“The program has really made a big impact in my family,” Villa said. “This workshop has given us understanding to be more patient with our kids, how to create structure, be more supportive while also setting boundaries in arguments. Now, I understand them, and I am able to help them and be a better role model for them.”

The program will be offered again in the spring. Parents who are interested in participating can call (210) 989-4453.

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