NEWARK, NJ — This September, children in Newark won’t be the only ones going back to school thanks to the launch of a new initiative from the Newark Board of Education that hopes to provide learning resources to parents and families. 

Parent University, one of the elements of the 10-year strategic plan the district released this summer, will offer virtual workshops on topics that support student learning, according to NBOE. The programming is celebrating its official kick-off this week.

“The Parent University signifies a renewed partnership between our schools, the district, and families and home,” Superintendent León said in a statement.  “We know that parents are their child’s first teachers, and this collaboration will help parents and families to help us to support all children to succeed and thrive.” 

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Sessions are hosted by district leaders and experts in the various subject areas, which include technology, remote learning, social-emotional learning and special education. The district partnered with The Abbot Leadership Institute, CREED Strategies, Challenge Day, Parents Educating Parents, Rutgers University Behavioral Health Care and others to bring Parent University to fruition.  

Deputy Superintendent Nicole T. Johnson, who is spearheading the initiative, said the family education sessions are a crucial piece of nurturing students during remote learning.  

“As we reopen schools and consider the needs of our students and families, the Parent University is a key component of support,” she said.  “We are so grateful to our community partners and district leaders for joining us in providing this exciting event for our community.”

 Parent University will also hold winter and spring sessions to follow workshops on important topics and provide parents with critical resources and information to increase their knowledge and support learning in their homes. For more information about the NBOE Fall Parent University, visit nps.k12.nj.us/parent-university.