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Family Involvement & Community Engagement Programs

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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 social-emotional growth, academic development, and college readiness, we offer School Smarts (for elementary parents and guardians) and Parent University (for middle school parents and guardians).  To support you in role as a parent/guardian, we offer our Family Enrichment Speaker Series in partnership with PTA Council 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 send us email at

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 dinner. Come and learn about your child's development, what they will learn in school, and the important role you play in today's public education system. Plus, you will meet other amazing people on this journey with you. Come and make lifelong friends!

Our sessions begin on January 22, 2019. Download the flyer (PDF) or register here (docs).

Parent University for middle school parents and guardians is part of a college-going framework that includes increasing College Aspirations, 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 staff of the Parent Involvement & Community Engagement Program and AUSD academic counselors to meet the specific needs of our parent populations. View our general program outline (PDF). Your adolescent is growing up in this digital age, and our parenting style has to adjust and calibrate. Tweens/Teens need our support to navigate their social- emotional life in middle school AND also have the critical academic conversations for their future.
Come join us, you are not alone!

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 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 to support our children's ability to make informed decisions, gain life prep skills, and become mindful and responsible citizens. 

Past events have included:

  • Teen Mental Health Wellness
  • Marijuana and the Brain
  • 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?

Your school needs your feedback!  
Please take 5 minutes to complete our
Annual Parent Survey.

Family Enrichment Speaker Series


Can We Strike a Balance in our Children's Digital Lives?
A Conversation with Common Sense Media
Encinal High School
English (Cafeteria) | Spanish (Media Center)
Wed. March 27, 2019 |7:00- 8:30 p.m.
For more information:
Screentime Flyer English (PDF) | Flyer in Spanish (PDF)


School Smarts for Elementary Families


AUSD welcomes all families to our 2018-2019 series*: Sessions are from: 6:00-8:00 p.m.

Paden & Haight | Tuesdays: 1/22-3/12^
Paden and Haight flyer (PDF);

Earhart | Wednesdays 1/23-3/13^
Earhart Flyer (PDF)

Sessions in multiple languages:
English, (PDF) Spanish (PDF), Arabic (PDF),, Chinese (PDF), and Vietnamese (PDF)
Thursdays 1/24-3/14^

Register online today! 

Or print a registration form and submit to your school office (PDF).
 *host schools alternate yearly
^ No sessions week of 2/18-2/22

Parent University at Lincoln Middle 

Program Information (PDF)
Fall Session: 
November 7, 2018 6:00-8:30 p.m.
Event Information (PDF)
Register here

Spring Session: 
February 13, 2018 6:00-8:30 p.m.
Event Information (PDF)
Register here

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Raising kids is the hardest job in the world! One day they are tiny and socializing in the play yard and the next day, they are navigating adolescence. Equip yourself with knowledge and know-how to have important and the sometimes difficult conversations with your child. Join one or more of our  programs. We are your village! -Claudia