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April 20, 2006

Aurora Public Schools to Host Parent Leadership Institute

Parents, community members and APS staff will join together on Saturday, April 22 from 7:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. in a learning event designed to increase parental participation and leadership in Aurora schools.  Organizers of the second annual Parent and Community Leadership Institute are expecting more than 400 participants.   Learning sessions will include a variety of topics, including building and developing leadership skills, parental rights and how to be a part of school improvement plans.

At 8:30 a.m., Colorado Board of Education member Karen Middleton will deliver the keynote address. A special session conducted in Spanish only, "From Latina America to Aurora," will provide strategies for successfully adapting to new norms and experiences.

"I am excited about giving parents the tools they need to become more involved in the community and in their child's education," APS Parent Coordinator Cookie Hansen said.

Representatives from a variety of organizations including Metro State University, Community College of Aurora and the City of Aurora will provide information about educational opportunities and community activities.

This is the second year APS has offered the institute.  Last year, more than 100 parents
and community members participated in the event.  "I went to the sessions to learn how to help my children with homework.  The session on interactive homework opened my eyes to how I can help my children succeed," said one parent.  "I look forward to the things I'll learn at this year's institute."

The institute is open to the public.  Childcare will be provided.  For more information and to register, visit http://www.aps.k12.co.us/district-info/current_events/RegistrationForm.pdf, or call 303-365-7819.

For more information, contact Dianne Lewis at 303-344-8060, ext. 28015.


Communication Services

Georgia Durán, Director
303-344-8060, ext. 28015
FAX: 303-326-1939
e-mail: georgiad@admin.aps.k12.co.us

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