Our PEP program is founded in the belief that parents and family caregivers are a child’s first and longest acting teachers. It is therefore necessary for schools to engage families and communities in the learning process of their students, so that the importance of schooling is echoed throughout a student’s everyday experiences both in and out of school. To this end, MAEC works with school districts, schools, organized parent groups (PTA/PTOs, etc.), community organizations, and faith based organizations to develop systems and programs to advance school improvement and increase student achievement through collaboration between school, family and community.
This process begins with a review of the school’s improvement goals, an inventory of current programs and practices, and a survey of community assets to identify key opportunities and services for improved collaborations between home and school that results in increased positive school climates and student outcomes. MAEC works with school staff to ensure that schools create a welcoming environment for parents, work effectively with diverse families, and institutionalize practices via school improvement plans and policies that allow teachers and parents to work together to address student social and academic progress. MAEC also works with governmental agencies, community based and faith based organizations to develop additional supports and programs for students and families. When communities come together to support their local schools, students, educators, families and communities thrive. MAEC offers a variety of professional development trainings and parent trainings to help schools and families work effectively for student success.
Potential professional development trainings and workshops for educators include: