Starting in October 2015, CLLARO collaborated with the National Council of La Raza (NCLR) to increase educational opportunities, improve achievement, and promote equity in outcomes for Latinos by building the capacity and amplifying the voice of the Latino parent community. CLLARO contributed to this project by conducting parent workshops and attending back-to-school events, resource fairs and other community events to disseminate information and materials on standards assessments, and how to engage their students in after-school educational activities. By the time this project expired in September of 2016, CLLARO reached over 900 parents at over ten schools and other community events, including Aurora Public Schools’ Back to School Kickoff event, a 5K Run/Walk and Community Expo hosted by Clinica Tepeyac, and at a Catholic church in the Montbello neighborhood after a weekend service.
CLLARO would like to capitalize on the connections and experience gained through our parent engagement work done in partnership with NCLR to further parent engagement in their students’ education. CLLARO proposes to do this by recruiting between five and ten parents whose child(ren) are enrolled in a single school (e.g., McGlone Academy) and hold (semi-)regular meetings with these parents for one full year to discuss priority issues that they would like to address at their school. The priorities the parent advocates identify will be informed by an inquiry of other parents at the same school, whether that be a survey, focus groups, or a community dialogue event. The pros and cons of various approaches to the parent inquiry will be reviewed by the parent advocates, and the ultimate approach used will be decided on by the parent advocates. After the inquiry is completed and the data/feedback is reviewed, an agenda will be created on what issue(s) need to be addressed at their school. This agenda can be used to start organizing other parents in order to address the priority issue(s) identified.