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Thank you Parent Mentors. 2014 Graduation Video.

Thank you parent mentors for a job well done.  Congratulations on your Graduation.  See you next year!!

U.S. Rep. Jan Schakowsky meets with Parent Mentors (Video)

LSNA Joanna Brown attended the meeting with U.S. Representative Jan Schakowski and parent mentors at Fairfield South in Niles, IL.

Breaking Down Quinn's State Budget Address

During his state budget address Wednesday, Gov. Pat Quinn said he wants to keep $1 million dollar spending level intact for the Parent Mentor Program as part of the Illinois State Board of Education budget.

Power of parents: Event hosted by Education Lab and Road Map fosters ideas on engagement

On February 6, LSNA organizers Joanna Brown and Tami Love were in Seattle to speak about Logan Square's nationally recognized parent mentor program as part of an event hosted by Education Lab and Road Map.  

XA big part of Logan Square’s success has come from the organization being able to break through language and cultural barriers that can make parents and teachers apprehensive about working together. 

Aurora program works to put parent helpers in the classroom

“If I could, I’d have a parent mentor in every classroom,” Garza said.

Parent Mentor Program Celebrates Statewide Expansion, Urges Legislators To Continue Funding (Video)

"Trained parents are now incorporated into more than 400 classrooms across Illinois. Training is provided by 13 grassroots organizations, including founding organizations like the Logan Square Neighborhood Organization and Southwest Organizing Project."

ALERT: Keep Our Parent Engaged! Save Parent Mentor Program!

We need your help to support the 400 parents, 400 teachers and 10,000 students currently involved with the program!

Please contact your legislator here to save the Parent Mentor Program! 

Defienden fondos de programa educativo y de integración de inmigrantes

Gracias gobernador Pat Quinn por defender los fondos de padres mentores.

Parent mentors enhance Skokie school landscape

Author Soo Hong examined the initiative developed by the Logan Square Neighborhood Association that became the framework for the ELL Center and the two participating Skokie schools.

A World of Parents at Open Communities

Here's an article from Open Communities about the new Parent Mentor Program in Skokie.  

LSNA/SWOP Parent Mentor Training expands to Skokie.

22 parents and 8 languages represented. Congratulations, Madison and Devonshire Schools!

Casa Guanajuato Parent Mentors

With money from the state, Casa Guanojuato in Moline is organizing the "Parent Mentor Program for Early Childhood Learning" based on an 18-year old program in Chicago.

Program aims to boost students' success

Nationally recognized LSNA Parent Mentor Program launched at two elementary schools in Moline and East Moline.

LSNA/SWOP Parent Engagement Institute Statewide Train-the-Trainers Kickoff

50 organizers from 15 organizations across Illinois, Michigan, and Indiana!

Celebrating LSNA's Achievements in Education

A thoughtful testimony by Rachel Bickel, new neighbor and current representative to the LSNA Members Action Council from St. Luke's Lutheran Church in Logan Square.

LSNA on NBC Today Show Education Nation - Case Study Report

Parents who do not have the resources, or who do not speak English well enough, or who feel too intimidated to get involved in their children’s schools. We know that children stand a much better chance of success when their parents are involved – so how do we bridge that gap?

Education Nation: Latino parents break down barriers in Chicago schools

The main goal for LSNA is to open the door for parents and make them welcome in their children’s school. Brown says she hopes the program “provides the opportunity for parents to do meaningful work, help the students, help the teacher, learn about the teachers and form relationships with them.”

Education Nation: Mentoring becomes as much about parents as it is about kids

Advocates say the program has contributed to improved student performance in the largely poor and minority neighborhood in northwestern Chicago, both for individual students and for the schools that participate.  At James Monroe Elementary School, for instance, 74 percent of third-graders were proficient in reading in 2011, compared to 24 percent in 1999.

LSNA Parent Engagement Program recognized on NBC TODAY Show Education Nation - Video

In 2011, 21% of school-age children were living in poverty.  

The Challenge: Parents who do not have the resources, or who do not speak English well enough, or who feel too intimidated to get involved in their children’s schools. We know that children stand a much better chance of success when their parents are involved – so how do we bridge that gap?

Logan Square Neighborhood Association’s Nationally Recognized “Parent Mentor Program” To Be Featured on “Education Nation”

“Every time a new parent enters the Parent Mentor program,” says Logan Square Neighborhood Association leader and Monroe School parent coordinator Martha Juarez, “I think to myself, ‘that is one more family saved.’” 

Model Logan Square Program Wins Money to Keep Parents Tutoring

“We want to thank all these decision-makers for supporting this unique program that helps strengthen students, teachers, parents and community,” said Leticia Barrera, Education Organizer for the Logan Square Neighborhood Association. 

Mayor Emanuel Announces Initiatives to Support Immigrant Entrepreneurs and Create Jobs Led by Office of New Americans

“Adolfo has a proven track record and will work to ensure every Chicagoan has access to the resources they need to contribute to this thriving global city.”

What Can Community Organizing Teach Us about Parent Engagement? Five Simple Ways to Rethink the Bake Sale.

Over the past several years, more and more evidence has emerged that effective parent engagement can positively affect school culture, working conditions, and student achievement.

How a neighborhood organization is bringing parents and schools together so the whole community benefits.

Schools can learn from program that puts parents in classrooms

Soo Hong, author of Cord with Three Strands about LSNA Parent Mentor Program.

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