PESA is designed to help parents of Latino children develop partnerships with local schools that focus on student achievement. Parents undergo a six-session behavior change program that presents innovative ideas and techniques to help parents guide their children through school.
Parents learn to:
• Strengthen their relationship with their children through interactive activities;
• Spend quality time with their children;
• Be physically close, show warmth, courtesy, and caring for their children;
• Recognize, respect, and acknowledge their children’s feelings and opinions;
• Listen to and show personal interest in their children;
• Encourage their children to use higher-level thinking skills to solve problems;
• Recognize potential problems and how to deal with them.
Edu-Futuro’s research findings demonstrate that parents thrive in PESA’s bilingual, intimate setting with 99 percent of parents rating PESA as an excellent program.
Parents share that PESA:
• Helps improve inner-family relationships and helps parents reinforce positive behaviors at home;
• Allows parents to see their children as individuals with unique characteristics that should be respected;
• Empowers parents to be involved in their children’s education; parents report gaining the confidence to regularly communicate with their children’s educators and actively participate in school activities.
A parent remarked, “[PESA] has helped me realize that there are things that I do not do correctly with my children, which I can modify for their benefit.” Another parent revealed, “Now I am looking for ways to volunteer at school to see how my child is educated and in this way I support him and help his teacher.”
PESA is led by Edu-Futuro’s award winning Parent Coordinator, Elizabeth Clavel, a parent herself who was one of the initial participants of PESA in Arlington.