The PACE (Parent Academic Coaching Empowerment) Curriculum

Introduction and Overview

FBMCP utilizes an authentic and holistic approach when conveying pertinent information.

Therefore, we extend the scope and sequence of the curriculum to include the interaction among content, process and context, and thus go beyond the usual culture-bound determinations that are associated with an emphasis solely on the content. Our program design will be based on Dr. Joyce Epstein’s Six Types of Involvement for parents: www.csos.jhu.edu/p2000/sixtypes.htm.

 Mission

Bridging children and families to high-quality educational support services and advocacy to improve student achievement.

Vision

Reshaping educational partnerships into thriving family-friendly learning communities to ensure a better academic global society.

Goals

Provide parents with real-life tools/life skills to manage everyday stressors;
Improve teacher/administrative communication strategies; and
Explore wellness opportunities to strengthen parents, children, and the community-at-large.

Time and Duration (Initially)

10-month cycle highest function module program
1-month pre-recruiting enrollment
1-month post-evaluations, follow-up
Once per month
4–6 hours  duration

Revised: Every 2nd Saturday of the Month from 10:00am-12noon

Audience

Parents, grandparents, legal guardians of children ages 5–17

Training Staff

Conducted by at least one certified leader/coach, co-leader/coaches; 2 recommended with content expertise. Could include doctors of education with a concentration in psychology, social work, parental engagement, parent coaching, school nursing, nutrition/diet, etc.

The Curriculum

The four basic dimensions of any educational program are

1-the goals or function,
2-the content,
3-the structure,

4-and the methods used.

If an approach is to be effective, all four dimensions must be functionally integrated, and consistent with the underlying processes through which they interact to form a whole.

That is, each dimension must be mutually reinforcing of each of the other dimensions if the total educational experience is to be cumulative and integrative for the student/parent. To achieve such interrelatedness requires close attention to underlying processes of education, such as communication, cognition, and social interaction. We will examine some alternative goals and content for education as they relate to those processes first, and then turn to the structure and method through which they might be attained. In each dimension we will work toward a cross-cultural approach in the development of educational programs and practices for cultural minorities.

Parent Empowerment Support Training Sessions

Our aim is to bring holistic coaching sessions to empower parents built on trust and respect. To provide non-judgmental information sessions that can support parents to help guide their children through their academic careers.

Goals

Goal 1 – Provide Parents with Real-life Tools/Life Skills to Manage Everyday Stressors

Module 1 – Problem-solving and Decision-making

This session teaches the basic steps of problem-solving and reinforces them with role-play. Making requests, giving clear directions, and delivering effective commands are discussed.

Module 2 – Financial Fitness

This session reviews basic financial fitness strategies, budgeting, planning for children’s future (college funds) uniforms, etc.

Module 3 – Job-ready Skills

This session introduces various marketable skills for parents along with resume writing and mock- interviews.

Module 4 – Strategies and Setting Limits

Introduces timeouts, overcorrection, positive practice, and the parents’ game
Covers the issue of punishment, including how to solve a child’s problem behavior by setting appropriate limits
Helps parents continue to solve problems in a variety of situations, including those supplied in the handbook, that might be relevant to their individual needs
Introduces the parent’s role in preventing children’s problem behaviors and awareness of at-risk behavior
Includes the negative effects and ramifications of rewarding bad behavior

 

Goal 2 – Improve Teacher/Administrative Communication Strategies

Module 5 – Developing Relationships with School Teachers and Administrators

This session promotes positive parent–teacher partnerships. It reviews the concept of parent–teacher meetings and provides parents with the skills necessary to communicate with teachers and administrators. In addition, it offers parent advocates to accompany parents who are unsure or feel unprepared for such an encounter. It also teaches how improved school attendance improves grades.

Module 6 – Understanding and Navigating the Educational Landscape

This session provides parents with the tools to help navigate the educational landscape in terms of school selection and appropriate courses that would best address the individual needs of their children.

Module 7 – Reward vs. Punishment

This session covers rewarding children for good behavior. It describes and emphasizes positive behavior and providing social rewards. Parents are encouraged to “catch their children being good.” This session strengthens youth pro-social skills and includes implementing a positive reward system Positive Behavior Intervention and Support (PBIS).

 

Goal 3 – Explore Wellness Opportunities to Strengthen Parents, Children, and the Community-at-large

Module 8 – Mental Health and Counseling

This section focuses on various mental health issues and how parents can identify symptoms and behaviors in their children. Experts including school psychologists and social workers will be on hand to assist with questions and concerns. In addition, resources within the community will be provided to assist in these areas.

Module 9 – Health and Nutrition

This session accentuates the concept of good eating and how it affects student achievement. There will be a panel discussion, hands-on shopping strategies, and the experts in the field including a health coach, school nurse, and dietitian.

Module 10 – Developmental Expectancies and Stress Management

This session discusses physical, mental, and emotional development with a focus on appropriate and realistic expectations for children at different ages. A section on stress and anger management teaches parents what to do when they feel overwhelmed.

Informal and Customized Trainings

These sessions are “thinking out of the box” coaching, where we would bring the message to the parents. Mobile venues could include community rooms within the parents’ apartment complexes, laundromats, nail salons, home visits (Avon Pro-type) and training.

 Activities

Didactic presentations, role-plays, group discussions, games, and skill-building activities

Associated Costs

Specific incentives will be given to parents who are in attendance including grocery shopping gift cards and metro cards.

Attention: All PACE Workshops will now be moved to an online learning platform due to the COVID 19 Pandemic.

Complete this form if you are interested in participating in our PACE workshops. Lastly, inform us if you would like to facilitate one of the workshops.