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Monrovia Unified Offers K-12 Parent Education Program

Bedolla is now confident she can help her children succeed thanks to the Parent Institute for Quality Education (PIQE) program. She graduated from her third year in the program on Nov. 28 and gave a parent testimonial for the graduating class and their guests.
Bedolla was one of 79 Monrovia High parents to graduate from the nine-week program that taught them how to prepare their children for higher education, including financial assistance and scholarships, university and college entrance requirements, and how to engage their children with meaningful conversations about their education and goals.
“This program has opened so many doors for my kids and me because I have learned a lot of information that I wouldn’t have known otherwise,” Bedolla said. “I am very happy to graduate, and having my kids next to me means so much. I want to be involved in their education and they can also support me as I grow as a parent.”
PIQE classes are offered to parents of elementary, middle and high school students. At the high school level, parents learn about common core standard, the importance of GPA and how to motivate their students to improve academic performance. Workshops for elementary and middle school parents include positive discipline techniques that encourage academic achievement and how to prepare for teacher conferences.
Workshops provide a platform for parents to participate in open discussions and to receive advice from their peers and PIQE mentors. The program is offered in the mornings and evenings, with classes taught in Spanish and English.
PIQE graduates are eligible to enroll for the second year in the program with workshops that focus on leadership and provide more in-depth information on the topics explored in the first series.
Monrovia Unified piloted the program at one school in 2015-16 and has expanded to each site in the district.
“The strength of our parent engagement is an example of the commitment our community has in our students’ education,” Superintendent Dr. Katherine Thorossian said. “PIQE empowers Monrovia Unified parents through education. Parents are offered this opportunity to participate in this valuable program every year, and should contact their child’s school for more information on how to enroll.”