Thursday, February 25, 2010

CLSJ Conducts Parent Workshops EVERY THURSDAY!

The Center for Law and Social Justice at Medgar Evers College/CUNY (CLSJ) is conducting a series of workshops for parents in Central Brooklyn. The workshops, which started in January, are designed to teach parents how to advocate for their children’s education. Entitled Parent Advocates Coming Together (or P.A.C.T), the workshops are held weekly - EVERY THURSDAY - at the headquarters for CLSJ (located at 1534 Bedford Avenue, 2nd floor, Brooklyn, NY 11216). The workshops are free and open to all parents. Light refreshments will be served and workshop materials will be provided, also at no cost.

For additional information about P.A.C.T, please contact Oseye Mchawi at or call 718-804-8893.

Esmeralda Simmons, Esq., Executive Director of CLSJ says that these workshops are designed to get parents to not only think about how to best advocate for their children but will allow them to engage in interactive role playing and mock demonstrations. “The PACT workshops will truly be interactive. For example parents will have the opportunity to role play scenarios based on actual life situations that one may come across in dealing with the Department of Education. This, we hope, will offer a deeper level of understanding about how to powerfully advocate for their children.”

Some of the planned workshop topics, which will be led by some of the most respected educational leaders and advocates in New York City, include:

* Planning Your Child’s Education: Pre-K thru 12th Grade
* Parents’ Rights and Responsibilities
* Achievement Standards
* The Department of Education Disciplinary Code: What Is It and How Does It Relate to My Child?
* Navigating Public Education for Immigrant Students, and much more

P.A.C.T is funded by the New York Council of Black, Latino, and Asian Caucus and New York State Assembly Members Annette Robinson and Inez Barron.

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