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MEDIA ADVISORY Parents to Walk Stage at AISD's Maestro en Casa Graduation Ceremony

About 160 parents will graduate from AISD's Maestro en Casa, Teacher at Home, program. The program teaches non-native English speakers basic English lessons and life skills-from making a doctor's appointment to buying a home.
 
The program is aimed at encouraging parents to resume their studies, by pursuing their GED or continuing their English as a Second Language studies.
 
When: 6-8 p.m. May 3
 
Where: Austin ISD Performing Arts Center, 1500 Barbara Jordan Blvd.
 
What: In addition to the Maestro en Casa graduation ceremony, there will be a resource fair to provide educational opportunities for families. This year's program will be bilingual English-Spanish. Graduates speak Arabic, Spanish, Burmese, Portuguese, Ukrainian and Pashto.
 
Background: Since 2015, Austin ISD has been implementing Maestro en Casa, a practical and simple English-language learning and life skills program. Basic English lessons help adult learners navigate common American situations and systems. The lessons are supplemented and enhanced with six culturally effective workbooks, each covering a different subject.
 
Parents Support Specialists in 21 schools are trained to be Maestro en Casa instructors. Parents attend free classes at schools and participate in a graduation ceremony at the end of the course.
 
Maestro en Casa is a partnership between AISD and the Mexicans and Americans Thinking Together Foundation.
 
 
Graduation
Participating Schools
Graduates
2014-15
4
45
2015-16
10
82
2016-17 (in progress)
21
160 (anticipated)
 
For more information, please contact Norma Garza at 512-414-0023.
 
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