Austin ISD Parent Support Specialists are charged to identify, develop, and engage parents in their child's education by:
- Providing Parent and Family Support
Organize and conduct parent training sessions to help parents navigate school systems and the District; organize meetings for parents to disseminate information and to gather input from them; and provide resources and referrals for academic, social service and other support.
- Conduct Communications and Outreach
Connect schools to parents via multicultural outreach efforts.
- Create Parent Leadership Opportunties/PTA
Identify, develop and engage parents in their child's school(s) community and connect them to leadership role opportunities at the school and within the District such as: Parents & Family as Co-teachers, Parents & Family as Co-trainers, Parents & Family as Resources, Parents & Family as Decision Makers.
Schools with Parent Support Specialists
Parent Support Specialists, who are funded by the City of Austin, are placed in Title I schools. That is, they work at schools with student populations from families determined to be of low-income.
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