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Uncovering Families’ Funds of Knowledge

Uncovering Families’ Funds of Knowledge

On October 10th McDougle Elementary hosted a parent-led workshop called “Edible Bouquets.” This workshop was opened to the entire Klein Forest family of schools and is part of Klein ISD Parent University. Talk about making connections! The workshop was held with the intention of building and enhancing the capacity of families, but it went above and beyond that!

As the parent liaison at McDougle, I have the honor and privilege of knowing and building relationships with many extraordinary families at McDougle, and in particular, some mighty moms like Maria Hernandez. Maria is one of our adult ESL students and has been committed to learning English for the last 2 1/2 years. This is not an easy task as she has three beautiful boys at McDougle and works outside the home part-time. For Maria, being a working mom, attending class, and being involved takes even more effort as her three boys all have special needs. However, Maria always has a positive attitude and is extremely hard working. Although Maria was somewhat nervous to lead the Edible Bouquet workshop, she decided to step outside her comfort zone and share her incredible talent with other parents. In addition, Maria actively participated in preparing and planning for the workshop by writing the instructions, setting up work stations, and working on the details. While watching Maria lead the class, it was clear that her confidence level and her capabilities were through the roof. Maria absolutely soared and brought all her incredible talent to serve other families. To say that she is an inspiration is an understatement. She received tremendous positive feedback from the attendees and staff which helped her feel even more empowered.

I am in awe at how impactful Family Engagement workshops can be in highlighting our parents as forever leaders and learners which in turn is passed along to our students in our shared vision. Maria is truly a positive role model for her children, and I am honored and grateful to know her. An asset-based approach in family engagement is part of best practices to ensure effective collaboration between families and schools. Klein ISD Parent University looks to strengthen the family engagement practice in participant schools while connecting and empowering families to support their students from Promise2Purpose!

For more information about the Family Engagement program, please contact Maria Ovalle-Lopez, Family Engagement Coordinator, at

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