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Klein ISD Celebrates over 200 Involved Family Members in 2020 Parent University

Klein ISD is committed to taking care of the whole student and every family.  Over 211 family members, parents, and guardians of Klein ISD students graduated from Parent University this year, signifying a strong commitment to their students’ educational journey. 

“As part of our Klein ISD Parent University this year, we connected a group of parent leaders with a new and exciting learning opportunity offered by Texas A&M: Project Moopil,” Klein ISD Family Engagement Program Coordinator Maria Ovalle-Lopez said. “This is a series of free online modules offered by this prestigious university for families to review and learn the importance of building partnerships with the schools and teachers.” 

Seven parents from Eiland Elementary and Kaiser Elementary joined the cohort and were able to access the classes from home and learn at their own pace. They also participated in three debriefing sessions where families and school leaders had the opportunity to share their experiences and learning.

Texas A&M Cohort

From Eiland Elementary:
Maria Villafaña
Maria Ortega
Nohemi Zavala
Nayeli Gomez

From Kaiser Elementary:
Ma. Esther Contreras
Natalia DeSantos
Olga Burbano

“I am so proud of the commitment that our Parent University Graduates have made to their children’s education,” Klein ISD Superintendent Dr. Jenny McGown said. “Thank you to our state-recognized Family Engagement Department and the Parent Liaisons and Counselors who have dedicated their time to engaging, educating, and equipping our families in Klein ISD.”

The Parent University initiative originated at Klein Intermediate and looks to empower families to actively participate in their student’s education by engaging in meaningful partnerships with the schools and support the Klein ISD vision that every student enters with a promise and exits with a purpose.

Parents and family members who participate in Parent University attend sessions of their choosing in three categories: academics — courses designed to help parents understand course material; health and wellness — courses designed to provide information about proper nutrition, home environment, adequate sleep, mental and social wellness and more; personal growth and development — courses providing families with opportunities to build upon their own skills for personal and professional growth. To graduate, participants were required to attend four-five sessions before the school year was unexpectedly cut short.

“The activities they did after school helped me teach kids that there are different ways of learning that are fun,” said Leticia Pereyra, Klein ISD Parent University Graduate from Grace England Childhood Center. “They helped me get more involved in their learning and learn that there are different materials that we have at home that we can use. Also, participating in the Adult ESL classes helped me to learn words that I did not know, to have a better pronunciation and it led me to the opportunity to obtain a job.”

The program has continuously grown as more families realize the positive impact that active family involvement in education has on a student’s journey and, ultimately, their achievement.

“The dedication and commitment that these parents and family members have demonstrated is remarkable,” Ovalle-Lopez said. “We are honored to have the opportunity to work collaboratively with them on behalf of their students, and we look forward to continuing to support and connect families from Promise2Purpose!”


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Klein ISD has an established 84-year history of excellence and innovation in education with unique pathways for EVERY student in our care to ensure learners are college, career, military, and life ready. With recognition for STEM, athletics, fine arts, and academics from highly-esteemed organizations, it is clear that Our Shared Vision of every student entering with a promise and exiting with a purpose is a reality for EVERY student who walks through our doors.

About Klein ISD
Klein ISD is a school district in Klein, Texas, located in northwestern Harris County. The district spans approximately 88 square miles and serves more than 53,000 students in 33 elementary schools, 10 intermediate campuses, one high school program of choice, and 5 high schools.

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