New York :
As we approach the end of an unprecedented year, I look back on the past eight months with a deep sense of gratitude and admiration for the unconditional commitment that parents have shown to their children and to New York City. I always say that parents are our allies in everything we do, and that has been demonstrated more than ever during the coronavirus pandemic. Each family has done more than is required in this crisis, and their continued dedication and commitment to our school communities has been critical to moving forward together.
As a parent, I know how difficult it can be – even under normal circumstances – to be pushed in different directions at the same time. Right now, it seems that society’s expectations of parents have increased tenfold, and we want them to know that we are here to support them every step of the way. We do everything possible to help parents and equip them as our allies for the good of the students and of this City.
In that spirit, I am proud to announce the launch of Parent University – a new online platform offering prerecorded courses, live events, and activities to help families connect with and support students of all grades, in multiple languages.
Knowing that families are busier than ever, this platform is designed to meet the ongoing needs of parents through a variety of on-demand resources that take advantage of best practices in various areas of study and grades. We invite families in all five boroughs to create a free account and sign up for workshops, attend events, access training and much more through the Parent University website.
Currently more than 95 courses are offered through this platform covering a wide variety of topics. There is something for everyone at Parent University – from reading strategies for students with disabilities and help with multiplying fractions to learning how to use Google Classroom and preparing for the Parent-Teacher Association (PTA) elections.
Parent University will also allow us to share important news, information, and updates with families. I am very happy that this platform represents yet another achievement in our work to communicate essential information to parents and guardians during this crisis and in the future.
Now more than ever, it is critically important that we find creative new ways to support families and strengthen our school communities, and that is precisely what Parent University is all about. This crisis has required a lot of flexibility and patience on the part of families, and we are here to support them at this time in their lives. We are committed to empowering parents as partners throughout the learning process, and I look forward to exploring the Parent University website, accessing resources, and signing up for a new workshop at https: //parentu.schools .nyc /.
-Richard A. Carranza is the Chancellor of the Schools of the City of New York