News from UPLAN

UPLAN Leaders Share Expertise on Parent Leadership!

UPLAN’s message is getting out there in 2018! Organizations across the country are asking UPLAN parent leaders to their share expertise on parent leadership. In January, UPLAN parent leader and Governing Council member Julia Sosa from the Parent Institute for Quality Education (PIQE), Donna Thompson-Bennett Co-Director of the National Parent Leadership Institute (NPLI), and UPLAN National Organizer Erin Moore shared

U.S. Department of Education’s Sensitive Locations Fact Sheet Now Available in Spanish!

The U.S. Departments of Education and Homeland Security have a joint policy to not conduct  immigration enforcement activities at “sensitive locations” including schools, school bus stops, health care facilities, places of worship, religious or civil ceremonies, and public demonstrations. UPLAN parent leaders, in several meetings with US Department of Education top officials, shared parents’ fears and the barriers to engaging

UPLAN National Gathering Energizes Parent Leaders

UPLAN’s 2017 national gathering was a success! 111 representatives convened in Albuquerque, New Mexico from 25 UPLAN member groups and several partner organizations including Every Child Matters, the National Association of Family, School, and Community Engagement (NAFSCE), and Partners for Each and Every Child.    The gathering was an incredible opportunity for parent leaders to engage with their peers from

UPLAN Talks Child Care, Parent Engagement, and Immigration on Capitol Hill

UPLAN parent leaders Toyin Anderson and Dru Hill, along with UPLAN and member organization staff, took to Washington DC to strategize on and advance the idea of affordable and accessible child care for all families! On October 23rd, they gathered with other national leaders and organizers to learn more about the Child Care for Working Families Act, a UPLAN-endorsed bill.

Webinar: “What Every Parent Needs to Know About ESSA”

Parent leaders – You’re invited to a webinar on the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA)! Now is the time for parents to speak up on their district’s ESSA plans! Join us for a free webinar to: *Understand ESSA and what it means for your child and community. *Know what to expect from your school district as they engage parents on

2017 UPLAN National Gathering Announced!

We’re excited to announce UPLAN’s 2017 National Conference, November 28-30, 2018 in Albuquerque, New Mexico! UPLAN parent leaders and member groups will gather to: *Participate in and lead workshops on policy issues, organizing and leadership development strategies, and more! *Network and build relationships with other parent leaders from across the country. *Shape UPLAN’s goals, strategies, and structure for 2018. We

Postcard Campaign Launched!

On June 24, 2017 three UPLAN leaders spoke at the closing plenary of the National Family and Community Engagement Conference in San Francisco and launched their post card campaign to create a federal Office of Parent Engagement and a Parent Advisory Council within the U.S. Department of Education. Three-hundred signed post cards expressing support for this recommendation have been sent

UPLAN Makes Connections at Family and Community Engagement Conference

UPLAN spread the word about parent leadership and organizing at the Institute for Educational Leadership’s National Family and Community Engagement Conference in San Francisco June 22-24, 2017. UPLAN was featured in the closing plenary where three Governing Council members – Regina Elmi, Rosazlia Grillier, and Zully Rodriguez – delivered keynote speeches about their experiences and visions as parent leaders. Additionally,

UPLAN Takes Parent Engagement Campaign to Washington D.C.

Five members of UPLAN’s Governing Council went to Washington D.C. May 2nd and 3rd to spread the word about the need for parent voice in policy-making at the national level. They met with the Assistant Deputy Secretary of the U.S. Department of Education, sharing UPLAN’s recommendation to create an Office of Parent Engagement so that parent voices can be effectively

Parents Push for Federal Office of Parent Engagement

UPLAN Governing Council leaders will head to Washington, D.C. in May to meet with a senior official in the Department of Education to propose the creation of an Office of Parent Engagement to assure that authentic parent voices are heard in the creation of all policies that affect children and families. Parent leaders will also meet with other public officials

Spreading the Word about Parent Leadership and Organizing

Join us in San Francisco, June 22-24, 2017, for the Institute for Educational Leadership’s National Family and Community Engagement Conference. UPLAN leaders from across the country will present a workshop called “Parents as Decision-Makers and Policy Leaders,” sharing values of parent leadership and organizing and lessons learned. UPLAN member organizations Abriendo Puertas, Community Organizing and Family Issues (COFI), the National

Congratulations to Parent Voices on 20 years!

This year Parent Voices, a founding UPLAN member organization, celebrates 20 years of “Action for the Love of Our Children.” Parent leaders with Parent Voices have led the efforts to expand accessibility and affordability of childcare in California, along with other programs that help low-income families survive and thrive! Congratulations to all the parent leaders, staff, and supporters of Parent

Parent Engagement Toolkit for L.A. Schools

UPLAN member group Parent Institute for Quality Education (PIQE), as part of Communities for Los Angeles Student Success (CLASS), helped create a parent engagement toolkit for L.A. schools. Check it out here!

UPLAN Kicks Off Membership Drive: Join Us!

On December 5th, ten UPLAN parent leaders from the across the country gathered in Washington, D.C. to launch our membership drive. We also shared our Founding Vision: A Policy Platform for Children and Families and our priority issues. Our most immediate policy focus areas are: 1) calling for a new federal Office of Parent Engagement, 2) increasing resources for and

Deep Roots: Our Beginning

I have the opportunity to be heard because I am standing with a national network of parents who are fighting, just as I am, for the well-being of our children. – Zully Rodriguez

Toolkit to Engage Families in Early Learning

“By empowering families to shape systems—as decision-makers, advocates, partners and providers—outcomes improve for both families and systems.” This new report, “Ripples of Transformation: Families Leading Change in Early Childhood Systems,” provides strategies and resources for early childhood providers to better engage parents as leaders and decision makers. It features stories and ideas from some of UPLAN’s member organizations, so be

The Ripple Effect

A study from the Annenberg Institute for School Reform describes how parent leadership initiatives create a positive and powerful “Ripple Effect.”

Moms Say, “Don’t Make Policy About Us, Without Us!”

This article by Linda Meric originally appeared in the Huffington Post: “Low-income moms know the truth of how policies fail, and their knowledge is critical to change them. Low-income moms have lots of ideas about how to make better policy.”

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