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Family Involvement & Community Engagement Programs

COVID19 Family Resiliency Tools and Zooms


Our lives have changed.
We've had to step into our role as our child's first teacher, again.

To support your journey, AUSD aims to provide families with tools to build skills and knowledge; to connect with community resources; and to enhance a family's self-confidence to do the best they can do to support our youth through this pandemic.

Families are encouraged to participate (or review) the following resources to support their parenting and guiding process:

TOOL: Family K-5 Literacy Learning Guide from our OUSD Neighbors!

Feeling Lost? Want to belong to a Parent Community? You are invited!
Join our School Smarts Parent Academy starting February 23rd. You can learn more here.
Register as space is limited! (Flyer)

What is School Smarts? An introductory session will take place on Tuesday, 2/9 6:30-7:00 p.m

An Evening of Guided ConversationsPresented by Melissa Saunders
Video Recording February 11, 2021
Family Resiliency Series Continues....SAVE THE DATE for March 18, April 22, May 20th  

Alameda Special Education Family Support Group (ASPED) Town Hall with AUSD Leadership, January 11, 2020 6:30-8:00 p.m. (Flyer). You can submit your questions in advance here.
Zoom Link:  

Connected Conversations for Disconnected Times, Presented by Melissa Saunders
Video Recording. December 16, 2020

Book Reading and Conversation with Nancy Johnson & Constance Moore
Author and Illustrator of "Brown: The Many Shades of Love" November 19

Gratitude is Great for The Brain, Presented by Melissa Saunders,
Video Recording: November 16

Tips for Supporting Students with Autism in the Virtual Classroom September 23

Distance Learning: Together We Can Do This! September 16

Family Learning Conference, August 24th and 25th

Promoting Literacy at Home: Tips for Parents and Guardians, May 7

Guidance Principles for supporting Tweens and Teens During COVID19, May 4

Managing Stress & Anxiety During Shelter In Place, April 23

Distance Learning Tips for Families, April 16


Message from Claudia Medina, Coordinator, Family Involvement & Community Engagement Programs


AUSD provides families with educational conversations and workshops that support their parenting journey through the childhood and adolescent years.

To support your child's social-emotional growth, academic development, and college readiness, we offer School Smarts (for elementary parents and guardians) and Parent University (for middle school parents and guardians).  To support you in role as a parent/guardian, we offer our Family Enrichment Speaker Series in partnership with PTA Council featuring expert guests and community conversations related to raising strong and confident children.

You can learn more about these programs on this page.
Please join us! We welcome your engagement and enthusiasm! For questions regarding Family Involvement & Community Engagement Programs, please feel free to send us email at

Programs to Support Your Child's Academic Achievement and Preparation

School Smarts for elementary parents and guardians is designed to support families on how to navigate the public school system. Research tells us that two important characteristics will influence a child's long-term academic success: a parents' ability to navigate the public school system, and a parents' clear communication of high expectations of their children. These workshops are free and include childcare and dinner. Come and learn about your child's development, what they will learn in school, and the important role you play in today's public education system. Plus, you will meet other amazing people on this journey with you. Come and make lifelong friends!

Schedule: 2021 Sessions will begin February 23, 2021

School Smarts Multilingual Programs Website

What is School Smarts? An introductory session will take place on Tuesday, 2/9 6:30-7:00 p.m.  
Meeting ID: 885 9519 0878

Parent University for middle school parents and guardians is part of a college-going framework that includes increasing College Aspirations, College Knowledge, and College Planning. 
These parent/guardian workshops were created by the UC Berkeley Center for Educational Partnerships for the Alameda Unified School District and were tailored by staff of the Parent Involvement & Community Engagement Program and AUSD academic counselors to meet the specific needs of our parent populations. View our general program outline (PDF). Your adolescent is growing up in this digital age, and our parenting style has to adjust and calibrate. Tweens/Teens need our support to navigate their social- emotional life in middle school AND also have the critical academic conversations for their future.
Come join us, you are not alone! 2021 Sessions are being schedules now.....

Programs to Support Parent/Guardians

Alameda Family Enrichment Speaker Series

From navigating our digital era, to raising socially and emotionally responsible young people, these community conversations feature experts on the best ways to raise confident and compassionate children.  Click for upcoming events or to get on our mailing list.


The educational series builds upon families’ strengths by providing parents with the information, skills, and principles essential to support our children's ability to make informed decisions, gain life prep skills, and become mindful and responsible citizens. 

Past events have included:

  • Screentime: A Conversation with Common Sense Media Experts
  • Teen Mental Health Wellness
  • Marijuana and the Brain
  • Adolescent Sleep and Mindfulness 
  • ANGST Film Screening | Anxiety disorders are real, common and treatable 
  • Taming Your Inner Procrastinator 
  • Raising Resilient Teens
  • Decoding Teen Behavior
  • How to Talk with Your Kids About Sexual Harassment
  • Emotional Intelligence 2.0
  • Positioning Black Families for Parent Involvement Success
  • Raising Kids with Emotional Intelligence
  • SCREENAGERS: Growing Up in the Digital Age
  • Family Tech Talk
  • Is that Me Yelling?

Parenting Greatly! (pilot program for AUSD)

A Four-Week Series of Modern and Intentional Parenting & Schooling Conversations.

Come and gain practical knowledge and positive evidence-based practices for raising the most technologically sophisticated generation of all time… in a time of high need for connection, inclusion, and public school advocacy.

We are launching pilots for two of our great schools. Be on the look out for your site schedule in 2022.

 Join us! 

An Evening of Guided Conversations
Please join Melissa Saunders for an evening of guided conversations about how families and students can practice social-emotional learning skills, gratitude, compassion, connection, resilience and kindness during distance learning. (Flyer)
Thursday, February 11, 2021 | 6:30-7:30 p.m.  Meeting ID: 814 2777 2247

stack of books
Raising kids is the hardest job in the world! One day they are tiny and socializing in the play yard and the next day, they are navigating adolescence. Equip yourself with knowledge and know-how to have important and the sometimes difficult conversations with your child. Join one or more of our  programs. We are your village! -Claudia