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Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Extension Begins Training for School Success Program

By Hannah Jastram, Communications Associate

On March 30, University of Minnesota Extension staff, in partnership with the Minnesota Department of Education, will begin training future facilitators of Education: Our Best Legacy (EOBL). This program was developed by Center for Family Development (FD) staff to help middle school students get the most out of school. EOBL is one of several parent education programs offered under FD’s Partnering for School Success project.


Despite overall strong marks in academic achievement, Minnesota experiences one of the highest levels of educational disparities in the country. FD staff in family resiliency created the EOBL program to close these opportunity gaps in education.

The goal of the program is to strengthen the interaction and partnerships between parents and children, and between parents and schools. Research shows that families play a meaningful role in their children's educational success. In addition, rather than thinking of only parent involvement at school, it is helpful to include parent involvement at home. For these reasons, EOBL covers topics such as how parents can set clear and reasonable expectations, how parents can provide a regular routine, and how to set a good example for their children.

The March 30 facilitator training session in Minneapolis will include a review of these topics, as well as an overview of the program goals, research, and cultural adaptations. The training session also will cover skills and resources needed to facilitate the program. A facilitator training session for Spanish-speaking audiences is scheduled for April 5 in Mankato.

Silvia Alvarez de Davila, Extension educator in family resiliency, teaches a class in Spanish to parents.

The EOBL facilitator training is for principals, teachers, home school liaisons, school social workers, counselors, and family and parent educators who serve parents of middle school children. Cost is $120 per individual, including the first person enrolling from an organization. The cost for subsequent enrollees from the same organization is $30 each. Get more details and register here: http://z.umn.edu/eobltrain

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