PHARR– Pharr-San Juan-Alamo ISD hosteda free week-long training for all parentsAug.24-31 utilizing Facebook Live.Parentsreceived trainingon how to navigate the new virtual learning landscape for their children and learned how to useGoogle Classroom,Google Meets and the district’sHome Access Center to check their children’s schedule and grades, among other topics.

ThePSJAISD VirtualParentLearningAcademies were collectively viewed this past week almost 40,000 times andshared over 380 times, engaging over 22,000 parents.

“ThePSJAISD Virtual Parent Learning Academies were a success due to the number of parents we were able to connect with,” saidPSJAFamily and Community Engagement Director Norma Garza.

According to Garza, parents were trained on tools their children need for the start of the year. With over 32,000 students,the department took the initiative to offer these trainings for district parents.

“I am very proud of the work our FamilyandCommunity Engagement Departmenthas done to ensure asmooth transition for our parents at the beginning of this schoolyear. I know they will continue to do an awesomejob for ourPSJAFamilies as they continue toassist them insuccessfullynavigating thisnew virtuallearning landscape atPSJAISD,”said Superintendent Dr. Jorge L. Arredondo.

ThePSJAISD VirtualParentLearning Academiesconsisted ofreal-time engagementbetweenparents and district staffandimmediatequestionsansweredwithin the live session.No registration wasrequired and sessions were provided in both English and Spanish. Parents tuned in to the Academies during their preferred session, via thePSJAParental Engagement Program Facebook page. Evenparents without a Facebookprofile were able to watch theacademieslive by searching the program’s Facebook page, @PSJAParental Engagement Program, on the web or catch up on demand by visiting the district’s website or YouTube page @PSJAISD.

“We will continue ourVirtual Parent Learning Academies throughout the year,” saidGarza.“We want to offer them at least once a week in the evening,as a bilingual session,so they can help their children in the morning or if they work.Upcoming topicswillincludeClever, iStation, andGoogle Meets.We are excited; this initiative will make a huge difference in our community. We connected with parents we had not reached before.”

ThePSJAISDVirtual Parent Learning Academiescan beviewed at parents’,thePSJAFamily and Community Engagement Department’s Facebook page (@PSJAParental Engagement Department) or the district’s YouTube Channel @PSJAISD.