John R. Good Elementary School Receives last Parents Step Ahead (PSA) Parent Conference of the School Year

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Irving, Texas – PSA held the final Parent Conference of the 2014-2015 school year at John R. Good Elementary School (Good ES), on Tuesday, May 26, 2015 in the Irving Independent School District (Irving ISD). This was the first PSA Parent Conference held at Good ES since 2011.

John R. Good Elementary School has been a part of Irving since 1959. Their Vision is: No Excuses! Excellence & Equity for all! The school Mission is to, engage learners to become critical thinkers, leaders and contributors in a diverse and competitive world.

More than 200 participants attended the conference, at which expert’s discussed; Awareness of Internet Safety, the importance of Parental Involvement and Family Communication with “Love & Logic”.

Ellen White, Child Protection Specialist for the YMCA of Metropolitan Dallas

The Internet Safety seminar was presented by Ellen White, a licensed Master Social Worker, from the YMCA of Metropolitan of Dallas where she is the Child Protection Specialist. In partnership with The Dallas Children’s Advocacy Center the presentation addressed the important social issues that are prevalent in a digital and online focused generation.

The Importance of Parental Involvement was presented by Parent Involvement Coordinator of Irving ISD, Maurice Walker and Sofia Lopez, School Counselor at Good ES. The seminar outlined how parents can be involved with their children’s education by understanding the school system and the importance of higher education.

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Gloria Garcia, Mountain View College

Gloria Garcia, Teacher Preparation and Anthropology Professor at Mountain View College, spoke on the importance of Family Communication with “Love & Logic”. The seminar touched on effective ways to communicate with your family through empathy and understanding.

The PSA Community Resource Fair at Good ES featured 17 community organizations in the Dallas-Ft. Worth area. Contributors to the Parent Conference were Walmart and McDonald’s, who provided dinner for all participants.

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Ms. Ventura with her children after winning her first computer system.

A new laptop computer was won by Good ES parent, Lady Yaneth Ventura, who attended the conference. “What I loved most about the conference was learning how to be attentive with my kids educationally and personally!” said Ventura, “Whenever I was filling out the form to attended, I had the feeling I needed to go, my children had been begging more for months to buy them a computer, however I was unable to at the time. When I won I had the feeling that I was destined to win, me and my children are so glad we attended, I came for the sessions and for the computer and I left bringing back both the prize and the knowledge!”

The fifth and final PSA Conference of 2015 will be held at Sam Houston Middle School of Irving ISD, Monday, September 28, 2015. For more information please call at (214) 357-2186.

About Parents Step Ahead

Parents Step Ahead is a 501-C3 nonprofit organization with a mission “to recognize, educate, enable and empower parents to take a proactive role in the educational and personal development of their children.” The organization works in partnership with corporations and community organizations to offer a series of programs for parents to demonstrate the importance of parental involvement. Programs are free and include dinner and childcare. www.parentsstepahead.org.

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