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Parents Honored This Graduation Season

College & Career Readiness, Current Events & News, Parent & Family Engagement, Who We Are | 06/02/2017

Justin Ohlemiller
Executive Director

Justin Ohlemiller is the Executive Director of Stand for Children Indiana

Parents and community leaders associated with three Indianapolis Public Schools (IPS) graduated from Stand University for Parents (Stand UP) in separate ceremonies, the first of which took place on Thursday night. Stand UP is a six-week program that teaches skills to help parents better support the academic success of children and coaches them on building more effective partnerships with school leaders. 

A total of 38 parents and community members will earn their Stand UP graduation certificate in ceremonies being held in John Marshall Community Middle School, George Buck School 94 and Washington Irving School 14. Research shows that parent involvement is an important factor in improving academic performance of schools.

The parent graduates will give speeches during the ceremony discussing how Stand UP has empowered them to change their own lives, as well as make changes to support all IPS students. 

Other Stand UP graduations will take place next week on Monday at George Buck School 94 and Tuesday at Washington Irving School 14.

Stand UP is a research-based, family engagement course for parents of school-age children that is provided by Stand for Children Leadership Center Indiana. Stand UP is focused on actionable steps parents can take immediately to get involved in their children’s academics and to ensure their child is on track for college. Topics include: parental role definition, parent-school relationships, understanding and acting on student data and grades, and specific strategies to help students learn at home. 

Stand UP was launched in Indianapolis in 2014 and nearly 350 parents, grandparents and community stakeholders have graduated from the program hosted in IPS schools.

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