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Family and Community Engagement Programs

Contact Information

Physical Address:
6400 Uptown Blvd. NE Suite 380 West Albuquerque 87110 Map

Phone: (505) 855-9850
Fax: (505) 830-1771

Full staff listing

Family Engagement LogoFamily Engagement Unit

Parent University Connected (PUC)

Parent University Leadership (PUL)

School Training for Engagement Planning (STEP)



    Parent University Connected (PUC)

    Interested in PUC?

    PUC Application Form

    Parent University Connected (PUC) provides families with information about APS and our resources and assists families in developing skills to support their child’s learning and success. Participants can earn a Certificate of Completion, “graduate” into Parent University Leadership and become more involved in supporting their children and their schools. Parent University Connected is open to all families in APS and participants can finish whichever learning sessions that they choose to. Learning sessions are short videos with the most important information that families need to know about the topics. These sessions can be completed either on-line or through in-person learning sessions.

    Participants wanting to earn a Certificate of Completion and maybe move on to Parent University Leadership will complete 3-5 easy and quick learning sessions and questions that check for understanding.  

    "Parent University helped me to motivate my children to learn to read and also to continue to lead at the house and school. Especially the Cyber Bullying and Teen Dating Violence. It helped with school behavior and community issues."  – Parent
    Interested in PUL?

    PUL Application Form

    Parent University Leadership (PUL)

    Parent University Leadership (PUL) is the next step for families who have completed PUC and who want to increase how they support their children and schools.  In our sessions, parents will learn: family engagement strategies; how to be more involved in their children’s learning, success and school; and leadership skills.

    Participants will attend as part of a team, with other parents from their school.  Parent University Leadership includes 5 two hour evening sessions (plus a half hour dinner), childcare, leadership training, support for implementing a family engagement project in their school, and a graduation celebration.

    If you are interested in participating in Parent University Leadership (PUL), you will first need to earn a Certificate of Completion from Parent University Connected (PUC).

     "Parent University helped me to communicate better with my school for my son and learn to advocate in the schools."  – Parent


    School Training for Engagement Planning (STEP)

    School Training for Engagement Planning (STEP) workshops are facilitated one day sessions for groups of school staff who are leading family engagement efforts. Group participants may include the school administrator, Family Liaison and Community School Coordinator, as well as other key personnel and families. Participant groups will learn about family engagement strategies and best practices and will be supported in the development of a comprehensive research and data based Family Engagement Action Plan. Schools will receive follow-up coaching and technical assistance to ensure that their plan is implemented and their outcomes are met.

    If your school is interested in the School Training for Engagement Planning (STEP), please contact Sheri Copeland, Family Engagement Manager, by phone (505) 855-9854 or email

    “(Y)our department organized an extremely beneficial and enjoyable professional development opportunity. I loved how you gave us time to work on each section. I am going to incorporate that into my next PD. It was just so well organized and informative.  Your presenters did an excellent job.  The time just flew....and we gleaned many ideas for planning.” – APS Instructional Coach

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