The REA Partners with Community Organizations to Support Bilingual Families
The Randolph Education Association hosted the Parent Education Conference for Bilingual Families on January 25, 2020 at Randolph High School. The Conference was made possible by a FAST grant and was open to our Randolph families, staff and community members, as well as other school district representatives and families. This informational day shed light on the educational issues that bilingual families face and presented educators with new perspectives. Those in attendance were able to network with state representatives to have dynamic conversations pertaining to diversity and support services within our community. Several workshops were also offered on topics such as social media, helping children improve their study habits, college financial aid, school violence prevention, and preparing for college.
Dr. Jenaro Rivas Ortega from the Latino Institute of New Jersey led the keynote for the event. Dr. Rivas Ortega was born in Puerto Rico. During his 42 years as an educator, he has worked with families and district staff to create positive relationships that facilitate an effective learning environment for students. His presentation, Road to Your Children’s Future, focused on tips for parents to motivate their children to learn and become productive citizens. He offered insight on college & career readiness, facilitating partnerships between the home and school, and ways to inspire children to be the best they can be.
The event was a tremendous success thanks to the efforts of the Randolph Education Association in collaboration with these community partners. “I would like to thank all of the members who participated in hosting and/or attending the workshops. The end result was camaraderie across our schools and the greater good of doing for the Bilingual population. I highly appreciate all that we accomplished." said Angela Cordova REA Vice President and PRIDE Chair.
We would like to specially thank the NJEA for providing this wonderful conference along with the Latino Institute for recruiting amazing speakers to engage with all those who were able to participate. Additionally, thank you to REA Vice President Angela Cordova, REA Fast Chair Valerie Schmidt, World Languages Supervisor Paula Paredes-Corbel, our ESL staff, and President and CEO of the Latino Institute William Colon who all joined to organize this unique event.