MONTEBELLO – Parents of high school students in the Montebello Unified School District learned tips on using computers, software and other digital tools to support their children’s academic pursuits on May 11 during the last event in this year’s popular Parent-Teacher Connection Workshop series.

The series, which expanded to five workshops this year after launching with three in 2014-15, drew nearly 150 parents that were also held for elementary and middle school parents. The high school workshop took place at Bell Gardens High School.

“Our Parent-Teacher Connection Workshops have been very successful in getting teachers and parents together to increase a parent’s involvement in their child’s education away from school,” MUSD Board of Education President Benjamin Cárdenas said. “Communication with parents is more important now than it ever has been.”

MUSD teachers Gabriela Orozco, David Keys and Janice Shah created the high school program. Elementary school parents received kits that included building blocks to teach mathematics. The intermediate kit featured measuring tapes and elastic bands for exercises to determine proportions and percentages.

Parent involvement has a measurable impact on student academic performance as children generally achieve better grades, test scores and attendance, with more children completing homework assignments.

“Teaching becomes more effective when parents feel empowered with knowledge and validated as their child’s first teacher,” MUSD Superintendent Susanna Contreras Smith said. “The strategies we use and the procedures we have in place can all be passed on to our parents so they feel completely connected to their child’s learning environment.”