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Parent Leadership

Parent leadership programs led by OEP engage parents in education to maximize community, school, and family assets to support children’s academic success, across the P-20 pipeline.

Padres Adelante is one such parent leadership program designed for parents (P-20) who would like to increase their knowledge of the educational system in the United States, learn how to support the academic achievement of their children to ensure that their child is empowered to succeed in school and access higher education. The program uses the Parent School Partnership (PSP) curriculum developed by the Mexican American Legal Aid and Defense Fund (MALDEF) to inform parents about their rights and responsibilities within the school system, the structure and function of the school and district, politics in education, and college entrance requirements.


  • Parents of students in grades are enrolled in a 16 session parent-only class, conducted in English and Spanish, which meets weekly or every other week.
  • Leaders within the parent group assign officers for their group, “lead members” who meet outside the sessions to identify speakers for the classes, craft newsletters and make calls to other parents to enlist them in classes.
  • Parents are encouraged and supported in attending and presenting at English Language Advisory Committee (ELAC) meetings, school board meetings, local/regional conferences and other public forums.
  • UCSB hosts several parent outreach and college planning events and parents are invited to attend and contribute to those gatherings.
  • When feasible parents are encouraged to fundraise and form a tax-exempt nonprofit organization to solidify their group’s structure and advance their cause.


For more information, contact Mario Castellanos, Executive Director of the Office of Education Partnerships

Program Contacts

Mario Castellanos
OEP Executive Director

(805) 893-3105

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