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WE Embrace Equity: Latino Parent Tech Nights at SHS

"Todos somos estudiantes, todos somos maestros" – We are all students, we are all teachers.  

At Sunset High School, this is the motto at the monthly Latino parent meetings. For the past five years, Latino parents have met once a month to keep informed about what is happening at the school. Each month, parents are asked what topics they would like to discuss. The issue of Chromebooks coming home quickly became a very popular request.

Sunset High School is a 1 to 1 Future Ready school where all of the students are given a Chromebook to use during the school day as well as to complete homework in the evenings and on weekends.  Maria Samoya, Community Liaison, reached out to Future Ready Curriculum Coordinator, Matt Hiefield  (pronounced Hi-Field) to brainstorm ways to educate Latino parents about technology use in the home.

Maria and Matt applied for and were awarded a Nike School Innovation Grant to support the evening meetings and are being assisted by the District's Office of Equity and Inclusion and the Future Ready Team. Childcare is provided and a translator is available to assist in the communication with parents.

At the meetings, parents are given lessons in Chromebook basics like logging on and charging. They are also given tutorials on how to log on to the District and school webpages and how to access Google Translate to view the pages in Spanish. Student and teacher volunteers walk the parents through how to log on and access ParentVue and StudentVue and how to have conversations with their students about their attendance and grades.

Parents have appreciated learning more about the technology their children are learning with and how to help their children succeed.