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Indianapolis, IND. (January 21, 2016) – A free program at Indianapolis Public Schools is helping parents become more involved in their child’s education. Enrollment for the next Stand University for Parents session starts next week.

Stand University for Parents, also known as Stand UP, allows parents to learn more about how the school their child attends works and how to make the overall educational experience more effective. Topics covered in the six-week course include building parent-school relationships and gaining insight on the meaning behind school grades.

Just last month, 103 parents and grandparents graduated from the Stand UP program. Earl Scott was one of the parents who decided to participate.

“First,  I thought the only people involved in children’s education were the teachers and bus drivers,” Scott said. “However, I learned that legislators have a say so. People who make laws have a direct impact on my children.”

Stand UP facilitators like Cesar Roman say they see a drastic change in parents’ perspectives once they complete the course.

“This program changes lives,” Roman said. “It gives parents the confidence to know they are their child’s first teacher. It allows them to look at themselves in the mirror and really examine how they can best help their children.”

The program is expanding to five IPS schools for the winter session. To learn more or enroll, call 317-759-2640.