CSDPA Director

Michael Jackson, Special Asst. for Public Relations & Parent Involvement

2013-2014 Workshop Dates

To be held at Brandon Central Services; Time: 6:30-7:30 p.m.
Tuesday, October 22, 2013
Tuesday, November 19, 2013
Tuesday, February 25, 2014
Tuesday, March 25, 2014
Tuesday, April 22, 2014


The Columbus School District Parent Academy serves parents and families of the Columbus Municipal School District. It is a community-driven initiative designed to provide educational resources to help parents and caring adults become engaged in their child’s education.

Studies have shown that consistent parental involvement is a major factor in determining a student’s academic success. Columbus School District Parent Academy offers families FREE educational opportunities designed to help students succeed AND help parents attain their personal and professional goals.

Columbus School District Parent Academy will host a variety of workshops that address the issues that are important to parents and families.



Frequently Asked Questions about Columbus School District Parent Academy

What is the Columbus School District Parent Academy (CSDPA)?

As a “Network of Family Learning Opportunities”, the CSDPA is a community driven, Columbus Municipal School District led partnership of businesses, community groups, faith-based organizations and educational institutions that provides FREE learning opportunities to parents and families in the Columbus Municipal School District.

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What is the focus of learning opportunities available through the Academy?

There are two key areas of focus for CSDPA workshops:

• Helping parents and family members support children’s learning and development.
• Helping parents and family members increase their personal capacity in a specific area.

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Who can attend CSDPA workshops?

The term “Parent” is used in the broadest sense. It refers to any caring adult in the life of a child, including grandparents, neighbors, agency workers, educators and others who play a significant role supporting children.

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What is the purpose of the CSDPA?

The CSPA strives to deliver high-quality learning opportunities designed to engage and educate parents. It endeavors to build the skills and capacity of parents and families to achieve personal, educational and economic success, resulting in a stronger, healthier community. Additionally, studies have shown that when parents are engaged in learning activities, it has a positive impact on their child’s academic performance.

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What are the goals of the Parent Academy?

• Assist and support parents and guardians to positively impact educational outcomes for children.
• Build skills, knowledge and capacity of families to develop their children and themselves.
• Empower parents to effectively advocate for themselves and their children.
• Strengthen home/school connections.

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Where are CSDPA Workshops held?

CSDPA workshops are conducted monthly at the Brandon Central Services Parent Center. Workshops will typically be no longer than an hour and a half. Topics and presenters will vary. A complete workshop guide will be published before each scheduled workshop.

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How can I become a part of the Columbus School District Parent Academy?

CSDPA registration can be done on the CSDPA website (www.columbuscityschools.org/CSDPA.html) by going to "Become a Member". This will also add you to our email list. If you need assistance with online registration, or you do not have computer access please call CSDPA Director - Michael Jackson, Special Assistant for Public Relations and Parent Involvement at (662) 241-7400

Columbus Schools are Title I funded schools.

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Columbus, Mississippi 39703
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Columbus, Mississippi 39705

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