Three faculty members in the Department of Counseling and Educational Development, Dr. Laura M. Gonzalez, Dr. Erik M. Hines and Dr. L. DiAnne Borders, received internal funding this spring to pilot a six-week parent curriculum they created in both English and Spanish. The three developed the parent curriculum (along with Dr. Villalba, now at Wake Forest) with funding from a College Access Challenge Grant grant to UNC General Administration and the College Foundation of North Carolina (located on the UNCG campus). The curriculum was developed to inform and support parents as they worked with their children on the steps of planning for college/career options.
With funding from the School of Education Dean’s Office, Hines and Borders oversaw the delivery of the curriculum to African American parents and grandparents at Smith High School. With funding from the Coalition for Diverse Language Communities, Gonzalez and Donna Weaver (CFNC/GEAR UP services manager) delivered the parent curriculum to Spanish-speaking middle school and high school parents in the Asheboro City School system.
The three faculty members collected pre-post data at both locations. They are working with Deana Hasty, SOE pre-award research coordinator, to identify external funding opportunities for larger scale implementation and validation studies.