The Florida PIRC at USF is dedicated to improving and increasing parental involvement in education through a variety of programs and services. Our services target a broad range of audiences including parents; educators at the school, district, regional and state level; and community- and faith-based groups. All programs of the Florida PIRC at USF work toward a common goal of empowering Florida’s families to support children’s academic success. The services come in many forms and formats such as workshops, online resources, technical assistance, and outreach.
Please see below for brief descriptions of different types of services offered by the Florida PIRC at USF . Click on each initiative for more detailed information.
Early Childhood: We believe that parental involvement in education begins in the earliest years of life. We offer a range of trainings and support services geared toward both early childhood educators and parents of children ages zero to five.
Workshops: Workshops offered by the Florida PIRC at USF address a variety of topics for both educators and parents. All workshops contain components designed to encourage and enable parents to become more effectively involved in their child’s education. Workshops also are designed to empower and support educators in effectively collaborating with families to improve student achievement.
News You Can Use: Visit this section of the site often for announcements about educational news and current events from the Florida PIRC at USF and its partners.
Parental Involvement Learning Communities: The Florida Department of Education divides Florida into five educational policy regions. The Florida PIRC at USF has established, or is in the process of establishing, a regional parental involvement learning community in each of these regions. These groups meet regularly to share resources, collaborate on ideas, and build capacity for increasing parent involvement in each region of Florida.
Technical Assistance: The Florida PIRC at USF provides schools, school districts, and organizations with technical assistance regarding the implementation of research-based parental involvement programs and federal parental involvement requirements (NCLB, Title I, Section 1118).
Outreach: The Florida PIRC at USF upholds the right of all Florida’s children to have the opportunity to succeed in school. With this mission in mind, outreach activities target especially families who may be at a disadvantage in becoming involved in their child’s education due to educational reasons, language differences, and/or economic factors.