National African American Parent Involvement Day (NAAPID) started in 1996. It was the brainchild of Joseph Dulin, a longtime school principal in Michigan. He was attending the Million Man March in Washington, D.C. and was inspired by a speaker at the event who challenged the men in the crowd to go back to their communities and do more.
NAAPID is a national call to action to get parents, particularly those of children of African-American descent, more involved in their educational lives. It is expected that this national observation will open up dialogue among teachers, parents, and students, which will lead to a more conducive learning environment for African American students from kindergarten through college.
NAAPID's call to action is designed to address the serious achievement gap facing African- American students, who continue to lag behind other ethnic and minority groups. Research shows that the more that parents are involved in the educational lives of their children, the greater their academic success. Therefore, NAAPID is making a concerted effort to get more parents involved in this win/win endeavor that will benefit all stakeholders.
When is NAAPID?
NAAPID is held the second Monday in February which is African American History Month.
Parents Make the Difference!
Parents, family, staff and community working together make the difference in student success. Be Unified!
Schools are hosting events across the district. Contact your school to learn about events and activities and get involved. The district-wide family event will be held at the Roller Gardens on February 13, 2017 from 6-8 pm. This event fills by 6:15 so come early.
Parents learn about enriching programs, connect with MPS staff, request enrollment for 2017-18 school year and much more. This is a free event for all MPS families but space is limited.