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Mercy College School of Education in the Community

School of Education Bronx Parent Center: In the News, in the Community and on the Move

The Mercy College School of Education Bronx Parent Center has received national attention since opening in 2012. At that time, it was featured in the Education Week article, "Partnership in Bronx Aims to Build Skills on Behalf of Parents: Mercy College Education School Reaches Out." The article identified the center as a first-of-its-kind, faculty-led initiative by the Mercy College School of Education. It is an innovative model for working with Bronx schools to promote and expand parent engagement and leadership in order to improve student achievement and to close the achievement gap for students in Pre-K - 12 schools.


More than 100 enthusiastic parents from Districts 8, 9 
and 10 in the Bronx, with children in grades Pre-K through
middle school, attended a Common Core English Language
Arts breakfast workshops at the Bronx Parent Center
with Associate Professor and Director of the center, 
Dr. Aramina Vega Ferrer.



Dr. Charlotte K. Frank, long time benefactor and supporter of the BPC, was recognized for her generosity in a dedication ceremony naming one of the rooms at the BPC after her. Dr. Frank is a Bronx native who had enjoyed a long career as an executive for McGraw-Hill Educational. As a teacher, supervisor, executive director for the Division of Curriculum and Instruction for the New York City Board of Education, and a Regent of the State of New York, she has been at the foremost of championing educational causes. 

Since the Center's grand opening in 2012, faculty have offered countless free parent workshops in both English and Spanish to a diverse population. Topics have ranged from health, nutrition and financial planning to reading strategies, navigating the special educational process and preparing for the NYS standardized tests (grade 3 - 8) and the High School Regents exams. The center also serves as a research base for faculty to investigate best practices in parent engagement and a laboratory for teacher candidates.