Kinder-12th Grade Parent/Family Curriculum

College Conversations: Empowering Families to Support Student Aspirations

Curriculum Overview 

These workshops are designed for California Families.

College Conversations: Empowering Families to Support Student Aspirations - a series of bilingual (English/Spanish) community conversations “workshops” designed to meet the needs of parents and families throughout the K-12 college-going experience (including developing aspirations, gaining college-knowledge, college planning, and application).

These community conversations “workshops” were created by UC Berkeley Center for Educational Partnerships to meet the needs of parents and families throughout the K-12 experience. The following principles guide this Community Conversation/Plática “workshop” model:

  • Families are seen as experts who hold valuable knowledge, funds of wisdom, and community cultural wealth.

  • Families are given the opportunity to share thoughts, ideas, and experiences related to the college knowledge shared during the conversation.

  • Conversations recognize and validate cultural norms while introducing and considering educational norms and expectations.

  • Conversations build community by fostering dialogue and interaction to support the establishment of a supportive network of parents and families.

  • The curriculum includes parent evaluations.

These conversations are part of a college-going framework that includes increasing College Aspirations, College Knowledge, and College Planning.

  • College Aspirations:  We want ALL students to see themselves in college and know they can succeed in any post-secondary option they choose.

  • College Knowledge:  Once students have developed the predisposition to college-going, they need access to college knowledge connecting their aspirations to reality.

  • College Planning:  With college knowledge, students will have the foundation to plan their academic futures.

The elementary school workshops are focused on College Aspirations, middle school workshops are focused on College Aspirations and College Knowledge, and high school workshops are focused on College Knowledge and College Planning.

Elementary School Workshops (Kinder - 5th Grade)

  1. (Kinder-2nd) Looking Ahead: Expectations for our Children’s Future
  2. (Kinder-2nd) Why College?
  3. (3rd-5th) Developing Academic Skills & Promoting Achievement
  4. (3rd-5th) Changes: Making Successful Transitions
  5. (Kinder-5th) Intro to Paying for College

Middle School Workshops (6th - 8th Grade)

  1. (6th) Welcome to Middle School
  2. (6th) Promoting a Growth Mindset
  3. (7th) College 101
  4. (7th) Exploring Career Options
  5. (8th) High School, Here I Come!
  6. (8th) Creating the 4-Year Academic Plan
  7. (6th-8th) Paying for College 101: Part I

High School Workshops (9th - 12th Grade)

  1. (9th) Transitioning to High School
  2. (9th) The Importance of the 4-Year Academic Plan
  3. (10th) College Requirements
  4. (10th) College Entrance Exams
  5. (11th) 11th/12th Grade Timeline
  6. (11th) Understanding Degrees & Majors
  7. (12th) Senior College Night
  8. (12th) Senior Financial Aid Night
  9. (9th-12th) Paying for College 101: Part II

How to Purchase:

  • Once on the website, select the desired curriculum and click on the blue ENROLL button.
  • Once you create an account, pay via credit card.
  • Once purchased, you have 30 days to access the site where you can download the curriculum to your computer.
  • Instructions and more information are provided on the landing page of the "course".
  • Note that we use the CANVAS platform for payment and to host the curriculum which you download.


For more information, contact Dr. Claudia Canizales Aguilar ( sends e-mail))