School Smarts is the California State PTA’s research-based, award-winning program (White House recognized!) that promotes inclusion and meaningful parent engagement.  It helps parents from all backgrounds gain knowledge and skills to be more effective advocates and leaders on behalf of their children and all children at Roosevelt.

The Roosevelt PTA encourages all parents and guardians to take part in this FREE program!

Roosevelt is offering this program to all families. A facilitator will lead sessions in which parents will have the opportunity to meet and hear from education professionals and representatives within our community and SMMUSD. We ask that you do your best to attend all sessions. Roosevelt Elementary School invites all parents to attend as many sessions as possible. You are officially registered in this Parent Academy once you attend Session 1 or 2 and fill out the Pre-Academy enrollment questionnaire.

This year the program will be offered: Tuesdays from 8:35 am-10:00 am.

Contact: Elena Uliantzeff – Community Liaison at

SESSION 1- 10.01.19

Parent Involvement
Parents’ role as their child’s first teacher and Dr. Joyce Epstein’s research-based model about parent involvement

SESSION 2- 10.08.19

Preparing for a Lifetime of Learning
Meet Roosevelt School Psychologist Hanna Haghayeghi and Stacy Sanchez (school psychology intern) an overview of learning styles
Also “Your child’s growing brain” a very special visit from
Dr. Andrew J. Fuligni, Ph.D., Semel Institute for Neuroscience and Human Behavior, University of California Los Angeles, UCLA.

SESSION 3- 10.15.19

Understanding our Education System
Rachel Faulkner, Santa Monica Education Foundation-Funding programs in our schools
Debra Stern, Assistant Principal-State testing at Roosevelt

SESSION 4- 10.22.19

Understanding Roosevelt
How schools are governed and decisions made
Meet your local leaders in PTA, School Site Governance,
Get a better understanding of the PTA Council and various other school-based groups and why we have them.

SESSION 5- 10.29.19

Becoming an Effective Communicator
Special visitor: Chris Marrero, PsyD
Clinical Psychologist (PSY23017), Biofeedback Specialist
Co-Chair, Organization of Women Leaders, Santa Monica Chamber of Commerce.

SESSION 6 and 7 Combined – 11.12.19

Standing Up for a Quality Education
Becoming a leader and advocate on behalf of your child and all children.
Special visitor TBA (to be announced)
In this session, parents who have been able to attend 4 or more sessions will be recognized with certificates.