Anne Arundel County Public Schools’ Office of School and Family Partnerships is looking for candidates for the fourth International Parent and Community Leadership Academy (IPCLA), which begins February 26, 2014.

The  six-week academy is aimed at improving communication between AACPS and international families and diversifying the pool of leaders in schools and the community who can better support the academic achievement of English language learners. Meetings will be held at the Parham Building, located at 2644 Riva Road in Annapolis.

“As the diversity of our student population continues to increase, it is critical that we continue to find ways to engage parents to be partners in the education of their children,” said Teresa Tudor, AACPS’ Senior Manager of School and Family Partnerships. “Our three previous academies have yielded a treasure trove of parents who have not only learned so much about us, but taught us so much about them and their students. This is a mutually beneficial experience for everyone involved.”

Participants will identify and discuss challenges facing immigrant students and their families, gain a better understanding of AACPS programs and initiatives, learn about the responsibilities of the Board of Education, and outline methods for better communication with international families.

Participation is free, and sessions are held each Wednesday.

More information and an application form are available online in the For Your Information section of the AACPS website, www.aacps.org, or by contacting Laura Gardner at 410-224-7061 or by email at lmgardner@aacps.org.