November 1, 2007
Street Law was pleased to partner with the University of Tennessee to offer training in Street Law’s Parents and the Law (PAL) curriculum to 22 extension agents from their Family and Consumer Science and Youth Development programs across the state. The training took place in Crossville, Tennessee, on September 24–25, 2007.
The goal of the training was to help the agents incorporate PAL lessons into their family strengthening programs. To that end, Street Law consultant and attorney Katya Lezin designed a training program that highlighted the rationale for teaching young parents about practical law and how the content and methodology in Street Law lessons relate to research on resilient youth and successful prevention programs. To put their training into action, participants practiced teaching the lessons themselves and developed detailed plans to share PAL lessons with their community contacts.
Associate Professor Denise J. Brandon, a PAL national training alumnus who helped to organize the Tennessee training, reported that the participants plan to use the PAL materials and training in a variety of settings including: alternative schools for young parents, family and consumer science courses in mainstream schools, homes for mothers and infants, group home settings, and court-assigned classes for juveniles and for parents who have been ordered to attend parenting classes. According to Brandon, “I expect to see positive results from this training and the use of this curriculum.”
More information on the Parents and the Law curriculum
- The PAL curriculum is designed to help young parents strengthen their families and prevent child abuse and neglect.
- Housed in two three-ringed binders, the user-friendly materials can be used by teacher and non-teachers alike. Each complete lesson plan is laid out step-by-step, including questions for students, teaching strategies, and evaluation tools.
- Student materials are provided in both English and Spanish. The 23 lessons can form the curriculum for a separate class, or teachers can select individual lessons to incorporate into existing parenting classes.
(Reproduced with permission)