COSTA MESA ? It looked like a typical test in a portable classroom at Rea Elementary School on Tuesday morning. Eleven students listened as Liliana Zerouali, a family outreach advocate for the Newport-Mesa Unified School District, read aloud questions in Spanish as the test-takers wrote answers.
The difference was that the students were all adults, and the subject matter was parenting.
In September, the school district netted an $8.23-million federal grant for Advocates Supporting Kids, a program dedicated to mentoring at-risk children and preventing school violence. The effort doesn't end with students, however. As part of the program, the district offers classes for parents who are struggling to relate to their children ? or who want to avoid struggles down the road.
"They learn that if there's a mom and a dad at home, they have to be enforcing the same rules," said family outreach coordinator Amparo Ames, who helped moderate the test at Rea.