National African American Parent Involvement Day (NAAPID) started in 1996. It was the brainchild of Joseph Dulin, a longtime school principal in Michigan. He was attending the Million Man March in Washington, D.C. and was inspired by a speaker at the event who challenged the men in the crowd to go back to their communities and do more.
What is NAAPID?
NAAPID is a national call to action to get parents, particularly those of children of African-American descent, more involved in their educational lives. It is expected that this national observation will open up dialogue among teachers, parents, and students, which will lead to a more conducive learning environment for African American students from kindergarten through college.
NAAPID's call to action is designed to address the serious achievement gap facing African- American students, who continue to lag behind other ethnic and minority groups. Research shows that the more that parents are involved in the educational lives of their children, the greater their academic success. Therefore, NAAPID is making a concerted effort to get more parents involved in this win/win endeavor that will benefit all stakeholders.
When is NAAPID?
NAAPID is held the second Monday in February (Black History Month).
How is MPS celebrating?
Many schools are hosting events across the district. We are also hosting a districtwide family event at the Roller Gardens on February 13, 2017 from 6-8 pm.
This is a free event open to MPS families.