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Giving parents tips and tools to help their children succeed in school


Spring 2018 Parent Academy Workshops

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APRIL WORKSHOPS

Power Tools For Power Struggles

Wednesday, April 11th @ 7:00-8:30 p.m.

Frequent power struggles between parents and children can seriously hurt relationships. Battles over chores, homework, television, and internet use can take away from family time. Learn techniques to handle these common problem areas. Presented by the Parent Encouragement Program (PEP). Recommended for parents of elementary, middle, and high school students.

Tilden Middle School, 11211 Old Georgetown Road, Rockville, MD 20852

Korean Parent Workshop: A Glimpse into Montgomery County Public Schools

Presented in Korean

Thursday, April 12th @ 6:30-8:30 p.m.

Join us for a panel discussion with school administrators to share and discuss information about engaging with schools, communicating with school staff, and supporting learning at home. In addition, summer camp resources will be available. Facilitated by MCPS staff. Recommended for parents of elementary, middle, and high school students.

Herbert Hoover Middle School, 8810 Post Oak Road, Potomac, MD 20854

Parent and Community Leadership: Restorative Justice for All

Monday, April 16th @ 7:00-8:30 p.m.

Learn the origin and structure of restorative justice and restorative circles and how this transformative approach to addressing student conflict can be utilized as an intersection between school, home, and community. This interactive workshop will help parents utilize and build their advocacy strength as well as learn new methods for problem-solving with and for their students. Come join us as we elevate the parent and community voice utilizing restorative practices that will empower students, enrich relationships, and make students available for instruction and positive interaction. Facilitated by MCPS staff. Recommended for parents of elementary, middle, and high school students.

Twinbrook Elementary School, 5911 Ridgway Avenue, Rockville, MD 20851

Mindfulness: An Approach that Can Result in Academic Success

Wednesday, April 18th @ 7:00-8:30 p.m.

Academic success is the prevailing goal that is emphasized in standards-based education today. It’s no secret that social emotional well-being is a direct link to academic outcomes. Effective focus, motivation, handling frustrations, and communication depend on the ability of the student to understand and manage their emotions. These are basic competencies that are crucial to the success of the student as they progress through school. This workshop will present mindfulness as an extremely powerful component of prevention and treatment of emotional regulation skills and a critical element of academic success. Presented by MCPS staff. Recommended for parents of elementary, middle, and high school students.

Takoma Park Middle School, 7611 Piney Branch Road, Silver Spring, MD 20910

Leading Well in Your Sandbox: Can't We All Just Get Along?

Thursday, April 19th @ 7:00-8:30 p.m.

This is an insightful training session that will explore how personalities and behaviors affect the quality of interpersonal and work relationships. Through role playing, case study review, and lots of interaction, participants will have many opportunities to delve into how they can make a difference in their relationships and achieve positive family outcomes. Facilitated by a team-building and leadership consultant. Recommended for parents of elementary, middle, and high school students.

Kingsview Middle School,18909 Kingsview Road, Germantown, MD 20874

How to Communicate So Your Teens and Tweens Will Listen

Monday, April 23rd @ 7:00-8:30 p.m.

Parents, do you want to bridge the cultural and generational gap, and improve the relationship between you, your teens, and tweens? In this workshop you will learn useful strategies on how to communicate with teens and tweens. Presented by The Bullying Prevention and Mental Health Promotion Lab at the University of Maryland, College Park. Recommended for parents of middle and high school students.

Shady Grove Middle School, 8100 Midcounty Highway, Gaithersburg, MD 20877

The Clock is Ticking…Create a Successful Path from High School to College

Wednesday, April 25th @ 7:00-8:30 p.m.

Is your child college ready? Come and learn useful tips and strategies that will help you and your child prepare for college. In this workshop, parents and their high school students will learn the importance of establishing a four-year high school plan to prepare for college, hear the do’s and don’ts of college essay writing, and learn the key differences between the SAT and ACT. Facilitated by BREAKTHROUGH Test Prep. Recommended for parents and their high school students.

Walter Johnson High School, 6400 Rock Spring Drive, Bethesda, MD 20814

Wired that Way: Understanding Your Child’s Temperament

Thursday, April 26th @ 7:00-8:30 p.m.

This workshop will provide information about how to relate and to interact with children based on their temperaments and personality traits. In addition, parents will explore the answer to the question, "Why does my child act the way he/she does?" Finally, parents will hear tips and strategies to help them address misbehavior, defiance and other behavior challenges. Facilitated by Parent Assistant Resource. Recommended for parents of elementary and middle school students.

Parkland Middle School, 4610 West Frankfort Drive, Rockville, MD 20853

Training Trusted Adults: The Signs of Suicide® Prevention Program

Monday, April 30th @ 7:00-8:30 p.m.

Montgomery County Public Schools has launched a system-wide effort across secondary schools to teach students and adults the warning signs of emotional distress and the steps they can take to be supportive, including telling a trusted adult. Suicide is preventable and one death by suicide is too many. Come learn about this evidence-based awareness and prevention program and what you can do to support student mental health and well-being. Presented by MCPS staff. Recommended for parents of middle and high school students.

Julius West Middle School, 651 Great Falls Road, Rockville, MD 20850

Can We Talk? Speaking Up for Your Child to Help Them Succeed

Monday, April 30th @ 7:00-8:30 p.m.

Are you unclear about next steps regarding your child’s academic progress? Does school jargon confuse you? Are you uneasy about contacting school staff? Research shows that parent engagement can ultimately lead to student success. Learn how to speak up to help your child succeed and communicate with school staff to support your child’s learning. Facilitated by MCPS Staff. Recommended for parents of middle and high school students.

South Lake Elementary School, 18201 Contour Road, Gaithersburg, MD 20877

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MAY WORKSHOPS

Cybersafety and Social Media

Wednesday, May 2nd @ 7:00-8:30 p.m.

Learn about common websites, applications used by children, and safety issues related to computer and cell phone use. In addition, hear strategies for monitoring the use of social media in your household. Presented in collaboration with the Montgomery County State's Attorney's Office. Recommended for parents of middle and high school students.

Hallie Wells Middle School, 11701 Little Seneca Parkway, Clarksburg, MD 20871

Active Parenting Now! (Part 1 of 6)

Thursday, May 3rd @ 6:30-8:30 p.m.

Learn effective ways to communicate with your child, discuss positive discipline techniques, and how to handle power struggles. This is the first of a series of six workshops developed by parenting expert Dr. Michael Popkin. Facilitated by the Montgomery County Federation of Families for Children’s Mental Health. Recommended for parents of elementary students.

Earle B. Wood Middle School, 14615 Bauer Drive, Rockville, MD 20877

Part 2 – May 10th
Part 3 – May 17th
Part 4 – May 24th
Part 5 – May 31st
Part 6 – June 7th

Mastering Encouragement

Monday, May 7th @ 7:00-8:30 p.m.

en•cour•age (en kėr׳′ ij)  v.t., 1. To inspire with courage, spirit or confidence. 2. To stimulate by guidance, approval.
Are you looking for alternatives to threats and bribes? This workshop will help parents develop positive strategies for building cooperation and setting limits with respect. Facilitated by YMCA Youth & Family Services. Presented by MCPS staff. Recommended for parents of elementary, middle, and high school students.

Benjamin Banneker Middle School, 14800 Perrywood Drive, Burtonsville, MD 20866

Destination College: Transitioning to College

Monday, May 7th @ 7:00-8:30 p.m.

Come and hear the skills and abilities needed for students to successfully transition from middle school to high school and ultimately college. This workshop will focus on identifying needed skills and resources and implementing next steps during the process. Facilitated by Achieva Educational Consulting. Recommended for middle and high school parents and their students.

Rocky Hill Middle School, 22401 Brick Haven Way, Clarksburg, MD 20871

Making a Smooth Move to Middle School

Tuesday, May 8th @ 11:30 a.m.-1:00 p.m.

Hear how to access school system resources and services that are available to you and your child. Learn tips to stay informed, monitor your child’s performance, and communicate with school staff. Presented by MCPS staff.

Rocking Horse Road Center Auditorium, 4910 Macon Road, Rockville, MD 20852

Can We Talk? Speaking Up for Your Child to Help Them Succeed

Presented in English and Spanish

Wednesday, May 9th @ 7:00-8:30 p.m.

Are you unclear about next steps regarding your child’s academic progress? Does school jargon confuse you? Are you uneasy about contacting school staff? Research shows that parent engagement can ultimately lead to student success. Learn how to speak up to help your child succeed and communicate with school staff to support your child’s learning. Facilitated by MCPS Staff. Recommended for parents of middle and high school students.

Oak View Elementary School, 400 East Wayne Avenue, Silver Spring, MD 20901

Active Parenting Now! (Part 2 of 6)

Thursday, May 10th @ 6:30-8:30 p.m.

Learn effective ways to communicate with your child, discuss positive discipline techniques, and how to handle power struggles. This is the second of a series of six workshops developed by parenting expert Dr. Michael Popkin. Facilitated by the Montgomery County Federation of Families for Children’s Mental Health. Recommended for parents of elementary students.

Earle B. Wood Middle School, 14615 Bauer Drive, Rockville, MD 20877

Part 3 – May 17th
Part 4 – May 24th
Part 5 – May 31st
Part 6 – June 7th

Plugged in Parents: Keeping Kids Safe, Happy, and Healthy in the Digital Age

Monday, May 14th @ 7:00-8:30 p.m.

Join us to hear how children are using media and tech to create, consume, communicate, and learn. We will also discuss the impact of media and technology on health and development and how to guide your child in making safe and respectful digital choices. Presented by Common Sense Education. Recommended for parents of elementary, middle, and high school students.

Cabin John Middle School, 10701 Gainsborough Road, Potomac, MD 20854

SAT vs. ACT: The Facts vs. The Hype

Wednesday, May 16th @ 7:00-8:30 p.m.

This workshop will help parents understand the difference between the two college entrance exams in terms of content, question types, length, and skills tested as well as what schools prefer. Unique to this presentation will be the sharing of a one-of-a-kind one minute assessment to determine which test is best for students. Facilitated by BREAKTHROUGH Test Prep. Recommended for parents of middle school and high school students.

Northwest High School, 13501 Richter Farm Road, Germantown, MD 20874

Active Parenting Now! (Part 3 of 6)

Thursday, May 17th @ 6:30-8:30 p.m.

Learn effective ways to communicate with your child, discuss positive discipline techniques, and how to handle power struggles. This is the third of a series of six workshops developed by parenting expert Dr. Michael Popkin. Facilitated by the Montgomery County Federation of Families for Children’s Mental Health. Recommended for parents of elementary students.

Earle B. Wood Middle School, 14615 Bauer Drive, Rockville, MD 20877

Part 4 – May 24th
Part 5 – May 31st
Part 6 – June 7th

Discovering Your Child’s Giftedness

Thursday, May 17th @ 6:30-8:30 p.m.

Join us to receive tips and tools to help you identify your child’s strengths and learn how your child’s talents can influence their college and career path. You will also hear strategies to encourage and motivate children to recognize and use their talents. Presented by Parent Assistant Resource. Recommended for parents of elementary, middle, and high school students.

Silver Spring International Middle School, 313 Wayne Avenue, Silver Spring, MD 20910

Introduction to Secondary Transition Services

Monday, May 21st @ 7:00-8:30 p.m.

Do you have a child who is turning 10 or older? Does your child receive special education services? If the answer is yes, please join us for an introductory session on transition services. Learn about what transition services are and how you can help your child succeed at the secondary level. Presented by MCPS Transition Services Unit. Recommended for parents of students in grade 5 – middle school.

Francis Scott Key Middle School, 910 Schindler Drive, Silver Spring, MD 20903

Navigating the School System

Tuesday, May 22nd @ 11:30 a.m.-1:00 p.m.

Hear how to access school system resources and services that are available to you and your child. Learn tips to stay informed, monitor your child’s performance, and communicate with school staff. Presented by MCPS staff. Recommended for parents of elementary, middle, and high school students.

Rocking Horse Road Center Auditorium, 4910 Macon Road, Rockville, MD 20852 

Active Parenting Now! (Part 4 of 6)

Thursday, May 24th @ 6:30-8:30 p.m.

Learn effective ways to communicate with your child, discuss positive discipline techniques, and how to handle power struggles. This is the fourth of a series of six workshops developed by parenting expert Dr. Michael Popkin. Facilitated by the Montgomery County Federation of Families for Children’s Mental Health. Recommended for parents of elementary students.

Earle B. Wood Middle School, 14615 Bauer Drive, Rockville, MD 20877

Part 5 – May 31st
Part 6 – June 7th

College and Career Readiness: A Step in the Right Direction

Wednesday, May 30th @ 7:00-8:30 p.m.

Do you have questions about helping your child to become college and career ready? This workshop will feature information about programs and resources that are available to students to help them explore their interests and discover their college and career path. MCPS offers a variety of course pathways. Join us to learn more about them! Facilitated by MCPS staff. Recommended for parents of middle school and high school students.

Montgomery Blair High School, 51 University Blvd., East, Silver Spring, MD 20901

Everyday Summer Reading: A Must!

Presented in English and Spanish

Thursday, May 31st @ 11:30 a.m.-1:00 p.m. or 7:00-8:30 p.m.

Summer reading loss refers to the decline in children’s reading skills that can occur when they are away from the classroom during summer break. Come learn strategies and get resources to support your child’s reading development during the summer. This workshop will show parents how to use everyday routines to help children become more confident readers, writers, thinkers, listeners, and speakers. Facilitated by MCPS staff. Recommended for parents of elementary students.

Rocking Horse Road Center Auditorium, 4910 Macon Road, Rockville, MD 20852

Active Parenting Now! (Part 5 of 6)

Thursday, May 31st @ 6:30-8:30 p.m.

Learn effective ways to communicate with your child, discuss positive discipline techniques, and how to handle power struggles. This is the fifth of a series of six workshops developed by parenting expert Dr. Michael Popkin. Facilitated by the Montgomery County Federation of Families for Children’s Mental Health. Recommended for parents of elementary students.

Earle B. Wood Middle School, 14615 Bauer Drive, Rockville, MD 20877

Part 6 – June 7th

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JUNE WORKSHOPS

Everyday Summer Reading: A Must!

Presented in English and Amharic

Monday, June 4th @ 11:30 a.m.-1:00 p.m.

Summer reading loss refers to the decline in children’s reading skills that can occur when they are away from the classroom during summer break. Come learn strategies and get resources to support your child’s reading development during the summer. This workshop will show parents how to use everyday routines to help children become more confident readers, writers, thinkers, listeners, and speakers. Facilitated by MCPS staff. Recommended for parents of elementary students.

Rocking Horse Road Center Auditorium, 4910 Macon Road, Rockville, MD 20852

Active Parenting Now! (Part 6 of 6)

Thursday, June 7th @ 6:30-8:30 p.m.

Learn effective ways to communicate with your child, discuss positive discipline techniques, and how to handle power struggles. This is the last of a series of six workshops developed by parenting expert Dr. Michael Popkin. Facilitated by the Montgomery County Federation of Families for Children’s Mental Health. Recommended for parents of elementary students.

Earle B. Wood Middle School, 14615 Bauer Drive, Rockville, MD 20877

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