Parent Academy

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


Fall 2014 Parent Academy Workshops

August   |   September   |   October |   November |   December 

AUGUST WORKSHOPS

Outdoor Education: No Child Left Inside 

THURSDAY, AUGUST 28 5:30-8:30 P.M.

Come learn about MCPS’s residential Outdoor and Environmental Education Program, where the outdoors is the classroom! Tour facilities and grounds of the Lathrop E. Smith Environmental Education Center and hear about environmental field lessons that Grade 6 students experience when they participate in the program. For parents of Grade 6 students. Wear comfortable shoes.

Lathrop E. Smith Center, 5110 Meadowside Ln., Rockville 20855 

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SEPTEMBER WORKSHOPS

Positive Discipline 

THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 11 7:00–8:30 P.M.

Are you having difficulty addressing inappropriate behaviors? Hear strategies to encourage, set limits and establish consequences. Learn about a discipline approach which promotes cooperation and self-restraint. Presented by the Parent Encouragement Program (PEP).

Takoma Park ES, 7511 Holly Ave., Takoma Park, MD 20912 

 


Developing Study Skills for Students with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder 

MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 15 7:00-8:30 P.M.

For some kids studying comes easy, but for many it can be quite a struggle - especially if they are prone to getting distracted or feel unmotivated. In this workshop, parents will explore effective strategies to build solid study habits. Executive functioning skills, skills that our children use to keep track of time, stay organized and finish projects, will also be discussed. Facilitated by Children and Adults with Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (CHADD).

Thomas W. Pyle MS, 6311 Wilson Lane, Bethesda, MD 20817 

 


Breaking the Bullying Cycle 

WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 17 7:00-8:30 P.M.

Teasing, rumors and exclusion are behaviors that bullies typically use. Learn how to recognize the signs and effects of bullying, along with tips and strategies to help your child deal with these behaviors at school. Presented by Family Services, Inc.

White Oak MS, 12201 New Hampshire Ave., Silver Spring, MD 20904 

 


Korean Parent Workshop (Presented in Korean) 

THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 18 6:00–9:00 P.M.

Korean parents are invited to a special evening of learning facilitated by the MCPS Office of Community Engagement and Partnerships and the Division of ESOL/ Bilingual Programs. Parents will receive helpful information about navigating the school system and supporting student learning.

Herbert Hoover MS, 8810 Postoak Rd., Potomac, MD 20854 - NEW LOCATION

 


Study Skills 101 

THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 18 7:00–8:30 P.M.

Does your child need help with getting organized, finishing assignments, and studying for tests? Learn ways to support your child at home and hear strategies for academic success from an MCPS educator.

Montgomery Village MS, 19300 Watkins Mill Rd., Montgomery Village, MD 20886 

 


Understanding the Student Service Learning Requirement-An Opportunity to Learn and Serve 

MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 22 7:00-8:30 P.M.

Explore the service learning requirement for high school graduation that provides students with knowledge, skills, and career exploration opportunities that lead to good citizenship. This interactive workshop will help parents understand the MCPS Student Service Learning (SSL) guidelines and how to find meaningful SSL opportunities. Parents of rising 6th grade students, as well as middle and high school students are welcome to attend this session. Facilitated by MCPS staff.

Parkland MS, 4610 West Frankfort Dr., Rockville 20853 

 


Get More From Your Library - We'll Show You How 

MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 29 7:00-8:30 P.M.

You can get books from the library, but so much more! Learn about Early Literacy resources, Homework Help for your child, plus free language learning resources for kids and adults. Hear about children’s Story times, and use our free Wi-Fi and free computers. Hear how to download free mp3 music, free e-Books and e-Audiobooks from our website. All of these resources are yours just by using your library card. Presented by Montgomery County Public Libraries’ Outreach Staff.

Rockville Memorial Library, 21 Maryland Ave., Rockville 20850 

 


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OCTOBER WORKSHOPS

Cybersafety and Social Media 

WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 1 7:00-8:30 P.M.

Learn about common websites and 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 and the Montgomery County Police Department.

Takoma Park MS, 7611 Piney Branch Rd., Silver Spring 20910 


Special Education: Parents as Advocates and the Family-School Partnership (Part 1 of 4)  

THURSDAY, OCTOBER 2 6:30–8:30 P.M.

Learn about the special education process and how to advocate for your child. Topics include the Individual Disabilities Education Act, Individualized Education Program (I.E.P.), resolving issues, community resources and support. Learn, network, and share tips with other parents. This is the first of a series of four workshops facilitated by the Montgomery County Federation of Families for Children’s Mental Health.

Sligo MS, 1401 Dennis Ave., Silver Spring 20902 


Homework Hassles: Encouraging Student Responsibility 

WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 8 7:00-8:30 P.M.

Would you like to be organized for the school year with a new and improved family homework policy and homework plan? Learn how parents can encourage their children and teens to skillfully complete homework and strive for excellence at school. Presented by YMCA Youth and Family Services.

Francis Scott Key MS, 910 Schindler Dr., Silver Spring 20903 


Special Education: Parents as Advocates and the Family-School Partnership (Part 2 of 4) 

THURSDAY, OCTOBER 9 6:30–8:30 P.M.

See October 2.

Sligo MS, 1401 Dennis Ave., Silver Spring 20902 


Understanding the Student Service Learning Requirement - An Opportunity to Learn and Serve (Presented in Spanish) 

MONDAY, OCTOBER 13 7:00-8:30 P.M.

Explore the service learning requirement for high school graduation that provides students with knowledge, skills, and career exploration opportunities that lead to good citizenship. This interactive workshop will help parents understand the MCPS Student Service Learning (SSL) guidelines and how to find meaningful SSL opportunities. Parents of rising 6th grade students, as well as middle and high school students are welcome to attend this session. Facilitated by MCPS staff.

Eastern MS, 300 University Blvd. East, Silver Spring 20901 


Partnering with MCPS regarding Individualized Education Programs (IEP) and 504 Plans 

WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 15 7:00-8:30 P.M.

The IEP and the 504 plan are designed to offer support to students who need help with reaching their fullest potential in the public school system. What is the difference between an IEP and a 504 plan? How do I get one for my child? How do I collaborate with the school system to make sure that my student is supported most effectively in school and at home? This workshop offers a forum for parents to find answers to these questions and to use strategies to navigate the system. Facilitated by Children and Adults with Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (CHADD).

North Bethesda MS, 8935 Bradmoor Dr., Bethesda 20817 


Special Education: Parents as Advocates and the Family-School Partnership (Part 3 of 4) 

THURSDAY, OCTOBER 16 6:30–8:30 P.M.

See OCTOBER 2.

Sligo MS, 1401 Dennis Ave., Silver Spring 20902 


Healthy Choices for Learning (Presented in Spanish) 

THURSDAY, OCTOBER 16 7:00-8:30 P.M.

Does your child say that school is “too easy”? Learn about the Centers for the Highly Gifted for students in grades 4 and 5. In addition, hear about middle school programs for students who need more advanced instruction. Recommended for parents of Grade 2-5 students. Presented by MCPS staff from the Division of Consortia Choice and Application Program Services.

Gaithersburg ES, 35 North Summit Ave., Gaithersburg 20877 


ACT vs. SAT 

MONDAY, OCTOBER 20 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 60 second assessment to determine which is best for students. Facilitated by BREAKTHROUGH Test Prep.

Winston Churchill HS, 11300 Gainsborough Rd., Potomac 20854 


Get More From Your Library - We'll Show You How 

WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 22 7:00-8:30 P.M.

You can get books from the library, but so much more! Learn about Early Literacy resources, Homework Help for your child, plus free language learning resources for kids and adults. Hear about children’s Story times, and use our free Wi-Fi and free computers. Hear how to download free mp3 music, free e-Books and e-Audiobooks from our website. All of these resources are yours just by using your library card. Presented by Montgomery County Public Libraries’ Outreach Staff.

Germantown Public Library, 19840 Century Blvd., Germantown 20874 


Special Education: Parents as Advocates and the Family-School Partnership (Part 4 of 4) 

THURSDAY, OCTOBER 23 6:30–8:30 P.M.

See October 2.

Sligo MS, 1401 Dennis Ave., Silver Spring 20902 


Healthy Choices for Learning (Presented in Spanish) 

THURSDAY, OCTOBER 23 7:00-8:30 P.M.

Does your child say that school is “too easy”? Learn about the Centers for the Highly Gifted for students in grades 4 and 5. In addition, hear about middle school programs for students who need more advanced instruction. Recommended for parents of Grade 2-5 students. Presented by MCPS staff from the Division of Consortia Choice and Application Program Services.

Sargent Shriver ES, 12518 Greenly Dr., Silver Spring 20906 


Promoting Teen Resilience 

MONDAY, OCTOBER 27 7:00-8:30 P.M.

This will be an interactive discussion to empower parents to explore the risks that could hinder academic achievement. Parents will learn county trends and strategies to promote resiliency in youth. Parents will participate in activities that will enhance the communication between parent and youth to encourage protective factors. Parents will receive a tool kit that can be used when engaging youth around the risks associated with low academic achievement. Presented by Many Voices for Smart Choices.

Watkins Mill HS, 10301 Apple Ridge Rd., Gaithersburg 20879 


Internet Safety 

WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 29 7:00-8:30 P.M.

Learn about common websites and 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 by Family Services Inc.

Tilden Middle School, 11211 Old Georgetown Rd., Rockville 20852 


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NOVEMBER WORKSHOPS

Transition Services: Students with an Individualized Education Program (IEP) Moving from Middle to High School 

MONDAY, NOVEMBER 3 7:00-8:30 P.M.

Is your child moving from middle school to high school? 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 in high school. Presented by the MCPS Transition Services Unit.

Julius West MS, 651 Great Falls Rd., Rockville 20850 


Communicating with Teens 

WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 5 7:00-8:30 P.M.

Is it difficult to interact with your teen? Family Services, Inc. will present the tools you need to improve communication. Learn how to strengthen and enhance family communication, and explore techniques to establish age appropriate expectations for behavior and consequences.

Argyle MS, 2400 Bel Pre Rd., Silver Spring 20906 


Effective Parent-Teacher Conferences 

THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 6 7:00-8:30 P.M.

Parent-teacher conferences are an important component of on-going home-school communication and family engagement. Come learn tips and strategies to prepare for an effective parent-teacher conference. Recommended for parents of middle school and high school students.

Montgomery Village MS, 19300 Watkins Mill Rd., Montgomery Village 20886 


Effective Parent-Teacher Conferences (Presented in English and Spanish) 

THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 6 7:00-8:30 P.M.

Presented in English and Spanish.

Parent-teacher conferences are an important component of on-going home-school communication and family engagement. Come learn tips and strategies to prepare for an effective parent-teacher conference. This workshop will be presented in English and Spanish. Recommended for parents of elementary students.

Watkins Mill ES, 19001 Watkins Mill Road, Montgomery Village 20886 


Cybersafety and Social Media 

WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 12 7:00-8:30 P.M.

Learn about the most common websites and 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 and the Montgomery County Police Department.

Rosa Parks MS, 19200 Olney Mill Rd., Olney 20832 


Navigating the School System (Presented in Spanish) 

MONDAY, NOVEMBER 17 7:00-8:30 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. Facilitated by an MCPS Parent Community Coordinator.

Wheaton HS, 12601 Dalewood Dr., Silver Spring 20906 


Raising Your Child’s Self-Esteem 

WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 19 7:00-8:30 P.M.

Do you ever wonder how to raise confident kids? During this workshop, you will learn specific techniques to connect and communicate with your child. Your child's self-esteem can be encouraged through some simple and easy interactions that will make a difference in how they view themselves. This workshop will be presented by a family therapist.

WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 19 7:00-8:30 P.M.

Galway ES, 12612 Galway Dr., Silver Spring 20904 


Advocating for your Child (Presented in Spanish) 

MONDAY, NOVEMBER 24 7:00-8:30 P.M.

Are you unclear about next steps regarding your child’s academic progress? Learn how to speak up to help your child succeed and communicate with school staff to support your child’s learning. Presented by an MCPS Parent Community Coordinator.

Wheaton HS, 12601 Dalewood Dr., Silver Spring 20906 


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DECEMBER WORKSHOPS

Ensuring a Bright Future for Students with an Individualized Education Program (IEP) (Presented in Spanish) 

MONDAY, DECEMBER 1 7:00-8:30 P.M.

How can you help your child progress in school? Learn about the special education process and hear strategies to support your child’s learning. This workshop will address how to advocate for your child and access school resources. Presented by an MCPS Parent Community Coordinator.

Wheaton HS, 12601 Dalewood Dr., Silver Spring 20906 


Consequences that Work 

WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 3 7:00-8:30 P.M.

This workshop is designed for all parents who wonder if their consequences are teaching their kids valuable life lessons or if they are creating more conflict and tension. Topics addressed will focus on creating family structure, developing logical consequences, and fostering your children's sense of personal responsibility. Facilitated by a family therapist.

Sligo Creek ES, 500 Schuyler Rd., Silver Spring 20910 


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