Parent Academy

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


Spring 2014 Parent Academy Workshops

April   |   May   |   June 

APRIL WORKSHOPS

Promoting Teen Resilience 

WEDNESDAY, APRIL 2 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.

Rockville High School, 2100 Baltimore Rd., Rockville 20851 


Raising Responsible Teens 

THURSDAY, APRIL 3 7:00–8:30 P.M.

You can’t make a child be responsible, but you can provide plenty of opportunities for the child to learn how to be responsible. Discover new ways to encourage responsible behavior in your children and to lay the groundwork for successful adulthood. Presented by the YMCA Youth & Family Services.

White Oak Middle School, 12201 New Hampshire Ave., Silver Spring 20904 


Teaching Children Self-Control 

MONDAY, APRIL 7 7:00–8:30 P.M.

This workshop will provide you with clear and concise strategies to help your child learn how to take responsibility for their behaviors, self-reflect, and learn how to practice self-control. When your kids learn these skills, they will manage their emotions and get along better with others. Facilitated by a family therapist.

Cabin John Middle School, 10701 Gainsborough Rd., Potomac 20854  


Social Skills and the Student with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) 

WEDNESDAY, APRIL 9 7:00-8:30 P.M.

For some students with ADHD, social interactions can be problematic. The combination of impulsivity, immaturity, and difficulty reading the social cues of others can lead to difficult and painful peer relationships. Learning to get along with others is a challenge, whether at school, in sports, or with friends. Learn how you can support your student to be more successful navigating the social settings. Facilitated by Children/Adults with Hyperactivity Deficit Disorder (CHADD).

Parkland Middle School, 4610 West Frankfort Dr., Rockville 20853 


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

THURSDAY, APRIL 10 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.

John F. Kennedy High School, 1901 Randolph Rd., Silver Spring 20902 


Why Don’t My Kids Listen to Me? 

WEDNESDAY, APRIL 23 7:00-8:30 P.M.

Do you find yourself giving in to your kids' demands and/or yelling at them? Are you tired of saying the same things over and over? Come to this workshop and learn how to gain their cooperation without nagging, bribing, or yelling. Presented by the Parent Encouragement Program (PEP). Recommended for parents of students in grades K-6.

Rock View Elementary School, 3901 Denfeld Ave., Kensington 20895 


“Screen” Issues: Taming Electronic Monsters in Your Home 

THURSDAY, APRIL 24 7:00-8:30 P.M.

Many kids, given the opportunity, would spend hours in front of a screen---either on the computer, playing games, messaging friends, battling video games, or passively watching television. Because they won’t set their own limits, parents need to do the job. Learn how to bring these “screens” under control. Facilitated by the Parent Encouragement Program.

North Bethesda Middle School, 8935 Bradmoor Dr., Bethesda 20817 


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

MONDAY, APRIL 28 7:00-8:30 PM

You can get books from the library, but so much more! We have Early Literacy resources, Homework Help for your child, plus free language learning resources for kids and adults. Hear about children’s Storytimes, and use our free WiFi and free computers. Learn to download free mp3 music, free e-Books and eAudiobooks 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 Boulevard, Germantown 20874  


Cybersafety and Social Media 

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

Come hear about the most common websites used by children and safety issues related to computer and cell phone use. In addition, learn strategies for limiting the use of social media in your household. Presented in collaboration with the Montgomery County State’s Attorney’s Office.

Robert Frost Middle School, 9201 Scott Dr., Rockville 20850 


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MAY WORKSHOPS

Helping Kids Deal with Anger 

THURSDAY, MAY 1, 2014 7:00-8:30 P.M.

Anger can help identify problems but not always solve them. This workshop will address ways parents can help their children recognize early warning signs and develop strategies for dealing with their anger in a positive way. Facilitated by YMCA Youth & Family Services.

Briggs Chaney Middle School, 1901 Rainbow Dr., Silver Spring 20904 


Raising Your Child’s Self-Esteem 

MONDAY, MAY 5 7:00-8:30 P.M.

Do you ever wonder how confident kids are raised? 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.

Watkins Mill Elementary School, 19001 Watkins Mill Rd., Montgomery Village, MD 20886 


Active Parenting Now (part 1 of 5) 

WEDNESDAY, MAY 7 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 five workshops developed by parenting expert Dr. Michael Popkin. It will be facilitated by the Montgomery County Federation of Families for Children’s Mental Health. Recommended for parents of students in grades K-6.

Shady Grove Middle School, 8100 Midcounty Hwy., Gaithersburg 20877 


Breaking the Bullying Cycle 

THURSDAY, MAY 8 7:00-8:30 P.M.

Teasing, rumors and exclusion are defined as bully behaviors. 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.

Waters Landing Elementary School, 13100 Waters Landing Dr., Germantown 20877 


College Preparation and Scholarship Fair 

SATURDAY, MAY 10 12:00-4:00 P.M.

Attention: 6th through 10th grade students and parents! Now is the time to start planning for life after high school. Attend the College Preparation and Scholarship Fair to meet representatives from universities and different careers, tour the Universities at Shady Grove facility, attend informational breakout sessions and learn about financial aid and scholarship opportunities.

Universities at Shady Grove, 9630 Gudelsky Dr., Rockville 20850 


Choose Respect – Healthy Teen Dating 

MONDAY, MAY 12 7:00-8:30 P.M.

One in three adolescents in the U.S. is a victim of physical, sexual, emotional or verbal abuse from a dating partner, a figure that far exceeds rates of other types of violence. Worse, many teens never report the abuse. Learn how to start a dialogue with your teenager about this serious issue. It’s time to end the cycle of domestic violence by teaching kids to choose respect. Presented by the Domestic Violence Coordinating Council of Montgomery County.

Wheaton High School, 12601 Dalewood Dr., Silver Spring 20906 


Active Parenting Now (part 2 of 5) 

WEDNESDAY, MAY 14 6:30-8:30 P.M.

See MAY 7.

Shady Grove Middle School, 8100 Midcounty Hwy., Gaithersburg 20877 


Korean Parent Workshop (Presented in Korean) 

THURSDAY, MAY 15 6:30–8:30 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, communicating with school staff and supporting their child’s learning at home.

The Center for Skillful Teaching and Leading at Festival Shopping Center, 283 Muddy Branch Rd., Gaithersburg 20878 


ACT or SAT? : How to Determine the Best Exam for Your Child 

THURSDAY, MAY 15 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.

Walter Johnson High School, 6400 Rock Spring Dr., Bethesda 20814 


Special Education Summit 

Leading the Way Today…Partnering for a Better Tomorrow 

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SATURDAY, MAY 17 8:15 A.M.- 2:30 P.M.

This is a free conference for parents, educators, and community partners to learn practical strategies on a variety of Special Education topics, access community resources, and network with other parents. The keynote speaker will address strategies that build on the neuro-diversity of students with disabilities.

Rockville High School, 2100 Baltimore Rd., Rockville 20851 


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

MONDAY, MAY 19 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. Presented by MCPS staff.

Gaithersburg Middle School, 2 Teachers’ Way, Gaithersburg 20877 


The Summer Challenge - Maintain Your Child’s Reading Skills 

MONDAY, MAY 19 7:00-8:30 PM

Join us to learn about the Montgomery County Public Libraries (MCPL) 2014 Summer Reading program. Learn how to find age-appropriate books for your child or teen. Use tools and resources in the Children’s Room to increase your child’s literacy skills. Explore the MCPS website to find award winning book lists by grade or series. Visit with librarians and discuss your child’s needs and check out books, videos, music and more. Presented by Montgomery County Public Libraries’ Outreach Staff.

Germantown Public Library, 19840 Century Boulevard, Germantown 20874  


Active Parenting Now (part 3 of 5) 

WEDNESDAY, MAY 21 6:30-8:30 P.M.

See MAY 7.

Shady Grove Middle School, 8100 Midcounty Hwy., Gaithersburg 20877 


Power Tools for Power Struggles 

THURSDAY, MAY 22 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 better ways to handle these common problem areas. Presented by the Parent Encouragement Program (PEP).

Ridgeview Middle School, 16600 Raven Rock Dr., Gaithersburg 20878 


Active Parenting Now (part 4 of 5) 

WEDNESDAY, MAY 28 6:30-8:30 P.M.

See MAY 7.

Shady Grove Middle School, 8100 Midcounty Hwy., Gaithersburg 20877 


Preparing for Kindergarten 

THURSDAY, MAY 29 7:00-8:30 P.M.

This workshop will provide parents of incoming kindergartners with information about the kindergarten enrollment process. Learn about the curriculum and hear tips to stay informed, monitor your child’s performance and communicate with school staff. Facilitated by MCPS staff.

Beall Elementary School, 451 Beall Ave., Rockville 20850 


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JUNE WORKSHOPS

Active Parenting Now (part 5 of 5) 

WEDNESDAY, JUNE 4 6:30-8:30 P.M.

See MAY 7.

Shady Grove Middle School, 8100 Midcounty Hwy., Gaithersburg 20877