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Fall 2016 Parent Academy Workshops

September   |   October |   November |   December

SEPTEMBER WORKSHOPS

Recognizing and Reporting Child Abuse and Neglect Training for Volunteers and Contractors

WEDNESDAY, September 7 7:00-8:00 P.M.

Effective early intervention is essential to ensuring that an abused child or adolescent develops into a healthy and productive adult. During this workshop, volunteers and contractors for Montgomery County Public Schools (MCPS) will learn early identification signs of child abuse and neglect, and system-wide procedures for recognizing, reporting, and reacting responsibly to child maltreatment. Facilitated by MCPS staff.

Gaithersburg Middle School, 2 Teachers' Way, Gaithersburg 20877

Outdoor Education: No Child Left Inside

THURSDAY, September 8 5:30-8:00 P.M.

Come learn about the MCPS 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. Facilitated by MCPS staff.

Lathrop E. Smith Environmental Education Center, 5110 Meadowside Lane, Rockville 20855

Recognizing and Reporting Child Abuse and Neglect Training for Volunteers and Contractors

THURSDAY, September 8 7:00-8:00 P.M.

Effective early intervention is essential to ensuring that an abused child or adolescent develops into a healthy and productive adult. During this workshop, volunteers and contractors for Montgomery County Public Schools (MCPS) will learn early identification signs of child abuse and neglect, and system-wide procedures for recognizing, reporting, and reacting responsibly to child maltreatment. Facilitated by MCPS staff.

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

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

WEDNESDAY, September 14 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 and College Consults.

Quince Orchard High School, 15800 Quince Orchard Rd., Gaithersburg 20878

Recognizing and Reporting Child Abuse and Neglect Training for Volunteers and Contractors

WEDNESDAY, September 14 7:00-8:00 P.M.

Effective early intervention is essential to ensuring that an abused child or adolescent develops into a healthy and productive adult. During this workshop, volunteers and contractors for Montgomery County Public Schools (MCPS) will learn early identification signs of child abuse and neglect, and system-wide procedures for recognizing, reporting, and reacting responsibly to child maltreatment. Facilitated by MCPS staff.

Argyle Middle School, 2400 Bel Pre Rd., Silver Spring 20906

Recognizing and Reporting Child Abuse and Neglect Training for Volunteers and Contractors

THURSDAY, September 15 7:00-8:00 P.M.

Effective early intervention is essential to ensuring that an abused child or adolescent develops into a healthy and productive adult. During this workshop, volunteers and contractors for Montgomery County Public Schools (MCPS) will learn early identification signs of child abuse and neglect, and system-wide procedures for recognizing, reporting, and reacting responsibly to child maltreatment. Facilitated by MCPS staff.

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Middle School, 13737 Wisteria Dr., Germantown 20874

Study Skills 101

MONDAY, September 19 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 strategies for academic success. Facilitated by MCPS staff.

Montgomery Village Middle School, 19300 Watkins Mill Rd., Montgomery Village 20886

Positive Discipline

MONDAY, September 19 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 that promotes cooperation and self-restraint. Presented by the Parent Encouragement Program (PEP).

Earle B. Wood Middle School, 14615 Bauer Dr., Rockville 20853

Recognizing and Reporting Child Abuse and Neglect Training for Volunteers and Contractors

TUESDAY, September 20 7:00-8:00 P.M.

Effective early intervention is essential to ensuring that an abused child or adolescent develops into a healthy and productive adult. During this workshop, volunteers and contractors for Montgomery County Public Schools (MCPS) will learn early identification signs of child abuse and neglect, and system-wide procedures for recognizing, reporting, and reacting responsibly to child maltreatment. Facilitated by MCPS staff.

Earle B. Wood Middle School, 14615 Bauer Dr., Rockville 20853

Recognizing and Reporting Child Abuse and Neglect Training for Volunteers and Contractors

WEDNESDAY, September 21 7:00-8:00 P.M.

Effective early intervention is essential to ensuring that an abused child or adolescent develops into a healthy and productive adult. During this workshop, volunteers and contractors for Montgomery County Public Schools (MCPS) will learn early identification signs of child abuse and neglect, and system-wide procedures for recognizing, reporting, and reacting responsibly to child maltreatment. Facilitated by MCPS staff.

Eastern Middle School, 300 University Blvd., East, Silver Spring 20901

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

WEDNESDAY, September 21 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.

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

Recognizing and Reporting Child Abuse and Neglect Training for Volunteers and Contractors

THURSDAY, September 22 7:00-8:00 P.M.

Effective early intervention is essential to ensuring that an abused child or adolescent develops into a healthy and productive adult. During this workshop, volunteers for Montgomery County Public Schools (MCPS) will learn early identification signs of child abuse and neglect, and system-wide procedures for recognizing, reporting, and reacting responsibly to child maltreatment. Facilitated by MCPS staff.

Sligo Middle School, 1401 Dennis Ave., Silver Spring 20902

Homework Hassles: Encouraging Student Responsibility

THURSDAY, September 22 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 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.

Briggs Chaney Middle School, 1901 Rainbow Dr., Silver Spring 20905

Cybersafety and Social Media

MONDAY, September 26 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.

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Middle School, 13737 Wisteria Dr., Germantown 20874

Recognizing and Reporting Child Abuse and Neglect Training for Volunteers and Contractors

TUESDAY, September 27 7:00-8:00 P.M.

Effective early intervention is essential to ensuring that an abused child or adolescent develops into a healthy and productive adult. During this workshop, volunteers and contractors for Montgomery County Public Schools (MCPS) will learn early identification signs of child abuse and neglect, and system-wide procedures for recognizing, reporting, and reacting responsibly to child maltreatment. Facilitated by MCPS staff.

Gaithersburg High School, 101 Education Blvd., Gaithersburg 20877

Recognizing and Reporting Child Abuse and Neglect Training for Volunteers and Contractors

WEDNESDAY, September 28 7:00-8:00 P.M.

Effective early intervention is essential to ensuring that an abused child or adolescent develops into a healthy and productive adult. During this workshop, volunteers and contractors for Montgomery County Public Schools (MCPS) will learn early identification signs of child abuse and neglect, and system-wide procedures for recognizing, reporting, and reacting responsibly to child maltreatment. Facilitated by MCPS staff.

Northwood High School, 919 University Blvd., West, Silver Spring 20901

Recognizing and Reporting Child Abuse and Neglect Training for Volunteers and Contractors

THURSDAY, September 29 7:00-8:00 P.M.

Effective early intervention is essential to ensuring that an abused child or adolescent develops into a healthy and productive adult. During this workshop, volunteers and contractors for Montgomery County Public Schools (MCPS) will learn early identification signs of child abuse and neglect, and system-wide procedures for recognizing, reporting, and reacting responsibly to child maltreatment. Facilitated by MCPS staff.

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

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OCTOBER WORKSHOPS

Family, Faith, and Your School

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

Come and learn helpful information about navigating the school system including how to communicate with school staff, tips regarding excused absences, and strategies on how to deal with and report bullying.

Seneca Valley High School, 19401 Crystal Rock Dr., Germantown 20874

Korean Parent Workshop: Navigating MCPS and Advocating for Your Child
(Presented in Korean)

THURSDAY, October 6 6:30-8:30 P.M.

Korean parents are invited to a special evening of learning facilitated by MCPS staff from the Division of Community and Family Engagement. Parents will learn about the school system and hear strategies to support student learning and communicate with school staff.

Herbert Hoover Middle School, 8810 Postoak Rd., Potomac 20854

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

THURSDAY, October 6 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 the series of four workshops facilitated by the Montgomery County Federation of Families for Children’s Mental Health.

Silver Spring International Middle School, 313 Wayne Ave., Silver Spring 20910

Destination College: Understanding Financial Aid

MONDAY, October 10 7:00-8:30 P.M.

This workshop will help parents and students understand the financial aid process. It will focus on defining financial aid and how it is determined, conducting scholarship searches and managing student educational debt. Although all are welcome, the workshop is geared towards parents and students in middle and high school. It will be presented by Achieva Online.

Rosa M. Parks Middle School, 19200 Olney Mill Rd., Olney 20832

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

THURSDAY, October 13 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 second of the series of four workshops facilitated by the Montgomery County Federation of Families for Children’s Mental Health.

Silver Spring International Middle School, 313 Wayne Ave., Silver Spring 20910

Raising "I Can" Kids

MONDAY, October 17 7:00-8:30 P.M.

A child’s “I Can Quotient” is a useful measure that can replace the traditional IQ according to psychotherapist Betty Lou Bettner. It includes the qualities that predict a child’s ability to thrive in life. Learn strategies to increase your child’s sense of feeling connected, capable, and competent and courageous. This workshop will be presented by the Parent Encouragement Program (PEP)

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

Discipline Without Threats and Bribes

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

Parenting tools will be the focus of this how-to workshop. Discover the power of the logical consequence approach instead of punishment. Come and learn earn positive ways to keep peace in your home. Facilitated by the Parent Assistant Resource (PAR).

Takoma Park Middle School, 7611 Piney Branch Rd., Silver Spring 20910

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

THURSDAY, October 20 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 third of the series of four workshops facilitated by the Montgomery County Federation of Families for Children’s Mental Health.

Silver Spring International Middle School, 313 Wayne Ave., Silver Spring 20910

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

THURSDAY, October 27, 2016, 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 last of the series of four workshops facilitated by the Montgomery County Federation of Families for Children’s Mental Health.

Silver Spring International Middle School, 313 Wayne Ave., Silver Spring 20910

Effective Parent-Teacher Conferences at the Elementary Level
(Presented in English, Spanish, Amharic, French, Korean, Chinese, and Vietnamese)

THURSDAY, October 27 7:00-8:30 P.M.

Parent-teacher conferences are an important component of ongoing home-school communication and family engagement. Come learn tips and strategies to prepare for an effective parent-teacher conference. Recommended for parents of elementary students. This work will be presented by MCPS staff.

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

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NOVEMBER WORKSHOPS

Effective Parent-Teacher Conferences at the Secondary Level
(Presented in English, Spanish, Amharic, French, Korean, Chinese, and Vietnamese)

THURSDAY, November 3, 2016, 7:00-8:30 P.M.

Parent-teacher conferences are an important component of ongoing home-school communication and family engagement. Come learn tips and strategies to prepare for an effective parent-teacher conference. Recommended for parents of middle or high school students. Presented by MCPS staff.

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

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

WEDNESDAY, November 16 7:00-8:30 P.M.

Do you have a child who is turning 14 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 in high school. Presented by the MCPS Transition Services Unit.

Benjamin Banneker Middle School, 14800 Perrywood Dr., Burtonsville 20866

Communicating with Teens

THURSDAY, November 17 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.

Gaithersburg Middle School, 2 Teachers' Way, Gaithersburg 20877

Recognizing and Reporting Child Abuse and Neglect Training for Volunteers and Contractors

MONDAY, November 21 7:00-8:00 P.M.

Effective early intervention is essential to ensuring that an abused child or adolescent develops into a healthy and productive adult. During this workshop, volunteers and contractors for Montgomery County Public Schools (MCPS) will learn early identification signs of child abuse and neglect, and system-wide procedures for recognizing, reporting, and reacting responsibly to child maltreatment. Facilitated by MCPS staff.

Forest Oak Middle School, 651 Saybrooke Oaks Blvd., Gaithersburg 20877

SAT vs. ACT

MONDAY, November 28 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.

Walt Whitman High School, 7100 Whittier Blvd., Bethesda 20817

Helping Your Teen to Manage Stress

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

Is your teen feeling overwhelmed with daily demands and anxious about managing classwork, school life, and extra-curricular activities? During this workshop, you will learn how to identify signs of anxiety and depression and the appropriate steps for seeking help. Effective techniques to help manage stress and promote mental wellness will also be presented by Dr. Pavan Segal, Child & Adolescent Psychiatrist from Adventist HealthCare Behavioral Health & Wellness Services.

Bethesda-Chevy Chase High School, 4301 East-West Hwy., Bethesda 20814

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DECEMBER WORKSHOPS

Family, Faith, and Your School

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

Come and learn helpful information about navigating the school system including how to communicate with school staff, tips regarding excused absences, and strategies on how to deal with and report bullying.

Paint Branch High School, 14121 Old Columbia Pike, Burtonsville 20866

Korean Parent Workshop: The Parent Café (Presented in Korean)

THURSDAY, December 1 6:30-8:30 P.M.

Join us for a Parent Café to share and have conversations about challenges that parents face. This workshop will provide an opportunity for parents to network and build strong connections to support one another. Dinner will be provided. Facilitated by MCPS staff.

Herbert Hoover Middle School, 8810 Postoak Rd., Potomac 20854

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