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


Winter 2018 Parent Academy Workshops

|  JANUARY  |  FEBRUARY  |  MARCH  |

 
JANUARY WORKSHOPS

How to Handle Homework Battles

Wednesday, January 10th @ 7:00-8:30 p.m.

Is it a battle to get your child to do homework? Wondering what to do? Find out how to support your child with his/her homework. The place, time, scenery, and noise can all affect the outcome of successful homework time. Learn tips for promoting peaceful homework experiences. Presented by Parent Assistance Resource.

Rosa Parks Middle School, 19200 Olney Mill Road, Olney, MD 20832

Exploring MBTI (Myer Briggs Type Indicator) for Students and Parents: From Personality Preferences to Student Success

Thursday, January 11th @ 7:00-8:30 p.m.

One size does not fit all, particularly where personality, academic success, and satisfaction are concerned! In this interactive workshop for parents and high school students, come prepared to explore a side of yourself through a lens of personality type to optimize communication style in class and on a team. You will learn tools and techniques to engage in positive relationships with instructors and peers, write better papers, study for exams, and improve your time management. Facilitated by Carrie On Coaching, LLC. Recommended for parents and their high school students.

Walt Whitman High School, 7100 Whittier Boulevard, Bethesda, MD 20817

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

Wednesday, January 17th @ 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 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.

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

Navigating the School System

Presented in Spanish

Thursday, January 18th @ 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. Presented by MCPS staff.

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

Destination College: Understanding the College Process

Monday, January 22nd @ 7:00-8:30 p.m.

This workshop will help parents navigate the college admission process. It will also address what admissions officers consider when evaluating college applications and what the “right fit” means with respect to college choice. Presented by Achieva Educational Consulting. Recommended for parents of middle and high school students.

Clarksburg High School, 22500 Wims Road, Clarksburg, MD 20871

Get a Jump Start on College While Still in High School - Save Time and Money via College Course Options

Wednesday, January 24th @ 6:30-8:00 p.m.

It is never too soon to talk with your child about college, and it is extremely beneficial to get a jump start on earning college credits prior to high school graduation. During this session, parents and students will hear about dual enrollment, an expanding opportunity for students to take college courses while simultaneously saving time and money. They will also learn how college courses taken in high school will allow students to earn high school credit, and potentially position them to graduate ahead of their peers. Finally, parents will hear how college credits can be earned at a significantly discounted tuition rate. Join us to learn how the MCPS postsecondary partnership programs can enhance your child’s high school experience and allow them to get a jump start on a successful college experience. If college is in your child’s future, this is a session you do not want to miss! Facilitated by MCPS staff.

Carver Educational Services Center Auditorium, 850 Hungerford Drive, Rockville, MD 20850

Korean Parent Workshop: The Parent Café CANCELLED

We're sorry, but this workshop is no longer being offered.
Thursday, January 25th @ 7:00-8:30 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 Post Oak Road, Potomac, MD 20854

Mindfulness: An Approach That Can Result in Academic Success

Thursday, January 25th @ 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.

Northwood High School, 919 University Boulevard West, Silver Spring, MD 20901

Cybersafety and Social Media

Wednesday, January 31st @ 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.

Dr. Sally K. Ride Elementary School, 21301 Seneca Crossing Drive, Germantown, MD 20876

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FEBRUARY WORKSHOPS

What Our Kids Need Us To Know About Their Digital Lives

Thursday, Februaruy 1st @ 7:00-8:30 p.m.

Kids today aren’t just consuming media, they are also creating it. To effectively parent this generation of digital natives, parents need to stay informed. This presentation provides an overview of today’s digital landscape. It will inform parents about how children are using today’s technology and social media platforms. It will also provide strategies for parents on how to guide their children in making responsible, respectful, and safe choices in the digital world. Presented by Common Sense Education.

Robert Frost Middle School, 9201 Scott Drive, Rockville, MD 20850

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

Presented In English and Spanish
Tuesday, February 6th @ 11:30 a.m.-1:00 p.m.

Are you unclear about next steps regarding your child’s academic progress? Are you uneasy about contacting school staff? Does school jargon confuse you? 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.

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

Power Tools for Power Struggles

Wednesday, February 7th @ 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).

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

Navigating the School System

Presented in Vietnamese

Thursday, February 8th @ 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. Presented by MCPS staff.

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

Parent and Community Leadership: Restorative Justice for All

Monday, February 12th @ 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.

Northwood High School, 919 University Boulevard West, Silver Spring, MD 20901

Positive Communication

Wednesday, February 14th @ 7:00-8:30 p.m.

Is it difficult to interact with your child? During this workshop, you will learn strategies to strengthen family communication, explore techniques to understand verbal cues, and establish age appropriate expectations for behavior and consequences. Presented by Parent Assistant Resource.

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

Active Parenting Now! (Part 1 of 6)

Thursday, February 15th @ 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.

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

Part 2 – February 22nd
Part 3 – March 1st
Part 4 – March 8th
Part 5 – March 15th
Part 6 – March 22nd

Exploring MBTI (Myer Briggs Type Indicator) for Students and Parents: From Personality Preferences to Student Success

Wednesday, February 21st @ 7:00-8:30 p.m.

One size does not fit all, particularly where personality, academic success, and satisfaction are concerned! In this interactive workshop for parents and high school students, come prepared to explore a side of yourself through a lens of personality type to optimize communication style in class and on a team. You will learn tools and techniques to engage in positive relationships with instructors and peers, write better papers, study for exams, and improve your time management. Facilitated by Carrie On Coaching, LLC. Recommended for parents and their high school students.

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

Active Parenting Now! (Part 2 of 6)

Thursday, February 22nd @ 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.

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

Part 3 – March 1st
Part 4 – March 8th
Part 5 – March 15th
Part 6 – March 22nd

Navigating the School System

Presented in English and Spanish

Monday, February 26th @ 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

Summer Opportunities Fair

Wednesday, February 28th @ 7:00-8:30 p.m.

Explore summer opportunities for your children in kindergarten through grade 12. Local and regional providers will be on hand to talk about summer camps, programs and volunteer activities. Meet program staff, pick up applications and get information on financial assistance.

Carver Educational Services Center Auditorium, 850 Hungerford Drive, Rockville, MD 20850

Special Education Workshop: Understanding Individualized Education Program (IEP) Goals and Monitoring Your Child's Success

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Wednesday, February 28th @ 7:00-8:30 p.m.

Learn how IEP goals relate to the curriculum and how your child's progress is determined. Come prepared with questions. Presented by MCPS Special Education Services at the following schools:

Briggs Chaney Middle School, 1901 Rainbow Drive, Silver Spring, MD 20905
Gaithersburg High School, 101 Education Boulevard, Gaithersburg, MD 20877
Walter Johnson High School, 6400 Rock Spring Drive, Bethesda, MD 20814
Newport Mill Middle School, 11311 Newport Mill Road, Kensington, MD 20895
Fallsmead Elementary School, 1800 Greenplace Terrace, Rockville, MD 20850

Call 240-314-4860 for more information.

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MARCH WORKSHOPS

Active Parenting Now! (Part 3 of 6)

Thursday, March 1st @ 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.

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

Part 4 – March 8th
Part 5 – March 15th
Part 6 – March 22nd

Coping Strategies for Anxious Children...What Parents Need to Know

Monday, March 5th @ 7:00-8:30 p.m.

Is your child anxious? Join us for a workshop that will address the science and biological roots of anxiety in children, strategies to change anxious thinking, and current treatment options. You will also hear how computer technology is transforming the understanding of anxiety. Presented by the National Institute of Mental Health.

Thomas Pyle Middle School, 6311 Wilson Lane, Bethesda, MD 20817

Understanding Naviance Family Connection

Wednesday, March 7th @ 6:00-7:00 p.m.

Learn how Naviance Family Connection is used as a tool to align student's strengths and interest to post-secondary goals, and develop individualized plans for reaching them. This interactive workshop will provide an overview of the Naviance platform and teach parents how to access their accounts and view the range of college and career possibilities available to students. Facilitated by MCPS staff. Recommended for parents and their middle and/or high school students.

Albert Einstein High School, 11135 Newport Mill Road, Kensington, MD 20895

Active Parenting Now! (Part 4 of 6)

Thursday, March 8th @ 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.

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

Part 5 – March 15th
Part 6 – March 22nd

Parent and Community Leadership: Restorative Justice for All

Monday, March 12th @ 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.

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

Cybersafety and Social Media

Wednesday, March 14th @ 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.

Redland Middle School, 6505 Muncaster Mill Road, Rockville, MD 20855

Active Parenting Now! (Part 5 of 6)

Thursday, March 15th @ 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.

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

Part 6 – March 22nd

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

Presented In English and Spanish
Monday, March 19th @ 7:00-8:30 p.m.

Are you unclear about next steps regarding your child’s academic progress? Are you uneasy about contacting school staff? Does school jargon confuse you? 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.

A. Mario Loiederman Middle School, 12701 Goodhill Road, Silver Spring, MD 20906

Introduction to Secondary Transition Services

Wednesday, March 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 fifth graders and middle school students.

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

Active Parenting Now! (Part 6 of 6)

Thursday, March 22nd @ 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.

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

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