Student and Family Support and Engagement

Parent Academy TO GO

"Informing, Educating, and Inspiring Families"


As our school district continues to navigate through the COVID-19 public health emergency, we want our families and students to remain engaged throughout the school year. While we may not be able to meet face-to-face, Student, Family and School Services is very excited to provide "Parent Academy TO GO," a series of virtual presentations for families to view at home.

Parent Academy TO GO is designed to inform and empower families as advocates and partners in their children's education. Workshops provide families with useful information and resources to support their children's academic and emotional well-being, as well as help them to be college and career ready. Through a variety of learning opportunities hosted by MCPS staff and community partners, we hope to strengthen our engagement with families and the community. We recognize that behind every successful student are supportive families, teachers, school staff and community members who take an active role in educating our students.

Advanced registration is required in order to participate in our workshops and chats


Workshops, Chats and How-To Videos

  • Our virtual workshops include research-based strategies and resource segments that offer families opportunities to build deeper knowledge, and to learn and practice the skills they need to support their children’s learning.
  • Our virtual chats provide opportunities for families to learn tips, share resources, and engage in meaningful discussions with MCPS staff, mental health experts, community partners and other parents.
  • Our how-to videos include basic instructions to support families with technology and remote learning, presented often in multiple languages.

All virtual events are free. Advanced registration is required. Participants will receive an email with the link to join prior to the event. We hope you can join us virtually at one of our upcoming events!

Parent Academy TO GO families

Virtual Workshops

Using Technology: A Family Approach to Distance Learning

Thursday, October 1, 2020 from 6:00-7:00 p.m.
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Navigating the College Experience with ACES

Monday, October 5, 2020 from 6:00-7:00 p.m.
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Destination College: Understanding Financial Aid

Thursday, October 7, 2020 from 6:00-7:00 p.m.
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How to Maintain Positive Parent-Child Relationships During Covid-19

Wednesday, October 8, 2020 from 6:00-7:00 p.m.
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Leadership Qualities that Result in Positive Student Outcomes

Wednesday, October 14, 2020 from 6:00-7:00 p.m.
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Online Resources for Families During Distance Learning

Thursday, October 15, 2020 from 6:00-7:00 p.m.
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mental health ribbonMental Health Monday: An Overview of Social Emotional Learning (SEL)

Monday, October 19, 2020 from 6:00-7:00 p.m.
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A Glimpse of ParentVue

In collaboration with the Chinese American Parents Association

Tuesday, October 20, 2020 from 6:00-7:00 p.m.
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Creative Students and the College Application Process

Wednesday, October 21, 2020 from 6:00-7:00 p.m.
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Special Education Supports, Resources and the IEP Process During Distance Learning

Wednesday, October 28, 2020 from 6:00-7:00 p.m.
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Here's what we have coming up!  November Virtual Workshops


Virtual Chats

mental health ribbonMental Health Monday: Minimizing Meltdowns At Home

Monday, October 12, 2020 at 6:00 p.m.
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Helping Families with Technology

Ayudando a las Familias con la Tecnología | 테크날러지에 관하여 가족원들 도움 | ለቤተሰቦች የቴክኖሎጂያዊ እገዛ | 帮助家庭使用技术” | Assistance Aux Families Avec la Technologie | Hỗ Trợ Phụ Huynh Về Kỹ Thuật

Presented in English, Spanish, Amharic, French, Vietnamese, Chinese and Korean

Tuesday, October 13, 2020 at 6:00 p.m.
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How-To Videos

How to Sign-In to an MCPS Chromebook