Student and Family Support and Engagement

Parent Academy TO GO

"Informing, Educating, and Inspiring Families"


As our school district continues to navigate through COVID-19, we want our families and students to remain engaged with us throughout the school year. Student, Family and School Services is very excited to provide "Parent Academy TO GO," a series of virtual presentations for families to participate and 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 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!

New2 Would you like to propose a future virtual workshop?

If you or your colleagues have an idea for a workshop on topics to engage, inform, and empower students and families, please complete the PA2GO Workshop Presenter Request Form. We'd love to hear your ideas!

Parent Academy TO GO families

Virtual Workshops and Chats

Fall Schedule

Destination College: Understanding the College Admissions Process

Wed., September 14, 6:00-7:00 pm
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Power Tools for Power Struggles

Thurs., September 15, 6:00-7:00 pm
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Modes of Learning: Support Your Child at Home

Wed., September 21, 6:00-7:00 pm
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Mindfulness: Managing Stress During Difficult Times

Thurs., September 22, 6:00-7:00 pm
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Supporting Your Child’s Social Emotional Learning Through Leader in Me

Tues., October 4, 6:00-7:00 pm
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Parent Strategies for Managing Behavior Challenges

Wed., October 12, 6:00-7:00 pm
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Apoyando el aprendizaje socioemocional de su hijo a través de Leader in Me

Thurs., October 13, 6:00-7:00 pm
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Wed., October 19, 6:00-7:00 pm
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Communicating with Teens

Thurs., October 20, 6:00-7:00 pm
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Mindfulness: Managing Stress During Difficult Times

Wed., October 26, 6:00-7:00 pm
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Active Parenting Now!

This is a 4-part series. Attendance to all 4 workshops is encouraged.

Part 1: Thurs., Oct. 27, 6:30-8:30 pm
Part 2: Thurs., November 3, 6:30-8:30 pm
Part 3: Thurs., November 10, 6:30-8:30 pm
Part 4: Thurs., November 17, 6:30-8:30 pm
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Red Flags for Anxiety

Wed., November 2, 6:00-7:00 pm
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Supporting Transgender Students: Process for Name/Pronoun Changes

Wed., November 9, 6:00-7:00 pm
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The 7 Habits of Highly Effective Families (Part 1 of 2)

Part 1: Tues., Nov. 15, 6:00-7:00 pm
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Los 7 Hábitos de las Familias Altamente Efectivas (Parte 1 de 2)

Parte 1: Noviembre 15, 6:00-7:00 pm
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The 7 Habits of Highly Effective Families (Part 2 of 2)

Part 2: Tues., Nov. 16, 6:00-7:00 pm
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Los 7 Hábitos de las Familias Altamente Efectivas (Parte 2 de 2)

Parte 2: Noviembre 16, 6:00-7:00 pm
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Positive Discipline

Wed., November 30, 6:00-7:00 pm
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MCPS Parent Academy TO GO Video Series

The MCPS Parent Academy TO GO series provide families with information central to their children's academic and emotional well-being. Led by community professionals and MCPS specialists, we offer a variety of workshops and chats focused on topics important to families of MCPS students. Our goal is to empower families with the skills and strategies necessary to become active participants in their children’s education.

If you were unable to join one of our Parent Academy TO GO workshops or chats, visit the MCPS YouTube channel for recorded sessions. Please note that it may take up to a week before new recordings are posted.


How-To Videos

How to Sign-In to an MCPS Chromebook


Cómo iniciar sesión en una Chromebook MCPS


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