Parent Academy Workshops
Fall 2019

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SEPTEMBER WORKSHOPS

Korean Family Workshop: Special Programs

*Presented in Korean*
Thursday, September 26, 6:30-8:30 pm

Join us for an introduction to the MCPS Magnet Application Programs. Learn about the enrichment and accelerated learning opportunities and how you can help your child succeed. Facilitated by MCPS staff. Recommended for families of elementary, middle, and high school students.
Herbert Hoover Middle School, 8810 Postoak Road, Potomac, MD 20854

 

OCTOBER WORKSHOPS

Improve the Well-Being of Your Family Through Self-Care

Wednesday, October 2, 7:00-8:30 pm

Self-care is vital for our overall well-being. This workshop focuses on providing the knowledge and skills to help families develop a self-care plan. Learn how self-care activities can help you cope with stress and improve your mental, emotional, and physical health. Facilitated by EveryMind. Recommended for families of elementary, middle, and high school students.
Montgomery Blair High School, 51 University Blvd. East, Silver Spring, MD 20901

Online Resources for Families

Wednesday, October 2, 7:00-8:30 pm

Support your children by learning to navigate the many online resources available to all MCPS students. This workshop will address the fundamentals of the inquiry process, delve into searching a variety of databases, and compare free resources vs. subscription databases. Accessing eBooks and audiobooks using the Sora app will be also be explored. Presented by MCPS staff. Recommended for families of elementary, middle, and high school students.
Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Middle School, 13737 Wisteria Drive, Germantown, MD 20874

Active Parenting Now! (Part 1 of 6)

Thursday, October 3, 6:30-8:30 pm

Learn effective ways to communicate with your child, how to handle power struggles, and join in a discussion about positive discipline techniques. 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 families of elementary, middle, and high school students.
Sligo Middle School, 1401 Dennis Avenue, Silver Spring, MD 20902

Part 2 – October 10
Part 3 – October 17
Part 4 – October 24
Part 5 – October 31
Part 6 – November 7

Cybersafety and Social Media

Monday, October 7, 7:00-8:30 pm

Learn about common websites, applications used by children, and safety issues related to computer and cell phone use. Hear strategies for monitoring the use of social media in your household. Presented in collaboration with the Montgomery County State’s Attorney’s Office. Recommended for families of middle and high school students.
Kingsview Middle School, 18909 Kingsview Road, Germantown, MD 20874

Active Parenting Now! (Part 2 of 6)

Thursday, October 10, 6:30-8:30 pm

Learn effective ways to communicate with your child, how to handle power struggles, and join in a discussion about positive discipline techniques. This is the third of a series of six workshops developed by parenting expert Dr. Michael Popkin. Facilitated by the Montgmery County Federation of Families for Children’s Mental Health. Recommended for families of elementary, middle, and high school students.
Sligo Middle School, 1401 Dennis Avenue, Silver Spring, MD 20902

Part 3 – October 17
Part 4 – October 24
Part 5 – October 31
Part 6 – November 7

Vietnamese Family Workshop

*Presented in Vietnamese*
Monday, October 14, 7:00-8:30 pm

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. Recommended for families of elementary, middle, and high school students.
Rocking Horse Road Center, 4910 Macon Road, Rockville, MD 20852

Youth Mental Health First Aid (Part 1 of 4)
–This workshop has reached capacity and registration for this series is now closed.

*Limited to 30 participants*
*Must be registered to attend*

Monday, October 14, 6:30-8:30 pm

Are you interested in learning the skills to assist adolescents experiencing a mental health problem or substance use related crisis? This workshop introduces participants to the unique risk factors and warning signs of mental health problems in adolescents, and teaches a 5-step action plan for how to help. This hands-on 8-hour program is offered as a series of four workshops. Complete this training to become one of over 5,000 youth mental health first aiders in Maryland! Facilitated by University of Maryland faculty. Recommended for families of elementary, middle, and high school students.
Earle B. Wood Middle School, 14615 Bauer Drive, Rockville, MD 20853

Part 2 – October 21
Part 3 – October 28
Part 4 – November 4

Discipline Without Threats and Bribes

Wednesday, October 16, 7:00-8:30 pm

Alternative discipline tools will be the focus of this how-to workshop. Discover the power of the logical consequence approach instead of punishment. Come and learn positive ways to keep peace in your home. Facilitated by the Parent Assistant Resource (PAR). Recommended for families of elementary, middle, and high school students.
Mill Creek Towne Elementary School, 17700 Park Mill Drive, Rockville, MD 20855

Active Parenting Now! (Part 3 of 6)

Thursday, October 17, 6:30-8:30 pm

Learn effective ways to communicate with your child, how to handle power struggles, and join in a discussion about positive discipline techniques. This is the third of a series of six workshops developed by parenting expert Dr. Michael Popkin. Facilitated by the Montgmery County Federation of Families for Children’s Mental Health. Recommended for families of elementary, middle, and high school students.
Sligo Middle School, 1401 Dennis Avenue, Silver Spring, MD 20902

Part 4 – October 24
Part 5 – October 31
Part 6 – November 7

Youth Mental Health First Aid (Part 2 of 4)
–This workshop has reached capacity and registration for this series is now closed.

*Limited to 30 participants*
*Must be registered to attend*

Monday, October 21, 6:30-8:30 pm

Are you interested in learning the skills to assist adolescents experiencing a mental health problem or substance use related crisis? This workshop introduces participants to the unique risk factors and warning signs of mental health problems in adolescents, and teaches a 5-step action plan for how to help. This hands-on 8-hour program is offered as a series of four workshops. Complete this training to become one of over 5,000 youth mental health first aiders in Maryland! Facilitated by University of Maryland faculty. Recommended for families of elementary, middle, and high school students.
Earle B. Wood Middle School, 14615 Bauer Drive, Rockville, MD 20853

Part 3 – October 28
Part 4 – November 4

Family, Faith, and Your School

Wednesday, October 23, 7:00-8:30 pm

Come and learn helpful information about the MCPS Religious Diversity Guidelines. This workshop will address how to communicate with school staff and how to report bullying. Tips regarding navigating the school system and unexcused absences for religious reasons will also be shared. Presented by MCPS staff. Recommended for families of elementary, middle, and high school students.
Tilden Middle School, 11211 Old Georgetown Road, Rockville, MD 20852

Active Parenting Now! (Part 4 of 6)

Thursday, October 24, 6:30-8:30 pm

Learn effective ways to communicate with your child, how to handle power struggles, and join in a discussion about positive discipline techniques. This is the third of a series of six workshops developed by parenting expert Dr. Michael Popkin. Facilitated by the Montgmery County Federation of Families for Children’s Mental Health. Recommended for families of elementary, middle, and high school students.
Sligo Middle School, 1401 Dennis Avenue, Silver Spring, MD 20902

Part 5 – October 31
Part 6 – November 7

Youth Mental Health First Aid (Part 3 of 4)
–This workshop has reached capacity and registration for this series is now closed.

 

*Limited to 30 participants*
*Must be registered to attend*

Monday, October 28, 6:30-8:30 pm

Are you interested in learning the skills to assist adolescents experiencing a mental health problem or substance use related crisis? This workshop introduces participants to the unique risk factors and warning signs of mental health problems in adolescents, and teaches a 5-step action plan for how to help. This hands-on 8-hour program is offered as a series of four workshops. Complete this training to become one of over 5,000 youth mental health first aiders in Maryland! Facilitated by University of Maryland faculty. Recommended for families of elementary, middle, and high school students.
Earle B. Wood Middle School, 14615 Bauer Drive, Rockville, MD 20853

Part 4 – November 4

Active Parenting Now! (Part 5 of 6)

Thursday, October 31, 6:30-8:30 pm

Learn effective ways to communicate with your child, how to handle power struggles, and join in a discussion about positive discipline techniques. 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 families of elementary, middle, and high school students.
Sligo Middle School, 1401 Dennis Avenue, Silver Spring, MD 20902

Part 6 – November 7

 

NOVEMBER WORKSHOPS

Plugged in Families: Keeping Kids Safe, Happy, and Healthy in the Digital Age

Monday, November 4, 7:00-8:30 pm

Join us to hear how children are using media and technology to create, consume, communicate, and learn. We will discuss the impact technology has on children’s health and development and ways to help guide your child in making safe and respectful digital choices. Presented by Common Sense Education. Recommended for families of elementary, middle, and high school students.
Bethesda-Chevy Chase High School, 4301 East-West Highway, Bethesda, MD 20814

Youth Mental Health First Aid (Part 4 of 4)
–This workshop has reached capacity and registration for this series is now closed.

*Limited to 30 participants*
*Must be registered to attend*

Monday, November 4, 6:30-8:30 pm

Are you interested in learning the skills to assist adolescents experiencing a mental health problem or substance use related crisis? This workshop introduces participants to the unique risk factors and warning signs of mental health problems in adolescents, and teaches a 5-step action plan for how to help. This hands-on 8-hour program is offered as a series of four workshops. Complete this training to become one of over 5,000 youth mental health first aiders in Maryland! Facilitated by University of Maryland faculty. Recommended for families of elementary, middle, and high school students.
Earle B. Wood Middle School, 14615 Bauer Drive, Rockville, MD 20853

Improve the Well-Being of Your Family Through Self-Care

Wednesday, November 6, 7:00-8:30 pm

Self-care is vital for our overall well-being. This workshop focuses on providing the knowledge and skills to help families develop a self-care plan. Learn how self-care activities can help you cope with stress and improve your mental, emotional, and physical health. Facilitated by EveryMind. Recommended for families of elementary, middle, and high school students.
Parkland Middle School, 4610 West Frankfort Drive, Rockville, MD 20853

Effective Parent-Teacher Conferences

*Presented in English, Spanish, Amharic, French, Korean, Chinese, and Vietnamese*
Wednesday, November 6, 7:00-8:30 pm

Parent-teacher conferences are an important component of ongoing home-school communication and family engagement. Come learn tips and strategies to prepare for a successful parent-teacher conference. Recommended for families of elementary, middle, and high school students.
Robert Frost Middle School, 9201 Scott Drive, Rockville, MD 20850

Active Parenting Now! (Part 6 of 6)

Thursday, November 7, 6:30-8:30 pm

Learn effective ways to communicate with your child, how to handle power struggles, and join in a discussion about positive discipline techniques. 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 families of elementary, middle, and high school students.
Sligo Middle School, 1401 Dennis Avenue, Silver Spring, MD 20902

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

Monday, November 11, 7:00-8:30 pm

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, families 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. Recommended for middle and high school students and families.
Winston Churchill High School, 11300 Gainsborough Road, Potomac, MD 20854

Supporting LGBTQ Youth

Thursday, November 14, 7:00-8:30 pm

Join us to learn about what kids mean when they talk about GSA clubs, nonbinary, they/them pronouns, and gender marker X. Discuss best practices for connecting with LGBTQ youth in this interactive workshop. Participants will have ample time for questions and answers. Presented by Supporting and Mentoring Youth Advocates and Leaders (SMYAL). Recommended for families of elementary, middle, and high school students.
Takoma Park Middle School, 7611 Piney Branch Road, Silver Spring, MD 20910

Mindfulness: An Approach that Can Result in Academic Success

Monday, November 18, 7:00-8:30 pm

Effective focus, motivation, handling frustrations, and communication depend on the ability of students to understand and manage their emotions. These basic competencies are crucial to student success. 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. Recommended for families of elementary, middle, and high school students.
North Bethesda Middle School, 8935 Bradmoor Drive, Bethesda, MD 20817

Positive Communication With Your Child

Wednesday, November 20, 7:00-8:30 pm

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 (PAR). Recommended for families of elementary, middle, and high school students.
Glen Haven Elementary School, 10900 Inwood Avenue, Silver Spring, MD 20902

Family, Faith, and Your School

Wednesday, November 20, 7:00-8:30 pm

Come and learn helpful information about the MCPS Religious Diversity Guidelines. This workshop will address how to communicate with school staff and how to report bullying. Tips regarding navigating the school system and unexcused absences for religious reasons will also be shared. Presented by MCPS staff. Recommended for families of elementary, middle, and high school students.
Springbrook High School, 201 Valley Brook Drive, Silver Spring, MD 20904

Cybersafety and Social Media

Thursday, November 21, 7:00-8:30 pm

Learn about common websites and applications used by children, and safety issues related to computer and cell phone use. Hear strategies for monitoring the use of social media in your household. Presented in collaboration with the Montgomery County State’s Attorney’s Office. Recommended for families of elementary, middle, and high school students.
Redland Middle School, 6505 Muncaster Mill Road, Rockville, MD 20855

 

DECEMBER WORKSHOPS

SAT vs. ACT: The Facts vs. The Hype

Wednesday, December 4, 7:00-8:30 pm

This workshop will help families 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. Recommended for families of middle and high school students.
Quince Orchard High School, 15800 Quince Orchard Road, Gaithersburg, MD 20878

Introduction to Secondary Transition Services

Thursday, December 5, 7:00-8:30 pm

Do you have a child who is turning 10 or older? Does your child receive special education services? 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 staff. Recommended for families with students in grade 5-middle school.
White Oak Middle School, 12201 New Hampshire Avenue, Silver Spring, MD 20904

Creative Students and the College Application Process: What Families Need to Know

Monday, December 9, 7:00-8:30 pm

Do you have a creative student interested in studying performing arts, visual arts, or digital media at college? In this workshop, we will discuss how students can combine their creative interests with STEM, find their "best fit" schools, and apply to college. Families will learn about the financial process of paying for college, learn what the key terms mean, and sort out how to submit information to secure the best financial package. Facilitated by ARTriculate and Luminate Financial Planning. Recommended for families of middle and high school students.
Rosa Parks Middle School, 19200 Olney Mill Road, Olney, MD 20832

Destination College: Understanding Financial Aid

Wednesday, December 11, 7:00-8:30 pm

Families and students need a clear understanding of the ways to pay for college. This workshop will focus on defining financial aid, how it is determined, conducting scholarship searches, and managing student loan debt. Presented by Achieva Educational Consulting. Recommended for families of middle and high school students.
Thomas S. Wootton High School, 2100 Wootton Parkway, Rockville, MD 20850