Parent Academy Workshops
Winter 2020

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FEBRUARY WORKSHOPS  |  MARCH WORKSHOPS

JANUARY WORKSHOPS

JAN15
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Youth Mental Health First Aid

6:15 pm-8:55 pm
This 3-day workshop series is limited to 30 participants.
Must be registered for all 3 sessions to attend.

Learn the skills necessary to help adolescents who are experiencing a mental health or substance use related problem or 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 in both crisis and non-crisis situations. This hands-on 8-hour program is a series of three workshops. Complete this training to become one of over 5,000 youth mental health first aiders in Maryland! Facilitated by University of Maryland faculty.
Julius West Middle School, 651 Great Falls Road, Rockville, MD 20850


JAN30

How to Handle Homework Battles

7:00 pm-8:30 pm

Is it a battle to get your child to do homework? Feeling frustrated and wondering what to do? Find out how to effectively tackle the challenges of managing homework and avoid the battle before it starts. Learn how the place, time, scenery, and noise can affect the outcome of successful homework time. Explore practical ideas and strategies that will support and encourage your child. Presented by Parent Assistance Resource. Recommended for families of elementary, middle, and high school students.
Silver Spring International Middle School, 313 Wayne Avenue, Silver Spring, MD 20910

 

FEBRUARY WORKSHOPS

FEB5

Supporting LGBTQ Youth

7:00 pm-8:30 pm

Join us to learn about what kids mean when they talk about GSA clubs, nonbinary gender, 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.
Bethesda-Chevy Chase High School, 4301 East-West Highway, Bethesda, MD 20814


FEB6

Introduction to Secondary Transition Services

7:00 pm-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 what transition services are and how you can help your child succeed at the secondary level. Presented by the MCPS Transition Services Unit. Recommended for parents of fifth graders and middle school students.
Argyle Middle School, 2400 Bel Pre Road, Silver Spring, MD 20906


FEB10

Understanding the Naviance Student Program

7:00 pm-8:30 pm

Explore how the Naviance Student program is used as a tool to align student's strengths and interests to their postsecondary goals, and develop individualized plans for reaching them. This interactive workshop will provide an overview of the Naviance platform and teach families how to access their accounts to view the range of college and career possibilities available to students. Facilitated by MCPS staff. Recommended for middle and high school students and families.
Wheaton High School, 12401 Dalewood Drive, Silver Spring, MD 20906


FEB12

Cybersafety and Social Media

7:00 pm-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
Francis Scott Key Middle School, 910 Schindler Drive, Silver Spring, MD 20903


FEB13

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

7:00 pm-8:30 pm

Is your child college ready? In this workshop, families and their students will learn useful tips and strategies to help prepare for college success. 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.
Walter Johnson High School, 6400 Rock Spring Drive, Bethesda, MD 20814


FEB19

Understanding Teen Anxiety and Depression: What Families Need to Know

7:00 pm-8:30 pm

This workshop will help you learn how to identify anxiety and depression in your child, gain a brain-based understanding of anxiety and depression in youth, identify treatments that are supported by scientific research as most effective, and get tangible tips for supporting your child so they can thrive. Presented by a licensed clinical psychologist. Recommended for families of middle and high school students.
Parkland Middle School, 4610 West Frankfort Drive, Rockville, MD 20853


FEB20

Active Parenting (Part 1 of 6)

6:30 pm-8:30 pm

Learn effective ways to communicate with your child, minimize power struggles, encourage cooperation and responsibility, and discuss 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.
Shady Grove Middle School, 8100 Midcounty Highway, Gaithersburg, MD 20877

Part 2 – February 27  |  Part 3 – March 5  |  Part 4 – March 12  |  Part 5 – March 19  |  Part 6 – March 26


FEB24

Plugged in Parents: Keeping Kids Safe, Happy & Healthy in the Digital Age

7:00 pm-8:30 pm

Join us to hear how children are using media and technology to create, consume, communicate, and learn. In this workshop, we will discuss how media and technology affects children’s health and development. Learn tips on how to guide your child to make safe and respectful digital choices. Presented by Common Sense Education. Recommended for families of elementary, middle, and high school students.
Montgomery Blair High School, 51 University Blvd., East, Silver Spring, MD 20901


FEB26

Summer Opportunities Fair

7:00 pm-8:30 pm

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. Recommended for families of elementary, middle, and high school students.
Carver Educational Services Center Auditorium, 850 Hungerford Drive, Rockville, MD 20850


FEB27

Active Parenting (Part 2 of 6)

6:30 pm-8:30 pm

Learn effective ways to communicate with your child, minimize power struggles, encourage cooperation and responsibility, and discuss positive discipline techniques. 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 families of elementary, middle, and high school students.
Shady Grove Middle School, 8100 Midcounty Highway, Gaithersburg, MD 20877

Part 3 – March 5  |  Part 4 – March 12  |  Part 5 – March 19  |  Part 6 – March 26

 

MARCH WORKSHOPS

MAR2

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

7:00 pm-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.
Briggs Chaney Middle School, 1901 Rainbow Drive, Silver Spring, MD 20905


MAR5

Active Parenting (Part 3 of 6)

6:30 pm-8:30 pm

Learn effective ways to communicate with your child, minimize power struggles, encourage cooperation and responsibility, and discuss positive discipline techniques. 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 families of elementary, middle, and high school students.
Shady Grove Middle School, 8100 Midcounty Highway, Gaithersburg, MD 20877

Part 4 – March 12  |  Part 5 – March 19  |  Part 6 – March 26


MAR9

Destination College: Transitioning to College

7:00 pm-8:30 pm

Learn the skills and abilities students need to successfully transition from middle school to high school and college. This workshop will focus on identifying resources to help you and your child successfully navigate this important time and for what lies ahead. Facilitated by MCPS staff. Recommended for middle and high school students and families.
Robert Frost Middle School, 9201 Scott Drive, Rockville, MD 20850


MAR12

Active Parenting (Part 4 of 6)

6:30 pm-8:30 pm

Learn effective ways to communicate with your child, minimize power struggles, encourage cooperation and responsibility, and discuss positive discipline techniques. 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 families of elementary, middle, and high school students.
Shady Grove Middle School, 8100 Midcounty Highway, Gaithersburg, MD 20877

Part 5 – March 19  |  Part 6 – March 26


MAR16

SAT vs. ACT: The Facts vs. the Hype

7:00 pm-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.
Gaithersburg High School, 101 Education Boulevard, Gaithersburg, MD 20877


MAR18

Personality Traits that Result in Positive Student Outcomes

7:00 pm-8:30 pm

Explore how personalities and behaviors affect the quality of interpersonal and school relationships. Through role playing, case study review, and lots of interaction, participants will have many opportunities to delve into how they can make a difference in their relationships and achieve positive family outcomes. Facilitated by Living Life International. Recommended for families of elementary, middle, and high school students.
Paint Branch High School, 14121 Old Columbia Pike, Burtonsville, MD 20866


MAR19

Active Parenting (Part 5 of 6)

6:30 pm-8:30 pm

Learn effective ways to communicate with your child, minimize power struggles, encourage cooperation and responsibility, and discuss 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.
Shady Grove Middle School, 8100 Midcounty Highway, Gaithersburg, MD 20877

Part 6 – March 26


MAR23

Discipline without Threats and Bribes

7:00 pm-8:30 pm

Threats and bribes can lead to power struggles, arguments, and discouraged children. Learn effective alternative discipline methods and strategies in this how-to workshop. Discover the power of the logical consequence approach and help your child develop resiliency, responsibility, and cooperation skills. Leave with some positive solutions to keep peace in your home. Facilitated by the Parent Assistant Resource (PAR). Recommended for families of elementary, middle, and high school students.
Greencastle Elementary School, 13611 Robey Road, Silver Spring, MD 20904


MAR26

Active Parenting (Part 6 of 6)

6:30 pm-8:30 pm

Learn effective ways to communicate with your child, minimize power struggles, encourage cooperation and responsibility, and discuss 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.
Shady Grove Middle School, 8100 Midcounty Highway, Gaithersburg, MD 20877