Fall 2018 Parent Academy Workshops

— We look forward to seeing you!


SEPTEMBER  |  OCTOBER  |  NOVEMBER  | DECEMBER

SEPTEMBER WORKSHOPS

Outdoor Education Open House

Thursday, September 6th, 5:00-8:00 pm

Come learn about the MCPS residential Outdoor and Environmental Education Program, where the outdoors is the classroom! Tour facilities and grounds of the Lathrop E. Smith Environmental Education Center and hear about environmental field lessons that Grade 6 students experience when they participate in the program. For families of Grade 6 students. Wear comfortable shoes. Facilitated by MCPS staff.
Lathrop E. Smith Center, 5110 Meadowside Ln, Rockville, MD 20855

Study Skills for Children with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)

Monday, September 24th, 7:00-8:30 pm

If your student wants more time to sleep, hang out with friends, play video games, read for fun, practice something, or chill, then they’re good candidates for improved study skills and time management. If you want your student to feel more confident, procrastinate less, work more efficiently, or enjoy working hard to learn things, then you’ll love learning how to help them learn more efficiently. Come for the candor, stay for the strategies, and leave with a personalized plan to help your student learn how to learn. Bring your toughest questions! Presented by SMITH RIVAS Study Skills & Academic Coaching in collaboration with Children and Adults with Hyperactivity/Deficit Disorder (CHADD). Recommended for families of elementary, middle, and high school students.
Silver Spring International Middle School, 313 Wayne Ave, Silver Spring, MD 20910

Power Tools For Power Struggles

Wednesday, September 26th, 7:00-8:30 pm

Frequent power struggles between parents/guardians 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). Recommended for families of elementary, middle, and high school students.
Takoma Park Middle School, 7611 Piney Branch Rd, Silver Spring, MD 20910

SAT vs. ACT: The Facts vs. The Hype

Thursday, September 27th, 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 school and high school students
Walter Johnson High School, 6400 Rock Spring Dr, Bethesda, MD 20814

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OCTOBER WORKSHOPS

Introduction to Secondary Transition Services

Monday, October 1st, 7:00-8:30 pm

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 staff. Recommended for families of 5th grade, middle, and high school students.
Shady Grove Middle School, 8100 Midcounty Hwy, Gaithersburg, MD 20877

Vietnamese Family Workshop: MCPS at a Glance

Presented in Vietnamese

Monday, October 1st, 6:00-7:30 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 Auditorium, 4910 Macon Road, Rockville, MD 20852

Special Education: Families as Advocates and the Family-School Partnership (Part 1 of 4)

Wednesday, October 3rd, 6:30-8:30 pm

Learn about the special education process and how to advocate for your child. Topics include the Individual Disabilities Education Act (I.D.E.A.), Individualized Education Program (I.E.P.), resolving issues, community resources, and support. Learn, network, and share tips with other families. This is the first of a series of four workshops facilitated by the Montgomery County Federation of Families for Children’s Mental Health. Recommended for families of elementary, middle and high school students.
Gaithersburg Middle School, 2 Teachers' Way, Gaithersburg, MD 20877

Part 2 – October 10th
Part 3 – October 17th
Part 4 – October 24th

French Family Workshop: MCPS at a Glance

Presented in French

Wednesday, October 3rd, 6:00-7:30 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 Auditorium, 4910 Macon Road, Rockville, MD 20852

Destination College: Transitioning to College

Thursday, October 4th, 7:00-8:30 pm

Come and hear the skills and abilities needed for students to successfully transition from middle school to high school and ultimately college. This workshop will focus on identifying needed skills and resources and implementing next steps during the process. Facilitated by MCPS staff. Recommended for middle and high school students and families.
Robert Frost Middle School, 9201 Scott Dr, Rockville, MD 20850

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

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

Join us to hear how children are using media and technology to create, consume, communicate, and learn. We will also discuss the impact of media and technology on health and development and how to 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 Hwy, Bethesda, MD 20814

Special Education: Families as Advocates and the Family-School Partnership (Part 2 of 4)

Wednesday, October 10th, 6:30-8:30 pm

Learn about the special education process and how to advocate for your child. Topics include the Individual Disabilities Education Act (I.D.E.A.), Individualized Education Program (I.E.P.), resolving issues, community resources, and support. Learn, network, and share tips with other families. This is the second of a series of four workshops facilitated by the Montgomery County Federation of Families for Children’s Mental Health. Recommended for families of elementary, middle and high school students.
Gaithersburg Middle School, 2 Teachers' Way, Gaithersburg, MD 20877

Part 3 – October 17th
Part 4 – October 24th

MCPS at a Glance

Thursday, October 11th, 11:30 am-1:00 pm
Thursday, October 11th, 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 Auditorium, 4910 Macon Road, Rockville, MD 20852

Understanding Naviance Student

Monday, October 15th, 7:00-8:30 pm

Learn how Naviance Student is used as a tool to align student strengths and interests to post-secondary 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 and view the range of college and career possibilities available to students. Facilitated by MCPS staff. Recommended for middle and high school students and families.
Montgomery Blair High School, 51 University Blvd, Rockville, MD 20901

Special Education: Families as Advocates and the Family-School Partnership (Part 3 of 4)

Wednesday, October 17th, 6:30-8:30 pm

Learn about the special education process and how to advocate for your child. Topics include the Individual Disabilities Education Act (I.D.E.A.), Individualized Education Program (I.E.P.), resolving issues, community resources, and support. Learn, network, and share tips with other families. This is the third of a series of four workshops facilitated by the Montgomery County Federation of Families for Children’s Mental Health. Recommended for families of elementary, middle and high school students.
Gaithersburg Middle School, 2 Teachers' Way, Gaithersburg, MD 20877

Part 4 – October 24th

Discipline Without Threats and Bribes

Monday, October 22nd, 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.
Francis Scott Key Middle School, 910 Schindler Dr, Silver Spring, MD 20903

Special Education: Families as Advocates and the Family-School Partnership (Part 4 of 4)

Wednesday, October 17th, 6:30-8:30 pm

Learn about the special education process and how to advocate for your child. Topics include the Individual Disabilities Education Act (I.D.E.A.), Individualized Education Program (I.E.P.), resolving issues, community resources, and support. Learn, network, and share tips with other families. This is the last of a series of four workshops facilitated by the Montgomery County Federation of Families for Children’s Mental Health. Recommended for families of elementary, middle and high school students.
Gaithersburg Middle School, 2 Teachers' Way, Gaithersburg, MD 20877

Spanish Family Workshop: Key Factors Promoting Student Academic Achievement

Presented in Spanish

Wednesday, October 24th, 6:00-7:30 pm

There are key factors that promote a student’s academic success. Family engagement and building a strong home-school partnership are essential in fostering your child’s academic achievement. Come and learn about engaging with schools and other contributing factors that lead to student success! Presented by MCPS staff. Recommended for families of elementary, middle, and high school students.
Rocking Horse Road Center Auditorium, 4910 Macon Road, Rockville, MD 20852

Korean Family Workshop: MCPS at a Glance

Presented in Korean

Thursday, October 25th, 6:30-8:30 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.
Herbert Hoover Middle School, 8810 Postoak Rd, Potomac, MD 20854

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

Monday, October 29th, 7:00-8:30 pm

Is your creative student interested in studying performing arts, visual arts, or digital media at college? In this workshop, we discuss how students can combine their creative interests with STEM, find their "best fit" schools, and apply to college. Families will also learn about the financial aspects of paying for school, what all the terms mean, and how to submit their financial information to secure the best financial package. Facilitated by ARTriculate and Luminate Financial Planning. Recommended for middle, high school students and families.
North Bethesda Middle School, 8935 Bradmoor Dr, Bethesda, MD 20817

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NOVEMBER WORKSHOPS

Culturally Responsive Parenting to Reduce Bullying and Depression for Asian American Students (Part 1 of 6)

Thursday, November 1st, 6:30-8:30 pm

Do you want to bridge the cultural and generational gap, improve your relationship with your teens, and help teens who may struggle with bullying and psychosocial difficulties? In this 6-session workshop series, you will hear the latest research in psychology, and walk away with concrete strategies to communicate with adolescents, promote psychological well-being, and deal with bullying. Presented by The Bullying Prevention and Mental Health Promotion Lab at the University of Maryland, College Park. Recommended for Asian American families of middle and high school students.
Walter Johnson High School, 6400 Rock Spring Dr, Bethesda, MD 20814

Part 2 – November 8th
Part 3 – November 15th
Part 4 – November 29th
Part 5 – December 6th
Part 6 – December 13th

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

Thursday, November 1st, 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, parents 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.
Quince Orchard High School, 15800 Quince Orchard Rd, Gaithersburg, MD 20878

How to Handle Homework Battles

Monday, November 5th, 7:00-8:30 pm

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 (PAR). Recommended for families of elementary, middle, and high school students.
Julius West Middle School, 651 Great Falls Rd, Rockville, MD 20850

Personality Traits that Result in Positive Student Outcomes

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

This is an insightful training session that will 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 multiple 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.
Newport Mills Middle School, 11311 Newport Mill Rd, Kensington, MD 20895

Spanish Family Workshop: Effective Parent/Guardian-Teacher Conferences

Presented in Spanish

Thursday, November 7th, 6:00-7:30 pm

Parent/guardian-teacher conferences are an important component of ongoing home-school communication and family engagement. Come learn tips and strategies to prepare for an effective parent/guardian-teacher conference. Recommended for families of elementary, middle, and high school students.
Rocking Horse Road Center Auditorium, 4910 Macon Road, Rockville, MD 20852

Culturally Responsive Parenting to Reduce Bullying and Depression for Asian American Students (Part 2 of 6)

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

Do you want to bridge the cultural and generational gap, improve your relationship with your teens, and help teens who may struggle with bullying and psychosocial difficulties? In this 6-session workshop series, you will hear the latest research in psychology, and walk away with concrete strategies to communicate with adolescents, promote psychological well-being, and deal with bullying. Presented by The Bullying Prevention and Mental Health Promotion Lab at the University of Maryland, College Park. Recommended for Asian American families of middle and high school students.
Walter Johnson High School, 6400 Rock Spring Dr, Bethesda, MD 20814

Part 3 – November 15th
Part 4 – November 29th
Part 5 – December 6th
Part 6 – December 13th

Effective Parent/Guardian-Teacher Conferences

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

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

Parent/guardian-teacher conferences are an important component of ongoing home-school communication and family engagement. Come learn tips and strategies to prepare for an effective parent/guardian-teacher conference. Recommended for families of elementary, middle, and high school students.
Richard Montgomery High School, 250 Richard Montgomery Dr, Rockville, MD 20852

Culturally Responsive Parenting to Reduce Bullying and Depression for Asian American Students (Part 3 of 6)

Thursday, November 15th, 6:30-8:30 pm

Do you want to bridge the cultural and generational gap, improve your relationship with your teens, and help teens who may struggle with bullying and psychosocial difficulties? In this 6-session workshop series, you will hear the latest research in psychology, and walk away with concrete strategies to communicate with adolescents, promote psychological well-being, and deal with bullying. Presented by The Bullying Prevention and Mental Health Promotion Lab at the University of Maryland, College Park. Recommended for Asian American families of middle and high school students.
Walter Johnson High School, 6400 Rock Spring Dr, Bethesda, MD 20814

Part 4 – November 29th
Part 5 – December 6th
Part 6 – December 13th

Cybersafety and Social Media

Thursday, November 15th, 7:00-8:30 pm

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. Recommended for families of elementary, middle, and high school students.
Kingsview Middle School, 18909 Kingsview Rd, Germantown, MD 20874

Positive Communication - WORKSHOP FULL - Registration closed

Wednesday, November 28th, 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.
Sligo Middle School, 1401 Dennis Ave, Silver Spring, MD 20902

Culturally Responsive Parenting to Reduce Bullying and Depression for Asian American Students (Part 4 of 6)

Thursday, November 29th, 6:30-8:30 pm

Do you want to bridge the cultural and generational gap, improve your relationship with your teens, and help teens who may struggle with bullying and psychosocial difficulties? In this 6-session workshop series, you will hear the latest research in psychology, and walk away with concrete strategies to communicate with adolescents, promote psychological well-being, and deal with bullying. Presented by The Bullying Prevention and Mental Health Promotion Lab at the University of Maryland, College Park. Recommended for Asian American families of middle and high school students.
Walter Johnson High School, 6400 Rock Spring Dr, Bethesda, MD 20814

Part 5 – December 6th
Part 6 – December 13th

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DECEMBER WORKSHOPS

Cybersafety and Social Media

Wednesday, December 5th, 7:00-8:30 pm

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. Recommended for families of elementary, middle, and high school students.
Parkland Middle School, 4610 West Frankfort Dr, Rockville, MD 20853

Culturally Responsive Parenting to Reduce Bullying and Depression for Asian American Students (Part 5 of 6)

Thursday, December 6th, 6:30-8:30 pm

Do you want to bridge the cultural and generational gap, improve your relationship with your teens, and help teens who may struggle with bullying and psychosocial difficulties? In this 6-session workshop series, you will hear the latest research in psychology, and walk away with concrete strategies to communicate with adolescents, promote psychological well-being, and deal with bullying. Presented by The Bullying Prevention and Mental Health Promotion Lab at the University of Maryland, College Park. Recommended for Asian American families of middle and high school students.
Walter Johnson High School, 6400 Rock Spring Dr, Bethesda, MD 20814

Part 6 – December 13th

Culturally Responsive Parenting to Reduce Bullying and Depression for Asian American Students (Part 6 of 6)

Thursday, December 13th, 6:30-8:30 pm

Do you want to bridge the cultural and generational gap, improve your relationship with your teens, and help teens who may struggle with bullying and psychosocial difficulties? In this 6-session workshop series, you will hear the latest research in psychology, and walk away with concrete strategies to communicate with adolescents, promote psychological well-being, and deal with bullying. Presented by The Bullying Prevention and Mental Health Promotion Lab at the University of Maryland, College Park. Recommended for Asian American families of middle and high school students.
Walter Johnson High School, 6400 Rock Spring Dr, Bethesda, MD 20814

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