Winter 2019 Parent Academy Workshops

— We look forward to seeing you!


JANUARY  |  FEBRUARY  |  MARCH

JANUARY WORKSHOPS

Mindfulness: An Approach that Can Result in Academic Success

Monday, January 14, 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 are basic competencies that 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.
Takoma Park Middle School, 7611 Piney Branch Rd, Silver Spring, MD 20910

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

Thursday, January 17, 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 and high school students, and families.
Montgomery Blair High School, 51 University Blvd, Rockville, MD 20901

Parent Chat: Strong Families – Strong Students

Wednesday, January 23, 6:30-8:00 pm

Join us for conversations about challenges that families may encounter. Learn about protective factors that strengthen families, share tips and strategies, and network and build strong connections to support one another. The topics to be discussed include relationships, resilience, communication, and social connections. Facilitated by MCPS staff. Recommended for families of elementary, middle, and high school students.
Rocking Horse Road Center Auditorium, 4910 Macon Road, Rockville, MD 20852

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

Wednesday, January 30, 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.
Bethesda-Chevy Chase High School, 4301 East-West Hwy, Bethesda, MD 20814

Parent Chat: Strong Families – Strong Students

Presented in Korean

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

Join us for conversations about challenges that families may encounter. Learn about protective factors that strengthen families, share tips and strategies, network and build strong connections to support one another. The topics to be discussed include relationships, resilience, communication, and social connections. Facilitated by MCPS staff. Recommended for families of elementary, middle, and high school students.
Herbert Hoover Middle School, 8810 Postoak Rd, Potomac, MD 20854

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FEBRUARY WORKSHOPS

Can We Talk? Speaking Up for Your Children to Help Them Succeed

Presented in English & Spanish

Wednesday, February 6, 11:30 am-1:30 pm

Are you unclear about next steps regarding your child’s academic progress? Does school jargon confuse you? Are you uneasy about contacting school staff? Research has shown that students achieve more in school when their families are involved in their education. Learn how to speak up to help your child succeed and communicate with school staff to support your child’s learning. Facilitated by MCPS staff. Recommended for families of elementary, middle, and high school students.
Rocking Horse Road Center Auditorium, 4910 Macon Road, Rockville, MD 20852

Active Parenting Now! (Part 1 of 6)

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

Learn effective ways to communicate with your child, discuss positive discipline techniques, and hear how to handle power struggles. 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.
Tilden Middle School, 11211 Old Georgetown Road, Rockville, MD 20852 

Part 2 – February 14
Part 3 – February 21
Part 4 – February 28
Part 5 – March 7
Part 6 – March 14

Discipline Without Threats and Bribes

Monday, February 11, 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

Parent Chat: Strong Families – Strong Students

Tuesday, February 12, 6:30-8:00 pm

Join us for conversations about challenges that families may encounter. Learn about protective factors that strengthen families, share tips and strategies, network and build strong connections to support one another. The topics to be discussed include relationships, resilience, communication, and social connections. Facilitated by MCPS staff. Recommended for families of elementary, middle, and high school students.
Rocking Horse Road Center Auditorium, 4910 Macon Road, Rockville, MD 20852

Active Parenting Now! (Part 2 of 6)

Thursday, February 14, 6:30-8:30 pm

Learn effective ways to communicate with your child, discuss positive discipline techniques, and hear how to handle power struggles. 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.
Tilden Middle School, 11211 Old Georgetown Road, Rockville, MD 20852

Part 3 – February 21
Part 4 – February 28
Part 5 – March 7
Part 6 – March 14

Online Resources for Families

Wednesday, February 20, 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. We will also explore the reading app Sora to access a large collection of eBooks and audiobooks. 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 3 of 6)

Thursday, February 21, 6:30-8:30 pm

Learn effective ways to communicate with your child, discuss positive discipline techniques, and hear how to handle power struggles. 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.
Tilden Middle School, 11211 Old Georgetown Road, Rockville, MD 20852

Part 4 – February 28
Part 5 – March 7
Part 6 – March 14

Personality Traits that Result in Positive Student Outcomes

Monday, February 25, 7:00-8:30 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.
Redland Middle School, 6505 Muncaster Mill Road, Derwood, MD 20855

ESOL Family Resource Night

Tuesday, February 26, 7:00-8:30 pm

Come and learn about ESOL student programs and services. This is a free event for families of ESOL students to access school and community resources. Recommended for families of elementary, middle, and high school students.
Rocking Horse Road Center Auditorium, 4910 Macon Road, Rockville, MD 20852

Parent Chat: Strong Families – Strong Students

Wednesday, February 27, 6:30-8:00 pm

Join us for conversations about challenges that families may encounter. Learn about protective factors that strengthen families, share tips and strategies, network and build strong connections to support one another. The topics to be discussed include relationships, resilience, communication, and social connections. Facilitated by MCPS staff. Recommended for families of elementary, middle, and high school students.
Rocking Horse Road Center Auditorium, 4910 Macon Road, Rockville, MD 20852

Active Parenting Now! (Part 4 of 6)

Thursday, February 28, 6:30-8:30 pm

Learn effective ways to communicate with your child, discuss positive discipline techniques, and hear how to handle power struggles. 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.
Tilden Middle School, 11211 Old Georgetown Road, Rockville, MD 20852

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MARCH WORKSHOPS

Destination College: Transitioning to College

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

Learn 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.
Julius West Middle School, 651 Great Falls Road, Rockville, MD 20850

Cybersafety and Social Media

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

Learn about common websites, applications used by children, and safety issues related to computer and cell phone use. Come and hear strategies for monitoring the use of social media in your family. Presented in collaboration with the Montgomery County State’s Attorney’s Office. Recommended for families of elementary, middle, and high school students.
Sequoyah Elementary School, 17301 Bowie Mill Road, Derwood, MD 20855

Active Parenting Now! (Part 5 of 6)

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

Learn effective ways to communicate with your child, discuss positive discipline techniques, and hear how to handle power struggles. 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.
Tilden Middle School, 11211 Old Georgetown Road, Rockville, MD 20852

Part 6 – March 14

Why Don’t My Kids Listen to Me?

Wednesday, March 13, 7:00-8:30 pm

Do you find yourself giving in to your kids' demands and/or yelling at them? Are you tired of saying the same things over and over? Come and learn how to gain their cooperation without nagging, bribing, or yelling. Presented by the Parent Encouragement Program (PEP). Recommended for families of elementary, middle, and high school students.
Brown Station Elementary School, 851 Quince Orchard Blvd., Gaithersburg, MD 20878

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Summer Opportunities Fair

Thursday, March 14, 7:00-8:30 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.
Richard Montgomery High School, 250 Richard Montgomery Drive, Rockville, MD 20852

Active Parenting Now! (Part 6 of 6)

Thursday, March 14, 6:30-8:30 pm

Learn effective ways to communicate with your child, discuss positive discipline techniques, and hear how to handle power struggles. 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.
Tilden Middle School, 11211 Old Georgetown Road, Rockville, MD 20852

Healthy Screen Use

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

Are social media, television and video games a source of distress in your home? Are battles over television, and internet use taking away from quality family time? Hear how to set limits on screen use and address this common problem area with your child. Recommended for families of elementary, middle, and high school students.
Richard Montgomery High School, 250 Richard Montgomery Drive, Rockville, MD 20852

Introduction to Secondary Transition Services

Wednesday, March 20, 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 fifth grade, middle, and high school students.
Silver Spring International Middle School, 313 Wayne Avenue, Silver Spring, MD 20910

Positive Communication

Thursday, March 21, 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.
Earle B. Wood Middle School, 14615 Bauer Drive, Rockville, MD 20853

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

Monday, March 25, 7:00-8:30 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 impacts 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.
Bethesda-Chevy Chase High School, 4301 East-West Hwy, Bethesda, MD 20814

SAT vs. ACT: The Facts vs. The Hype

Wednesday, March 27, 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 middle and high school students and families.
Winston Churchill High School, 11300 Gainsborough Road, Potomac, MD 20854

Can We Talk? Speaking Up for Your Children to Help Them Succeed

Presented in English & Spanish

Thursday, March 28, 7:00-8:30 pm

Are you unclear about next steps regarding your child’s academic progress? Does school jargon confuse you? Are you uneasy about contacting school staff? Research has shown that students achieve more in school when their families are involved in their education. Learn how to speak up to help your child succeed and communicate with school staff to support your child’s learning. Facilitated by MCPS staff. Recommended for families of elementary, middle, and high school students.
Rocking Horse Road Center Auditorium, 4910 Macon Road, Rockville, MD 20852

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