Parent Academy TO GO Virtual Workshops

Advanced registration is required in order to participate in our workshops and chats. Participants will receive an email with the link to join prior to the event.

— Please join us for as many workshops as you are able to attend. We look forward to seeing you!




Positive Discipline

6:00-7:00 pm

Do you find yourself giving in to your kids' demands and/or yelling at them? For many families, discipline is one of the toughest parts of the job, but also one of the most important. Discover how to keep peace in your home through the power of the logical consequence approach instead of punishment. Learn strategies to discipline with love, without threats and bribes and how to establish age appropriate expectations for behavior and consequences. Presented by Parent Assistant Resource (PAR). Recommended for families of elementary, middle, and high school students.



Summer Fun: Explore the Possibilities with Recreation

6:00-7:00 pm

Montgomery County Recreation (MCR) has something for everyone! Join this workshop to hear about this year's summer programs and camps. There will be an outline of what is needed to apply for youth volunteer and employment opportunities and you will find out how to submit for RecAssist, MCR's scholarship program. MCR's professionals will also share how you and your family can connect to these opportunities. Come to have fun and win prizes! Recommended for families of elementary, middle, and high school students.




Mindfulness: Managing Stress During Difficult Times

6:00-7:00 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 well-being and success. With the recent pandemic and unrest, this virtual workshop will focus on how to include Mindfulness practices in both the curriculum and our personal life. Presented by Jeff Donald, MCPS Mindfulness and Trauma Informed Care Specialist. Recommended for families of elementary, middle, and high school students.



Building Bravery: Family Strategies for Reducing Anxiety

6:00-7:00 pm

Anxiety is stress about the future. In these times of uncertainty, rates of anxiety are on the rise. Dr. Rachel Singer, a licensed psychologist, will discuss ways to identify and manage anxiety through facing fears, building confidence, and reducing avoidance. Recommended for families of elementary, middle, and high school students.


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Actively Parenting Teens

6:00-7:30 pm
This is a 6-part series. Attendance to all 6 workshops is encouraged.

For parents and caregivers of preteens and teens, this workshop series will provide the skills needed to use effective discipline, teach responsibility, and communicate better with their children. We will also address how to handle sensitive issues such as drugs, sexuality, and violence. Facilitated by Montgomery County Federation of Families. Recommended for families of middle and high school students.



Power Tools for Power Struggles

6:00-7:00 pm

Frequent power struggles between parents and children can seriously hurt relationships. Battles over chores, homework, television, and internet use can take away from family time. Learn what really causes the power struggle, get tips to avoid them, and develop a game plan for gaining your child’s cooperation. Presented by the Parent Encouragement Program (PEP). Recommended for parents of elementary, middle, and high school students.



Understanding Naviance: A College and Career Planning Resource

6:00-7:00 pm

Learn how Naviance Student is used as a tool to align student strengths and interests to post-secondary goals, and how it helps develop individualized plans for reaching them. This workshop will provide an overview of the Naviance web-based program and the tools and resources used to address the 4 key areas of college and career readiness: "Who am I?" "What do I want to be?" "How will I get there?" and "Will I be successful?" Facilitated by MCPS staff. Recommended for middle and high school students and families.



Destination College: Understanding the College Admissions Process

6:00-7:00 pm

Do you need help navigating the college admissions process? Do you know what admissions officers consider when evaluating college applications? The focus of this workshop is on understanding how to maximize the impact of college admissions applications and on selecting and developing essay topics. Presented by Achieva Educational Consulting. Recommended for families high school students.



ACT vs. SAT: The Facts vs. The Myths

6:00-7:00 pm

How much do you know about these all-important tests? 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 tests 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.



The Dangers of Opioids and Maryland’s Good Samaritan Law — Speak Up to Save a Life!

6:00-7:00 pm

Opioid overdose fatalities, driven by the deadly drug fentanyl, have devastated countless families. More than 100,000 Americans died from an opioid overdose in 2021 alone. Montgomery County is not immune; overdose deaths increased substantially here too. Participants will learn about the dangers of opioids, how to recognize signs of an overdose and what to do. We will also discuss how Maryland’s Good Samaritan Law protects people from prosecution who are using illegal drugs and who call 911 to save the life of a person who is overdosing. Recommended for families of elementary, middle, and high school students.



Estrategias de Reunificación Familiar
Family Reunification Strategies (Presented in Spanish)

6:00-7:00 pm

Muchas familias latinas se ven afectadas por situaciones no abordadas como consecuencia a la separación de padres e hijos debidas a la migración, las cuales contribuyen a una dinámica familiar volátil y difícil. Este taller virtual proporcionará estrategias para establecer relaciones positivas entre padres e hijos, desarrollar habilidades de comunicación y restablecer la autoridad de los padres.

Many Latino families are impacted by the unaddressed situation of immigration-related parent/child separations which contribute to volatile and difficult family dynamics. This workshop will provide strategies to establish positive parent-child relationships, build communications skills and reestablish parental authority. Presented by staff from Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS). Recommended for families of elementary, middle, and high school students.




So When Do We Get a Break? A Self-Care Workshop for Families

6:00-7:00 pm

This has been a challenging year for many families. It's impossible to pour from an empty cup and when parents are worn down, parenting becomes even more challenging. Join Dr. Rachel Singer, a licensed psychologist, to talk through strategies for identifying signs of burnout, practicing tools for self-care, and creating a plan to enhance family well-being. Recommended for families of elementary, middle, and high school students.



Montgomery County Public Libraries Summer Reading Challenge!

6:00-7:00 pm

Montgomery County Public Libraries Summer Reading Challenge! offers young kids and teens a chance to fill their summer with great books and fun activities. Learn more about our 2022 program, "Oceans of Possibilities," and how participants can complete three missions to help save the Chesapeake Bay. Presented by Montgomery County Public Libraries. Recommended for families of elementary, middle, and high school students.