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.

— We look forward to you joining us!



VIRTUAL CHAT: Getting Ready for Virtual Learning At Home

6:00-6:45 pm

Your home is becoming a virtual classroom. What should that look like? Parents can do a few simple things to give students the right space and the right mindset for learning. After a challenging spring and summer, and a seismic shift from physical classrooms to online learning, students will need extra support to stay focused and get organized. Learn 5 simple things that you can do to support your child.



Maintaining Positive Communication During COVID-19

6:00-7:00 pm

What to say and what not to say is the question. Fear, uncertainty, and being at home to slow the spread of COVID-19 can make it tough for families to keep a sense of calm. Get strategies for communicating to keep the home a happy place to be. Presented by Parent Assistant Resource. Recommended for families elementary, middle, and high school students.



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

6:00-7:00 pm

Is your child college ready? In this virtual workshop, families and their students will learn useful tips and strategies to help prepare for college success. 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 how COVID-19 has changed the college admissions process. Presented by Breakthrough Test Prep. Recommended for middle and high school students and their families.



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 Coordinator. Recommended for families of elementary, middle, and high school students.



Improving Family Life While Working From Home

6:00-7:00 pm

Now that many families are working from home, it's essential to learn how to create a more peaceful life/work balance. In this virtual workshop, you will learn strategies to create space and boundaries so that you can get your work done; solve problems rather than punish misbehavior; and let go of unrealistic expectations you hold of yourself and your children. Presented by the Parent Encouragement Program (PEP). Recommended for families of elementary, middle, and high school students.



Just Breathe: Mental Health Maintenance for Students

6:00-7:00 pm

Students are facing an unprecedented amount of stress and in many cases loneliness. They're disconnected from typical activities, such as being around friends, playing sports, or going to the movies. This virtual workshop will provide suggestions and resources to help you support your child's social-emotional well-being. Recommended for families of elementary, middle, and high school students.



Show Me the Money

6:00-7:00 pm

Applying for scholarships? Overwhelmed with applications? Don't know where to start? This presentation will provide information and tips to help students and families understand and navigate the scholarship process so that they can secure funding for college. Presented by Faith in Motion College Admission Consulting Services. Recommended for families of middle and high school students.



Supporting LGBTQ Youth

6:00-7:00 pm

Join us to learn about what kids mean when they talk about GSA clubs, nonbinary gender, they/them pronouns, and gender marker X. In this virtual workshop, we will discuss best practices for connecting with LGBTQ youth during the COVID-19 pandemic. 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.




Using Technology: A Family Approach to Distance Learning

6:00-7:00 pm

Digital media can provide so many opportunities for engagement and learning, but you may be concerned about the amount of time your children are spending online. How can we integrate technology effectively, safely, and purposefully at home? Join us to discuss how to support your kids with distance learning, what to look for when choosing the best digital media for your family, and ways to encourage a healthy media balance at home. You will leave with resources and tips that you can use immediately to support your kids with their learning and digital well-being this year. Presented by Common Sense Media. Recommended for families of elementary, middle, and high school students.



Navigating the College Experience with ACES

6:00-7:00 pm

Achieving Collegiate Excellence and Success [ACES] is a collaborative program among MCPS, Montgomery College, and the Universities at Shady Grove that provides an individualized and supportive pathway for students to thrive in college and enter into a successful career, especially among student groups that are underrepresented in higher education. ACES coaches work one-on-one with students and mentor, advocate and support them in their college planning, academics, and career development. Join us to learn how the ACES program helps students achieve their academic and professional dreams. Please note that only sophomores can apply to the program and it is currently available at 14 high schools. Presented by Montgomery College ACES staff. Recommended for families of high school students.



Destination College: Understanding Financial Aid

6:00-7:00 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.



How to Maintain Positive Parent-Child Relationships During Covid-19

6:00-7:00 pm

Social distancing can put a strain on family relationships. In this workshop, you will learn several strategies that can help keep your family relationships healthy and positive while under the same roof. Recommended for families of elementary, middle and high school students.



mental health ribbonMental Health Monday VIRTUAL CHAT: Minimizing Meltdowns At Home

6:00-6:45 pm

Join us for a virtual chat centered around compassion and grace. We will discuss crisis prevention and intervention strategies to help minimize meltdowns and support your child's social-emotional needs during a dual pandemic. Facilitated by a nationally certified school psychologist. Recommended for families of elementary, middle, and high school students.



VIRTUAL CHAT: Helping Families with Technology

Ayudando a las Familias con la Tecnología | 테크날러지에 관하여 가족원들 도움 | ለቤተሰቦች የቴክኖሎጂያዊ እገዛ | 利用科技幫助家庭 | Assistance Aux Families Avec la Technologie | Hỗ Trợ Phụ Huynh Về Kỹ Thuật

6:00-7:00 pm

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

Online learning has proven to be very challenging for some of our MCPS families. This virtual chat is a collaborative, community event built on the seven primary languages in MCPS and designed to listen to the technology needs of parents. It will create solutions with parents in real time so that they can learn more about how to help their children online and how to solve problems when the technology stops. Presented by MCPS staff. Recommended for families of elementary, middle, and high school students.

El aprendizaje en línea ha demostrado ser un gran desafío para algunas de nuestras familias de MCPS. Esta charla virtual de la Academia para Padres “To Go” es un evento comunitario de colaboración basado en los cinco idiomas principales de MCPS y creado para atender las necesidades tecnológicas de los padres. Creará soluciones con los padres en tiempo real para que no sólo puedan aprender más sobre cómo ayudar a sus hijos en línea, sino también cómo resolver los problemas cuando la tecnología termina. Presentado por personal de MCPS. Recomendado por familias de estudiantes de escuelas elementales, escuelas de enseñanza media y escuelas secundarias.

MCPS 가족 중에는 온라인 학습에 어려움이 있는 경우가 있습니다. 이동식 학부모 아카데미(Parent Academy To Go) 화상 채팅은 MCPS에서 주로 사용하는 5개국어로 만들어진 협력 커뮤니티 행사로, 학부모님의 테크놀로지에 관련된 필요를 직접 들을 수 있도록 구성되어 있습니다. 실시간으로 부모님이 필요한 도움을 제공하여 온라인 학습에 필요한 테크놀로지를 배우는 것만 아니라, 문제가 있을 경우 해결할 수 있도록 도와줍니다. MCPS 교직원이 제공하며 초, 중, 고등학생 가족 모두에게 추천합니다.

ለአንዳንድ የ MCPS ቤተሰቦች የኦንላይን ትምህርት በጣም አዳጋች መሆኑ ተረጋግጧል። ይሄ “Parent Academy To Go” የተሰኘው ቨርቹወል ጭውውት በ MCPS ዋነኛ አምስት ቋንቋዎች የወላጆችን የቴክኖሎጂ ፍላጎቶች ምላሽ ለመስጠት የተገነባ የማህበረሰብ አሳታፊ ሁነት ነው። ወላጆች ልጆቻቸውን ኦንላይን እንዴት እንደሚረዷቸው ይበልጥ ለማወቅ ብቻ ሣይሆን፣ ቴክኖሎጂው በሚቋረጥበት ጊዜ ለችግሮቹ እንዴት መፍትሔ እንደሚያገኙ ጭምር ይረዳቸዋል። በ MCPS ሠራተኛ የቀረበ ሲሆን፣ የኤለመንተሪ፣ የመካከለኛ ደረጃ (ሚድል ስኩል)፣ እና የሁለተኛ ደረጃ ተማሪዎች ላሏቸው ቤተሰቦች እንዲያገለግል ሆኖ የተዘጋጀ ነው።

證明顯示, 在線學習對於MCPS的部分家庭確實極具挑戰。這次的家長學院隨身行虛擬聊天是用MCPS五個主要語言進行的合作化社區活動, 旨在聽取家長在技術方面的需要。這次活動將和家長一起尋求實時的解決辦法, 以便讓他們不僅可以更好地了解如何幫助孩子在線學習, 還可以了解如何解決技術故障問題。活動由MCPS工作人員主持。適合小學、初中和高中學生的家長參加.

L'apprentissage en ligne s'est avéré très difficile pour certaines de nos familles MCPS. Cette conversation virtuelle de l'Académie des parents à distance est un événement collaboratif de la communauté développé selon les cinq langues principales de MCPS et créé pour être à l'écoute des besoins des parents en matière de technologie. Il apportera des solutions en temps réel en présence des parents pour non seulement leur permettre d'aider leurs enfants en ligne, mais aussi de résoudre les problèmes techniques en cas de coupure. Un évènement présenté par le personnel de MCPS et recommandé aux familles d'élèves de l'élémentaire, du collège et du lycée.

Việc học trực tuyến đã cho thấy là rất khó khăn cho một số gia đình MCPS. Trò chuyện trực tuyến của Parent Academy To Go này là một sự kiện cộng tác của cộng đồng được thành lập trong năm ngôn ngữ chính trong MCPS và được tạo ra để nghe về các nhu cầu kỹ thuật của phụ huynh. Nó sẽ đưa ra các giải pháp cho các phụ huynh trong thực tế để họ không những tìm hiểu thêm về cách giúp đỡ con em trực tuyến mà còn giải quyết các vấn đề khi công nghệ ngừng hoạt động. Do nhân viên MCPS trình bày. Dành cho gia đình học sinh tiểu học, trung học cấp II và trung học cấp III.



Leadership Qualities that Result in Positive Student Outcomes

6:00-7:00 pm

Explore how positive leadership traits affect the quality of interpersonal and school relationships. Through role playing and case study review, participants will delve into how they can achieve positive family outcomes. Facilitated by Living Life International. Recommended for families of elementary, middle and high school students.



Online Resources for Families During Distance Learning

6:00-7:00 pm

Virtual learning can be difficult to navigate. Let MCPS school library media programs be your guide. Support your children by exploring the many online resources available for students to tap into while learning from home. We will include the fundamentals of the inquiry process of research and how to encourage your child to create and answer good research questions, compare free resources vs. subscription databases, and delve into searching a variety of databases. We will also review access to ebooks and audiobooks using the Sora app and other platforms. Presented by MCPS staff. Recommended for families of elementary, middle and high school students.



mental health ribbonMental Health Monday: An Overview of Social-Emotional Learning (SEL)

6:00-7:00 pm

SEL is a process through which adults and children deepen their expertise in understanding and managing emotions, and learning how they impact a person’s choices, relationships and outlook in life (as defined by MCPS). Directors from Student and Family Support and Engagement will be on hand to discuss and answer questions regarding SEL and how it impacts your child. Presented by MCPS staff. Recommended for families of elementary, middle and high school students.



A Glimpse of ParentVue

6:00-7:00 pm

Synergy ParentVue is the new primary home-to-school communication vehicle for schools to share information regarding, grades, attendance, scheduling, and signing in to myMCPS Classroom. During this virtual session, staff from the Office of Technology and Innovation will share ParentVue tips and resources. In collaboration with the Chinese American Parents Association. Recommended for families of elementary, middle, and high school students.



Creative Students and the College Application Process

6:00-7:00 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 and humanities studies, find their "best fit" schools, and apply to college. Presented by ARTriculate. Recommended for families of elementary, middle and high school students.



Special Education Supports, Resources and the IEP Process During Distance Learning

6:00-7:00 pm

This presentation will provide parents/guardians of students with disabilities information on a variety of topics including Individualized Distance Learning Plans, distance learning and Free Appropriate Public Education, evaluations during distance learning, participation in virtual Individualized Education Program team meetings, accessing technology, and monitoring progress during virtual instruction. Presented by MCPS staff. Recommended for families of elementary, middle and high school students.




Active Parenting Now!

5:30-7:30 pm

This is a series of 4 workshops and is limited to 20 participants. Please note the workshops begin at 5:30 pm.

Learn effective ways to communicate with your child, discuss positive discipline techniques, and hear how to handle power struggles. Presented by the Montgomery County Federation of Families for Children’s Mental Health. Recommended for families of elementary, middle, and high school students.



Accessibility Tools for Students Pursuing Alternate Learning Outcomes

6:00-7:00 pm

Virtual learning can be difficult to navigate for our students, families or caregivers supporting them. This presentation will provide families with the opportunity to explore some of the assistive technology tools available as well as learn about the new support website released this September. Presented by MCPS staff. Recommended for families of elementary and secondary students with disabilities who are pursuing alternate learning outcomes.



Assistive Technology/Accessibility Tools that Support Students with Reading and Writing Accommodations

6:00-7:00 pm

During this 3-part series, we will review: accessibility tools (11/12), text-to-speech tools (11/19), and speech to text and word prediction (12/3). Presented by MCPS’s High Incidence Accessible Technology team. Recommended for families of elementary and secondary students with disabilities.