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!




Let's Go To The Library!

6:00-7:00 pm

Finding books to read during COVID can be challenging. Learn how to access quality online resources to support your child’s academic success - from any computer or mobile device! Join our workshop to learn:

  • how to get a library card
  • how to reserve and access books, ebooks and audiobooks
  • how to find books you want to read while you can't look at the shelves
  • why reading to your children is more important than ever

Staff from Montgomery County Public Libraries will be be on hand to answer questions and share resources. Presented by Montgomery County Public Libraries. 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 the basic competencies 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 Specialist. Recommended for families of elementary, middle, and high school students.



Preparing Your Child for In-Person Learning: What to Expect and How to Respond

6:00-7:00 pm

During this workshop, caregivers will learn about potential social-emotional responses and challenges that their children may experience when returning to in-person learning. We'll include tips for preparing children to return to physical buildings to continue their learning and discuss how the transition may impact their learning and behavior. Resources to help caregivers support the physical, social, and psychological well-being of students will be shared. Presented by MCPS staff. Recommended for families of elementary, middle and high school students.



What is Social-Emotional Learning (SEL)? Experience a Community Circle

6:00-7:00 pm

SEL is the process through which children and adults acquire and effectively apply the knowledge, attitudes, and skills necessary to understand and manage emotions, set and achieve positive goals, feel and show empathy for others, establish and maintain positive relationships, and make responsible decisions. It is a process that informs all aspects of teaching, learning, and relationship building with students, families, and communities. Join us for an interactive Community Circle where we will cultivate relationships and community by reflecting on and honoring the social and emotional lives of our children and ourselves in a safe sharing space. Facilitated by MCPS staff. Recommended for families of elementary, middle, and high school students.

Note: Because of the interactive nature of the workshop, participation is limited to 25 people. Requires Zoom meeting app or internet and we prefer that you to keep your camera on during the workshop.



Communicating with Your Teen

6:00-7:00 pm

Do you feel like it’s difficult to communicate with your teen? Are you wondering how to have a real conversation? In this workshop, you will learn helpful and practical skills to encourage communication between you and your teenager and strategies that can help reduce problems. Learn new approaches to change your patterns of interaction and foster cooperation within your family. Recommended for families of 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.



Adult Services and Supports: An Overview of the Montgomery College Educational Opportunity Center (EOC)

6:00-7:00 pm

Are you 19 years of age or older? Want help in achieving your educational and career goals? EOC provides assistance to Montgomery County low-income/first generation adult residents who wish to enter or re-enter college or a vocational program. The program provides assistance with completing the FAFSA application and other financial aid forms, searching and applying for state, institutional and private scholarships, admissions applications, and career assessment/exploration. EOC will guide participants through enrollment in English as a Second Language programs, GED preparation programs, and technical/training programs. All services are offered in English and Spanish. To be eligible for the program, you must be a Montgomery County resident who is a US Citizen, permanent resident, refugee or have approval for asylum. This workshop is for families and caregivers who are 19 years of age or older.



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.



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.



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 workshop, we will discuss best practices for connecting with LGBTQ youth, especially now 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.




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.