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!

 

JANUARY WORKSHOPS

JAN18

Preparing for Standardized Tests (ACT vs. SAT)

6:00-7:00 pm

How much do you know about the ACT and the SAT? 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 and high school students.

 

JAN19

Why Don't My Kids Listen to Me?

6:00-7:00 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 to this workshop 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.

 

JAN23

Understanding the IEP Series (Part 1 of 3)

Unlocking the Major IEP Components Through the Parental Lens

7:00-8:00 pm

This is Part 1 of a 3-part series. Attendance to all 3 workshops is encouraged. 
This workshop is designed to guide and support the parental role as an active member of your child's Individualized Education Program (IEP) Team. Parents will learn how to navigate the IEP process with an in-depth understanding of the major components of the IEP process. In this session, parents will have the opportunity to ask questions and gain insight into the IEP supports and services that are aligned with their child's education. Presented by MCPS staff. Recommended for families of elementary, middle, and high school students.

 

JAN25

Communicating with Teens

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. Presented by Parent Assistant Resource (PAR). Recommended for families of middle and high school students.

 

JAN31

What You Need to Know about Math (6-12): Today and Tomorrow (English and Spanish)

Lo que necesita saber sobre las matemáticas (6-12): hoy y mañana (inglés y español)

6:00-7:00 pm

Many schools are already looking at the schedule for next school year. During this session, we will empower caregivers with information about the course offerings at the progression of mathematics from grades 6-12. We will also be looking at how you can support your child for today that will lead to tomorrow's success. This session will be offered in English and in Spanish. Recommended for families of elementary, middle, and high school students.

Muchas escuelas ya están viendo la programacion de clases para el próximo año escolar. Durante esta sesión, capacitaremos a los cuidadores con información sobre los cursos que se ofrecen en la progresión de las matemáticas de los grados 6-12. También veremos cómo puede apoyar a su hijo hoy para que triunfe mañana. Esta sesión se ofrecerá en inglés y en español. Recomendado para familias de estudiantes de escuela primaria, media y secundaria.

 

FEBRUARY WORKSHOPS

FEB2

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 of high school students.

 

FEB6

Understanding the IEP Series (Part 2 of 3)

Interpreting Student Goals and Levels

7:00-8:00 pm

This is Part 2 of a 3-part series. Attendance to all 3 workshops is encouraged.
During this workshop you will learn about two vital portions of the IEP--present levels and goals. You will learn how to read and interpret these sections, how to give your own input in your child's goals, and how to better understand your child's progress on the goals when you receive quarterly reports. Facilitated by MCPS staff. Recommended for families of elementary, middle, and high school students.

 

FEB7

Mindfulness: Managing Stress During Difficult Times

6:00-7:00 pm

Effective focus, motivation, handling frustration, 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. This virtual workshop will focus on how to include mindfulness practices in both curriculum and our personal life. Presented by MCPS staff. Recommended for families of elementary, middle, and high school students.

 

FEB9

From "Flunktioning" to Functioning

6:00-7:00 pm

Students have been asked to pivot and adapt to an array of circumstances over the past several years. Supporting students through these changes and helping them get back on track as quickly as possible has been an issue on the forefront for both families and schools alike. Parents are actively seeking information about how they can set their students up for success. Come and hear research driven tips and strategies to help your child thrive in this new educational paradigm. Facilitated by Illuminos Academic Coaching and Tutoring. Recommended for families of elementary, middle, and high school students.

 

FEB21

Understanding the IEP Series (Part 3 of 3)

The Parent’s Role in the IEP Process

6:00-7:00 pm

This is Part 3 of a 3-part series. Attendance to all 3 workshops is encouraged.
Join us in person for this workshop. We will discuss the importance of parental input in the IEP process. During this workshop, we will create a binder that includes all of the components of the IEP, and we will discuss each section. You can take the binder with you to IEP meetings and use it to house information about your child. There will also be an opportunity for families to ask questions regarding the IEP process. Presented by MCPS staff. Recommended for families of elementary, middle, and high school students.

 

FEB22

Positive Discipline

6:00-7:00 pm

Do you find yourself getting frustrated with your kids or giving in to their demands? 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.

 

FEB28

So When Do We Get a Break? (Self-Care Workshop for Parents)

6:00-7:00 pm

Parenting can be challenging. It's impossible to pour from an empty cup when parents are worn down. Join us to hear strategies for identifying signs of burnout, practicing tools for self-care, and creating a plan to enhance family well-being. Facilitated by Rebecca Resnik and Associates. Recommended for families of elementary, middle, and high school students.

 
 

MARCH WORKSHOPS

MAR8

Actively Parenting Teens (Part 1 of 4)

6:00-8:00 pm

This is Part 1 of a 4-part series. Attendance to all 4 workshops is encouraged.
For parents and caregivers of preteens and teens, this workshop will provide 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 the Montgomery County Federation of Families. Recommended for families of middle and high school students.

 

MAR13

The 7 Habits of Highly Effective Families (English and Spanish)

Los 7 Hábitos de las Familias Altamente Efectivas (inglés y español)

6:00-7:00 pm

This is Part 1 of a 2-part series. Attendance to both workshops is encouraged.

Leader in Me is built on the timeless universal principles and paradigms of the 7 Habits. This two-part workshop series invites families, caregivers, advocates and community leaders to share in the experience of their students, and learn how the Habits can be applied at home. Presented by FranklinCovey Education. Recommended for families of elementary, middle, and high school students.

Esta serie de talleres de dos partes invita a familias, cuidadores, defensores y líderes comunitarios a compartir la experiencia de sus estudiantes y aprender cómo se pueden aplicar los hábitos en el hogar. Presentado por FranklinCovey Education. Recomendado para familias de estudiantes de primaria, escuela media y secundaria.

 
MAR14

Effective Communication Improving Connection Within Families

6:00-7:00 pm

Disruptive behavior within families often leads to increased conflict, higher levels of parent stress, and reduced feelings of connection. Join this workshop to identify practical strategies to improve communication and reduce conflict within your family. Lower your own stress level through using more effective strategies! Facilitated by Rebecca Resnik and Associates. Recommended for families of elementary, middle, and high school students.

 

MAR15

Actively Parenting Teens (Part 2 of 4)

6:00-8:00 pm

This is Part 2 of a 4-part series. Attendance to all 4 workshops is encouraged.
For parents and caregivers of preteens and teens, this workshop will provide 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 the Montgomery County Federation of Families. Recommended for families of middle and high school students.

 

MAR20

The 7 Habits of Highly Effective Families (English and Spanish)

Los 7 Hábitos de las Familias Altamente Efectivas (inglés y español)

6:00-7:00 pm

This is Part 2 of a 2-part series. Attendance to both workshops is encouraged.

Leader in Me is built on the timeless universal principles and paradigms of the 7 Habits. This two-part workshop series invites families, caregivers, advocates and community leaders to share in the experience of their students, and learn how the Habits can be applied at home. Presented by FranklinCovey Education. Recommended for families of elementary, middle, and high school students.

Esta serie de talleres de dos partes invita a familias, cuidadores, defensores y líderes comunitarios a compartir la experiencia de sus estudiantes y aprender cómo se pueden aplicar los hábitos en el hogar. Presentado por FranklinCovey Education. Recomendado para familias de estudiantes de primaria, escuela media y secundaria.

 
MAR22

Actively Parenting Teens (Part 3 of 4)

6:00-8:00 pm

This is Part 3 of a 4-part series. Attendance to all 4 workshops is encouraged.
For parents and caregivers of preteens and teens, this workshop will provide 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 the Montgomery County Federation of Families. Recommended for families of middle and high school students.

 

MAR23

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

6:00-7:00 pm

Is your child college ready? Join us to learn useful tips and strategies to help prepare for college success. We will discuss the importance of establishing a four-year high school plan to prepare for college, share the do's and don'ts of college essay writing, and explore how COVID-19 has changed the college admissions process. Presented by Breakthrough Test Prep. Recommended for families of middle and high school students.

 

MAR29

Actively Parenting Teens (Part 4 of 4)

6:00-8:00 pm

This is Part 4 of a 4-part series. Attendance to all 4 workshops is encouraged.
For parents and caregivers of preteens and teens, this workshop will provide 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 the Montgomery County Federation of Families. Recommended for families of middle and high school students.

 

MAR30

Managing Tasks and Time for Success

6:00-7:00 pm

School portals are a fabulous tool for students and parents to access schedules, resources, due dates, and even grades. However, many students have responded to this wonderful resource by no longer keeping a traditional planner to plan out their days and weeks. Consequently, there has been a rise in students missing important deadlines and fighting avoidance and procrastination. We will share research driven tips and strategies for parents looking to help their children maximize their awareness of upcoming assignments and assessments. Presented by Illuminos Academic and Tutoring. Recommended for families of elementary, middle, and high school students.