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Giving parents tips and tools to help their children succeed in school


Fall 2017 Parent Academy Workshops

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SEPTEMBER WORKSHOPS

Outdoor Education: No Child Left Inside

Thursday, September 7th @ 5:30-8:00 p.m. 

Come learn about the MCPS residential Outdoor and Environmental Education Program, where the outdoors is the classroom! Tour facilities and grounds of the Lathrop E. Smith Environmental Education Center and hear about environmental field lessons that Grade 6 students experience when they participate in the program. For parents of Grade 6 students. Wear comfortable shoes. Facilitated by MCPS staff.

Lathrop E. Smith Center, 5100 Meadowside Lane, Rockville, MD 20855

Positive Communication

Monday, September 18th @ 7:00-8:30 p.m. 

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.

Lake Seneca Elementary School, 13600 Wanegarden Drive, Germantown, MD 20874

Destination College: Understanding Financial Aid

Monday, September 25th @ 7:00-8:30 p.m. 

This workshop will help parents and students understand the financial process. It will focus on defining financial aid and how it is determined, conducting scholarship searches and managing student educational debt. Recommended for parents of middle and high school students. Presented by Achieva Educational Consulting.

Montgomery Blair High School, 51 University Blvd., East, Silver Spring, MD 20901

Study Skills for Children with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)

Thursday, September 28th @ 7:00-8:30 p.m. 

For some students with ADHD, completing homework and studying can be problematic. Does your child need help with getting organized, finishing assignments, and studying for tests? Learn ways to support your child at home and strategies for academic success. Facilitated by Children and Adults with Attention-Hyperactivity/Deficit Disorder (CHADD). 

North Bethesda Middle School, 8935 Bradmoor Drive, Bethesda, MD 20817

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OCTOBER WORKSHOPS

Cybersafety and Social Media

Wednesday, October 4th @ 7:00-8:30 p.m. 

Learn about common websites, applications used by children, and safety issues related to computer and cell phone use. In addition, hear strategies for monitoring the use of social media in your household. Presented in collaboration with the Montgomery County State's Attorney's Office.

Briggs Chaney Middle School, 1901 Rainbow Drive, Silver Spring, MD 20905

Korean Parent Workshop: Navigating MCPS and Advocating for Your Child

(Presented in Korean)

Thursday, October 5th @ 6:30-8:30 p.m. 

Korean parents are invited to a special evening of learning facilitated by MCPS staff from the Division of Student, Family, and School Services. Parents will learn about the school system and hear strategies to support student learning and communicate with school staff.

Herbert Hoover Middle School, 8810 Postoak Road, Potomac, MD 20854

Special Education: Parents as Advocates and the Family-School Partnership (Part 1 of 4)

Thursday, October 5th @ 6:30-8:30 p.m. 

Learn about the special educatin process and how to advocate for your child. Topics include the Individual Disabilites Education Act (IDEA), Individualized Education Program (IEP), resolving issues, community resources and support. Learn, network, and share tips with other parents. This is the first of the series of four workshops facilitated by the Montgomery County Federation of Families for Children’s Mental Health.

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

Raising "I Can" Kids

Wednesday, October 11th @ 7:00-8:30 p.m. 

A child's "I Can Quotient" is a useful measure that can replace the traditional IQ according to psychotherapist Betty Lou Bettner. It includes the qualities that predict a child's ability to thrive in life. Learn strategies to increase your child's sense of feeling connected, capable, competent, and courageous. This workshop will be presented by the Parent Encouragement Program (PEP).

S. Christa McAuliffe Elementary School, 12500 Wisteria Drive, Germantown, MD 20874

Special Education: Parents as Advocates and the Family-School Partnership (Part 2 of 4)

Thursday, October 12th @ 6:30-8:30 p.m. 

Learn about the special educatin process and how to advocate for your child. Topics include the Individual Disabilites Education Act (IDEA), Individualized Education Program (IEP), resolving issues, community resources and support. Learn, network, and share tips with other parents. This is the second of the series of four workshops facilitated by the Montgomery County Federation of Families for Children’s Mental Health.

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

Understanding Naviance Family Connection

Monday, October 16th @ 6:00-7:00 p.m. 

Learn how Naviance Family Connection is used as a tool to align student's strengths and interest to post-secondary goals, and develop individualized plans for reaching them. This interactive workshop will provide an overview of the Naviance platform and teach parents how to access their accounts and view the range of college and career possibilities available to students. Facilitated by MCPS staff.

Robert Frost Middle School, 9201 Scott Drive, Rockville, MD 20850

Special Education: Parents as Advocates and the Family-School Partnership (Part 3 of 4)

Thursday, October 19th @ 6:30-8:30 p.m.

Learn about the special educatin process and how to advocate for your child. Topics include the Individual Disabilites Education Act (IDEA), Individualized Education Program (IEP), resolving issues, community resources and support. Learn, network, and share tips with other parents. This is the third of a series of four workshops facilitated by the Montgomery County Federation of Families for Children’s Mental Health.

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

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

Monday, October 23rd @ 7:00-8:30 p.m. 

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, parents and 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, Education in Action, and Advanced Placements.

Cabin John Middle School, 10701 Gainsborough Road, Potomac, MD 20854

Special Education: Parents as Advocates and the Family-School Partnership (Part 4 of 4)

Thursday, October 26th @ 6:30-8:30 p.m. 

Learn about the special education process and how to advocate for your child. Topics include the Individual Disabilites Education Act (IDEA), Individualized Education Program (IEP), resolving issues, community resources and support. Learn, network, and share tips with other parents. This is the last of a series of four workshops facilitated by the Montgomery County Federation of Families for Children’s Mental Health.

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

Effective Parent-Teacher Conferences

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

Monday, October 30th @ 7:00-8:30 p.m.

Parent-teacher conferences are an important component of ongoing home-school communication and family engagement. Come learn tips and strategies to prepare for an effective parent-teacher conference.

Richard Montgomery High School, 250 Richard Montgomery Drive, Rockville, MD 20852

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NOVEMBER WORKSHOPS

Special Education Workshop: Overview of the Individualized Education Program (IEP)

Thursday, November 2nd @ 7:00-8:30 p.m. 

Parents are key members of the their child's I.E.P. team. This workshop will help parents gain a better understanding of the I.E.P. process and learn how to become more active and effective participants in I.E.P. meetings. Free interpretation and limited child care is available. Presented by MCPS Special Education Services at the following schools: 

Briggs Chaney Middle School, 1901 Rainbow Drive, Silver Spring, MD 20905

Gaithersburg High School, 101 Education Boulevard, Gaithersburg, MD 20877

Walter Johnson High School, 6400 Rock Spring Drive, Bethesda, MD 20814

Newport Mill Middle School, 11311 Newport Mill Road, Kensington, MD 20895

Northwest High School, 13501 Richter Farm Road, Germantown, MD 20874

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

Destination College: Understanding Financial Aid

Thursday, November 2nd @ 7:00-8:30 p.m. 

This workshop will help parents and students understand the financial process. It will focus on defining financial aid and how it is determined, conducting scholarship searches and managing student educational debt. Recommended for parents of middle and high school students. Presented by Achieva Educational Consulting.

Quince Orchard High School, 15800 Quince Orchard Road, Gaithersburg, MD 20878

Introduction to Secondary Transition Services

Wednesday, November 15th @ 7:00-8:30 p.m. 

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. Recommended for parents of fifth graders and middle school students. Presented by MCPS Transition Services Unit.

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

Family, Faith and Your School

Thursday, November 16th @ 7:00-8:30 p.m. 

Come and learn helpful information about navigating the school system including how to communicate with school staff, tips regarding excused absences, and strategies on how to deal with and report bullying. Presented in collaboration with the Montgomery County Faith Working Group.

Winston Churchill High School, 11300 Gainsborough Road, Potomac, MD 20854

SAT vs. ACT

Wednesday, November 29th @ 7:00-8:30 p.m. 

This workshop will help parents 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.

Parkland Middle School, 4610 West Frankfort Drive, Rockville, MD 20853

Cybersafety and Social Media

Thursday, November 30th @ 7:00-8:30 p.m. 

Learn about common websites, applications used by children, and safety issues related to computer and cell phone use. In addition, hear strategies for monitoring the use of social media in your household. Presented in collaboration with the Montgomery County State's Attorney's Office.

Sligo Middle School, 1401 Dennis Avenue, Silver Spring, MD 20902

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