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    The Parent University is designed to support and empower parents to become leaders and advocates for their child's learning. 

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Parent University

Kathy Brown
Parent and Community Partnership Coordinator

Parent University

 

 

Enroll Today!

If you experience difficulty enrolling, email your name, contact information and the course(s) you are interested in to Kathy Brown.

 

Upcoming Sessions

Executive Function by Learning Rx
Tuesday, August 30
6PM
Mountain Ridge Middle School, Highlands Ranch

Executive function is like the CEO of the brain. It’s in charge of making sure things get done from the planning stages of the job to the final deadline. When kids have issues with executive functioning, any task that requires planning, organization, memory, time management and flexible thinking becomes a challenge. The more you know about the challenges, the better you’ll be able to help your child build her executive skills and manage the difficulties.

 

Executive Function by Learning Rx
Wednesday, August 31
6PM
Castle Rock Middle School, Castle Rock

Executive function is like the CEO of the brain. It’s in charge of making sure things get done from the planning stages of the job to the final deadline. When kids have issues with executive functioning, any task that requires planning, organization, memory, time management and flexible thinking becomes a challenge. The more you know about the challenges, the better you’ll be able to help your child build her executive skills and manage the difficulties.

 

Executive Function by Learning Rx
Thursday, September 1
6PM
Cimarron Middle School, Parker

Executive function is like the CEO of the brain. It’s in charge of making sure things get done from the planning stages of the job to the final deadline. When kids have issues with executive functioning, any task that requires planning, organization, memory, time management and flexible thinking becomes a challenge. The more you know about the challenges, the better you’ll be able to help your child build her executive skills and manage the difficulties.

 

How to Partner With Your Child’s Teacher for Success by John Paull
Wednesday, September 21
6PM
Sagewood Middle School, Parker

This seems so easy, right? Emails and conferences should get parents and teachers the information they need for a productive educational partnership, right? Learn from former teacher, headmaster, teaching consultant and volunteer extraordinaire, John Paull, as he charmingly walks parents through ways to partner to make the most out of their child's educational experience - through teachers!

 

Raising a Financially Literate Teen by Wells Fargo
Wednesday, October 5
6PM
Castle Rock Middle School, Castle Rock

The internet and blogs abound with endless stories on finances, from how to budget to horror stories about those families who didn’t. Debit cards, direct deposit and online purchasing make it so easy to spend money and feel consequences later. Yet research shows that setting your 16 year old up for savings success means that by the age of 34 they will maintain the same financial mindset. Help teach them the benefits of personal finance during their youth so they can reap the rewards of financial knowledge and discipline.

 

Gifted and Talented 101 and Center for Bright Kids
Wednesday, October 19
6PM
Cresthill Middle School
How do you know if your child is gifted? How are they tested? What services are available to them? What is twice - exceptional? So many questions for parents to consider when determining the best routes for their students. Natasha Straayer with DCSD Personalized Learning will help parents navigate the ins and outs of gifted and talented students. 

 

Food On The Go! Fuel Up for Health and Success! by DCSD Nutrition Services
Wednesday, October 20
6PM
Cresthill Middle School, Highlands Ranch

Food on the GO! With the crazy workloads, endless activities and packed schedules, it’s difficult to plan dinner and easy to default to fast food. Join us to learn some meal planning recipes and ideas to make dinner more nutritious and, yes, EASY! For those parents on the go, this is sure to be a time saver and a stress saver as you and your family receives the nutrients they need to perform at their best!

 

Financing College by Wells Fargo
Wednesday, November 2
6PM
Cimarron Middle School, Parker

The thought of paying thousands for a college education is enough to keep a parent from sleeping at night. It doesn't have to be anxiety inducing. Learn strategies to make college a little more affordable. There are abundant resources available, but parents and students need to know where to look. Join other parents and Wells Fargo and finally, get some needed rest. We'll get you covered.

 

Internet Safety by DCSD IT
Wednesday, November 30
6PM
Rocky Heights Middle School, Highlands Ranch

A new day, a new, trendy app. Your kids communicate constantly through their smartphones. Learn how to stay a step ahead of the game and ensure that you are empowered with the resources to help them navigate the "cloud." Join other parents in sharing information and walk away with the knowledge that you know what is out there and what is available to parents to keep your kids safe.

 

 

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How much do classes cost?

Parent University classes are free of charge for current and prospective DCSD parents and DCSD volunteers. Some courses, like Love and Logic and & Habits for Highly Effective People, maintain a nominal cost for presenter services and materials.

How do I register?

You may register through your Infinite Campus Parent Portal.

Is my registration information shared with anyone else?

Your information is not shared with anyone outside the GRPS district or Parent University program.

Is child care provided? Can I take my children along to the class?

Childcare may be offered for some classes. Unless childcare is provided, it is best for you and the other parents if children do not attend the classes.

Will I receive a confirmation notice?

You should receive a confirmation notice on Parent Portal. You will also receive a reminder notice a few days before the class. If you don’t please, call Katherine Brown, Parent Liaison at 303-387-9505.

What if I cannot attend after registering?

Please let us know immediately so we can cancel your registration. If a last-minute emergency makes it impossible for you to attend, we hope that you will attend the class at another time. Please call 303-387-9505 to cancel.

Do I need to take anything along?

All materials that you need will be supplied at the class, except for a pencil, pen and paper for taking notes.

Do I get any credit for taking these classes?

At this time classes do not offer credit. We hope that future classes will provide GED credit, early college credit or job- training accreditation. A certificate of completion will be given to all class participants.

What if I have other questions?

You can call Katherine Brown at 303-387-9505 at any time.

Who are the teachers? Are they professionals?

All Parent University teachers are professionals in their field. In the future we hope to add their credentials to the course catalog.

Course Proposals

Are you a local organization, parent, teacher, school leader, or other community partner interested in contributing to Parent University in the future? Currently we are reviewing classes for the Spring Semester of 2015. All Spring course proposals must be submitted by November 15, 2014.

Submissions are reviewed by the Parent University Steering Committee. The Committee convenes quarterly or as needed for the purpose of reviewing and selecting courses for Parent University and offering guidance.

Course proposals must address at least one of the four areas of focus:

  • Effective Parenting
  • Personal Growth and Development
  • Navigating the Educational System
  • Health and Wellness
  • Safety

Additionally, the following criteria must be met:

  1. Course uses researched, evidence-based curriculum and information.
  2. Course defines a skill or enhances awareness students will take away from their experience.
  3. Course is culturally sensitive and content is inclusive.
  4. Course is relevant, current, interesting, and addresses the needs of families.

Course proposals may be sent via email to kathy.brown[at]dcsdk12[dot]org.