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Lansing School District

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Parent University is a program designed to create a positive culture and predictable climate by collaborating with parents and providing parents personal enrichment courses that enhances effective interaction, strategies for how promote social, emotional and academic achievement, and connects parents to community resources.

Parent University will offer a number of classes in either a face to face or screen to screen format, with opportunities to learn strategies and techniques to assist with enhancing the relationship between you and your child, gain access to a large range of community resources, ask questions of the facilitators, establish relationships, and have a voice in decisions regarding your child’s social, emotional, and academic success. 

As parents, we see you as key stakeholders and recognize the need to remove any barriers that may potentially impact your ability to provide a solid foundation for the future of your child.

We will host two parenting classes each month beginning in August from 5-6:30 on select Tuesday nights during the first semester of school, and Wednesday nights beginning in January 2021.

Participants who successfully complete at least 10 classes through our Parent University will be invited to an end of the year Celebration of Completion in June to recognize their partnership with the Lansing School District.

The ultimate goal of our Parent University is to work collaboratively with parents in a safe, supportive, and non-judgmental  environment to establish the best possible outcomes for our students while strengthening the relationships between parents, students, and school staff.

Course Descriptions and Schedule

Google Classroom Training for Parents


“I Can’t Get my Child to Go to School” 

Facilitator: Julius Holmes, Team Attendance Supervisor
Tuesday, September 15, 2020, 5:00-6:30pm

Why are some children resistant towards going to school? Are kids being bullied? Do they dislike their teacher? Is the work too hard? Facilitator will discuss the factors that contribute towards children’s apprehension to attend school, as well as strategies that parents can implement to support children in their educational endeavors. Participants will receive data related to the impact of student truancy on their academic, social and emotional well-being, as well as the legal ramifications of students not attending school on a consistent basis. Facilitator will share community resources with families to assist in getting children to school and keeping them in school on a consistent basis.

Sign-up for “I Can’t Get my Child to Go to School” 

"Community Resources"

Vendors: Child & Family Services, DHHS, Community of Mental Health, Sparrow Hospital
Tuesday, September 29, 2020, 5:00-6:30pm

The Greater Lansing Area has a wide array of resources to support families in need, however many families are unaware of the services that are available. During this session there will be representatives from a number of organizations (i.e. DHS, Child and Family Services, Greater Lansing Food Bank, Boys and Girls Club, CMH) set up at vendor tables to provide information for families in need of assistance.

Sign-up for "Community Resources"

“Social Emotional Learning” 

Facilitator: Marlene Ryan, LPC  Siena Heights University
Tuesday, October 6, 2020, 4:30-7:00pm

Social Emotional Learning consists of the strategies that adults and children use to understand and manage their emotions, establish personal and family goals, convey empathy towards others, establish mutually benefiting relationships, and make wise decisions. The facilitator will guide participants through exercises and techniques to enhance their ability to self- regulate through cognitive behavioral processes which will lead towards successful and positive outcomes in our daily interactions. Parents will be provided with strategies to assist their children in self-regulation including mindfulness, yoga, meditation, and deep breathing exercises. Facilitator will also assist parents in their personal navigation through the process of self-regulation as it relates to interactions with their children, school personnel, and community members.

Sign-up for "Social Emotional Learning"

"Trauma and Resilience"

Facilitator: Renee Bernard, LPC Office of School Culture
Tuesday, October 20, 2020, 5:00-6:30pm

Trauma has become a catch phrase over the last few years similar to that of ADHD twenty years ago, but what exactly is Trauma? What are the ramifications of Trauma, and what can parents due to detect if their child is dealing with Trauma? How can parents know if they are struggling personally due to issues of past Trauma? How can families become Resilient in spite of the Trauma that has been experienced? During this session the facilitator will provide an overview of the impact of trauma on families, using trauma informed practices in every day life, and strategies to build resilience in families. Participants will also take part in an ACES (Adverse Childhood Experience Survey) with opportunities for private discussions regarding the results. A list of counseling resources will be provided for all in attendance.

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Check back often, more classes coming soon!