Parent University at the
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
“How Can I Get Involved at School?”
Facilitator- Steven Purchase LSD PCAC President
Tuesday, December 1, 2020, 5:30-6:30pm
Research shows a direct correlation between parent involvement in school and student academic, behavioral, social and emotional achievement. The facilitator will provide resources and recommendations for parents who are interested in volunteering in school, becoming active in PTO/PTA, School Improvement Team, and Parent Advisory Councils. Participants will take part in role plays related to effective communication strategies while working collaboratively with school personnel with an emphasis on partnership over adversary.
*This meeting is a joint meeting with PCAC and will start at 5:30 p.m. with the Parent University agenda. The normal PCAC meeting will continue once that presentation is complete.
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“Understanding How to Complete the FASFA”
Facilitator - Everett Guidance Counselor Jennifer West
Thursday, December 3, 2020, 5:30-6:30pm
Everett guidance counselor Jennifer West will provide an overview to assist parents with completing the FASFA ( Free Application for Federal Student Aid) to promote academic excellence and preparation for college.
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“Supporting Children through Grief and Loss”
Facilitator-Kristine Kunhert Ele’s Place for Grieving Children and Families
Tuesday, December 15, 2020, 5:30-6:30pm
Grief and loss are inevitable aspects of life which often have lasting effects on children. We often view grief and loss solely as the death of a loved one, however this phenomenon is often caused by a change in environment (homelessness, switching schools, incarceration of a loved one, divorce, etc).Due to their developmental level , children often have difficulty understanding and expressing themselves appropriately following situations involving grief and loss. Questions may arise such as “Why did God do this”, “Will I ever see him/her again” “Is it my fault that they are gone?”. Children may begin to engage in inappropriate behaviors, become withdrawn, lose interest in activities that were once desirable, and express suicidal ideation. Participants will learn strategies to assist children throughout the grieving process, as well as signs/triggers to pay attention to following a change in environment or the loss of a loved one. The facilitator will provide participants with group exercises using real life case scenarios to enhance understanding and critical thinking skills related to grief and loss.
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"Trauma and Resilience"
Facilitator: Renee Bernard, LPC Office of School Culture
Tuesday, December 17, 2020, 5:30-6:30pm
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.