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
‘If We Go to Counseling, What Will my Friends Think?'
Facilitator - Kyron Harvell LSD STAR Grant Director
Wednesday, March 10, 2021, 5:30-6:30pm
Statistically we have seen a large spike in the number of individuals who are being diagnosed with mental health issues particularly amongst African Americans and Latino populations. There has been a negative stigma attached to counseling historically, as it was seen as a sign of weakness and loss of control. The facilitator will provide an overview of what Counseling truly consists of, the social, emotional and mental health benefits of counseling, and why families should take advantage of this support. Community Resources such as CMH and Child and Family Charities will be present to provide resources for families in need.
Strengthening Relationships Between Law Enforcement and the Community
Facilitator - Officer David Burke Lansing Police Department
Wednesday, March 24, 2021, 5:30-6:30pm
Over the past few years, the media has depicted individuals in Law Enforcement in a very negative light based on the actions of a select few. This has led to a lack of trust, support, and belief in the system among members of the Lansing Community. Are the police here to serve and protect? Should we be fearful of the police? What are the expectations of citizens when we are pulled over by the police? What are our rights? Participants will have the opportunity to take part in an open dialogue with the Lansing Police Department to have questions answered, while expressing their concerns related to interactions with the police department.
“Why is My Child so Angry?”
Facilitator - Andrea Calabrese Director of Child and Family Services
Wednesday, April 14, 2021, 5:30-6:30pm
Children are experiencing a great deal of frustration and pressure to keep up with their peers in terms of climbing the social ladder, fitting in, having the latest clothes, cell phones, and establishing relationships. Many children have difficulty recognizing the triggers that lead to inappropriate behaviors, and lack the empathy necessary to see how their affect impacts those around them. The facilitator will provide an overview of the ABC framework of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy to assist parents in understanding the triggers and thoughts associated with incidents when children become angry. Facilitator will also guide participants through de-escalation strategies to assist children with self-regulation. This session will provide support for parents to deal with their own emotions when dealing with a child who presents a negative affect on a consistent basis.
Sign-up for “Why is My Child so Angry”
Avoiding Power Struggles with Kids
Facilitator - Ajaunta Turner LPC Key Concepts Counseling and Consulting
Wednesday, April 28, 2021, 5:30-6:30pm
Many parents have daily struggles with kids who can behave in ways that are disruptive, disrespectful, and sometimes dangerous to themselves, the parent and others. Do you sometimes find yourselves in power struggles and want to know some of the interventions and behavioral principles that will allow you to better help kids make positive choices? The facilitator of this workshop will assist participants in exploring the basics of why youth act the way they do, while carefully examining what the parent brings to the situation. Participants will take part in a number of role plays/scenarios to enhance their understanding of their child’s cognitive schema as well as their disposition during the power struggle. The focus of this training is on understanding the importance of the function of the behavior (what is the youth trying to communicate) and behavioral interventions that work, including antecedents, consequences, incentives, proactive strategies, and helping youth make appropriate and safe choices.
Sign-up for Avoiding Power Struggles with Kids
“Good Cop Bad Cop” Helping Couples and Co-Parents to Get on the Same Page
Facilitator - Mary Dion LPC
Wednesday, May 12, 2021, 5:30-6:30pm
Raising children to be productive, conscientious, and responsible is the hardest job in America! This process is complicated even more when you and your partner or co-parent isn’t on the same page. The frustration level of parents often rises when they hear their child say “well dad says I can stay out until 11 tonight” or “mom said it’s okay to wear this to school.” How can parents maintain their own sense of identity, and keep their personal values in tact to support the other parent in providing consistency in the household for their children? The facilitators in this workshop will guide participants in an interactive workshop to learn how to compliment each other’s parenting style and work collaboratively to meet the needs of their children. The facilitator will also assist participants in examining effective communication styles, remaining steadfast during times of disagreement, and establishing common parenting goals for the family.
Support for Families During the Summer
Facilitator - Jessica Benavides Executive Director of School Improvement LSD
Wednesday, May 26, 2021, 5:30-6:30pm
Research supports the notion that a great deal of learning and positive social engagement is lost during the summer months while students are away from the traditional school environment. This session will provide participants with opportunities to learn about the Lansing School District’s summer school program, online educational programs such as Khan Academy, as well as additional local community agencies providing summer programming. Representatives from local agencies will be present to provide resources and opportunities for parents to sign up their students.