Parent University Sessions 2016

Overview of Competency Based Education

Target Audience: Grades PreK – 12

Learn about key elements and important features of competency or proficiency based learning systems, and the important considerations in making a shift to a competency based system of teaching and learning. In addition to sharing upcoming steps being taken by Melrose Public Schools, this session will also gather input and questions from parents to help inform next steps.

Presenter: Becky Wilusz, Senior Associate, Great Schools Partnership

An Overview of Social Emotional Learning in Grades PreK-12

Target Audience: Grades PreK – 12

What is social emotional learning? What are underlying skills of social emotional learning and how are they being developed through the grades in PreK-12? How can parents help their children’s social emotional learning?

Presenters:

Margaret Adams, Assistant Superintendent for Teaching and Learning

Jenny Corduck, Principal, Hoover School

Brent Conway, Principal, Melrose Veterans Memorial Middle School

Jason Merrill, Principal, Melrose High School

Building Unity in Our Community

Building Unity in Our Community 

Target Audience: PreK – 12

This dynamic workshop will explore how biases in our society impact our homes, schools and community; identify strategies to engage in constructive conversations about biases with our family and friends; and provide insights on ways to raise accepting children and, in so doing, help build a more supportive, inclusive community.

Presenter: Robert T. Jones, Chief Empowerment Officer of T. Lee Associates, Associate Director of the Office of Multicultural Education at Holy Cross, and senior training consultant for the Anti-Defamation League.

Positive discipline: a Relationship & Strength Based Approach to Parenting SESSION IS FULL AND CLOSED

Target Audience: Grades PreK – 12

In this workshop, caregivers will learn a practical strategy and specific techniques for teaching children the behaviors, values and skills they need for academic and social emotional success, as well as how to set limits without negativity, big reactions or punitive measures.

Presenter: Sam Healy, LICSW

Parenting Your Child’s Personality   SESSION IS FULL AND CLOSED

Target Audience: Grades PreK – 12

Each child is born with talents and challenges. During this workshop, you will be given tools and strategies to parent your child’s temperament and personality. You will learn valuable ways to nurture your child’s particular strengths, and to better understand their temperament. With this knowledge you will be more able to help your child develop competencies to become their most successful self.

Presenter: Sam Healy, LICSW

Google Ed

Target Audience: Grades PreK – 12

Google Classroom is an educational tool which provides a virtual classroom space for both students and teachers to manage assignments and collaborate digitally. This class will give parents a primer on how these Google education tools work, providing the familiarity needed to be able to assist students when they have questions, as well as an increased understanding of the virtual classroom their children are taking part in.

Presenter: Kristin Thorp, Executive Director, SDM Foundation

Josh Dick, SDM Foundation

Early College Planning and Saving

Target Audience: Grades PreK – 12

College is an investment, and it’s important to start planning and saving for it as soon as you can. Though it’s never too late to begin saving, there are certainly advantages to starting early on in your child’s life. This workshop will discuss college savings options, tips, and strategies.  We will also provide resources to help you at each stage of your student’s life.

Presenter: Julie Shields-Rutyna, Director of College Planning, Massachusetts Educational Financing Authority (MEFA)

ADHD and Anxiety: Shining a Light on the Confusion

Target Audience: Grades PreK – 12

Both anxiety and ADHD can lead to variable behaviors that can be difficult for parents to understand and manage. When children have both add and anxiety symptoms, it becomes even more difficult to recognize the source of their behaviors let alone figure out what to do about them. In fact, many children who have both are not diagnosed with either because their behaviors can vary so much based on their environment (for example, school vs. home) and demands. This talk will help to “shine a light” on the confusion and give parents a better understanding of how anxiety and attentional difficulties can present on a day0to-day basis.

Presenter: Kira Armstrong, PhD, ABPP-CN

Fostering a Growth Mindset

Target Audience: PreK – 12

Stanford University psychologist Carol Dweck conducted decades of research on success. This presentation discusses her finding that teaching a “growth mindset” creates motivation and productivity. You will learn how to foster a growth mindset in your children and perhaps gain insight into your own!

Presenter: Margaret Adams, Assistant Superintendent for Teaching and Learning

Developmental Assets: Preparing Your Young Person for Success

Target Audience: Grades PreK – 12

Developmental Assets are 40 research-based, positive experiences and qualities that impact children’s development helping them be resilient and be able to meet the challenges they will face as they grow from early childhood through adolescence. Develop your understanding of the assets and how to build them as a family in your children.

Presenter: Margaret Adams, Assistant Superintendent for Teaching and Learning, Melrose Public Schools

Raising a Reader, Raising a Writer

Target Audience: Grades PreK – K

Are you eager to support your preschool-aged child to develop early literacy skills? Early Childhood expert Megina Baker will offer practical, playful activities that can be part of your daily routine and will help your child become both a reader and a writer. This workshop will also cover navigating technology use (tablets, computers, etc) for literacy purposes, and special consideration for raising a bilingual child.

Presenter: Megina Baker, M.A.T., Researcher, Project Zero at Harvard Graduate School of Education

Supporting Social Emotional Learning: Approaches to Play and Learning Needs in Early Childhood Settings

Target Audience: Grades PreK – K

Working in partnership with our school social worker and school psychologist, Franklin teachers and paraprofessionals are developing the skills needed to harness the amazing energy and exciting learning potential of our Franklin students by providing opportunities to develop listening skills, the ability to pay attention, control their behavior and get along with others. Our efforts are aligned with our goal to ensure Franklin ECC students enter kindergarten with the self-regulation and social emotional learning skills needed to be confident, independent kindergarten learners. We look forward to partnering with families and other educators to expand our efforts to support the social emotional learning and approaches to play and learning needs of all children.

Presenters:

Donna Rosso, Director of Early Childhood, Franklin School

Strategies for Social/Emotional Success in the Classroom and Beyond

Target Audience: Grades PreK – 5

This workshop, presented by the Lincoln/Hoover School Counseling Staff, discusses tips and strategies used to assist our students towards social-emotional success within the classroom, as well as tools that can be applied in other settings, such as home, play dates, sports teams, etc. This workshop incorporates tools from a variety of curricula utilized and is relevant particularity as social-emotional success relates to and addresses students needs across the three Tiered levels of support. This will be discussion based, so please bring questions!

Presenters: Samantha Leney, M.Ed. Ed.S. NCSP, Lincoln/Hoover School Psychologist

Jennifer Centore, LICSW, ECC/Lincoln School Social Worker

Alyssa Puzzo,

Getting Hands on With Elementary Math CANCELLED

Target Audience: K – 5

Participate in hands-on math problem solving activities just as your children do in class. Incorporate the math practice standards from the Massachusetts Curriculum Frameworks and understand the rationale behind many of the learning experiences students receive in the elementary math program.

Presenter: Paula Jones, Instructional Coach, Melrose Public Schools

Melanie Acevedo, Instructional Coach, Melrose Public Schools

Understanding anxiety and strategies to support effective coping skills

Target audience: Grades K  – 5

All kids experience some degree of anxiety, much of which is developmentally normal. For example, many kids go through phases when they may be afraid to be a lone in a part of their house, or go to sleep without the light on. Other children can experience more severe anxiety that can significantly limit their day-to-day adjustment. This presentation will help parents to better understand how anxiety may present in their children. It will also introduce a number of cognitive behavioral therapeutic (CBT) strategies that are specifically designed for kids between the ages of 6 – 12. While this talk would not replace therapy services for children with severe anxiety disorders, the strategies presented will help parents and their children to better understand their anxiety, as well as give them the tools to be motivated and empowered to make effective changes.

Presenter: Kira Armstrong, PhD, ABPP-CN

Tips, Strategies, and Supports for Your English Language Learner

Target Audience: Grades K – 5

This workshop is for parents whose children are learning English as a second or third language. It will cover ways in which their students are supported in both learning a new language and the curriculum. The teachers will also provide an overview of the assessment process. Curriculum materials and classroom work samples will be available.

Presenters:

Carolyn McElligott, ESL Teacher, Lincoln School

Alexandra Cooke, ESL Teacher, Lincoln School

What is PBIS, and how does it impact my child? An Overview of Positive Behavioral Interventions and Support at the Elementary Level CANCELLED

Target Audience: Grades K – 5

You have heard from your child about the Roosevelt Raven, Hoover 7 Habits of Happy Kids, Lincoln Lions, Winthrop REACH, and Horace Mann Huskies. What are those school behavioral expectations that students have learned about? What do they have to do with education? Why are they important? Hear from the elementary principals about the schoolwide practices being used to support students’ social emotional learning and positive behavior.

Presenters:

Jenny Corduck, Principal, Hoover School

Mary Beth Maranto, Principal, Roosevelt School

Mary Ellen Carideo, Principal, Horace Mann

John Maynard, Principal, Winthrop School

Allison Donovan, Principal, Lincoln School

Restorative Justice with Middle School Students

Target Audience: Grades 5 – 8

Join in on a community circle and learn how the middle school is building community and social emotional learning. Restorative Practices are being used in a various ways and Restorative Justice is being used by staff and students to repair harm, build relationships, and improve the climate and culture of the school community.

Presenters:

Brent Conway, Principal, Melrose Veterans Memorial Middle School

Adam Azia, English Teacher, Melrose Veterans Memorial Middle School

Organizational Skills for Success in School and Life

Target Audience: Grades 6 – 12

Some kids lack the organizational skills necessary for success in today’s world. Lack of solid organizational skills makes school — and life — more challenging. This session will provide tips to support children at home and how to develop skills that connect to school.

Presenters:

Cari Berman, Assistant Principal, Melrose High School

Jennifer Chernisky, Educational Team Facilitator, Melrose High School

Projects vs. Project Based Learning: A New Way to Learn CANCELLED

Target Audience: Grades 6 – 12

Is Project Based Learning really different from just doing a project? In this presentation, you will hear what students think about Project Based Learning, how they use this pedagogy to interact with information, and how they then express their learning in new and innovative ways. You will also hear from teachers as to how they are transforming the learning experience to engage students, teach inquiry skills, and reinforce digital literacy practices.

Presenters:

Josh Cristiano, Tom Scudder, Wendy Arnold

Library Learning Team Grades 6-12

Keeping up with Your Digital Native in Today’s World: Building Digital Citizenship

Target Audience: Grades 6 – 12

What are digital footprints and how can we curate them to create a positive online presence? This workshop will examine the ways that we and our students interact with digital media and then focus on the strategies that will help us all become informed and responsible digital citizens in an ever-changing environment.

Presenters:

Josh Cristiano, Tom Scudder, Wendy Arnold

Library Learning Team Grades 6-12

Parenting for Healthy Teen Relationships

Target Audience: Grades 7 – 12

In this workshop, parents will have the opportunity to voice their concerns and questions about their teens’ peer and dating relationships, identify characteristics of healthy and unhealthy relationships, and learn tips and tools for talking with their teens about these issues. Participants will learn about the work with students being conducted by the Safe STEPS for Teens Project, a partnership between the Melrose Public Schools and Melrose Alliance Against Violence to prevent teen dating abuse and promote healthy relationships.

Presenter: Rebecca Mooney, Executive Director, Melrose Alliance Against Violence.

Navigating the High School Experience with Your Teen

Target Audience: Grades 8 – 12

This workshop examines the transition students make to Melrose High School and how parents can support them. Topics will include communication, expectations, course selection, and the resources available to students.  

Presenters:

Bryan Corrigan, Assistant Principal, Melrose High School

Cari Berman, Assistant Principal, Melrose High School

College Admissions and Financing

Target Audience: Grades 9 – 12

The college application process can be overwhelming for high school juniors and seniors, as well as their families. This seminar provides an overview of the entire process, including current trends in admissions, how to build a college list, the various components of the college application, and financial aid.

Presenter: Julie Shields-Rutyna, Director of College Planning, Massachusetts Educational Financing Authority (MEFA)

Prepping Your Student for College

Target Audience:  Grades 9 – 12

We’ve all heard the stories of how kids these days just aren’t ready for college — they don’t necessarily lack the academic skills they need, but rather the social-emotional and life skills required for independence. Whether your student is heading off to college this fall, or 4 years from now, this session will provide helpful hints for making sure your student is ready. Its never to early — or too late! — to make sure they have the social, emotional and practical skills they need.

Presenter: Mary Pat McMahon, Dean of Student Affairs for the School of Arts and Science and School of Engineering, Tufts University