Parent University

cvace parent university 2017

Saturday, October 21, 2017
8 am - 12:30 pm

A series of workshops for parents, grandparents, and caregivers. We have something for everyone!
Register here

 

 

Plus Parent Resource Fair!
$25 Register by Oct. 10
$30 After Oct. 10

Childcare provided:
Ages 2-10 years
No diapers
$5/child, $10/family


SESSION A

A1.  Prevention: Keeping Your Child Healthy In Their Preteen Through Teens Years

Do you know how to prevent the Flu/Influenza, Meningitis, Human Papillomavirus, Tetanus, Diphtheria, and Pertussis?  Come learn firsthand from a Kaiser Permanente Pediatrician how to keep your child healthy through his/her pre-teen to teen years.   This will be a fun interactive workshop with an opportunity to win prizes as you learn important health information.

Kaiser Staff

A2.  Restorative Justice: The What and Why

Restorative Justice (RJ) is a progressive conflict resolution process that is being used in schools and communities around the country. Restorative justice is a model that helps students be able to navigate complex social interactions, including conflict and disagreement. The idea recognizes that students need to feel a sense of belonging and to know they are valued.  Dr. Amherd will discuss how restorative justice allows the focus to shift away from existing punishment philosophies in our institutions, and instead, move towards mutual accountability and righting our wrongs to the greatest degree possible.  We will explore the questions:   How can we make things right by including everyone affected in coming up with solutions? How can we put people affected by harm at the center of this process rather than pushing them to the margins?

Dr. Noel Amherd, M.A., Ph.D.

A3.  (Talking to Kids About) The Big Questions (A)

What do you say when your child asks “Where do we go when we die?” When children begin to encounter some of the great mysteries of human experience, how can parents help?  And not just help, but learn from and explore unanswerable questions with children in a way that builds the foundation for a lifetime of conversation and discovery together.  In this course, we’ll discuss the basic existential limits that children encounter, how to handle tough questions from kids in general and some ways to feel more prepared for complex conversations with small children.

Jill Gidlund, Parent Educator

A4. Teaching Kids About Boundaries and Consent (A)

Our society does not teach Boundaries skills well, and yet, it's a key life skills which will be needed at every age and stage of life.  Interacting with others, sexually or not, means you'll need to feel and defend your boundaries...but how do you do this well?  And how do you teach this skill set to your kids, especially if it wasn't taught to you?  Come to this skill-building workshop where we'll be diving into how to teach kids to feel and defend their boundaries, and how to build consent culture.

Anya Manes, Parent Educator and Coach

A5.  Helping Elementary Students Manage Use of Social Media (E)

Worried your kids are using too much social media? Need help deciding what is too much or too little?  Are you finding every melt-down or argument revolves around electronics such as video games, social media, or the phone? We will have practical and easily enforced guidelines to create peace and harmony in the home once again.  This class will focus on elementary age children.

Stephen Altbaum, LMFT

A6.  Girl Talk: Boys, Bullies and Body Image (M/H)

Katie is dying to fit in. Literally. She’s a bulimic high school freshman who drinks and hangs out with the mean girls. Maybe you know someone like her? Or there’s Cindy, a high school junior who acts like everything is always OK. She plays three sports, earns straight A’s, and parties on the weekends, but also she struggles with depression, perfectionism, and addiction. This Girl Talk workshop will explore the world of teens. Actors will perform authentic teen monologues on "boys, bullies or body image" topics. After the monologue, we will explore the topic(s) presented and how they impact our girls today. 

Carol Langlois, Ph.D

A7.  Growing Readers for the 21st Century: What Parents Need to Know (E)

Parents and teachers are important partners as children learn how to read, build good reading habits and acquire a lifelong love of reading. This workshop will focus on what parents can do to support their children using the same balanced, comprehensive literacy approach that teachers use in the classroom.  Parents will walk away with fun, engaging and educational activities they can use tomorrow.  Let's grow a 21st Century garden of children who are critical readers, writers and thinkers!

Audrey Fong, Coordinator of Elementary Curriculum & Instruction, CVUSD

A8.  Managing Teen Stress (M/H)

Is your teen stressed and/or stressing you out?  Join CVUSD's Coordinator of Behavioral Health Services in an interactive discussion about what stresses out our teens, why it happens, and how to manage it!

Marion Meadows, LCSW, District Coordinator of Behavioral Health

A9.  RCEB Self-Determination: The New Regional Center Funding Pilot Program (SN)

Come learn about this pilot funding model for Regional Center of the East Bay clients.  Self-Determination will be a pilot program for Regional Center clients which hopes to provide consumers and their families with more freedom, control, and responsibility in choosing services and supports to help meet objectives in their Individual Program Plans.  Come learn the details of this different approach and how you can be involved.

Staff

A10.  Estandares Estatal Comun de Matematicas (k-5)

Esta sesión está diseñada para brevemente presentar Los nuevos estándares Estatal Común de Matemáticas: ¿Que son? Cómo llegamos a adoptarlos/ por qué existen y cubrir algunos ejemplos. Si puede, porfavor trae tareas de su hijo(s). Por favor venga  listo para participar y resolver algunos problemas

Betzy Barron, M.Ed.

(This session is designed to briefly introduce parents to what Common Core standards are, why they exist and to cover a few examples of common core math. Feel free to bring your child’s homework assignments. Be ready to participate and work through some problems together.)

Betzy Barron, M.Ed.

SESSION B

B1.  Helping Our Children Manage Anxiety and Stress:  Techniques and Methods to Promote Calm and Support Academic Success (A)

Our children are growing up in a fast-paced world surrounded by social media and demanding academic expectations.  And anxious parents make for anxious kids.  Our kids see us feeling on edge, nervous, and frustrated.  This class will teach us ways to reduce our stress and defeat negative thoughts.  As we become calmer, our kids will also feel better.  We will be introduced to useful and effective cognitive behavioral techniques and mindfulness methods to help us chill and feel more present.

Phillip Lolonis, ASW, PPSC, RYT 200

B2.  Mindful Motivation: How to Motivate You Child From the Inside out (EC,E)


Wouldn’t it be nice if your child cooperated for the sake of it and not for the carrot at the end of the stick? In this workshop, Rachel will share her unique system for motivating children from the inside out. You’ll learn the top 3 ingredients you need to raise a self-driven adult, plus you’ll get practical tools for helping your child stay confident in any circumstance…all without promising cookies or taking away screen time.

Rachel Sklar, MSW, Parent Coach and Strategist

B3.  Natural Remedies to Reduce Allergic Inflammation (A)

Does your child experience food, respiratory and/or environmental allergies? Your family is not alone! True food allergies, delayed food sensitivities, rashes, hives eczema, asthma, and chemical sensitivity are on the rise, especially for young people. The Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America estimate that 40% of children have allergic conditions—the most common health issue affecting children in the U.S. Come learn how to reduce these problems by establishing an anti-inflammatory diet, avoiding unintentional exposures at home, identifying and removing food triggers, and building deep support for the challenged immune system.  We will discuss common problem foods, the role of gut bacteria in promoting allergies, and unsuspected environmental triggers (could even be the water you drink on a daily basis!). The great news is that there are natural histamine and inflammation-reducing foods, beverages and herbs that can help calm and re-set immune response.  We will also cover some simple home tests you can use to improve understanding of your child’s individual situation. Class will include a short food demo!

Susan Blanc, N.C., Nutrition and Herbal Therapist

B4.  The Family Calendar: How to Create a Meaningful Year of Seasons and Celebrations (A)

This interactive workshop provides activities and exercises for developing a calendar of the year that represents your family.  The rhythms of nature are the starting place for marking time year to year.  As we walk through the seasons, we’ll take some time to think about what’s important to you and your family in creating traditions, celebrations and remembrances that bring meaning, comfort and inspiration to your family life. 

Jill Gidlund, Parent Educator

B5.  Preparing Your Child for the Online World (M/H)

What do we as parents need to keep in mind as we guide our children's use of technology?  Worried about your children accessing pornography, sexting, or becoming addicted to their phones?  Join us to learn what you need to know about the dangers, how to help your child be a good digital citizen, and how to make parenting your child's online activities a natural extension of the parenting you're already doing.

Anya Manes, Parent Educator and Coach

B6. Practical Strategies for Helping You Manage Your Teen’s Use of Social Media  (M/H)

Worried your teens are using too much social media? Need help deciding what is too much or too little?  Are you finding every melt-down or argument revolves around electronics like video games, social media, or the phone? We will have practical and easily enforced guidelines to create peace and harmony in the home once again.  This class will focus on adolescents and teenagers.

Stephen Altbaum, LMFT

B7.  Understanding and Dealing with Sibling Rivalry (A)

Rivalry between siblings is a common family problem.  You have no doubt tried many ways to reduce conflict between your children, but the problem persists.  Attend this workshop and gain some insights and strategies!   Dr. Mah will explore how self-esteem among siblings is a primary cause and cure for this issue.  You will explore how birth order, temperament, parenting styles, and the family life cycle impact sibling rivalry.  You will learn practical techniques for prevention.

Ronald Mah, M.A., Ph.D., LFMT

 

B8.  Understanding the Old Math in New Ways (E)

The math we see our children doing these days seems different from the math we did and learned when we were in school.  Well, in truth, the math hasn't changed, but the way teachers build understanding of the math has!  In this session we'll look at our "old math" in the "new ways".  You'll leave understanding some of the "new ways" and even the rationale.  Also, as always, tips for helping and supporting your child with math!

Sharon Friedman, Teacher on Special Assignment, CVUSD


B9.  Puberty, Sexuality & Teen Health for Our Children with Disabilities (SN)

How do you talk to your child with special needs about sex, changes to their bodies and self-care?  Join us for this session covering basic facts about what to expect of your child through puberty, tips for talking to children of all abilities, and strategies for managing behaviors that may arise in pubescent years. 

Noemi Alice Spinazzi, MD, Primary Care Physician at BCHO, Director of Charlie's Clinic (Down Syndrome Clinic), Assistant Clinical Professor at UCSF School of Medicine

B10.  Seguridad de Internet y iPhone para Padres de Jovenes (k-12)

Esta sesión le dará una breve descripción de cómo cambiar los navegadores y la configuración del Internet para supervisar el uso de Internet de su hijo.

También revisaremos la configuración de su Iphone (o el Iphone de su hijo/a) para ayudar a los padres con la seguridad del web.Por favor, traiga su celular o tableta a clase.

(This session will give you a brief overview of how to check internet browsers and settings to monitor your child’s internet usage. We will also go through settings on your Iphone (or Child’s Iphone) to help parents with web safety. Please bring your device to class.)

Betzy Barron, M.Ed.

SESSION C

C1.  Helping Our Children Manage Anxiety and Stress:  Techniques and Methods to Promote Calm and Support Academic Success (EC,E)

Our children are growing up in a fast-paced world surrounded by social media and demanding academic expectations.  And anxious parents make for anxious kids.  Our kids see us feeling on edge, nervous, and frustrated.  This class will teach us ways to reduce our stress and defeat negative thoughts.  As we become calmer, our kids will also feel better.  We will be introduced to useful and effective cognitive behavioral techniques and mindfulness methods to help us chill and feel more present.

Phillip Lolonis, ASW, PPSC, RYT 200

***CANCELLED*****

C2.  When Parenting Is Stressful—Cool Ways for Parents to Chill Out (A)

Course # 076600

This class will address the art of relaxation and stress-reduction for hardworking parents, grandparents, and guardians.  The class will focus on the physical (body tension), mental (anger, frustration, and conflict), emotional (depression, anxiety, and confusion) by applying meditation techniques.  These techniques include muscle relaxation and visualization.  Participants will learn to bring these skills to everyday life situations.

Marie Lehn, R.N.

C3.  Student Digital Work Using Google Suite (A)

Students across the district have access to Google Suite - online applications that allow students to produce online documents. In this session you will be introduced to the various Google applications and how teachers and students use the Google environment to create, collaborate and share their work.

Peter Vallejo, Instructional Technology Teacher on Special Assignment

C4.  Parenting Adventures in the Digital Realm: From Surviving to Thriving (A)

How can we best support our kids in developing the skills necessary to participate creatively and make healthy choices in the digital realm? In this interactive presentation, we’ll explore how to nurture conversations and family practices that reduce conflict, support dialogue, and build trust. We’ll consider how to model for our kids the essential ability to reflect on and self-monitor online and mobile activities  (e.g., games, texting, Facebook, etc.) and offline life (e.g., Vitamin N—Nature, face-to-face friendships, hands-on making) with an eye towards balance and growth. We’ll discuss how to get our heads above media-driven fears to identify real issues that require our mindful awareness. Participants will leave the workshop with a palette of resources and an invitation to a follow-up online workshop (free) in November to reflect and share how it’s going.

Claudia L’Amoreaux, Educational Consultant

C5.  CAASPP Test Results for Your Child: I Got Them.  What Do They Mean? How Do I Act on Them? (A)

You recently received your child's state test results. But, perhaps, you're not sure how to interpret the results. You have lots of questions about this new testing system. How do I interpret these results? What can I do to support my child based on the results? What next steps can I take with my child? Come learn how to interpret the CAASPP Student Results Report that you recently received. Find out about online parent resources to assist you. Get information on how the new state standards (Common Core) were designed and how the new state assessments support the intent of these standards. Come get the big picture.

Gerald Mullen, Coordinator, Assessment, Accountability, and Intervention

C6.  Gender 101 (A)

We are suddenly hearing about gender from our kids.  As parents, many of us are unsure how to enter this conversation.  Together, we will explore the current culture around gender and discuss why our children and teens are talking about this so much.  We will learn how to respond to our children in helpful and knowledgeable ways.  In addition, we will discuss how to support children and teens at school and in your family or community who are exploring their gender, and address age appropriate conversations around these topics.  We will discuss gender identity, sexual orientation, gender expression, and how we can express ourselves in the “Language of Gender.” 

Stephen Altbaum, LFMT

C7.  Parenting and Communicating with Adolescents (M/H)

It is no secret that the adolescent and teen years are challenging for both young people and their parents.  Your kids are changing at a rapid rate and your relationship with them changes too.  Understanding their needs and issues and knowing what is normal behavior can be very helpful, as can ideas and strategies for navigating this developmental stage.  Join Dr. Mah and gain valuable insights and knowledge to help make this stage of parenting more successful and manageable.

Ronald Mah, MA, PhD, LMFT

C8.  Partnerships in Special Education: A Conversation with Teachers, Program Specialists & Parents (SN)

Do you have a child receiving special education services?  Have you ever wished you better understood the system? Participate in this facilitated conversation between teachers, parents and CVUSD Special Education specialists to learn from one another.  The goal of this session will be to share perspectives, resources and ideas to better equip you with the knowledge to support your child's special education needs.

Yoko Ostreicher, Special Education Elementary Coordinator, Maureen Kennedy, Secondary Program Specialist, Kat Troyer, CVUSD Parent

C9.  Mindful Motivation: How to Motivate You Child From the Inside out (EC,E)
Wouldn’t it be nice if your child cooperated for the sake of it and not for the carrot at the end of the stick? In this workshop, Rachel will share her unique system for motivating children from the inside out. You’ll learn the top 3 ingredients you need to raise a self-driven adult, plus you’ll get practical tools for helping your child stay confident in any circumstance…all without promising cookies or taking away screen time.

Rachel Sklar, MSW, Parent Coach and Strategist

Additional Info

  • Date(s): 10/21
  • Day(s): Saturday
  • Time: 8:00am - 12:30pm

CVUSD is committed to providing equal opportunity for all individuals in education. District programs, activities, and practices shall be free from discrimination, intimidation, harassment and bullying based on race, color, ancestry, national origin, ethnic group identification, age, religion, marital or parental status, physical or mental disability, sex, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity or expression, or genetic information; the perception of one or more of such characteristics; or association with a person or group with one or more of these actual or perceived characteristics. Violations of this policy should be reported immediately to the site administrator(s) at District Schools. Inquiries regarding the non-discrimination policies: Director of Student Services, 4400 Alma Avenue, Castro Valley CA 94546, 510-537-3000 x 1257