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Virtual Readiness for Parents (Elementary School)

Presented by: Education & Leadership Foundation, The Fresno Center, Fresno Economic Opportunities Commission: Street Saints, Binational Center For The Development of Oaxacan Indigenous Communities

Workshop 1: Basic Computer/Accessing Teams

Distance Learning is a new challenge for many parents, and everyone is trying to get used to it. In this session,we will provide parents the knowledge on how to support student achievement. Parents will learn about basic computer skills such as how to open the computer or tablet. Then parents will learn how to find ATLAS on FUSD website and access Microsoft Teams.

Workshop 2: Accessing ATLAS & Edutext

Technology is a powerful tool that can support and transform education in many ways. In this session, we will teach parents how to stay connected to their children’s learning and track their academic progress. Parents will learn about Atlas and discover the available important features such as track student’s grades and email their teachers for help or clarifications. In addition, parents will learn about the benefits of Edutext and encourage them to enroll to receive updates about their children’s progress.

Workshop 3: Resources – To Support Online Learning – iReady, Wonders, Go Math

Schools are implementing more resources to support distance learning and if parents do not know how to access them then how can they support their children’s academics? In this session, we will guide parents to ATLAS Student Portal website and show them how easily they can access educational links used for school curriculum such as iReady, Wonders, Go Math, etc.

Workshop 4: Parent Involvement – Reading is An Adventure – Part 1

Parents should read and bond together on a regular basis with their children. This way they can open their brains to explore and be more imaginative. In this session, we offer family literacy strategies and opportunities. This course will focus on the adventures of reading and its value. The first part illustrates the benefits of reading and how to positively cultivate a love for reading.

Workshop 5: Parent Involvement – Reading Is An Adventure – Part 2 Activity

Parents should continue to encourage their children to implement reading to their daily routine. There are many great benefits to reading such as children gain knowledge, build on vocabularies, and learn how to think outside the box. In this second part, parents will learn how Reader’s Theater, a highly successful reading strategy, is defined, its benefits explained, and lastly, participants actively take part in a “Readers’ Theater” by using authentic literature.

Parent Involvement Leads to Student Success (Middle School)

Presented by: Education & Leadership Foundation, The Fresno Center, Fresno Economic Opportunities Commission: Street Saints, Binational Center For The Development of Oaxacan Indigenous Communities

Workshop 1: Financial Aid Workshop (FAFSA/Cal Dream Act)

Parents have high educational hopes for their children and to begin that journey, they must allow time to plan coherently. The best time to begin planning for college is now! In this session, parent will learn about college costs and Financial Aid grants available to students including federal grants, California grants, institutional grants, fee waivers, and student loans. Parents will learn about FAFSA and understand Cal Dream Act.

Workshop 2: Let’s Go Talk- Part 1

Parents have high educational hopes for their children and to begin that Communication is an essential key component to building a healthy and strong family relationship. It enables children to express their needs, wants, and concerns to each other. In this session, we will focus on building positive communication at home and school to improve their child’s education. This will encourage family to respect, love, and forgive one another.

Workshop 3: Let’s Go Talk-Part 2

Everyone’s personal style may differ from one another and can be completely unique. In this session, parents will learn about the three different communication styles so they can determine what styles they are using towards their children at home and with school staffs. When we adopt a certain style of communication, it implies certain things about our personality, mood, and even the type of conversation we are having with one another.

Workshop 4: Communication Strategies – Part 1

Positive character traits are those things that draw us to other people. This session will highlight excellent communication strategies that stress the strengths and positive attributes of each family member. Parents will learn to appreciate the strengths of each family member by reminding each one of their special attributes. We will discuss several topics such as cultivating love, accepting each other’s opinions, avoiding negativism, stressing responsibilities, and listening and sharing stories with their children.

Workshop 5: Communication Strategies – Part 2

Communication strategies will help prepare children for life and distinguish good versus bad choices. Their behavior will reflect on parent’s discipline style. Parents will learn how to improve family communications and receive helpful tips for do’s and don’ts. In addition, parents will learn about ways to calm down when feeling stressed, before trying to talk with their children.

Success Together E-Learning Parent Support Series (STEPSS)

Presented by: Success Together

Workshop 1: Making Distance Learning Work For Your Family

We know the transition to distance learning is a challenging one for families. In this class, we will provide parents with practical advice on how to best prepare children for distance learning success. We will support parents through creating healthy routines, supporting their child’s social and emotional needs, and creating an environment that fosters learning.

Workshop 2: Fostering Focus, Motivation and Positive Behavior For Successful Distance Learning

This class provides parents with tools and techniques that will support their child’s ability to focus on their studies, stay motivated and engaged in learning, and help encourage positive behavior at home during school hours and beyond.

Workshop 3: Fun Ways To Support Reading Skills At Home

Reading is the fundamental skill that unlocks learning in all other subjects. This class will provide parents with simple, fun, and effective ways to help support and strengthen their child’s reading comprehension and critical thinking skills. These techniques will be easy to implement in everyday life, and enjoyable for both children and parents.

Workshop 4: Fun Ways to Support Math Skills At Home

Similar to class three, but with a focus on math skills – this class will offer parents techniques to infuse practical, everyday math concepts into daily home life. These skills will be the ones we use on a regular basis and that kids will need a mastery of in their own lives, both in the home and in future workplaces.

Workshop 5: Experiencing The World of Science From Home

This class will provide parents with engaging, fun, and exciting ways to provide children with hands-on and visual learning experiences in physical science and STEM learning.

Ready To Learn

Presented by: ValleyPBS

Workshop 1: Supporting Virtual Learning & Keeping Child Engaged and Motivated

This lesson is intended to provide parents with an understanding of virtual learning. It will provide tips to help provide their child with the best practice to be successful while learning at home.

Workshop 2: Interest Safety, Resources For Families And Navigation Social Media With Child(ren)

Create a guideline on the safety of social media, the do’s and don’ts, media profile, networking, staying aware, online photos, setting boundaries, private vs. public, rules and the purpose behind social media.

Workshop 3: Vocabulary Development, Prepositions, Complete Sentences, Punctuation, Number Sense, Counting, Skip Counting, Operations and Memorizing Math Facts

Parents will learn how to use PBS Kids TV shows, mobile apps and a hands-on activity to teach their child(ren) all about the learning styles. Child(ren) will get to explore various materials from books, flashcards, worksheets, games, counting tools etc. and how learning can be made fun at home.

Workshop 4: Being a Good Friend, Dealing With Bullies and Dealing with Feelings

Child(ren) need to know how to be a good friend to others, to treat others like they want to be treated, and what to do if they or someone they know are being bullied. Parents will learn a variety of ways to have a healthy conversation with their child about how to build and maintain friendships..

Workshop 5: Learning Styles, Supporting Your Learner, Teaching Critical Thinking Skills and Time Management

An index of different and helpful learning styles for the parents to use at home. Provide some affected skills to help with good time management and how it can help the child(ren) performance in a positive way.

Access To Higher Education (Middle School)

Presented by: PIQE

Workshop 1: Orientation

The school Principal extends a welcome to parents and introduces PIQE staff members. PIQE coordinators will conduct the first part of the session having parents reflect on the challenges ahead and the tools they need to acquire in order to navigate the school system. The second part of the session is an opportunity for the school to present the learning expectations, features on their online classroom platform, logistics for the school year 2020-2021, or address any pressing issues at the time of the session.

Upon completion of the class, parents will be able to:
• Understand PIQE’s mission and history.
• Learn directly from their school, the learning expectations and logistics for the school year 2020-2021
• Have an Increased awareness of student workload and expectations while distant learning.
• Have an increased sense of urgency about the most pressing issues their children will face during the current school year and the impact in their education.
• Become motivated to enroll in PIQE’s nine-week parent involvement program, to learn more about the education system, develop or improve digital literacy skills and have the tools to support their students both academically and emotionally.

Workshop 2: 1st Class

Supporting the Academic Achievement of Adolescents Through Their Changes Connecting Academic Success and Positive Self-Esteem.

Upon completion of the class, parents will be able to:
• Identify the changes that adolescents experience during this phase.
• Analyze the types of decisions adolescents make during middle school that can impact their future.
• Understand the relationship between effective communication, self-esteem and academic performance.
• Assess their own areas of strength and limitations as well as that of their children to accurately recognize one’s own emotions (Self-awareness).
• Understand the importance of having a personal email to navigate the digital world using search engines.

Workshop 3: 2nd Class

Overcoming Obstacles to Academic Success.

Upon completion of the class, parents will be able to:
• Be familiar with the classes our students must take in middle school in order to meet the “A-G” requirements in high school.
• Know how to calculate their student’s Grade Point Average (GPA).
• Identify strategies to help our children understand the consequences of their actions.
• Know self-management techniques to successfully regulate one’s emotions, thoughts, and behaviors in different situation (Self-management).
• Identify different types of electronic equipment available to connect to the internet.
• Set up a personal email account.

Workshop 4: 3rd Class

Overcoming Obstacles to Academic Success

Upon completion of the class, parents will be able to:
• Understand the benefits of reading.
• Recognize that, for English Language Learners, fluency in the English language is key to meeting the Common Core State Standards.
• Understand the important role the school counselor plays in middle school.
• Recognize the importance of reading in preparing students for the college entrance exams (SAT/ACT).
• Learn elements of effective communication to empathize with others, including those from diverse backgrounds and cultures (Social awareness).
• Know online security features to protect themselves and their family while using the internet.

Workshop 5: 4th Class

Reviewing Key Academic Concepts

Upon completion of the class, parents will be able to:
• Be familiar with California’s new standardized testing system (CAASPP).
• Know how to read the CAASPP Student Score Report.
• Identify California’s Public-School funding formula (LCFF)
• Familiarize with the accountability systems in place, for the funding received through the LCFF.
• See home as a place where students learn how to do social engagement to be a productive member of a group (Relationship skills).
• Be familiar with different forms of social media and how universities are observing students via these online platforms.

Workshop 6: 5th Class

Preparing to Meet the University Admission Requirements

Upon completion of the class, parents will be able to:
• Know what students can do in Middle School to start preparing for college.
• Identify the main systems of higher education in California.
• Be familiar with the different types of financial aid available for college
• Identify steps a person must take to make a responsible decision both in-person and in virtual settings (Responsible Decision Making).

Workshop 7: Principal’s Dialogue

Principals, Vice Principals, and School Counselors respond to parents’ questions, concerns, and suggestions. They also provide parents with access/referrals to school team members, online resources, and address any pressing issues at the time of the session.

This forum encourages parents to engage with the school, meet with their student’s teacher and/or counselor regularly, and stay involved in their child’s education.
Upon completion of the class, parents will:
• Know the academic information on a student’s transcript.
• Identify the challenges parents are facing while on distance learning.
• Understand the importance of communicating with the school counselor using the school portal, to ensure that our students are taking college preparation classes and meeting graduation requirements.

Workshop 8: Graduation

The course culminates with a graduation ceremony in which parents are awarded certificates of completion by the school Principal. Parent participants are also invited to share their experiences in PIQE’s Online Parent Engagement program. Perfect attendance is recognized.

This last session cements the parent’s responsibility to support their student and work with their school community. Family members attend the ceremony, so students can cheer for their parents as they model how graduating feels and it becomes a positive memory for parents and their children.

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