What is Parent University?

Parent University was developed in response to the need for programming to address the social and emotional needs of students in District 303. We continue to strive to provide information on topics that are relevant, timely, and beneficial for all parents and guardians.

District 303 regards parent engagement as fundamental to the success of our students both inside and outside of the classroom. Parent University is designed to create partnerships between school and home, and provide a place where parents and staff members can learn together.

The Parent University committee, made up of parents with children at all grade levels, teachers, school administrators, and district administrators, collaborate to develop programming that is timely, meaningful, and easily accessible. The parent survey used in the spring of 2019 provided useful feedback the committee has used in its planning. Due to COVID-19, some programs were canceled in early 2020, but we have planned virtual programs for the 2020-2021 school year that focus on technology, anxiety in teenagers, drug prevention, and supporting the SEL needs of gifted students.  

Parent University Offerings 2020-2021

October 29, 2020
Parenting The New Teen In The Age of Anxiety
6:00-7:30 p.m.
Dr. John Duffy, a nationally recognized expert in parenting for nearly twenty-five years, wrote this book as a guide for parents raising children who are growing up too quickly and, as a result, dealing with unresolved adolescent issues that can lead to anxiety and depression. 

November 2, 2020
Technology Talk
Sessions will be organized as follows:
7:30-8:00-Google Classroom
In this upcoming Parent University session, families will familiarize themselves with the 3 digital platforms teachers may use in the district: Seesaw, Google Classroom, and Schoology. Each digital platform will have its own 30-minute session. During these sessions, families will learn how best to support their children with their classwork. They will see where assignments are posted, how teachers communicate and collaborate with their child, where students turn in their work, and the many ways teachers can utilize the platform.

Parent University: Technology Talk Presentation

Technology Talk Video

December 7, 2020
6:00-8:00 p.m.
Ferney Ramírez Hernández, author of “Padres Exitosos” (Successful Parents) - Los districts no son los únicos responsables del éxito académico de los hijos, los papás también lo somos. Sobretodo, en éstos tiempos que las escuelas tienen un acceso limitado, debemos asumir un liderazgo positivo para que el aprendizaje continúe en casa, de una manera eficaz. En este taller daremos a los padres algunas sugerencias y recomendaciones para saber cómo hacerlo. 

December 8, 2020
Living with Intensity: The Social and Emotional Aspects of Parenting Gifted Children
6:30-7:30 p.m.
Being the parent of a gifted child means MORE – more intense, more curious, more sensitive, more active, more idealistic, and more intuitive. Understanding these unique personality characteristics and how they combine in individual gifted children can provide insights into behaviors at home and school. This presentation will focus on the affective aspects of being gifted, including sensitivity, intensity, and perfectionism. Dr. Michele Kane, professor of Gifted Education at Northeastern Illinois University, will provide parents with effective strategies and techniques for dealing with these personality traits, as well as ways to help kids deal with the unique stressors of giftedness, especially during times of increased turmoil. 

Parent University Presentation

Supporting Your Gifted Child During COVID-19

December 14, 2020
Games, Podcasts and Reading: Winter Break(out) Activities
Sessions will be organized as follows:
Breakout Edu Sessions - 3:00-3:30
How to Raise a Reader - 3:30-4:00
Podcasts for Kids, Tweens and Teens - 4:00-4:30
Winter break is coming, and it is the perfect time to explore and try something new or just have fun as a family. Join us for this 90-minute Parent University session where we will share ways to foster a love of learning through fun activities you can do as a family. We will guide you through sites and activities you can use with your child to visit faraway places, create a family podcast, find a new favorite book, and play collaborative problem-solving games.

Games, Podcasts & Reading: Winter Break(out) Activities

February 2, 2021
Wake Up Call
6:30-8:00 p.m.
Wake Up Call is a three-part drug and alcohol prevention presentation. The first part of the presentation focuses on current trends such as vaping, marijuana, alcohol, and prescription pills. Next, attendees will virtually walk through a life-size teen bedroom with more than 20 “red flags” that can signal drug or alcohol use. The bedroom identifies spots where drugs can be hidden, household items that can be used as drug paraphernalia, and ways teens try to cover up drug and alcohol use. Lastly, attendees will learn practical prevention strategies to prevent substance abuse and where to go for help if they are concerned.

Parent University: Wake Up Call Presentation 

Parent University Resources