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.

Based on information gathered from parent surveys and the work on the Parent University Committee, the district designs and offers programming that is timely, meaningful, and easily accessible. Over the last several years, we have heard parents when they have requested programs that can be consumed on their schedule such as videos, webinars that are also available after the meeting, and voiced presentations. At the same time, we will also continue to host in-person programming.

If you have ideas about programming, please contact Carol Smith at carol.smith@d303.org or Cindy Ruesch at cindy.ruesch@d303.org

2021-2022 Parent University Offerings

September 2, 2021
• Mental Illness: The Silent Epidemic
Zoom   -   6:00 p.m.
Click here to view the Zoom recording
Mark Potter is a nationally recognized basketball coach and speaker who is bringing his message to families in St. Charles. Mark grew up in Kansas, where he was a basketball and baseball stand-out. He played both sports at the collegiate level before moving into a career as a high school teacher and coach for 11 years. He then served as Head Men’s Basketball Coach at NCAA Division II Newman University for 19 years and has the distinction of being the winningest basketball coach in Newman’s history.

Thirteen years ago, Coach Potter began a downward spiral into a world of darkness. He missed eight games and 25 practices due to severe depression. He now brings his story to businesses and schools to promote education about mental illness. His passion is to share his story in hopes that people will also pursue treatment and find a way to live productively with mental illness.

Join the District 303 Parent University Webinar on September 2 from 6:00 – 7:30 p.m. as we welcome Coach Potter.

September 30, 2021 - Virtual Event in Spanish
Jueves 30 de Septiembre del 2021 - Evento en español
• “MÉTODOS MODERNOS Y PRÁCTICOS PARA INICIAR A LOS NIÑOS EN LA LECTURA… EJERCICIOS PARA HACER EN CASA”   Por: Ferney Ramírez
6:30-8:00 p.m.
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ID de la reunión: 821 6678 3096
Contraseña: 473552
El hábito de leer debe ser una sana costumbre que todos los padres debemos infundir en los hijos a temprana edad. Esta cualidad trae muchos beneficios mentales e intelectuales que le ayudarán a tener Éxito en la escuela y en la universidad donde seguramente, los queremos ver. En este taller haremos actividades para estimular y fomentar la lectura en casa de una manera divertida; de tal modo, que los niños se motiven a tener una rutina de lectura diaria.

Debbie Reber is a parenting activist, New York Times bestselling author, podcast host, and speaker who has been inspiring and sparking conversations for parents, women, and teens for twenty years. District 303 is offering 3 sessions in October based upon Ms. Reber’s work.

October 6, 2021
• SOS for Parents in the Trenches
Zoom - 6:30 p.m.
Recording to be posted
Click here to register!

When parents are feeling exhausted, overwhelmed, and burned out, it’s hard to show up in a way that best supports their child’s development, especially if/ when our kids are struggling, too. In this practical and actionable talk, Ms. Reber shares ten powerful “tilts,” a.k.a. practical ideas to help parents shift their thinking, responses, and actions in a way that will help them feel more confident and peaceful as they parent their unique children.

October 13, 2021
• Supporting Kids Who Learn Differently: Back-to-School Edition
Zoom - 6:30 p.m.
Recording to be posted
Click here to register!

School always presents certain challenges for students who learn and think differently (kids with ADHD, dyslexia, giftedness, autism, anxiety, or other neuro-differences). But the COVID-19 pandemic has created even greater obstacles. Debbie shares ideas on how parents can best prioritize and plan in the pandemic-era school landscape. She also offers advice on how to support differently wired children’s cognitive, social, and emotional needs during this atypical time, while also taking care of one’s own emotional health and well-being.

October 20, 2021
• Facilitated Book Talk: Differently Wired by Debbie Reber
Zoom - 6:30 p.m.
Click here to register!

Dr. Cindy Ruesch, Director of Staff, Family and Student Services, and Dr. Patti Palagi, Director of Instructional Interventions will lead a discussion about the book and how it can help parents embrace and accept their children who think differently. As part of the registration, you will receive a free copy of Ms. Reber’s book you may pick up at Town House Books.
Pick up a free copy of the book any time during normal business hours (Monday-Saturday 9:00-4:00) at::
Town House Books
105 N 2nd Ave, St. Charles, IL 60174
Please note, you must register in order to be on the list at Town House Books.

December 9, 2021
• Empower: An Innovative K-5 Learning Experience in D303
6:00-7:00 p.m.
More information coming soon!

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