What is Parent University?

Our commitment to educating students extends to our District 303 families. Parent University is our way of empowering parents and guardians to support their children’s academic, social and emotional needs through a series of information sessions. Become informed on specialized topics, engage in two-way dialogue with speakers and fellow parents, and become a support resource for others.

The sessions offered are based in part on feedback from our parents, and may feature teachers and staff, community partners or guests from afar who specialize in topics relevant to our District.

Families will have the opportunity to hear from guest speakers who specialize in areas that are relevant, timely and beneficial. Our sessions may be held in person or remotely and provide opportunities for guests to ask questions.

Please view the dates below for upcoming sessions and to access RSVP forms. If you have ideas about programming, please contact Cindy Ruesch at cindy.ruesch@d303.org or Scott Harvey at scott.harvey@d303.org.

2021-2022 Archived Offerings

2022-2023 Parent University Offerings

Fall 2022

September 29, 2022
Safety and Security at Home and School - A collaboration between St. Charles Police Department and BeSMART
Guests learned about proper ways to store guns and protect children, and have the opportunity to ask questions.
6:00 p.m. English presentation (view presentation)
6:45 p.m. Spanish presentation (ver la presentación)

Book Study
13 Things Mentally Strong Parents Don't Do: Raising Self-Assured Children and Training Their Brains for a Life of Happiness, Meaning, and Success
This book offers parents, teachers, and other mentors tools to support the mental health and resiliency of children in their lives. 

October 19, 2022 - Chapters 1-4 Discussion
October 26, 2022 - Chapters 5-8 Discussion
November 2, 2022 - Chapters 9-13 Discussion

November 16, 2022
First Phone: A Pre-Tween’s Guide to Digital Responsibility, Safety and Etiquette
Presented by Dr. Catherine Pearlman
First Phone is a fun and informative illustrated kids’ guide to safely and productively navigating the digital landscape. Author Dr. Catherine Pearlman joins Parent University in a conversation on digital etiquette for children ages 8-12.

The recording is available through Schoology. 
Click here for instructions on how to access the Parent University Schoology course.

Spring 2023

February 16, 2023
Vape: What Parents Should Know
Virtual, 6:00-7:00 p.m.

Vape: What Parents Should Know is a one-hour informative and engaging presentation that focuses on common devices used for vaping, substances vaped such as nicotine and marijuana, and the health risks associated with vaping and the substances vaped. The presentation includes a backpack demonstration of where teens can hide their devices and examples of common devices.

March 1, 2023
Identifying and Supporting Students with Anxiety
Presented by Allyse Rehak, MA, LCPC with Riverview Counseling Services

As anxiety becomes more prevalent in our children, parents want to be able to support their child in managing worries. Participants learned more about anxiety and how to build their child’s emotional health. Visit the Mental Health Resources page to find additional information and resources.

> March 21, 2023
Supporting Parents in Transformational Times: Meeting the Unique Social and Emotional Needs of Their Gifted Children
Presented by Michele Kane, Ed.D.
Click here to view the recording / Click here to view the presentation (below)

In this presentation, Michele Kane, Ed.D., will focus on the affective aspects of being gifted. Sensitivity, intensity, and perfectionism will be explored in relationship to giftedness. Michele will provide parents with effective strategies and techniques for dealing with these personality traits, as well as ways to help kids navigate the unique stressors of giftedness, especially during times of increased turmoil.

Parent University Resources