Parent University

Parenting is a lifelong process. Join us for *free* parenting workshops taught by professionals. Meet with and be supported by other parents.

Mountain View Parent U is a series of District-offered parent workshops designed to address interests, issues or concerns of parents with children of all ages, backgrounds and educational status.

The philosophy of the Parent University is that parenting is an ongoing and lifelong process. The purpose is to offer opportunities for parents to learn about specific topics from professionals with expertise in the focus area.

The workshops provide a venue for parents to meet other parents with similar interests and to share challenges and successes with others in a positive and non-threatening environment.

Provided: Spanish interpretation, and child care.
Starts at 6:30 p.m.; doors open at 6 p.m.

To view past year's offerings: 2017-18 MV Parent U offerings,  2018-19 MV Parent U offerings.

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2019-20 MV Parent University

Cancelled: Understanding Mental Health from a Youth Perspective 

Wednesday, March 11, 6:30-8pm 
Crittenden Middle School, Auditorium
1701 Rock St, Mountain View, CA 94043


Please join us to hear from a panel of local high school students about their perspectives on Mental Health.  Students will give a short presentation and then answer questions including:
* What do you think is important for parents to know and keep in mind as they guide and support their kids who might be demonstrating some signs of risk or are already struggling with their mental health?
* What are some effective approaches and ways parents have been helpful in supporting you or your friends?
* What role does social media play related to teen mental health issues, in general? What should the role of parents be in supporting and protecting their child?
* What advice would you give to parents with kids who have mental health needs?

All families are welcome to attend although this event is targeted for parents and teens in grades 5-8.
 
Provided:
* Interpretation (Spanish support)
* Child care
 
Doors open at 6pm, Agency / Youth Resource Tables present will be:
Allcove, Children’s Health Council (CHC) Teen Wellness Committee, and Children’s Health Awareness Council (CHAC).


Cancelled: Preparing Your Child for High School 
Panel of middle school and high school experts and alumni talk with families and share tips, strategies and proactive measures to help students transition to high school smoothly.
April 1
Graham Auditorium


Film: "Angst" and Panel Discussion About Anxiety
After the film, join for a discussion of anxiety signs, symptoms, and solutions to support our children. Spanish subtitles and audio available for the film.  Spanish translation will be available during the discussion panel.  Please indicate interest on Eventbrite when registering.
May 6
Crittenden Auditorium

Past:
Film: "Like" and the impact of social media, with a discussion following facilitated by Common Sense Media and MVWSD staff members

Wednesday, Sept. 18, 6:30-8 PM at Crittenden Middle School Auditorium. Doors open at 6 p.m.

Mountain View Parent University presents a discussion and showing of “Like,” a documentary that explores the impact of social media on our lives and the effects of technology on the brain. Social media is a tool and social platforms are a place to connect, share, and care… but is that what's really happening? How can parents and students gain the skills to self-regulate?

After the film, there will be a discussion facilitated by Common Sense Media and MVWSD staff. Spanish translation will be available during the discussion panel, and the film will have Spanish subtitles. Child care will be provided. Please RSVP prior to the event at Eventbrite here. To view live streaming on the internet during the event, please click here.

Mental Health Basics
Learn the basics of mental health, including: definitions, coping with stress, when it is important to seek help, combating stigma, and how to get help in our county.

October 23, 6:30-8 p.m. Doors open at 6 p.m., Graham MUR

A team of professionals from Palo Alto University will present foundational information about mental health and mental illness and how mental health challenges may look different in different people or cultures. Participants will engage in interactive dialogue about how to maintain good mental health, and how to combat stigma around mental illness. The training also discusses what to do when someone needs support or help.

Spanish interpretation and child care will be provided. 

Live Streaming of event.

Improve Your Child’s Reading Skills and Math Literacy

Wednesday, November 6
6:30-8pm
Crittenden- MUR

Presenters: Sharon McClintock, The Mountain View Library and
Heidi Galassi, Landels Elementary, Principal
Karen Gordon, Landels Elementary, Instructional Coach

Please join us to learn several resourceful strategies for supporting reading, writing, and math at home:
•       Easy activities to boost your child's reading engagement 
•       Creative ways to encourage and support writing
•       Ideas for math games that build math skills
•       Practical ways to use math in everyday life

In addition, the Mountain View Library will share:
•      Ebooks and online library resources
•      Information on library programs and services for the entire family

RAFFLE: Books and two bikes. Spanish interpretation and childcare provided.

Navigating Mental Health Support - A Panel Discussion
What is Normal?  When should I be concerned?  When do I need to seek help?  Explore these questions and more with our panel of experts.
6:30 p.m. on December 4
Graham Auditorium

Talking to Your Child About Sexuality
“Being an 'Askable Adult' Wednesday, Jan. 29 from 6:30- 8 p.m. Crittenden Middle School MUR
Presented by Health Connected, a Bay Area health education leader, parents will learn the why, what, how and when of talking with your kids about sexual health. Join us for a fun and interactive workshop that will inspire and assist trusted adults to engage their children in open and honest conversation.  The session is appropriate for adults with children of any age, and definitely relevant for adults with children approaching puberty through their teen years. Doors open at 6 p.m. Come early to connect with resources! 
Provided:
* Interpretation (Spanish support)
* Child care Say it Like  Scholar! Techniques and Tools for Educators and Families to Build Academic Language 

Wednesday, Feb. 12, 2020 - 6:30- 8 p.m.
Graham Middle School Auditorium

Presenter:  Kate Kinsella Ed.D. She is English language curriculum author of English 3-D, READ 180 and Academic Toolkit; Global and national speaker and expert on English Learners and language acquisition; and has a 30 year career focus on equipping youths from diverse backgrounds with the language and literacy skills necessary to be truly college ready.

Attendees will learn...
* After school conversation tips to use with children to encourage thoughtful responses
* Strategies to help increase students' academic language and listening skills 
* How to facilitate effective collaboration inside and out of the classroom
* How to teach English Learners to ask for help

Teachers, school staff, families and students welcome to this workshop.

Provided:

* Interpretation (Spanish support)
* Child care

 

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