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The Harford County Public Schools Parent Academy is an exciting new resource for all HCPS families! The Parent Academy will include a series of workshops designed to engage HCPS parents/guardians as partners in their children's education, and will work to provide useful information and resources needed to help their children succeed in school and in the community. The goal is to connect families, school system staff, and community stakeholders in meaningful partnerships that will help increase student achievement and support wellbeing.

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Keeping PACE

  • Edgewood Middle School's Virtual Family Engagement Events.
    Please take a moment to watch Edgewood Middle School Principal Melissa Williams and Social Worker and PACE Liaison Alexis Frazier share about their school's successful family engagement events, like Cook With Me Family Night, which are excellent examples of PTA Standard 1: Welcoming All Families Into the School Community and PTA Standard 6: Collaborating With Community.
  • Ring Factory Elementary School's Monthly Family Events.
    Please take a moment to watch Ring Factory Elementary School Principal Meredith Dunlap, Instrumental Music Teacher and PACE Liaison Dawn Zipay, and PTA President Debbie Welch share about their school's monthly virtual family events, specifically their recent Mystery Reader event. This school-community event, as well as their other themed family events such as Art Night, STEAM Night, and the annual Talent Show, is an excellent example of PTA Standard 3: Supporting Student Success. Take a moment to watch and hear more about how Ring Factory is working to "Create a School They Love."
  • Riverside Elementary School's Virtual Community Fair Event.
    Riverside Elementary School Principal Christopher Yancone and Title I Teacher Specialist and PACE Liaison Lauren Donnelly share about their school�s upcoming virtual Community Fair. This event will provide an opportunity for Riverside Elementary families to connect with organizations/resources for mental and physical health, early learning and childcare, faith, finances, and more. This school-community event is an excellent example of PTA Standard 2: Communicating Effectively and PTA Standard 6: Collaborating With Community.
  • Joppatowne Elementary School's Virtual Escape Room Event.
    Please take a moment to watch Joppatowne Elementary School (JOES) Principal Earl Gaskins and Special Educator and PACE Liaison Susan Dilworth-Janes, along with other JOES staff, share about their school's successful virtual family night event - such a fun and creative idea and an excellent example of PTA Standard 2: Communicating Effectively and PTA Standard 3: Supporting Student Success.
  • Bel Air High School's Parent Engagement Activities.
    Please take a moment to watch Bel Air High School Principal Greg Komondor and mathematics educators and PACE Liaisons Andrew Kassouf and Allison Benfield share about their school's successful family engagement activities that demonstrate PTA Standard 3: Supporting Student Success.
  • "Chat and Chew" Events Hosted by Havre de Grace Elementary School
    Highlights PTA Standard 3: Supporting Students' Success
  • Parent Resource Center at Hall's Cross Roads Elementary School
    Highlights PTA Standard 1: Welcoming All Families & PTA Standard 6: Collaborating With Community
  • Care Closet at Magnolia Middle School
    Highlights PTA Standard 6: Collaborating With Community

Parent Academy Events

Title: Shaping Your Child's Behavior for Good: Practical Skills for Parents in Challenging Times

Date/Time: 9/20/2021 6:00:00 PM

Description: Presented by worldwide speaker Frank Kros, MSW, JD: Parenting has lots of challenges in today's often chaotic world. One of those challenges is helping your child develop and maintain the behavior skills that will empower them to reach their goals. In this session, we'll share 5 specific parenting tools for shaping your child's behavior. These strategies will enhance your ability to provide your child effective behavioral feedback; boost your confidence in managing your child's strong emotions; improve your selection and delivery of appropriate consequences; and powerfully upgrade how you praise and reward your child. These practical tools will improve your ability to influence your child's behavior for good!

Intended Audience: All families

Link: https://us06web.zoom.us/j/88253964618


Title: Off to a Great Start; Building the Parent/Caregiver Support System

Date/Time: 9/29/2021 6:00:00 PM

Description: Former Teachers of the Year Elizabeth White (Harford Technical High School) and Paige Milanoski (Havre de Grace High School), as well as Director of Secondary School Instruction and Performance Colin Carr, will share insight on a successful start to the new school year.

Intended Audience: Parents/Caregivers of middle and high school students

Link: https://teams.microsoft.com/l/meetup-join/19%3ameeting_M2M2MTlmNTItODdlMi00YzNlLTk3ZmYtZTQzZWI2YmNjNmVj%40thread.v2/0?context=%7b%22Tid%22%3a%22c1f6ac53-6b77-4db5-9472-4f104eeac96a%22%2c%22Oid%22%3a%224385ae16-89e9-4890-8642-bbd458e06205%22%2c%22IsBroadcastMeeting%22%3atrue%7d&btype=a&role=a


Title: How to Talk with Your Children About Differences

Date/Time: 10/6/2021 6:00:00 PM

Description: Parents may not realize that young children “see diversity” and that research confirms that awareness of differences starts early. Join Dr. Paula Stanton and Ms. Meredith Heldt from the Office of Equity and Cultural Proficiency to learn more about how to communicate with your children, intentionally, about differences and how to help children embrace diversity.

Intended Audience: All families

Link: https://teams.microsoft.com/l/meetup-join/19%3ameeting_NmVhN2JiMWItY2NhMC00ZTM0LTlmNDAtYjgwMWJjNDBjMjdi%40thread.v2/0?context=%7b%22Tid%22%3a%22c1f6ac53-6b77-4db5-9472-4f104eeac96a%22%2c%22Oid%22%3a%224385ae16-89e9-4890-8642-bbd458e06205%22%2c%22IsBroadcastMeeting%22%3atrue%7d&btype=a&role=a


Title: Harford County SECAC Meeting

Date/Time: 10/7/2021 6:30:00 PM

Description: Social Opportunities in the Community...join to hear from community members!

Intended Audience: Family/friends with special education students

Link: Coming soon!


Title: Preparing Your Child for Launch into Career and Life

Date/Time: 10/20/2021 6:00:00 PM

Description: Learn directly from the HCPS Counseling Office about setting goals with your child and "reaching for the stars," and how to overcome, "Houston, we have a problem!"

Intended Audience: Parents/Caregivers of middle and high school students

Link: https://teams.microsoft.com/l/meetup-join/19%3ameeting_NTdmYjk1YmUtNTM4YS00MjcwLTk0NzEtNzliYzNiMTRlYWQw%40thread.v2/0?context=%7b%22Tid%22%3a%22c1f6ac53-6b77-4db5-9472-4f104eeac96a%22%2c%22Oid%22%3a%226ad22470-7579-4335-a2c4-4121c8285a81%22%7d


Title: Raising Young Women

Date/Time: 10/27/2021 6:00:00 PM

Description: Participants will hear from Mijiza Green, who developed the Treasured Jewels mentor program in 2012, starting with 17 girls. Her program is currently in four schools and has a total of 250 members. Mrs. Green has worked with children for more than 10 years and has been contracted to create programs for the Boys & Girls Club, HCPS, YMCA, and Teen Court.

Intended Audience: Parents/Caregivers of elementary students

Link: https://teams.microsoft.com/l/meetup-join/19%3ameeting_MGFkOTY0NDYtMmI3NC00NTcxLTlmMjMtZTJiZDQ2NWJlMDVl%40thread.v2/0?context=%7b%22Tid%22%3a%22c1f6ac53-6b77-4db5-9472-4f104eeac96a%22%2c%22Oid%22%3a%224385ae16-89e9-4890-8642-bbd458e06205%22%7d


Title: Middle School Matters

Date/Time: 10/28/2021 6:00:00 PM

Description: Learn more about what to expect in middle school and how to get your student on track for opportunities with magnet programs, etc.

Intended Audience: Parents/Caregivers of elementary students

Link: https://teams.microsoft.com/l/meetup-join/19%3ameeting_NTUwODI1YmEtYzgzZS00NWNlLWIyZTctYTU3Y2YxYzYzMGVl%40thread.v2/0?context=%7b%22Tid%22%3a%22c1f6ac53-6b77-4db5-9472-4f104eeac96a%22%2c%22Oid%22%3a%224385ae16-89e9-4890-8642-bbd458e06205%22%7d


Title: Into Adulthood

Date/Time: 11/17/2021 6:00:00 PM

Description: Topics covered in this presentation will include applying for college and financial aid, apprenticeship/internship/summer employment opportunities, resources to support readiness, etc.

Intended Audience: Parents/Caregivers of middle and high school students

Link: https://teams.microsoft.com/l/meetup-join/19%3ameeting_ZTIyNGYwOGYtZWQzNy00MWE2LThlYjctYThjMWUzN2ZiNDUy%40thread.v2/0?context=%7b%22Tid%22%3a%22c1f6ac53-6b77-4db5-9472-4f104eeac96a%22%2c%22Oid%22%3a%224385ae16-89e9-4890-8642-bbd458e06205%22%2c%22IsBroadcastMeeting%22%3atrue%7d&btype=a&role=a