Pinellas Parent University Class Examples

Students take different levels of the PSAT in 8th, 9th and 10th grade and then begin taking the SAT in the 11th grade.  These assessments are opportunities for students to understand how to maintain areas of academic strength and how to improve in other areas.  The assessments are also a source of data for students to have personalized learning provided through Khan Academy’s SATpractice.org site and to qualify for scholarships.  Come to this interactive session to see what your child has at their fingertips every day.

Join us at this session to gain insight into options for middle school students who are interested in or need to be challenged by Advanced Courses.  In this session you will learn about how students are identified for advanced courses as they enter middle school and how you can work with the school to have your child move up to more advanced courses after the 6th grade.  You will also gain insight into how taking advanced or accelerated courses opens opportunities when your child enters high school.

Participants will learn about a variety of ways that students can earn college credit while in high school in order to decrease the total cost of their college education.  Last year Pinellas County students earned more than $5 million worth of college credit as part of their high school experience.  Don’t miss out on this incredibly valuable opportunity!

There is myriad research that proves that students need adequate amounts of physical activity throughout the school day—not only do they prevent obesity and obesity-related issues, but they perform better academically also. Participants in this session will understand the benefits of physical activity and explore ways that our students experience movement throughout the day.

Come and learn more about what STEM means for you and your Pinellas County child! This session will address what STEM means, the PCS K-12 STEM website, how to get involved with the STEM Academies and what STEM hands-on learning looks like at home!

This workshop will offer simple starting points to instill a love for reading.  Parents will walk away with ideas as well as books and resources.

With student-centered, personalized learning, we can identify students’ unique needs and address them. Teachers possess powerful tools to personalize instruction and utilize real-time data for feedback to intervene exactly where each student needs it most. It is about optimizing learning every day. We are here to clearly define personalized learning in Pinellas County to avoid confusion and frustration.

Participants will understand the basic state Florida graduation requirements, state diploma designations, Pinellas County Schools Graduation Pathways and State Assessments. In addition, participants will learn about diploma options for Exceptional Student Education (ESE) and Exceptional Student Educations changes.

Your journey begins hearing information about Florida’s model for Multi-Tiered System of Supports (MTSS) and how this is implemented in Pinellas County.  In exploring the various tiers of instruction and intervention presenters will make connections between MTSS and General Education Intervention Procedures required by the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA).  Parents will learn about evaluation and eligibility for Exceptional Student Education (ESE) as well as what they can expect should their child be found eligible for ESE.  Throughout the workshop information will be shared about a parent’s vital role.

This session will focus on the overall transition of a student to Middle School.  The following topics will be discussed:

How to understand your teen so you can provide support to him/her

How brain develop within a middle school age student

  • Social and Emotional Changes
  • Academic Expectations
  • College and Career Readiness

The structure of Middle Schools within Pinellas County Schools

  • A day in the life of a middle schooler
  • Promotion requirements

How you can take action to be involved within your child’s education/school

Resource Cafe

Information will be available about services provided in schools and the community that can support student learning. These include psychological services, social work services, health services, school counseling, drug/alcohol and tobacco prevention and social/emotional/mental health. In addition there will be information on available trainings and community resources.

Get important information about career academies, industry certifications, college credit, dual enrollment and much more.

Find out about services for students, parents, and schools:

  • School-wide programs designed to supplement the educational needs of all children.
  • Combining resources to help students achieve high levels of academic proficiency.
  • School-wide reform strategies designed to strengthen core academic programs, increasing the amount and quality of learning, and provide student instruction by highly qualified teachers.
  • Strategies to increase parental involvement and helping their children do well in school.
  • Extended Learning Programs (Promise Time) – Before/After school tutoring, & Connect for Success Laptop Initiative – providing computer access for Beyond the Classroom online educational activities and information for school projects & homework.
  • Free books available for students

Everything you ever wanted to know about Pinellas County’s Early Childhood Programs can be found here. Gather information about school year and summer Voluntary Prekindergarten (VPK) programs, three-year-old prekindergarten programs, registration information, and kindergarten readiness.

FDLRS provides diagnostic, instructional, and technology support services to district exceptional education programs and families of students with disabilities.

Questions and Answers, Parent Support

The parents of high school seniors will be provided information regarding scholarship eligibility criteria and the application process.