Parent University Classes

Below are examples of classes available at Parent University in Hillsborough County Public Schools. At the event, participants first attend a general session where they will hear from the superintendent. Then, they choose from two classes. These classes change with each event but the topics always cover PreK through 12th grade and beyond. In addition, participants are invited to spend time in the Resource Cafe where they can learn more about the many programs and supports available in HCPS. Here, participants speak one on one with district experts and get all of their questions answered.

Understanding ADHD from the student’s perspective. Why it’s difficult for your child to focus in the classroom. Develop strategies and techniques you and their teacher can use; in the classroom and at home. When you can see ADHD from their point of view, you’ll understand how to help them better.

Children begin to develop the skills necessary to excel in school long before they set foot in a classroom. Children begin learning language and pre-reading skills needed for future school success during their early childhood years. One of the most powerful things parents can do to help young children be ready for school is to speak to them in ways that promote their vocabulary, language, and pre-reading skills. The goal of this presentation is to teach you easy, yet effective strategies, you can apply at home to help your young children learn the skills needed to succeed in school. Early investment will pay major rewards for your children’s futures.

With more than 200 public schools available in Hillsborough County, how do I know which one is right for my child?  What is the difference between a Magnet School, a Choice School and a Traditional School?   When and how do I apply for my child to attend the school I’ve chosen?  Find the answers to all these questions and more in this session presented by representatives from the Choice and Magnet Office.

With more than 200 public schools available in Hillsborough County, how do I know which one is right for my child?  What is the difference between a Magnet School, a Choice School and a Traditional School?   When and how do I apply for my child to attend the school I’ve chosen?  Find the answers to all these questions and more in this session presented by representatives from the Choice and Magnet Office.

Yoop, Plory and Snargg with a host of other characters engage your scholar in activities during their i-Ready instructional time.  Come and preview an activity and get tips and tricks to support your scholar’s learning.

This session is for parents with students in grades Kindergarten through Seventh. ~ Come and find out how college preparation takes shape at the elementary and middle school level, and learn how to ignite the spark of the college dream in your student’s life. ~ It’s never too early to prepare for the path to college! Offered by Bilingual Counseling Services of the Hillsborough County School District.

Esta sesión es para padres con estudiantes entre los grados Kindergarten a Séptimo.~ Ven y entérate de cómo la preparación universitaria toma forma a nivel de la educación elemental e intermedia y aprende a cómo crear una base sólida para encender la chispa del sueño universitario en tu estudiante.~ ¡Nunca es muy temprano para prepararse para el camino a la universidad!  Ofrecida por Servicios de Consejería Bilingüe del Distrito Escolar del Condado de Hillsborough.

We know that with the ever changing legislative decisions about graduation requirements and assessments, it can be somewhat confusing. If you are a parent of a high school student, we will help unravel Florida’s high school graduation programs and their requirements with an overview of the current graduation requirements. Information will be provided to help students and their families as they plan and prepare for postsecondary goals, including information on acceleration options, diploma designations and advanced coursework.

In this interactive session, we will develop an understanding of the social and emotional development of your middle school-age child. We will share tips and strategies of how to support your child’s social and emotional growth, including how to increase self-awareness and self-management, build social and relationship skills, and encourage responsible decision making. Together we will add helpful tools to your parent toolkit with practices and activities you can use at home!

Why Does Mental Health Matter? Parents will receive information on Hillsborough County Public School’s Mental Health Plan. Information will include what mental health services are available at your school site as well as community resources available. Parents will also have the opportunity to ask relevant questions regarding the Student Services department and services provided.

Session 1 in English

Did you know that Hillsborough County has virtual options for students in kindergarten through 12th grade?  Have you wondered if virtual school is a good fit for your student?  Find the answers to these questions and more in this session presented by representatives from Hillsborough Virtual School.

This session will offer a synopsis of our school district. Parents will receive an introduction to the basic resources available in our district through which their children can achieve success.

Sinopsis de nuestro distrito escolar. Introduciendo a los padres a los recursos básicos disponibles en nuestro distrito a través de los cuales sus hijos podrán alcanzar éxito

This session gives definitions of diversity, equity, and inclusion and what the HCPS district’s initiatives are in these areas.  This session will also give helpful tips on how to raise confident children and how to help them appreciate their own culture and other cultures.

Programs such as AVID (Advancement Via Individual Determination), have been established to support students academically and open them to opportunities in middle school, high school, and post-secondary institutions. Participants will receive an overview of what AVID has to offer their students in terms of study skills, organizational skills, motivation, and leadership. This session will also provide parents with opportunities to discuss how THEY can help support their students as they get “College Ready”.  In addition, parents will learn success strategies they can use at home with their student!

Adult Education may be your next step in completing High School credits for graduation or obtaining your General Education Diploma (GED).  Discover how to obtain free educational counseling, financial aid assistance and smoothly transition to one of our four post-secondary colleges.

Deje que la educación de adultos cierre la brecha de aculturación entre usted y la educación de su hijo: “Ningún Padre Dejado Atrás”.  Participantes estarán informados sobre las opciones disponibles para los padres y los cursos para aprender inglés, obtener su título de doce grado ó como matricular en programas post-secundarios de los colegios.  La educación de adultos sirve como una conexión entre la orientación profesional, el empleo y los recursos financieros para su itinerario educativo.  La cultura de empoderamiento comienza aquí.

In this session participants will learn how HCPS provides STEM learning opportunities for all K-5 students. Participants will experience taking on the role of an engineer to solve a design challenge using their creativity and design thinking!

Facing a global economy growing ever more technologically-based, a need for STEM-literate citizens has arisen. As a national leader in education, HCPS is well positioned to answer this call through our comprehensive STEM education program. We pride ourselves upon preparing and inspiring the next generation of STEM leaders who will be best prepared to answer the grand challenges that lie ahead. This session will focus upon the new and continuing programs in our elementary schools dedicated to STEM Education. From robotics to STEM Fair to engineering and design challenges – everything parents need to know about STEM education and their child’s success!

Facing a global economy growing ever more technologically-based, a need for STEM-literate citizens has arisen. As a national leader in education, HCPS is well positioned to answer this call through our comprehensive STEM education program. We pride ourselves upon preparing and inspiring the next generation of STEM leaders who will be best prepared to answer the grand challenges that lie ahead. This session will focus upon the new and continuing programs in our middle and high schools dedicated to STEM Education. From robotics to STEM Fair to engineering and design challenges – everything parents need to know about STEM education and their child’s success!

Positive Behavior Support Book Nooks are easy to use guides for parents to provide hands-on ways to use social emotional skill building activities every day.  Activities use books to talk about being friends, different feelings, how to express emotions appropriately and what to do with hands instead of hitting.  Come create Book Nooks for your young child.

Is your child planning on attending a postsecondary institution in Florida? Do you need money to fund their college/career education? Find out about the Bright Future’s requirements and how can students start working early towards meeting the criteria. Participants will learn about the various scholarship amounts, application timeline and submitting documentation. In addition, participants will learn about other local/national scholarships, how to apply and avoid scams.

“Make Sense of Problems and Persevere Through Solving Them” is a K-12 math standard that permeates nearly every day of math instruction and our daily lives outside of the school environment.  Participants will learn tips and tools on how to help their children work through problem solving scenarios and how knowing basic facts is a crucial piece of the puzzle.