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    The Parent University is designed to support and empower parents to become leaders and advocates for their child's learning. 

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Parent University

Kathy Brown
Parent and Community Partnership Coordinator

Parent University



Enroll Today!

If you experience difficulty enrolling, email your name, contact information and the course(s) you are interested in to Kathy Brown.


Upcoming Sessions

Wednesday, December 13, 2017
6PM - 7:30PM
Sky Ridge Medical Center
Children are capable of so many wonderful things, especially if we give them the right education. While it’s concerning to have to teach children how to treat significant bleeding, this type of education gives children the confidence to provide help in an emergency. Taught by Injury Prevention Expert, Alyssa Ralls, this workshop helps parents and children recognize and respond to emergencies in the home and provide an additional reassurance that if something should happen, the family is equipped to handle it. 

Eventbrite - "Stop The Bleed" and Family Emergency Readiness

Wednesday, January 10, 2017
6PM - 7:30PM
Sky Ridge Medical Center
Has your formerly easy-going kid turned into Jekyll and Hyde? Do you understand it's partly hormonal but wonder if there is more going on?
From highs to lows in no seconds flat, your pre-teen or teen's mood swings can make it seem like you're talking to a different person from one minute to the next. Learn strategies to deal with a moody child from Dr. Ron Morley and also learn the red flags that may signal something more serious. 

Eventbrite - How Do I Know If My Child has an Eating Disorder?

Wednesday, February 14, 2017
6PM - 7:30PM
Sky Ridge Medical Center
Children and adolescents are now increasingly at risk for a heart condition that has always been tied to aging. While heredity still accounts for one-fifth of all high blood pressure cases in kids under 18, the remainder of heart issues emerging in children are “adult-style” hypertension issues, caused by a convergence of biological and environmental factors. Dr. Amy Barley will teach parents and children risk factors and how to prevent this situation from happening in children and adults.  

Eventbrite - Is My Child At Risk for Heart Disease? Am I?

Wednesday, March 14, 2017
6PM - 7:30PM
Sky Ridge Medical Center
Every day, more than 90 Americans die after overdosing on opioids. The misuse of and addiction to opioids—including prescription pain relieversheroin, and synthetic opioids such as fentanyl—is a serious national crisis that affects public health as well as social and economic welfare. 
Dr. Adam Barkin will empower parents to prevent and intervene the crisis from affecting their family. 

Eventbrite - The Opioid Crisis and How to Protect My Family

Wednesday, April 11, 2017
6PM - 7:30PM
Sky Ridge Medical Center
Eating disorders such as anorexia, bulimia, and binge eating disorder, include extreme emotions, attitudes, and behaviors surrounding weight and food issues. Eating disorders are serious emotional and physical problems that can have life-threatening consequences for females and males.
Dr. Jennifer McBride will equip parents and children to know the early warning signs and symptoms in order to address the underlying causes of this disease.

Eventbrite - The Opioid Crisis and How to Protect My Family

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How much do classes cost?

Parent University classes are free of charge for current and prospective DCSD parents and DCSD volunteers. Some courses, like Love and Logic and & Habits for Highly Effective People, maintain a nominal cost for presenter services and materials.

How do I register?

You may register through your Infinite Campus Parent Portal.

Is my registration information shared with anyone else?

Your information is not shared with anyone outside the GRPS district or Parent University program.

Is child care provided? Can I take my children along to the class?

Childcare may be offered for some classes. Unless childcare is provided, it is best for you and the other parents if children do not attend the classes.

Will I receive a confirmation notice?

You should receive a confirmation notice on Parent Portal. You will also receive a reminder notice a few days before the class. If you don’t please, call Katherine Brown, Parent Liaison at 303-387-9505.

What if I cannot attend after registering?

Please let us know immediately so we can cancel your registration. If a last-minute emergency makes it impossible for you to attend, we hope that you will attend the class at another time. Please call 303-387-9505 to cancel.

Do I need to take anything along?

All materials that you need will be supplied at the class, except for a pencil, pen and paper for taking notes.

Do I get any credit for taking these classes?

At this time classes do not offer credit. We hope that future classes will provide GED credit, early college credit or job- training accreditation. A certificate of completion will be given to all class participants.

What if I have other questions?

You can call Katherine Brown at 303-387-9505 at any time.

Who are the teachers? Are they professionals?

All Parent University teachers are professionals in their field. In the future we hope to add their credentials to the course catalog.

Course Proposals

Are you a local organization, parent, teacher, school leader, or other community partner interested in contributing to Parent University in the future? Currently we are reviewing classes for the Spring Semester of 2015. All Spring course proposals must be submitted by November 15, 2014.

Submissions are reviewed by the Parent University Steering Committee. The Committee convenes quarterly or as needed for the purpose of reviewing and selecting courses for Parent University and offering guidance.

Course proposals must address at least one of the four areas of focus:

  • Effective Parenting
  • Personal Growth and Development
  • Navigating the Educational System
  • Health and Wellness
  • Safety

Additionally, the following criteria must be met:

  1. Course uses researched, evidence-based curriculum and information.
  2. Course defines a skill or enhances awareness students will take away from their experience.
  3. Course is culturally sensitive and content is inclusive.
  4. Course is relevant, current, interesting, and addresses the needs of families.

Course proposals may be sent via email to kathy.brown[at]dcsdk12[dot]org.