Parents and students can be better prepared for high school and beyond at the Proviso Township High Schools District 209’s Parent University on Saturday, August 9.
District 209 will host its latest edition of Parent University from 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday, August 9, 2014, at the district offices at Proviso Mathematics and Science Academy, 8601 West Roosevelt Road in Forest Park. The activity is part of the district’s parent enrichment through Title I and the Board of Education’s goal of improving stakeholder involvement. This event is planned in collaboration with the District and the Proviso Strengthening College and Career Readiness Committee.
The Parent University is a series of workshops designed to prepare parents to help their students in high school and beyond. The event also features resources that are available to parents for their children, and students from Proviso East High School, Proviso West High School, and Proviso Mathematics and Science Academy can earn one hour of community service credit for each of their parents who attend.
Those in attendance can learn about the following topics:
- Paying for college, trade schools, or certificate programs
Understanding how to pay for college is one of the most important factors in determining where students will go to school or whether they go at all. This workshop will give parents a general overview of college costs, the financial aid process, the types of scholarships and aid available, and how to qualify for the funds that will help make going on to school after high school more affordable.
- Transitioning to high school
The jump from middle school to high school can be a big one for both students and their families. Learn ways of making that transition easier and what resources are available. Parents with children in eighth grade and in high school are especially encouraged to participate.
- Resources available for your child
In this session, parents will learn more about resources available for their children including progress information, tutoring, credit recovery, and planning for colleges and careers. Parents will also be introduced to resources that are available online and how those resources may be accessed.
- Programs and services for students with disabilities
Parents can learn more about the IEP process and get an inside look at how students are identified, the terminology used in these meetings, and how parents can work in collaboration with school personnel to enrich their child’s life.
- Programs and services for English language learners
English not being their first language can be an obstacle for students, but help is available. Attendees of this workshop can learn more about the programs and services that are available to help English language learners and their parents in being successful in high school and beyond.
- Important changes in your students’ education with the Common Core Standards
Parents can gain a basic understanding of the Common Core Standards that are being implemented in Proviso Township High Schools.
"Those who attended our previous Parent Universities learned much about preparing their students for high school," said Dr. Nettie Collins-Hart, superintendent of District 209. "We plan to build on that success with more sessions on helping parents be ready for high school and how to be ready for life after graduation."
Parent information sessions will be conducted in both English and Spanish. Registration will begin at 8 a.m., followed at 8:30 a.m. by the start of the program. In addition, there will be a free community resource fair.
The District is expecting a great turnout and encourages parents to spread the word. Parents of this year’s freshmen are especially encouraged to attend.