FAMILY LEARNING SERIES: FALL/WINTER SESSIONS

Presented by the HCPS Department of Family and Community Engagement’s Family and Educator Resource Center.

To register: parents, guardians and teachers should email tktalbott@henrico.k12.va.us or
call 804-652-3787 to sign up to attend one or more workshops. Recertification points will be awarded to teachers who attend. Click here to print the event schedule.

Wednesday, Oct. 24, 2018 | Noon – 1:30 p.m.
New Bridge Learning Center, Exit Door 7 Family Engagement, 5915 Nine Mile Road, Henrico, Va. 23223
What does my student need to graduate from high school? Understanding the Virginia Graduation Requirements.
Karin Castillo-Rose, principal, Henrico High School
This session will be presented in Spanish:
¿Qué necesita mi estudiante para graduarse de la escuela secundaria? Discurso sobre los requisitos de graduación del estado de Virginia.
Presentadora discutirá el perfil de un graduado de Virginia, los requisitos de los SOLs, créditos y tipos de diploma. También habrá discusión sobre asistencia y acreditación y como ayudar a apoyar a los estudiantes en su viaje por la escuela secundaria.

Tuesday, Oct. 30, 2018 | 6 – 7:30 p.m.
Libbie Mill Library – 2100 Libbie Lake East St., Henrico, Va. 23230
What does my student need to graduate from high school? Understanding the Virginia Graduation Requirements.
 Karin Castillo-Rose, principal, Henrico High School
This session will be presented in Spanish:
¿Qué necesita mi estudiante para graduarse de la escuela secundaria? Discurso sobre los requisitos de graduación del estado de Virginia.
Presentadora discutirá el perfil de un graduado de Virginia, los requisitos de los SOLs, créditos y tipos de diploma. También habrá discusión sobre asistencia y acreditación y como ayudar a apoyar a los estudiantes en su viaje por la escuela secundaria.
Presenter will discuss the Virginia Profile of a Graduate, the Standards of Learning requirements, credits and diploma types. There will also be discussion regarding attendance and accreditation and helping to support students through the high school journey.


Wednesday,  Oct. 31, 2018 | Noon – 1:30 p.m.

Libbie Mill Library – 2100 Libbie Lake East St., Henrico, Va. 23230
Keeping Up with the Rapidly Changing Digital World in which Our Children Live and Learn
Doug Saunders, innovative learning coach, Henrico County Public Schools
Media and technology are at the center of all our lives; especially our children’s.  Many parents and teachers struggle to keep up with the rapidly changing digital world in which our children live and learn. Henrico County Public Schools is dedicated to partnering with families in supporting all learners to thrive in a world of media and technology. This session is designed to empower Henrico families with information and resources to make safe, smart and ethical decisions online, and harness the power of media and technology as a positive force in a child’s life.


Wednesday, Nov. 7, 2018 | Noon – 1:30 p.m. 

Varina Area Library – 1875 New Market Road, Henrico, Va. 23231
Monitoring Behavior at Home
Tracey Lee, family engagement specialist, Virginia Department of Education
This session is designed as a presentation for parents of children with disabilities, but parents of typically developing children will also find it valuable.  We will cover collecting behavior-data at home, common mistakes that parents make, and encouraging positive behaviors. We will also spend some time discussing tips for addressing homework issues. Finally, we will cover tips for strengthening your relationship with your child.


Tuesday, Nov. 13, 2018 | 6 – 7:30 p.m.

Brookland Middle School – 9200 Lydell Drive, Henrico, Va. 23228
Anxiety and Stress in Elementary Students – Building “Worry Warriors”
Jentae Mayo, M.Ed., school counselor, Short Pump Middle School
Anxiety and stress can interfere with a student’s success. Through management and coping skills, parents can become a critical part of their child or adolescent’s support system. Come to this session to acquire a better understanding and hear about creative, meaningful and effective techniques to turn those “worry warts” into “worry WARRIORS!” Walk away with practical strategies, tips, techniques and handouts to use right away to support your child! 


Wednesday, Nov. 14, 2018 | Noon – 1:30 p.m. 

North Park Public Library – 8508 Franconia Road, Henrico, Va. 23227
Making Great Critical Thinkers through STEAM!
Rachael L. Toy, K-12 STEAM education specialist, Henrico County Public Schools
The future demands problem solvers! STEAM learning experiences support your child in gaining the critical thinking, collaboration and problem-solving skills needed for any path they may pursue after high school. Join us in hearing all about STEAM in Henrico County Public Schools, the difference these learning experiences are making for our students, and resources in our area that are available to engage your student in building life readiness through science, technology, engineering, the arts and math.


Tuesday, Nov. 27, 2018 | 6 – 7:30 p.m.

Gayton Branch Library – 10600 Gayton Road, Henrico, Va. 23238
Virginia’s Individual and Family Support Program (IFSP) 
Flip Grey, co-director, Center for Family Involvement, and Renee Soniat, central region network coordinator, Virginia Commonwealth University
In collaboration, an IFSP representative and Family to Family (Partnership for People with Disabilities; Center for Family Involvement) will provide an overview of Virginia’s Individual and Family Support Program and highlight Virginia’s plan to increase support for people with developmental disabilities. There will also be a discussion of the role of the state and regional IFSP councils and how community engagement is a critical component of Virginia’s approach. Also highlighted will be: efforts to bring targeted support to individuals and families through information and referral in the redesigned “My Life My Community” website, and the social and emotional support provided in partnership with VCU’s Partnership for People with Disabilities Family to Family program. The session will conclude with an audience discussion.


Wednesday, Nov. 28, 2018 | Noon – 1:30 p.m. 

New Bridge Learning Center – 5915 Nine Mile Road, Henrico, Va. 23223
Preparing for Life Beyond High School
Erica Daniels, school counseling director, CFA 10-12, Henrico High School
If you are unsure how to prepare your child for life beyond high school, this session will give you a short guide to college preparation and admissions processes, along with career exploration. We will touch on topics related to admission requirements, interests and skills inventories, and options for students with disabilities.


Tuesday, Dec. 4, 2018 | 6 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.

Varina Area Library – 1875 New Market Road, Henrico, Va. 23231
Managing Holiday Stress   
Vivian Stith-Williams, Ph.D., parent resource social worker, HCPS Department of Family and Community Engagement
Many factors, including unrealistic expectations, financial pressures and excessive commitments can cause stress and anxiety at holiday time. Headaches, excessive drinking, overeating and insomnia are some of the possible consequences of poorly managed holiday stress. Those suffering from any type of holiday anxiety, depression or stress can benefit from increased social support during this time of year. Some effective stress-busting strategies can certainly put some joy back into the most wonderful time of the year.


Wednesday, Dec. 5, 2018 | Noon – 1:30 p.m.

Tuckahoe Area Library – 1901 Starling Drive, Henrico, Va. 23229
Managing Holiday Stress   
Vivian Stith-Williams, Ph.D., parent resource social worker, HCPS Department of Family and Community Engagement
Many factors, including unrealistic expectations, financial pressures and excessive commitments can cause stress and anxiety at holiday time. Headaches, excessive drinking, overeating and insomnia are some of the possible consequences of poorly managed holiday stress. Those suffering from any type of holiday anxiety, depression or stress can benefit from increased social support during this time of year. Some effective stress-busting strategies can certainly put some joy back into the most wonderful time of the year.


Tuesday, Dec. 11, 2018 | 6 – 7:30 p.m.

New Bridge Learning Center – 5915 Nine Mile Road, Henrico, Va. 23223
Getting a Tax Refund – Now What Do You Do?
Jonathan Gedeon, site manager, HumanKind, and Yolanda Davis-Hilliard, HumanKind
In this session we will discuss the importance of planning and goal-setting in deciding how to best use this year’s tax refund to work toward future financial goals. Topics covered will be: prioritizing and setting goals, creating a spending plan, smart debt repayment strategies, improving credit and the importance of saving.


Wednesday, Dec. 12, 2018 | Noon – 1:30 p.m.
Sandston Branch Library, 23 E. Williamsburg Road, Sandston, Va. 23150 
The (Winter) Break You Need
Steve Hixson, prevention coordinator
This interactive workshop will help parents develop coping strategies that help meet the many challenges of Winter Break.


Tuesday, Jan. 8, 2019 | 6 – 7:30 p.m.

Glen Allen Branch Library, 10501 Staples Mill Road, Glen Allen, Va. 23060
Are You Smarter than Your Child’s Smart Phone? Social Media tips, tricks and secrets!
Catava Burton, educational specialist, HCPS Department of Professional Learning and Leadership
Learn the latest texting slang, secret apps and social media tricks. Information will also be provided on bullying and cyberbullying, human trafficking, internet safety and the psychological impact of these issues. Strategies will also address what you as parents can do to keep your children safe. Bring your smart phone!


Wednesday, Jan. 9, 2019 | Noon – 1:30 p.m.
New Bridge Learning Center, 5915 Nine Mile Road, Henrico, Va. 23223 
Homework and Study Strategies
Pam Bell, director, HCPS Department of Family and Community Engagement
This session will focus on a variety of ways to help your child jump-start their school year with key strategies they can use to realize success throughout the school year. When people “begin with the end in mind,” they are typically more successful. Receive tools to help navigate the Virginia Department of Educatio’sn website, see the curriculum guide for your child’s grade level, see real examples of SOL questions, learn over 30 ways to help your child to study material, and discuss various organizational strategies so that your student starts and ends on top!   


Tuesday, Jan. 15, 2019 | 6 – 7:30 p.m.
North Park Public Library, 8508 Franconia Road, Richmond, Va. 23227 
Dyslexia Presentation and Simulation
Kristin Kane, family resource coordinator, Parent Educational Advocacy Training Center 
Participants will receive an overview of dyslexia and participate in an intensive simulation intended to generate robust conversation around children with dyslexia and their experiences in the classroom. The presentation will highlight the prevalence, characteristics, interventions and accommodations for dyslexia. The content will also review where dyslexia can be found in the Virginia Department of Education resources and provide attendees with a broad base of additional resources that can be used or shared with families. The simulation is intended to give the participant the power of empathy, which can be attained in this short experience.


Wednesday, Jan. 16, 2019 | 
Noon – 1:30 p.m.
Eastern Henrico Recreation Center, 1440 N. Laburnum Ave., Henrico, Va. 23223
Trauma-Informed Care for Students, Families and School Staff
Vivian Stith-Williams, Ph.D., parent resource social worker, HCPS Department of Family and Community Engagement
No one is immune to the impact of trauma. Trauma affects individuals, families and communities by disrupting healthy development, adversely affecting relationships and contributing to mental health issues. These include substance abuse, domestic violence and child abuse. Trauma is a widespread, harmful and costly public health problem. All children and adolescents experience stressful events which can affect them both emotionally and physically. This session will highlight the impact of trauma-informed care and how intervention strategies help students and families to cope effectively.


Tuesday, Jan. 22, 2019 | 6 – 7:30 p.m
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Brookland Middle School, 9200 Lydell Road, Henrico, Va. 23228
Positive Behavior Support Strategies to Use at Home
Molly Dellinger-Wray, Partnership for People with Disabilities, Virginia Commonwealth University
This session will define positive behavior support and provide a brief overview of positive behavior support and information on the function of behaviors that challenge us at home. Participants will be given some strategies to help promote positive behavior and prevent the need for problem behaviors to occur.