• Parent Academy 2018-2019
    Learning at Home/School-Home Communication

    Get the Facts about Oregon’s Common Core State Standards and Smarter Balance*
    Learn how the Common Core State Standards session and related assessments affect teaching and learning for your child at school. This workshop will provide academic strategies and activities that support your child’s learning.

    Teamwork: Parents as Partners in Writing
    Parents play a significant role in their children’s academic development. In a two-hour interactive presentation, professionals from Wordstock, a nonprofit that promotes writing in the classroom, answer the question: “How can I help my child in writing at home without taking over?”

    Come Learn with Me! Pre-Reading/Writing ABC…*
    Want some new ideas to spark an interest in reading and writing using materials found in your own home? Come learn some fun and engaging pre-reading and writing activities that you can easily make at home to help your young learner be successful in school. Parents will leave with their own materials to use right away! This class is geared for parents of young children (ages 3+) who are preparing for or have just entered kindergarten.

    College Bound: Scholarships and How to Apply
    This scholarships workshop will help parents find ways to pay for their children’s college education and how the courses they take in high school can support them with being better prepared for college.

    College on The Horizon: Preparing your Child for the Future*
    It’s not too early to begin having conversations with your child about college and career. This session provides tips and strategies from cradle through career.


    The Critical Path to College*
    Parents and students are invited to this class. Start now to position yourself for college! Designed to inform parents and students about the various components necessary to transition to the college of their choice. Translators will be available. Topics discussed will be: Grade Point Average, college preparatory classes, service learning/extracurricular/ACT/SAT preparation, resume, letters of recommendation and personal essay, application process, FAFSA, University/College scholarships.

    Educational Forum: Get Ready for College for Students and Parents*
    You will be able to take home a packet listing more than 100 scholarships available to students regardless of their immigration status. The session is open to ALL students and parents interested in knowing more about the college admissions process, community resources available to students and more.

    Getting the Most Out of Report Cards and Parent VUE*

    Report cards and Parent VUE are the primary ways that teachers and schools share information with families about student progress. Learn how to get the most out of your student’s report cards and Parent VUE and tell us how we can make them more useful for you. Join other parents to learn about and discuss “What we can learn from report cards and Parent VUE and how they can be improved?”.

    Financial Aid*
    This workshop will help parents understand financial aid, work-study, scholarship, and the loans that often make it possible for your child to attend colleges that might otherwise be too expensive. You will also learn what you need to do, what you should expect, what you need to avoid and how to help your child.

    The Importance of Men Taking a Pro-active Role in Their Children’s Education*
    This session examines the impact of men taking a proactive role in their children’s education and explores the benefits for students. It provides concrete messages that fathers can employ to enhance and encourage their children along their educational journey.

    Effective Parent-Teacher Conferences *
    Did you know home-school communication predicts positive outcomes for students and for schools? Parent-teacher conferences are an important component of ongoing home-school communication and family engagement. Come learn tips and strategies to prepare for an effective parent-teacher conference. This workshop can be presented in English, Spanish, Russian, Somali or Vietnamese.

    Family Literacy for ESL Somali Parents
    This culturally-specific workshop will emphasize the importance of literacy. Family literacy support can make all the difference in the school life of a child. Parents will be provided with fun reading, writing and speaking activities to support student literacy.

     *These workshops can also be presented for culturally-specific families in Chinese, Russian, Somali, Spanish and Vietnamese
    The mission and vision for the PPS Parent Academy is to create a strong tie between parental involvement, support and communication, and school success for students by providing families with access to valuable educational resources. The goal of the Parent Academy is to connect parents and families with the training, information and support needed for them to become full partners in their children’s education.

  • Three Steps to Requesting a Parent Academy Workshop

    1) Please review the course menu and select the workshop(s) that would be most beneficial for your families and school community.

    2) Email Andrea Wade at awade@pps.net and request the workshop that you would like to offer to your families.

    3) A School-Family Partnerships coordinator will contact you within 2 to 3 business days regarding potential dates and review a partnership agreement (expectations, registration procedure, room/building requirements, etc.).

    We will try to accommodate all requests; however, this is based on program funding and number of requests.

    If there is a workshop that is not reflected in the Workshop Catalog, please contact us to discuss developing a workshop.