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Parent University


Parent University is a free program launched in 2015 that brings parents in our community together to learn from experts and each other about key topics relevant to raising and educating kids in today's world. 

In May of 2017, Greely PTO sent a district-wide survey to parents to learn what topics are of greatest interest. Based on that feedback, we're pleased to offer the following sessions to parents in our community. Please click on the hyperlink to register for these sessions.



Parent University: Raising Financially Savvy Kids

Wednesday January 24, 2018

Time: 6:00-8:00 pm

Speaker: Martha Dyer, Finance Authority of Maine Finance Officer

Location: GMS Cafeteria


Parents play an important and influential role in teaching children about money. Supporting and encouraging early financial knowledge is critical to ensuring good money habits for life. During this workshop, you’ll learn important strategies and tips for teaching your kids about money, including resources, tools, and activities designed to strengthen knowledge and encourage conversation.


Parent University: Raising Sexually Healthy Children Mini-workshop

(for parents of children birth - 8 years)

Thursday February 8, 2018

Time: 6:00-7:30 pm

Speaker: Jennifer Wiessner, LCSW, CST

Location: MIW Library

REGISTER FOR THIS SESSION


Welcome parents and grandparents and all adults who influence children! Come get an overview of what you can do as an adult in a child’s life to help support and encourage healthy sexuality. Healthy sexuality includes: boundaries, consent, anatomy, relationships and pleasure. This MINI workshop will be fun and educational and you bring your values to the information. It will help you raise your comfort level with talking with your children about their amazing bodies and sexuality. We’ll draw from research and culture and touch on developmental stages and strategies with time for Q&A after. You’ll bring home printed resources to get yourself and your child comfortable with their sexual selves from birth to adulthood. Always be one step ahead and attend both sessions so you will be prepared for the jaw-dropping questions and issues that come up…earlier than you think!


Parent University: Raising Sexually Healthy Children Mini-workshop

(for parents of children 9-15 years)

Thursday March 22, 2018

Time: 6:00-7:30 pm

Speaker: Jennifer Wiessner, LCSW, CST

Location: MIW Library

REGISTER FOR THIS SESSION


Welcome parents and grandparents and all adults who influence children! Come get an overview of what you can do as an adult in a child’s life to help support and encourage healthy sexuality. Healthy sexuality includes: boundaries, consent, anatomy, relationships and pleasure. This MINI workshop will be fun and educational and you bring your values to the information. It will help you raise your comfort level with talking with your children about their amazing bodies and sexuality. We’ll draw from research and culture and touch on developmental stages and strategies with time for Q&A after. You’ll bring home printed resources to get yourself and your child comfortable with their sexual selves from birth to adulthood. Always be one step ahead and attend both sessions so you will be prepared for the jaw-dropping questions and issues that come up…earlier than you think!



Concluded Events: 


Parent University: Not Just Kids Being Kids: 

Creating a Dialogue about Bullying and Cyberbullying

Presenter: Mandy Levine, Certified Facilitator, Anti-Defamation League

Wednesday, October 11

Time: 6-8 pm

Location: GMS Cafeteria


Please join us as we talk about bullying and cyberbullying and ways to help our kids (and ourselves!) navigate these complex issues. In this open discussion we will:
-- Identify the various types of bullying and cyberbullying, and their impact
-- Explore ways to empower children and ourselves to stand up to bullying and cyberbullying
-- Discuss steps we can take if our children themselves engage in bullying behavior
-- Learn about resources available in our schools and community


Parent University: Digital Citizenship: Parental Controls and Online Safety

Thursday, October 19

Time: 6:00-8:00 pm

Speaker: Dirk Van Curan

Location: GMS Cafeteria


MSAD51 Director of Technology Dirk Van Curan will present an informative presentation and dialogue on how to manage our kids in the new reality of online everything. He'll discuss MSAD51 digital citizenship initiatives, internet safety and best practices, parental control and monitoring options, and more. Feel free to bring your own devices for advice or practice!

Parent University: Parenting Anxious Kids

Wednesday December 6, 2017

Time: 6:00-8:00 pm

Speaker: Elizabeth Kubik, PhD and Rebecca Brown, LCSW

Location: MIW Multi-purpose Room


Parents often cope with their children’s worry and fear by providing constant reassurance and by helping their kids to avoid fearful situations, because nothing else seems to work.  Yet these comforting responses don’t solve the problem and ultimately impair the development of skills and tools for handling worry and anxiety.  


This session (1 hour presentation + Q&A and discussion time) will teach parents how anxiety works and will outline a practical, research-based approach for parents to help their anxious children become more independent and courageous - and ultimately more fully engaged in life.  



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