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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. 


FOR MORE INFORMATION about Parent University events, go to www.greelypto.org  or email Laura Singer at  greelypto51@gmail.com .



Parent University: Finding Kind: A Documentary About the Negative and Lasting Effects of Girl-Against-Girl Bullying

In 2009, two filmmakers set out to interview hundreds of females across America about girl-

against-girl bullying. In addition, they interview respected experts and authors in the fields of psychology, education and the interrelationships of women and girls. This documentary shares what they discover on their journey.

Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Time:  6-8 pm

Location: Greely High School Auditorium

When it comes to teaching girls about healthy friendships and relationships, there's no such thing as starting "too soon." This documentary is informative for parents of girls of all ages. And girls eleven years and older are welcome to attend with their parent(s).  Click here to view the Finding Kind Trailer and the Extended Finding Kind Trailer.

Community Adult Workshop from Maine Boys to Men

Presenter:  Matt Theodores, Boys to Men

Tuesday, May 2, 2017

Time:  6:30 - 8:30 pm

Location: Greely Middle School Cafeteria

This open and engaging community discussion will encourage parents to take a closer look at the challenges boys face on their journey to becoming emotionally healthy, respectful, non-violent men.

  • How do social and cultural pressures affect the development of boys?

  • What resources are available for parents to better support their sons?

  • We all need to be part of the solution. How can you get involved?

  • Learn about resources and programs available in our community.

About the Facilitators: Chris Kelleher & Heidi Randall

Chris Kelleher works with Maine Boys to Men as a facilitator for Middle School and High School Programs and is also involved with Community Workshops and Volunteer Trainings. Heidi Randall is the lead High School Facilitator and Youth Engagement Coordinator. She organizes the High School programming and RSVP Youth Action Groups. She also leads Community Workshops and Volunteer Trainings.

Since 1998, Maine Boys to Men has served entire communities by helping boys reach their potential to become emotionally healthy, respectful, non-violent men. They confront narrow gender assumptions that severely limit men and women. Maine Boys to Men empower boys and men to stand up as allies with girls and women in support of gender justice and to end gender based violence.

The Mask You Live In:  A Film by Jennifer Seibel Newsom

Hosted by Maine Boys to Men and sponsored by a special grant from Foundation51

Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Time:  6:30 - 8:30 pm

Location: Greely Middle School Auditorium

Registration at:  www.maineboystomen.org

Parent University: Not Just "Kids Being Kids"

Creating a Dialogue about Bullying and Cyber-bullying 

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

Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Time:  6:00 - 8:00 pm

Location: Greely Middle School 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 our children - and ourselves - to stand up to bullying and                 cyberbullying; 

● Discuss steps we can take if our children themselves engage in bullying behavior; and 

● Learn about resources available in our schools and community.

About the Presenter

Mandy Levine is an HR Business Partner at Maine Medical Center, where she devotes significant portions of her time spearheading diversity and inclusion related initiatives. Mandy spent two years as the Assistant Director of Civil Rights at the New England regional office of the Anti-Defamation League in Boston (ADL), where she advocated on behalf of victims of hate and bias incidents and crimes. Since 2014, Mandy has been a certified facilitator of ADL's A World of Difference Institute trainings. Through this work, in conjunction with school guidance counselors, Mandy has been training 7th and 8th GMS students to use the power of positive peer influence to take action against bullying, cyberbullying and other hurtful behaviors, and to actively promote respect for individual differences. Mandy resides in Cumberland with her two daughters.

Preventing Teenage Substance Abuse

Date:  Tuesday, March 28, 2017 at 6:00 pm

Presenter: Beth Andrews, LCSW, LADC

Location: GMS Cafeteria

  • How (and when) do I start the conversation about drugs and alcohol with my kids?
  • Why do I need to talk to my kids about experimenting when I did it?
  • What do I say to my young teen to help guide them through peer pressure?
  • Where do I go to get resources to help me have these uncomfortable conversations
About the Presenter

Beth Andrews, Licensed Clinical Social Worker and Licensed Alcohol and Drug Counselor, is currently in private practice in Yarmouth. She works with teens and adults on a variety of issues, including substance abuse, depression, anxiety and relationship issues. Beth grew up in Maine, attended Middlebury College, and completed her MSW at New York University. She has been involved in the prevention and treatment of addictions for over 25 years. Beth works on many initiatives designed to reduce underage substance use in our local communities, often in conjunction with Casco Bay CAN.

Kids and Anxiety

Thursday, November 17, 2016, 6:30-8:30 pm

Speaker: Dr. Gordon P. Street

Location: Greely Middle School Cafeteria

●  Did you know anxiety disorders are one of the three most common childhood psychiatric disorders?
●  Are you concerned your child or teenager is struggling with anxiety issues?

●  Do you have questions about what to look for and how to manage an anxious child?

About the Presenter

Dr. Gordon P. Street co-founded Anxiety Solutions of Northern New England, PLLC, in 2004 with his wife, Dr. Lee Fitzgibbons. Both are clinical psychologists who specialize in evidence-guided therapies for people struggling with dysfunctional anxiety (e.g., worrying) and fear (e.g., phobias). Dr. Street specialized in child and family psychology/therapy while earning his PhD at the California School of Professional Psychology in San Diego. He often combines his expertise in child/family therapy with his expertise in EB/CBTs in treating individuals struggling with anxiety disorders and their families

Parent University: Nutrition for a Healthy Home

Wednesday, October 26, 2016, 6:30-8:30 pm

Speaker: Eryn Neptune from Nutrition Simplified

Location: Cumberland Congregational Church Hall

Please join us as we talk about nutrition and ways to help our kids make healthy food choices. In this

open discussion we’ll touch on topics such as:

    • healthy eating on-the-go;
    • nutritious lunch options, snack, and even dessert options
    • shopping tips and interpreting food labels
    • hearty, satisfying meals that help reduce sugar cravings

Google Training: Catching Up with Your Kids 

Wednesday, September 28th, 6:30-8:30 pm

Speaker: Dirk Van Curen

Greely Middle School Computer Lab

  • “How do I navigate the world of Google and other platforms my children are using?”

  • “Is there a way to keep my children from accessing inappropriate information?”

  • “How do I manage my kid’s homework time on the computer and limit the amount of screen time doing non-homework stuff?”

  • “What tools are available to help me create a healthy “digital environment” at home?”

Please join MSAD51 Director of Technology, Dirk Van Curan as we learn how kids use technology at school. Parents will gain a better understanding of Google Drive, the platform used by MSAD51 students, through hands-on training and discussion. We'll also learn what policies the district has in place to keep students safe and discover tools to monitor and manage technology use at home. Come with you computer and questions for a lively discussion!

About Our Presenter

Dirk Van Curan has a great deal of experience in technology within a variety of businesses. He worked as Technology Supervisor at Lehman Brothers for over a decade before moving on to be a financial advisor. Dirk has also worked as a consultant in the travel industry. He has been Director of Technology for MSAD51 since 2012, having  previously worked in the district on business education and technology support.

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