Parent University

Parent University logoParent University is a community collaboration led by the Broadalbin-Perth Central School District. Through Parent University, Broadalbin-Perth partners with community agencies and organizations to offer free courses, family events and activities that will equip families with new or additional skills, knowledge, resources and the confidence to become full partners in their children’s education.

The goal of Parent University is to increase parent involvement in B-P schools and empower parents to raise children who are successful in school and in life. Research has shown that parents can increase a child’s academic success through their involvement with schools and communities. Parental involvement improves student morale, attitudes, and academic achievement across all subject areas.

2022-23 Parents as Partners Webinar Series 

This series features 10 live Zoom webinars. Each session will be recorded and available for the entire school year. Each live webinar will take place at 6:30 p.m. Click here to learn about this year’s presenter, Dr. Jennifer Bashant. 

Ways to Motivate and Engage your Child 

Tuesday, January 31

Most of us were raised with behavioral reinforcement systems, such as earning TV time for getting chores done and a little extra money for good grades on report cards. For some kids, systems like this work well enough, but for kids with challenging behavior, behavioral systems often make things worse! During this webinar, you will learn about the three ways to develop intrinsic motivation, or being self-motivated, and how to create conditions at home that encourage your child to be more engaged, interested and motivated to act… simply because it feels rewarding to them when they do so. 

Building Executive Skills and Managing ADHD at Home

Tuesday, February 28 

During this webinar, you will learn research-based practices for managing ADHD at home and helping your child learn the life skills they need. Strategies for reducing impulsivity, improving organization, forming positive social connections and improving focus and concentration will all be discussed. In order to use all of these skills, your child must be calm and regulated, so we will also talk about ways to promote self-regulation, including making sure that your child has the language they need to label and talk about what they are feeling. 

Understanding the Impact of Childhood Trauma and What You Can at Home

Tuesday, March 21

Caregivers often feel powerless in the face of trauma, yet we play a critical role in empowering our children as they cope with and heal from any trauma they have experienced. Explaining the ways in which trauma dysregulates the body is an important first step. During this webinar, you will learn how to teach your child or teen simple strategies to strengthen coping skills, such as mindfulness exercises, while also determining when and how to seek high-quality, trauma-focused therapies and other mental health resources.