March 9, 2024 – March 20, 2024 all-day

Wakefield, MA, March 9th, 2024, with the Wakefield Public Schools. Open to the public and local communities. Wakefield Parent University is a half-day conference for parents and caregivers of students in preschool through high school. Benefit from the knowledge and advice of district and community experts through a variety of FREE sessions, focusing on your child’s educational experience & well-being.
* Wakefield Academy will provide free childcare: Kid Camp will be a morning of fun activities for children ages 4-13. Children will be grouped by age and rotate through activities led by the staffs of some of our most popular enrichment programs.
Register for Kid Camp by March 4 – they will not be able to accommodate drop-ins.
*Keynote Speaker
Mel Peirce – How to Parent Through Big Feelings.

  • Avoid Challenging Behaviors (Session 1 only) – Presenter: Mel Peirce, Certified Professional Coach and Parenting Mentor (Keynote Speaker)
  • College Planning – This workshop will cover all aspects of the college search and application process. Presenter: Meg Delory, WMHS Guidance Counselor
  • District ELA Curriculum Review Results (New ELA Curriculum). Presenters: Val Drinan, K-4 ELA Curriculum Coordinator; Margaret Messier, 5-12 ELA Curriculum Coordinator; and Michele Labreque, Elementary Humanities Coach
  • Early Childhood Milestones (Session 1 only). Presenters: Shannon Blacker, Doyle Preschool Director; Cheryl Walsh, Doyle Preschool Teacher; Krista Popek, Doyle Speech and Language Pathologist
  • “In Plain Sight”: Tour a Teen Bedroom. Presenters: Suzanne Burns, WMHS Adjustment Counselor; Matt Malone, WMHS School Resource Officer; Amy Chiaravalloti, Prevention & Wellness Coordinator, Wakefield Health & Human Services
  • Navigating Social Media with Your Teens and Tweens (Perspective from WPS Students). Presenters: Dorie Blieden, Galvin Adjustment Counselor and the Youth Action Team
  • Parenting Skills for ADHD and Disruptive Behaviors. Presenter: Leah Mais, Postgraduate Masters Fellow at the Center for Effective Therapy and the Program Coordinator of Camp Baker
  • Raising Money-Smart Kids- Presenter: Ally Houghton and Cheryl Cannon, The Savings Bank
  • Reading Together! Presenters: Youth Services Librarians Holly and Molly, from Lucius Beebe Memorial Library
  • Transition to Middle School (Session 1 only).Presenter: Andrew Tetrault, Galvin Middle School Assistant Principal
  • Understanding Anxiety.Presenter: Donna Kausek, Eliot Community Services & The NAN Project
  • Understanding the IEP (Session 2 only). Presenter: Rosie Galvin, Director of Special Education

Registration is required to https://sites.google.com/site/wpsparentuniversity/  or contact wps.parentu@gmail.com

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