Parents and caregivers, join us for monthly webinars to get answers to some of your most important questions. Experts in various fields of education and child development join our hosts to provide suggestions and examples of how to support young learners in school and at home. Para leer los subtítulos en español haga clic en (CC) y seleccione ESPAÑOL.

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Upcoming Family Webinars

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Past Family Webinars

Keep Their Minds Sharp: Preventing Summer Slide

“Summer slide” is the loss of academic skills and knowledge over the long break. This webinar is designed to equip families with the tools and strategies they need to prevent summer slide and keep young minds sharp and engaged throughout the sunny season. Don’t let the summer slide catch you off guard! Empower your family to keep learning while making the most out of the summer months.

Guest:
Lauren King, Principal, Whitehall City Schools

Exploring Nature Together: A Guide to Outdoor Education for Families

Led by experienced educators and outdoor enthusiasts, this webinar will provide practical tips, engaging activities, and valuable resources to help families integrate outdoor learning into their daily lives. Whether you’re a seasoned outdoor adventurer or new to the idea of outdoor education, this webinar will offer something for everyone.

Guest:
Jen Dennison, Education and Outreach Manager, ODNR Division of Wildlife

Civic Engagement: Nurturing Civic Responsibility in Young Minds

Join us for an insightful webinar designed to inspire and equip families with the tools to foster civic engagement in children from Kindergarten to 5th grade. In today’s rapidly changing world, it’s crucial to instill a sense of responsibility, empathy, and active citizenship in our youngest members of society. This webinar will explore practical strategies and activities tailored to engage children in understanding their roles as community members and agents of positive change.

Guests:
Brandy Jemczura, MSW, LSW; Executive Director and Founder of Seeds of Caring
David Childs, D.D., Ph.D.Associate Professor of Social Studies, History and Black Studies, and Director of the Black Studies Program, Northern Kentucky University

 

Test Anxiety in Young Learners

Join us for an insightful webinar aimed at helping parents understand and address test anxiety in young learners. As education becomes increasingly important in shaping their future, it’s crucial for families to equip themselves with tools to support their child’s emotional well-being during assessments. During this webinar, our expert speaker will explore the signs and symptoms of test anxiety in young children, shedding light on how it can impact their academic performance and overall confidence. We’ll delve into practical strategies that parents can implement at home to create a supportive environment, fostering a positive attitude towards tests and assessments. Don’t miss this valuable opportunity to gain insights into helping your child navigate the challenges of test anxiety.

Guest:
Mohini Bhargava, LCSW, Senior Child and Adolescent Psychotherapist, Manhattan Psychology Group

News Literacy for Young Students

In a world inundated with information, it’s crucial to equip our young learners with the skills to navigate news responsibly. In this informative session, we’ll delve into the importance of cultivating critical thinking skills in the digital age. Our experts will share practical strategies to help your children distinguish between credible news sources and misinformation. From understanding the basics of fact-checking to developing a healthy skepticism, we’ll explore ways to nurture a generation of informed and discerning citizens.

Guest:
Pamela Brunskill, Senior Manager of Education Design, News Literacy Project

Cultivating an Active Lifestyle for Children and Families

Are you looking to create a healthy and active lifestyle for your children and family? Join us for an engaging and informative webinar where we delve into the essential strategies and tips to foster an environment that encourages physical activity, holistic well-being, and quality family time.

Guest:
Kathleen Tullie
, Founder, Active Kids & Minds

Nurturing Math Literacy at Home

Are you looking for effective ways to foster your child’s love for math and support their early mathematical development? Mathematics is all around us, and it’s never too early to start building a strong foundation for math literacy in young children. In this webinar, we will explore the importance of math literacy during the elementary school years and provide parents and caregivers with actionable insights to create a math-rich environment that nurtures curiosity, problem-solving skills, and mathematical thinking.

Guests:
Katie Kormanik, EdTech Strategist at Turn The Wheel
Brian Bickley, Mathematics Consultant, Office of Learning and Instructional Strategies, Ohio Department of Education

Managing Screen Time

In today’s digital age, managing screen time for children has become an essential skill. As screens become more prevalent in our daily lives, it’s crucial to strike a healthy balance between the benefits and potential risks associated with excessive screen time. Join us for an engaging and informative webinar, where we delve into the best practices and strategies for navigating the digital landscape while promoting the overall well-being of young minds. We’ll share valuable insights, practical tips, and evidence-based approaches to help you establish a healthy relationship between children and screens.

Guest:
Dave Anderson, Ph.D., Vice-President, School and Community Programs; Senior Psychologist, ADHD and Behavior Disorders Center Child Mind Institute

Helping Children Navigate Life Changes

Life is full of transitions and changes, and as adults, we often struggle to navigate them ourselves. Imagine how challenging it can be for children who are experiencing these transitions for the first time. Whether it’s moving to a new home, welcoming a new sibling, or coping with divorce, children can feel overwhelmed and uncertain about how to handle these life changes. Join us as we delve into research-based strategies and real-life experiences to help you support children through various life transitions.

Guest:
Deborah Farmer Kris
, Founder of Parenthood365

Does Music Actually Make You Smarter?

Joins us as we discuss research showing that music can have a powerful effect on learning, specifically in the areas of reading, memory, and attention, and to explore how families can capitalize on this research to help their children excel.

Guest:
Dr. Assal Habibi, University of Southern California

Helping Children Navigate Stressful Situations

This month’s Family Webinar explores how to help kids cope with stressful situations in a healthy way and explore practical, strength-based ways families can help support children affected by challenging experiences.

Guest:
Janine Halloran, LMHC and Founder at Coping Skills for Kids

Childhood Anxiety and Depression: What Parents Need to Know

In this family webinar, we will discuss the signs of anxiety and depression, how to talk to children about these big emotions, and share resources available to help families navigate mental health.

Guest:
Dr. Rachel Busman, Senior Director of the Child & Adolescent Anxiety and Related Disorders Program at Cognitive and Behavioral Consultants (CBC).

Literacy for Young Learners

What’s the best way to teach literacy to young learners? Join our guest experts as they discuss the science of reading and provide tips that families can immediately put into practice at home. We’ll also explore a multisensory approach to reading and what reading looks like at different ages.

Guests:
Rebecca Pitcher, Montgomery County Educational Service Center
Tricia Merenda, Ohio Department of Education

Kindergarten Readiness

Is your child ready for kindergarten? Do they have sufficient skills, knowledge, and abilities to engage with kindergarten level instruction? Join us as we discuss what is needed for a child to start school.

Guest:
Arya Ansari, Ph.D.
, Ohio State University; Assistant Professor, Human Development and Family Science; Faculty Fellow, Crane Center for Early Childhood Research and Policy

Advocating for Your Child

We all want to give our students the best education possible, but how do we advocate for them when challenges arise? Join us as we explore ways to work with school staff to create the best learning environment for each student’s unique needs.

Guests:
Lisa Perez, Founder/Executive Director of Ohio Parent Advocacy & Consulting, LLC
Latisha Humphries, Family and Community Engagement Coordinator, ODE

Bullying Awareness and Prevention

One out of five students report being bullied each year. How can families identify when it is happening and what are the key strategies for keeping kids safe? Topics covered include a focus on children in grades K-5 and also includes types of bullying, resources for families, and suggestions for working with schools.

Guests:
Cricket Meehan, Director, Miami University’s Center for School-Based Mental Health Programs
Jill J. Jackson, Ph.D., Education Program Specialist, Office of Whole Child Supports, Ohio Department of Education

Developing and Maintaining Healthy Relationships with Peers

In this family webinar, we will discuss how can families help the development of healthy relationships for their children and what are the keys handling challenging peer relationships?

Guest: Chelsea Elliott, MSW, Somocom Lab

 

Closing the Learning Gap

Educators, administrators and parents worked tirelessly to keep students engaged over the past two-and-a-half school years. And now we are discovering larger-than-normal gaps in learning. How will schools close these learning gaps and what can families do to help?

Guest:
Dr. Barbara Boone, the Director of the Ohio Statewide Family Engagement Center