REMINDER: The Leadership Scholars Parent Academy is coming to Parker Woods Montessori in March. Forms are due back to the school by Friday, February 27. Click here for a copy of the form.
Here is a summary of the lessons presented during each session of the Leadership Scholars Parent Academy:
Week 1: Establishing the Collaboration Between the Home, School, and Community
Recognize that parents are THE most important people in children’s lives; that it is essential for parents to tell their children and the school that their children are going to college; that the home is the foundation of education; that it is important to have a close relationship between home, school, and community; and that intelligence is not fixed.
Week 2: Fostering Self-Esteem and Academic Achievement
Understand the influence of parents and teachers on children’s self-esteem, the connection with neuroplasticity, the importance of having grit, and the resulting impact on academic performance.
Week 3: Relating Behavioral Management to Academic Achievement
Understand the concept of “discipline” as a synonym of “guide” and not “punishment”, emphasize the relationship between positive discipline and academic achievement, and understand the role of empathy.
Week 4: Reviewing Standardized Test Scores and Preparation for Parent-Teacher Conferences
Understand the difference between academic proficiency and grades while identifying ways to have effective parent- teacher conferences.
Week 5: Acquiring a Better Understanding of the School System and Developing Good Study Skills
Understand how the school functions; the importance of standardized tests in preparation for college admission exams; how children can be more organized; and the roles of optimism, persistence, and healthy lifestyles on academic performance.
Week 6: Becoming Familiar with College Requirements
Understand the benefits of going to college; the importance of good grades, college admission tests, and the importance of taking rigorous high school classes for college admission; the critical impact of a parent telling children and the school that children will go to college; and available financial aid options.
Week 7: Discussion with Principal and a College Admissions Representative
Facilitate a discussion with the principal using questions gathered throughout the previous classes.
Final Destination: College Graduation!