ELIZABETHTOWN — In a society increasingly shifting the responsibility for child rearing to the educational system, Bladen County Schools is making a more concerted effort that ever to involve parents in the process.
For the first time this year, the system is offering a series of parent workshops — known as Parent University — designed to encourage caregivers to guide the learning of their children and learn how to better assist them in their education.
Each of eight monthly meetings will have a different theme, and principals, guidance counselors, social workers, or community leaders and organizations will be brought in to lead the workshops as required by the subject matter.
“We’re trying to offer workshops based on feedback from parents who have told us topics they’re interested in or topics they want more information about,” said Bladen County Schools Public Information Officer Valerie Newton.
The series will be held monthly through May at various locations throughout the county. Final dates and places have yet to be determined, but Newton said the system will be proactive about ensuring the workshops are held around the county.
As of Thursday, the schedule is as follows:
Oct. 20 — “Your School … A Bully-free Zone” will be held at West Bladen High School.
November — “Support Services for Families & Students”
December — “Study Skills that Support Your Child”
January — “Teacher Conferences – What to Ask”
February — “Health & Wellness for Your Child”
March — “Charting Your Child’s Course: Navigating Course Selection in High School”
April — “Understanding Your Child’s Progress in Reading & Math in Preparation for EOG & EOY Testing”
May — Parent Recognition Ceremony
A “Literacy Resources & Tools for At-home Learning” workshop was presented Sept. 22.
Each workshop will be held from 6 to 7 p.m.
For parents unable to attend workshops in person, a video is streamed live on the district’s Facebook page and on Twitter. In addition, the videos are archived and uploaded to the Bladen County Schools YouTube channel for access later.
“We want to offer parents as many opportunities as possible to learn more about their child’s academic program and the different initiatives going on in our schools,” said Newton.
For additional information, visit http://www.bladen.k12.nc.us/parent-university or call 910-862-4136.
Chrysta Carroll can be reached by calling 910-862-4163.