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Parent University

Wednesday, April 3, 2024

5 - 5:30 p.m. | Dinner

5:30 - 5:55 p.m. | Welcome, Opening Remarks, and Board Advisory Reports

  • Dr. Derrick Wallace - Welcome
  • Dr. Jim Wipke - District Updates
  • Dr. Amy Zielinski - C & I Board Report
  • Dr. Geoff Macy - Finance & Facilities Report
  • Kisha Lee and Dr. Jim Wipke - Legislative Report

5:30 - 5:55 p.m. | Logistics and Childcare | Dr. Derrick Wallace

6:05 - 6:55 p.m. | Concurrent Breakout Session 1 (choose one session)

Session Location Summary Presenters
Exploring College & Career Pathways (elementary and middle school) Multipurpose Room This workshop will provide valuable insights and practical tips to empower you and your child to navigate futurewaysTips such as early career exploration, fostering a growth mindset, goal setting, and creating a roadmap for success.

Yvette Sykes, Counselor—Ladue Middle School

Alexandra Farris-Scott-Mohamed, Counselor—Spoede Elementary School

Let's Talk About Anxiety Cafeteria This workshop will give you a brief yet comprehensive overview of "anxiety."  What is it? Why do we have it? How does anxiety work in the brain? Why is anxiety so uncomfortable? How do I deal with it? Case study examples will be used, and suggested resources will be provided.

Nancy Bonn-Winkler, M.Ed, LPC, Grit and Grace Counseling Services, LLC

Brooke Bilby, District Gifted Coordinator

Safety & Security Library What can parents do? How can they support the district? What should parents say to their children? Tim Reboulet, District Safety & Security Coordinator and Law Enforcement Partners
Transition to Adulthood: What Are Our Options? What do I need to think about now, considering the future of my child with special needs? Deb Cady Memorial Room 1347 What Are Our Options? What do I need to think about now, considering the future of my child with special needs?

Dr. Catina Lyles, SSD Director to Ladue Schools

LaTrisa Morgan, SSD Administrator, Family and Community Engagement

James Sievers, SSD Secondary Schools Administrator to Ladue Schools

John Turner, SSD Elementary Schools Administrator to Ladue Schools

7:05 - 7:55 p.m. | Concurrent Breakout Session 2 (choose one session)

Session Location Summary Presenters
College & Career Workplace Preparation (high school) Library
This session will provide parents with information and resources to help their students navigate the college admissions process and make informed decisions about post-secondary opportunities.
Diana Redden and Chad Sisk (LHWHS College and Career Counselors)
Digital Citizenship Deb Cady Memorial Room 1347 Educating parents on what's out there in the world of social media. Julie Smith, Webster University
Smart Parents Do This: Goal Setting for Young Learners Multipurpose Room This family engagement program teaches families how to create a School Smart Home in six steps. Dr. Audrey Wittenauer, Dr. Karla Holland, and Zabrina Grisby, SmartParentsDoThis
If Executive Functioning is so important, why aren't we talking about it? Cafeteria Executive functioning is extremely important in understanding our brain's development and capabilities. It is a core dynamic related to performance.  This workshop will define executive functioning and explore 11 executive functioning skills that impact one's ability to execute and perform tasks.

Nancy Bonn-Winkler, M.Ed, LPC, Grit and Grace Counseling Services, LLC

Brooke Bilby, District Gifted Coordinator

8 p.m. | Closing Next Steps

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