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Todays Agenda:

7:30

@BPSParentCamp14

Registration & Continental Breakfast

8:00
The Birmingham Education
Foundation was founded to
raise private funds that will
benefit students in
Birmingham Public Schools
and continue the tradition of
academic excellence in our
district. Through donations to
initiatives in Academics, Arts,
Athletics, and Technology
teachers and staff are
empowered to teach in
innovative ways, inspiring
students in turn to explore new
possibilities.

Welcome
Becky Brady, ParentCamp Organizer
Dr. Dan Nerad, Superintendent

8:15
Keynote Speaker, Dr. Wanda Cook-Robinson
Chief of Staff for Oakland ISD

9:05
Sessions I, II, III
(see the complete schedule on the following pages)

11:45
Closing:
Connect, Extend, Challenge

#BPSparentcamp2014
The research is abundantly clear:
Nothing motivates a child more
than when learning is valued by
schools and families/communities
working together in partnership
These forms of involvement do not
happen by accident or even by
invitation. They happen by explicit
strategic intervention.
~Michael Fullan

Focus: E = Elementary School; M = Middle School; H = High School; D = District-wide

Room
Hawthorn

B 031

Session I
9:05-9:50am
(D) Wanda Cook-Robinson

Session II
10:00-10:45am
(D) Dan Nerad

Strengthening Family-School
Partnerships: What can you do?

What is Strategic about Our


Strategic Plan?

(D)

Caryn Wells/Becky Brady

Mindful Stress Relief for our


Children, and the Parents
Watching Them Grow

B 032

(H)

B 033

(D)

Jennifer Gebbie

Making Homework Time Easier


(M)

Kathy Westerlund

The Leader in Me

B 036

(D)

Kimber Bishop-Yanke

Dealing with Unfriendly


Classmates and Hot/Cold
Friendships

B 037

(E/M)

Erica Maliszewski

Conscious Discipline Basics

B 038

(D)

Mark Morawski

Nurturing a Growth Mindset


in Your Child

(E)

Jim Lalik/Hussain Ali and Cara


Czarnopys
Happiness Breeds Success
(E)

Embekka Thompson

Children Fail to Learn When


Students Dont Learn to Fail
(E/M) Ann

Llewellyn

Tips and Tricks for Safe and


Effective Online Use
(M/H) Sherree

Wilson/Lilianne
Charles-Kowalchuk

Got Stress? Issues for our Teens

Darin Wilcox

(H)

Generational Differences in
Learning: Do We Learn Differently
than Our Children?
(E)

Cyndi Settecerri

Navigating through the Strategies


of Readers Workshop

Deb Boyer/Othamian Peterson

Mom/DadTake a Deep Breath


(D)

Michaud/Youth Action Board Teens


How to be a Parent, Not a Pal

Jill Moss

Learning Math the Workshop Way


(H)

(M/H) Carol Mastroianni/Kelly

Robin Moten

Not Quite a Nightmare:


Seeing the Teenage Years as the
Age of Possibility

Cathy Hurley/Rachel Guinn


High School Unscripted!

B 035

(H)

Session III
10:55-11:40am

(D)

Tricia Young

K-12 Connect: District Support for


Parents and Families
(M) Adrienne Gilmore/Jon Chappell
Argument Writing for the
Common Core
(D)

Jason Clinkscale/David
Brooks/Rudy Erazo

Saturday School: A Hidden Gem


(E)

Laura Tinsley

School Readiness More Than


Just ABCs and 123s
(M) Roy Bishop/Joanna McKinney

Creating a Caring Community:


How Berkshire Middle School is
Creating a Community of Learners

Session I (9:05-9:50am)
Dr. Wanda Cook-Robinson (Hawthorn) Strengthening Family-School Partnerships: What can you do?
wanda.cook-robinson@oakland.k12.mi.us
Why is it so difficult for schools to fully engage parents? In this session, we will learn the importance of parent involvement in schools and how a
strong collaboration can improve student achievement. We will explore strategies for cultivating partnerships between families and schools and
provide you with tools and resources to implement in your own school community. (D)

Dr. Caryn Wells and Becky Brady (B031) Mindful Stress Relief for Our Children, and the Parents Watching Them Grow
Cmwells2@oakland.edu; mrbrady5@comcast.net
Our children and adolescents live in a time of incredible pressure and stress. Anxiety and depression among our youth has accelerated greatly.
Parents feel the stress of their own world while helping their children navigate. Find out why Time magazine made Mindfulness their cover story in
February, and how mindfulness is being taught to people of all ages, from the very young to adults. Dr. Wells teaches these concepts to the
graduate, doctoral, and medical students at Oakland University. Becky Brady will share her experiences as she introduced the practice of
mindfulness to her family. (D)

Cathy Hurley and Rachel Guinn (B032) High School Unscripted!


churley@birmingham.k12.mi.us; rguinn@birmingham.k12.mi.us
You can find answers from everything involving academics to athletics on the website, but what about the social emotional side of a high school
student? Two high school principals share candidly about what to expect and how to navigate through each of the unique years high school offers.
No scripts, just straight talk from Groves and Seaholm HS principals. (H)

Jennifer Gebbie (B033) Making Homework Time Easier


jgebbie@birmingham.k12.mi.us
Homework time can be stressful. Join us in discussing and brainstorming ways to make homework time more productive and less anxietyprovoking. Open to parents of students at all grade levels. (D)

Kathy Westerlund (B035) The Leader in Me


kwesterlund@birmingham.k12.mi.us
We only get one chance to prepare our students for a future that none of us can possibly predict. What are we going to do with that one chance?
Derby Middle School is incorporating Stephen Coveys 7 Habits of Highly Effective Teens into its day to help inspire greatness in all of its students
and unleash a culture of leadership throughout the school. Stop in to see if these habits could help your family. (M)

Kimber Bishop-Yanke (B036) Dealing with Unfriendly Classmates and Hot/Cold Friendships
info@kidsempowered.com
Parents will learn strategies and social skills to teach their children how to handle situations with classmates and friends. (D)

Focus: E = Elementary School; M = Middle School; H = High School; D = District-wide

Erica Maliszewski (B037) Conscious Discipline Basics


emaliszewski@birmingham.k12.mi.us
Conscious Discipline Basics will introduce participants to Conscious Discipline. A more in-depth look at the key component of composure will help
participants learn about the skill of composure - being the person you want your child to become. Participants will also gain an understanding of how
the brain works and the area responsible for rational problem solving. If possible, bring a device with the Nearpod app installed. (E/M)

Mark Morawski (B038) Nurturing a Growth Mindset in Your Child


mmorawski@birmingham.k12.mi.us
Attendees will participate in an interactive workshop. Considering the research of both Carol Dweck and Ian Smith, participants will have the
opportunity to reflect upon how the power of words contribute to either a fixed mindset or growth mindset within the children we nurture. Participants
will leave with a sense of both affirmation and wondering, as well as new tools regarding the choice of words we ought to consider in nurturing a
growth mindset in our children. (D)

Session II (10:00-10:45am)
Dr. Dan Nerad (Hawthorn) Whats Strategic about Our New Strategic Plan?
dnerad@birmingham.k12.mi.us
During the 2013-14 school year, the District revised its Strategic Plan. The revised Plan supports many of the critically important things the District
has been doing for students and identifies key next steps to remain a very high quality school district. So with our revised Strategic Plan what are
the key things we will be focusing on during the 2014-15 school year? This session will address key areas of focus and will provide time for dialogue
on this important work. (D)

Robin Moten (B031) Not Quite a Nightmare: Seeing the teenage years as the Age of Possibility
rmoten@birmingham.k12.mi.us
Parents and teachers often think of adolescent years as ones when you hold your breath until they're done, and hope for the best while you're
holding your breath. In this presentation, we'll find out how to change that mindset to one that knows that the adolescent years are truly the age of
possibility. (H)

Jill Moss (B032) Learning Math the Workshop Way


jmoss@birmingham.k12.mi.us
Come participate in a math workshop. Learn about this three-part teaching approach that engages children in thinking about, talking about, and
making sense of mathematics. Youll walk away with an approach you can try at home too. (E)

Deb Boyer and Othamian Peterson (B033) Mom/Dad Take a Deep Breath
dboyer@birmingham.k12.mi.us; opeterson@birmingham.k12.mi.us
Independence versus dependence. As students enter high school parents struggle to find the proper balance for their teenagers. Teens often
ask/tell/yell at parents to leave them alone. Parents worry about how much independence is too much. This session will explain to parents the
programs Seaholm and Groves have in place to support students toward self-advocacy and independence in their academic life. (H)
Focus: E = Elementary School; M = Middle School; H = High School; D = District-wide

Jim Lalik, Hussain Ali and Cara Czarnopys (B035) Happiness Breeds Success
jlalik@birmingham.k12.mi.us; hali@birmingham.k12.mi.us ; cczarnopys@birmingham.k12.mi.us
We all want our families to be successful and happy. Positive Psychology tells us that happiness breeds success and it is never the other way. In
this session we will study the five elements of happiness and discuss how we can infuse them into our family. (D)

Embekka Thompson (B036) Children Fail to Learn When Students Don't Learn to Fail
ethompson@birmingham.k12.mi.us
Strengthen your child's development through the lesson of failure. Tips for parents with children of all ages. (E)

Ann Llewellyn (B037) Tips and Tricks for Safe and Effective Online Use
allewellyn@birmingham.k12.mi.us
Come discuss, explore, and share how to keep students safe online while still enabling them to harness the vast amount of resources and
information available in a critical, responsible manner. (E/M)

Sherree Wilson and Lilianne Charles-Kowalchuk (B038) Got Stress? Issues for Our Teens
swilson@birmingham.k12.mi.us; lcharles-kowalchuk@birmingham.k12.mi.us
Teenagers today face pressure like never before. Stressors range from school to work, friends to family. They often feel the need to excel in
everything. Many of our teenagers feel that if they are anything less than perfect, then they are a failure. Learn ways to help your teen manage
stress, as well as how to recognize potential danger signs. (M/H)

Session III (10:55-11:40am)


Carol Mastroianni, Kelly Michaud and Youth Action Board Teens (Hawthorn) How to Be a Parent, Not a Pal
cmastroianni@bbcoalition.org
How to Be a Parent, Not a Pal is an interactive session where participants will gain a better understanding of how to parent for prevention with
information specific to the Birmingham Public Schools community. Youth Action Board Teens will give their unique perspective and answer questions
on how parents can help tweens/teens through this important time. Participants will leave with doable action steps and the How to Be a Parent, Not
a Pal Toolkit. (M/H)

Darin Wilcox (B031) Generational Differences in Learning: Do We Learn Differently than Our Children?
dwilcox@birmingham.k12.mi.us
The Information Age has changed the climate and process of education. During this session, we will present snippits of research and information to
better understand the learning climate of 2014. As we better understand the educational differences of this generation, can we more clearly
understand and assist our children? (H)

Focus: E = Elementary School; M = Middle School; H = High School; D = District-wide

Cyndi Settecerri (B032) Navigating through the Strategies of Readers Workshop


csettecerri@birmingham.k12.mi.us
Readers Workshop is a program that emphasizes the interaction between readers and text. Students learn to ask questions, make connections and
practice strategies for comprehension. In this session, we will discuss how teachers provide differentiation, foster a love of reading and give
students chances to practice reading strategies independently and with guidance. (E)

Tricia Young (B033) K-12 Connect: District Support for Parents and Families
triciaayoung@hotmail.com
Research has proven that involvement equals success in education. We will discuss how parents and families can maximize the many resources
provided by the District to stay connected in the schools and community. Build a strategy to keep you and your family informed. (D)

Adrienne Gilmore and Jonathan Chappell (B035) Argument Writing for the Common Core
agilmore@birmingham.k12.mi.us; jchappell@birmingham.k12.mi.us
What happened to the 5-paragraph essay? Together we will discuss argument writing format to meet the requirements of Common Core and
standardized tests. How will our kids write to support claims with relevant evidence and clear reasoning? (M)

Jason Clinkscale, David Brooks, and Rudy Erazo (B036) Saturday School: A Hidden Gem
jclinkscale@birmingham.k12.mi.us; dbrooks@birmingham.k12.mi.us; rerazo@birmingham.k12.mi.us
Looking for different ways to get your child extra help? Come learn more about what BPS Saturday School has to offer. You will be amazed to learn
about the "hidden gem" called Saturday School within Birmingham Public Schools. (D)

Laura Tinsley (B037) School Readiness More Than Just ABCs and 123s!
ltinsley@birmingham.k12.mi.us.
When children feel capable and confident, they are more successful at school. Together we will brainstorm ideas and strategies to encourage
independence and build strong self-help skills. Help support your child to learn responsibility and to take initiative! Lets talk about great ways to
praise and recognize achievements in a way that supports learning. (E)

Roy Bishop and Joanna McKinney (B038) Creating a Caring Community: How Berkshire Middle School is Creating a
Community of Learners!
rbishop@birmingham.k12.mi.us; jmckinney@birmingham.k12.mi.us
Character education is an often overlooked opportunity that directly impacts student achievement. This session details Berkshire Middle Schools
approach to developing an inclusive community and capitalizing on that culture to create academic and social success for ALL students. In this
session we will explore ways parents can help their child be a learner through the lens of character education. (M)

At the conclusion of Session III, please join us back in the Hawthorn/Sycamore Room for
Connect, Extend, Challenge.
Focus: E = Elementary School; M = Middle School; H = High School; D = District-wide

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