At Oxford Day Academy, we recognize that parents and guardians are our students first teachers. We also know that children are not born with an instruction manual, and that parenting can be incredibly hard. Thanks to the input and feedback of our parent community, and in partnership with the Association for Continuing Education, we are proud to offer parent courses through the ACE Parent Learning Center.
For the 2017-18 school year, we currently offer two parent classes:
Parenting: Adolescents & Teenagers. Through a series of seminars and workshops, this course develops parent capacity and empowers them to address aspects of raising children from adolescence through the teenage years. Topics include establishing a parent/child bond built on trust; communication and conflict resolution; boundary and goal setting; mental health; parent involvement in your child’s education; and other issues raised by enrolled class participants. The program is led by Ms. Michelle Tarigo, who also serves as ODA’s Director of College & Career Counseling. The program is supported by Ms. Rena Robinson-Steiner, ODA’s mental health services provider.
K-12 Advocacy: Lead by our Founding Head of School, Dr. Irene St. Roseman, this course trains parents to effectively navigate and advocate for their children within the K-12 school system. Participants are taught the skills necessary to analyze school performance reports; to connect these reports to relevant local, state, and federal education laws; and to assess their individual student’s performance data. Exploring Individualized Education Plans (IEPs) as well as 504 plans, this program also develops parents’ technical understanding of their rights and resources for students receiving special education services.
Note: Dates and times for the remaining 4 classes from February – May will be determined by parents in November.
In addition to these classes, we facilitate additional support for parents of children with special needs through Gatepath. For more than 40 years Gatepath has provided a wide range of programs designed to nurture and support children with physical and developmental special needs, and create a network of support for parents. They offer parent training and support groups to help parents learn hands-on strategies to help their child learn and grow and to take care of their own well-being. Courses are taught by credentialed and experienced professionals based on issues and concerns suggested by parents. Please contact Shirley Poitier (firstname.lastname@example.org) for a list of resources and upcoming workshops.
Additional classes may be made available upon request.