Welcome to Parent University!

In a large and dynamic school district such as Dublin City Schools, it can be difficult for parents to learn about all of the different academic and extracurricular opportunities available for their students. The goal of establishing a Dublin City Schools Parent University is to provide a vehicle that increases awareness regarding all of the programs the District has to offer, as well as some of the challenges and opportunities facing public education.  
Parent University will offer a year-round schedule of informational sessions focused on providing information parents need about Dublin City Schools, student well-being, District growth, finances, and much more!

Parent University 2019-20 Course Schedule

College Readiness Meetings 

These college information meetings are presented by the Counseling Departments of Coffman, Jerome, and Scioto High Schools
“Dublin City Schools College Center”
Web-based resource available at http://www.dublinschools.net/CollegeCenter.aspx.
The Dublin City Schools College Center is designed to support and inform parents and students in the navigation of postsecondary options.  In a collaborative effort, the three Dublin School Counseling Departments created the following resources to support our school community. Our mission is to provide a comprehensive and educational site to aid in your child's journey to success after high school.
August 27, 2019      Mental Health and Wellness Dinner       6:30 PM Emerald Campus
The DCS Mental Health and Wellness Dinner event will be held on Aug. 27th 6:30-8:00pm.   This event provides an opportunity for parents and caregivers to learn the mental health information that will be shared with DCS students during health classes this school year.  There is a student portion that is targeted to students in grades 6-12; students are not required to attend, but any student who does attend must be accompanied by a parent/caregivers.  Free dinner will be provided! Click here to register!
September 14, 2019      Youth Mental Health First Aid      8 AM-5:30 PM Coffman
Youth Mental Health First Aid is a course designed to teach parents, teachers, school staff and other caring citizens how to recognize when an adolescent may be experiencing a mental health or substance use challenge or is in crisis, how to help and what professional resources are available in the community. Click here to register for the free event! 
September 19, 2019      Snaps, Sexts and Social Media: What Girls Need to Know in the Digital Age      9:30-11 AM and 7:00-8:30 PM, Dublin Community Rec Center, Abbey Theater
PERC and Parent University are putting on the event which will discuss: issues girls face related to social media and technology, strategies for helping navigate the social media landscape, helping girls develop a healthy self-concept, navigating relationships, setting healthy boundaries. Lisa Hinkelman, PH.D, will be presenting.

September 26, 2019      “FAFSA Workshop"      7:00 PM Dublin Scioto High School
The Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) is a required form that parents must complete in order to be eligible for financial aid. A line by line explanation of this form will be presented. If a family has questions about completing the FAFSA, this is a must meeting.
October 9, 2019      “Central Ohio Learning Differences College & Career Fair”      6:30-8:00 pm Gahanna Lincoln High School
This college fair features schools from Ohio and across the nation that offer a variety of opportunities and programs for students with learning differences. Students and parents can compare and contrast the wide range of accommodations that are available. 

October 13, 2019      "Columbus Suburban College Fair”      1:00-3:30 PM Clements Center, Otterbein University
This event offers the opportunity to explore a variety of colleges and speak directly with admissions representatives. Each college has a separate table where information is displayed and a representative is available to answer questions. There are hundreds of college tables arranged alphabetically on the Clements Center floor at Otterbein College.  
Free Admission!  Check out the website!  www.college-fair.org
October 23, 2019      How to Raise Emotionally Healthy Boys in the Digital Era      9:30-11:00 AM or 7:00-8:30 PM, Dublin Community Rec Center, Abbey Theater
This event is put on by PERC and Parent University, where the topics to be discussed include: helping boys understand and express their feelings, guiding boys through modeling, self-expression and emotional connection, understanding that anger is not "bad," helping boys to navigate their digital world with integrity, setting loving limits with them. Matt Dunatchik, MSEd, LPCC, and Libby Steele, MSEd, LPC will be presenting.
November 7, 2019      “College Seminar for Students with IEPs/504s”      6:00-7:30 PM  Grandview Heights High School
Do I need to take my IEP to college? Is there a college IEP? Will my professors be notified about my disability? Can I have extended time on tests like in high school? Why is self-advocacy so important? Can I substitute a foreign language requirement? Panel representatives will answer these and many more questions from various state and private colleges. The presentation will feature a question and answer format and is intended for parents, students, and staff.      

November 14, 2019      “Getting Started in the College Selection Process”       7:00 PM Dublin Coffman High School
The  presentation will offer college search and selection strategies, and is intended for parents of Juniors, although Freshmen and Sophomore parents are also encouraged to attend. Topics will include utilizing Naviance for researching colleges and scholarships, understanding college testing, understanding admission factors, and making the most of college visitations.

November 21, 2019      “International Baccalaureate Informational Meeting”       7:00 PM Emerald Campus
This meeting will include valuable information about the benefits of enrolling in International Baccalaureate courses and/or participating in the International Baccalaureate (IB) Program. The IB Diploma Program provides students with the opportunity to experience high-level courses with an advanced curriculum while they are in high school. These curricular options are known to provide students with excellent preparation for their college course work. Target audience is for parents/students in grades 8-10.

What People are Saying

"I enjoyed getting to meet teachers I don't always interact with and gaining a deeper understanding of several topics. I liked that the sessions dealt with topics that are very relevant to our children and was amazed at the wide variety of sessions and topics offered. There seemed to be something for everyone."
"It was a great learning opportunity. I found out lots of valuable information and tips about a number of different topics."
"I enjoyed understanding the actual classroom teaching methods being applied to encourage a greater depth of thinking and individualizing learning for each student's abilities and needs." 
"I learned so much practical knowledge. Times are so different from when I was in highschool. I loved learning about the technology and the opportunities offered" 
"I came to know about the opportunities providing by dublin schools to students during their high school and the pathway for future interests." 
"I loved the session on College Credit Plus. I was completely unfamiliar with the process and was quite informed after the program."
"The entire program was outstanding. The presenters were excellent and incredibly informative. Very impressed w DCS." 
"I love being in the school where one of my daughters attends so I can see the classrooms and remember what it's like for them each day." 
"I enjoyed the Innovation panel and slow looking sessions. They helped me understand a bit more of what's going on in the classrooms/schools." 
"Enjoyed seeing the district from a "global" perspective instead of individual buildings. You see how all of the various services and programs function around the district." 
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