Worried about people bullying your kid at school?
Concerned about how to protect her from online predators?
Trying to figure out whether your child should be reading by now?
Frightened that your child is struggling with depression?
Wondering what the heck ‘beyond textbooks’ is all about?
Don’t sweat — the Payson Unified School District wants to explain everything.
So the district will offer parents workshop sessions on all that and more from 9 a.m. to noon, Saturday, Sept. 13 at Payson High School. The event includes free childcare and lunch, thanks in part to a grant.
People can just show up and take their pick of three, hour-long sessions on an array of topics.
“I’m very excited; I’m hoping for a good turnout,” Director of Student Achievement Brenda Case told the school board on Monday.
“You’ll see there are any number of programs in direct response to the concerns or issues that the board or public has,” said Superintendent Greg Wyman. “We are listening.”
“We’ve just got lots of topics — understanding bullying, different levels of child development, emergency preparedness, community resources, depression and self injury, cross cultural education, education safety for parents, raising kids who are technology natives … Beyond Textbooks, also Edline 101 for parents,” added Case.
The board members responded enthusiastically.
“It does show you’re listening to us,” said board member Jim Quinlan. “You’ve got some great topics here.”
Wyman noted the district has surveyed parents to determine what they want to know. “We’re not just randomly picking topics we think are interesting. This is our first iteration — so please, give us comments back on how it’s going. We’re trying to help parents out and trying to help our staff out.”
Case noted that the district also snagged a $16,000 grant intended to improve teacher training in rural schools.
“We submitted the application at 3 and got funded at 5 in the afternoon. This will allow our staff to be more educated in the technology we have and utilize it in the classrooms. We have classes like Googledoc, Edline, building a web page, the paperless classroom.”
District employees will conduct most of the Saturday morning classes.
“I’m really asking our principals to push this with their teachers. We had only a couple of days notice, but already have 30 signed up for the first session,” Case explained.