District Schedule:Normal
Parent Academy



Academy District 20 offers Parent Academy topics free to the public throughout the fall and spring semesters. Internet Safety, Suicide Prevention, and New Parent Orientation are among the courses. 

Social Media and its Effects on the Developing Brain: What Every Parent Should Know About the Different Types of Social Media and How They Impact Children and AdolescentsDr. Rebecca Berghorst, Director of Children's Programs, Cedar Springs2/13/2018 6:00 PMEAC, 1110 Chapel Hills Dr., Spruce roomsParents of students of all agesPowerPoint presentation; discussion

​How social media affects children's developing brains and what parents can do about it. Dr. Rebecca Berghorst is the Director of Children's Programs at Cedar Springs Hospital. Dr. Berghorst is a Board Certified Psychiatrist and is also Board Certified as a Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist specializing in treating families and children with emotional and behavioral issues. Dr. Berghorst received her medical degree from Oceania University of Medicine and completed her residency at Banner University Medical Center. She completed her Child and Adolescent Fellowship at Maricopa Health Systems.

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If You Can Name It, You Can Tame ItMaureen Lang & Clark Maxon, Learning Services3/13/2018 6:30 PMEAC, 1110 Chapel Hills Dr., Spruce roomsParents of pre-K to 12th grade studentsSpeaker presentation

​There's nothing like a NO (especially uttered in a loud challenging voice, accompanied by a stamping foot, and in front of others) to provoke a parent!  Eye rolls, snide remarks, comments muttered quietly, and doors being slammed tend to trigger a storm of emotions in parents and children alike.  But getting caught up in the storm doesn't help it to pass and can actually make it worse.  Experts agree staying calm helps you to ignore the bait and end the backtalk/banter. Easier said than done, right?

This session will provide information on tips and tools to stay out of the storm and help our children learn to communicate more respectfully and effectively.

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