Academy District 20 provides free workshops, discussions and presentations to help families stay informed about timely and relevant issues facing students and education.
Parent Academy dates, times, and locations are published on the district calendar. Registration is requested, but not required.
Classes That are Relevant and Timely
Below are the Parent Academies we are offering for this school year.
- Resiliency: Learning New Ways for our “New Normal” in Schools
Sep. 15, 2020, 6 p.m. – 7:30 p.m., Location: Virtual
Unchartered territory requires new ways of learning. This parent academy will give you ways to navigate your student’s mental and emotional well-being through building resilience as conditions in our world continue to change. Presented by: Dr. Mark Mayfield, PhD, LPC, NCC, Founder and CEO of Mayfield Counseling Centers and David Galvan, Director, Education for a Lifetime
- Supporting Families During COVID-19: Helping Parents and Children Deal with Traumatic Stress
Oct. 13, 2020, 6 p.m. – 7:30 p.m., Location: Virtual
Across the nation, we are all experiencing greater anxiety and stress due to the uncertainty and sometimes frightening situation of the COVID-19 pandemic. Prolonged stress can be traumatic. Come learn ways to support not only your child, but also yourself as we continue to navigate the challenges of our present situation. Presented by: Jessica Mars, LCSW, Addiction Medicine/ Behavioral Health, Hope Unit Care Manager, UCHealth Memorial Hospital
- Concussions: Symptoms, Effects and Treatment for our Students
Oct. 27, 2020, 6 p.m. – 7:30 p.m., Location: TBD
Concussion can occur in many different settings and in almost any sport, including cheerleading. But athletes in contact sportsกชfootball, hockey, rugby, soccer, lacrosse, basketball, baseball, softballกชhave a 10- to 20-percent chance of experiencing a concussion each playing season. Come join us for this presentation by sports medicine specialists from UC Health to learn more about symptoms and treatment. Presented by: Dr. Nicholas Piantanida, UCHealth Sports Medicine; Dr. Ian Tullberg, UCHealth Urgent Care and Family Practice Physician; District 20 Athletic Trainers; Ms. Kristianne Goff, D20 BrainSTEPS Coordinator
- Teens and Social Media
Nov. 17, 2020, 6 p.m. – 7:30 p.m., Location: TBD
This presentation will review what we know of the neurological and mental health effects of social media on teenagers and the social and behavioral changes related to social media use. We will also discuss suggestions for parental modeling of appropriate social media use and healthy restrictions on teenagers. Presented by: Tom Caughlan, LCSW, Manager, Behavioral Health and Clinical Social Work, Children’s Hospital Colorado
- Anxiety and Depression: How do we help ourselves and our children with these difficult emotions?
Dec. 8, 2020, 6 p.m. – 7:30 p.m., Location: TBD
Anxiety and depression are common in school-age students. One third of all adolescents will experience an anxiety disorder by age 18, and 17 percent will experience depression. The average age of onset of anxiety is 11 years old. This session will provide parents with information and tools to help their kids cope with, and even prevent, symptoms of anxiety and depression. Presented by: ASD20 Mental Health Specialists, Clark Maxon, Retired D20 Administrator
- Teen Drug Use in 2021: Understanding Their Risks and Your Anxieties
Jan. 12, 2021, 6 p.m. – 7:30 p.m., Location: TBD
Substance use by teens impacts their health and well-being. By 12th grade, about two-thirds of students have tried alcohol. About half of 9th through 12th grade students reported marijuana use. There is also an increase in cocaine, heroin, opioids and other illicit drugs. Dr. Wittkamp will share current trends as well as resources to help parents combat this issue. Presented by: Dr. Michael Wittkamp, MD, FAAP, Pediatric Critical Care Medicine, Children’s Hospital Colorado
- Vaping Amongst our Youth: Signs, Dangers and Pathways to Treatment
Jan. 26, 2021, 6 p.m. – 7:30 p.m., Location: TBD
Colorado youth are vaping nicotine at twice the national average and at the highest rate of 37 states surveyed, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Come hear UC Health experts present on the dangers of vaping, how to recognize signs if your student is vaping and pathways to treatment. Presented by: Dr. Nicholas Piantanida, UCHealth Family and Sports Medicine
- Permission to Feel: Unlocking the Power of Emotions to Help our Children, Ourselves, and Our Society Thrive
Feb. 9, 2021, 6 p.m. – 7:30 p.m., Location: TBD
Come learn about RULER in ASD20. RULER is a systemic approach to Social Emotional Learning (SEL) developed at the YALE Center for Emotional Intelligence. RULER aims to infuse the principles of emotional intelligence into the immune system of Pre-K to 12 schools, informing how leaders lead, teachers teach, students learn, and families support students. Presented by: ASD20 Staff and Students
- Youth Mental Health First Aid: Why it is Important for Parents to be Proactive and Responsive to Their Child’s Mental Health Well-Being
Mar. 9, 2021, 6 p.m. – 7:30 p.m., Location: TBD
This parent academy is an opportunity for parents and guardians to gain knowledge about their child's mental health well-being and skills on how to encourage empowerment, relationships, and resiliency. Academy District Twenty is dedicated to having intentional, deliberate conversations about youth mental health. Join us in the dedication to skill building for students' success in our community. Presented by: ASD20 SAFE (Student Advocate for Education) Counselors: Kristen Seagren, LCSW; Julie Moser, LPC; Sue Coast; Cathrine Matthynssens, Patty Kramer
- Sources of Strength: Supporting and Empowering our Students, Parents, Staff and Community through the Power of Connection, Hope, Help and Strength
Apr. 13, 2021, 6 p.m. – 7:30 p.m., Location: TBD
Tapping into our strengths and protective factors builds resilience and improves overall health and social emotional well-being. ASD20 students will be presenting how this upstream suicide prevention program has made a positive change in our schools and community. Presented by: Martha Hinson, LPC, ASD20 Health and Wellness Specialist and ASD20 Staff and Students
Youth Mental Health First Aid
Twice a year we offer a free, full-day training to parents about youth mental health. These trainings, taught by certified Youth Mental Health First Aid (YMHFA) instructors, teach attendees how to help a child experiencing mental health challenges like ADHD, depression and anxiety, addiction and crisis.
These trainings are on select Saturdays and run from 8 a.m. – 4 p.m. with lunch provided. You can register for these trainings here.
Suggest a Parent Academy Class
We want to offer classes that matter to you. If there is a specific topic you would like to see addressed, please let us know.