Parent University is a parent engagement program designed to build a collaborative partnership and greater communication between school personnel and parents. Parent University will consist of monthly sessions on a variety of topics that would increase parental communication and knowledge of all things student –centered.
Parent University will meet monthly. Calendar dates will be set in advance to allow parents timely notice and encourage maximum participation. Sessions will be set on evenings and during events that parents would likely already be at North, such home athletic games, back to school night, parent/teacher conferences, etc. This would minimize the number of meetings to attend and maximize parents’ time and commitment level.
Parents that attend eight (8) Parent University sessions will earn an incentive for their student(s) for the 2019-2020 school year. Incentives may include a waiver on laptop insurance, a parking pass, an activity punch pass, and other incentives. Graduating parents will also receive a diploma recognizing their completion and participation in Parent University.
The administrative team has been studying Visible Learning, founded by John Hattie, a Professor and Director of the Melbourne Education Research Institute at the University of Melbourne in Australia. Hattie has spent over 15 years researching what improves student learning. Hattie suggests there are 150 factors or influences that affect student achievement and in calculating the effect size of each influence. Parental Involvement and Influence in the home environment have a .52 effect size and ranks 44 of 150 influences that increase and enhance student performance.
The following dates are set for Parent University Sessions. We will update this page as sessions are added:
August 20, 2018 – Back to School Night (Parent University Introduction) 6:00 pm
September 11, 2018 – Liberty Public Schools College Fair 6:00 pm
September 13, 2018 – Dangers of Drugs and Alcohol – Liberty Police Department 6:00 pm
September 25, 2018 – Dangers of Social Media and Human Trafficking – Liberty Police Department and Uncover KC Discovery 6:00 pm
October 22, 2018 – Parent/ Teacher Conferences – Financial Aid Workshop – Tips on how to get scholarship dollars, complete FASFA forms and much more – Mr. Jeff Vincent, Maple Woods Community College, Financial Aid Advisor – 5:30 pm and 6:30 pm
October 23, 2018– Parent/Teacher Conferences – The Teenage Brain – Sonja Richardson Thomas - 5:30 pm and 6:30 pm
October 25, 2018 – Trunk or Treat 5-:00- 7:00 pm
November 8, 2018– Diversity Festival – 6:00 pm-8:00 pm
November 19, 2018 - AP/Dual Credit Informational Meeting – 6:00 pm
Parent University - October 22nd & 23rd
Please join us for our next pair of Parent University sessions.
October 22nd - Mr. Jeff Vincent, MapleWoods Community College Financial Aid Advisor, will host a workshop on financial aid, A+ information and helping students and parents complete the FASFA application. There will be two sessions. 5:30 pm and 6:30 pm. The 5:30 pm session will be held in the Learning Stairs and the 6:30 pm session will be held in the Performing Arts Theatre.October 23rd - Sonja Richardson Thomas, will host a session on the Teenage Brain and Adolescent Anxiety. There will be two sessions 5:30 pm and 6:30pm.The 5:30 pm session will be held in the Learning Stairs and the 6:30 pm session will be held in the Performing Arts Theatre.
Social Media and Sex Trafficking - Parent University #3
LPS College Fair - Parent University #2
Please join us for our next Parent University on September 11, 2017, The Liberty Public Schools College Fair. The College Fair is for all students 9-12 and will include the following sessions:
6:00 pm in the Performing Arts Theatre: College Planning Session - Be prepared for the college planning journey from 9th-12th grade and steps along the way with tips and suggestions. Session will also include questions to consider during the college search, what to do with the college fair information, and navigating college websites.
6:00 pm in the LMC: Highly Selective Colleges Session - Students that are considering applying to a college that accepts a small portion of the applicants? If so, join us here! Establishing yourself to be a contender in the competitive market of highly selective schools can be daunting and requires a lot of effort, starting in 9th grade. We will navigate through the process, share tips that we have learned along the way and help build a profile that will stand out to the colleges/universities.
8:00 pm in the Performing Arts Theatre: General Financial Aid Session - FAFSA questions or FSA ID questions or Subsidized loan questions ? You may have heard of them, but do you know what they mean? We will cover general information on ways to help pay for college and explain many of the terms used.
Senior Meeting Video 2018 - Parent University #1
Freshman Meeting Video 2018 - Parent University #1
Please contact Dr. Precious Kurth with any questions.