Join ADAA For Two Free Upcoming December Webinars

ADAA is pleased to present two free upcoming December public webinars. We invite you to register today and help spread the word to all those who might be interested.
Friday, December 2, 2016
Tips for Helping Your Child Process The Election & Other Complicated World Events
Debra Kissen, PhD
Join ADAA for an interactive talk on how to assist your children in making sense of the complicated world we all find ourselves inhabiting. Anxiety and parenting expert, Dr. Debra Kissen will provide practical tips on how to find a balance between providing too much and too little information about complex national and global affairs and how to have these discussions in an age appropriate manner.
Debra Kissen, PhD
Clinical Director at the Light on Anxiety Treatment Center in Chicago, IL.
 
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Wednesday, December 7, 2016
Helping Kids and Teens Who Have OCD
Elspeth Bell, PhD

Working with kids and teens who have OCD can be both challenging and rewarding for clinicians. Join Dr. Elspeth Bell in exploring adaptations of traditional CBT techniques specifically focused for working with these clients. Elements addressed include approached for engaging the kids and teens (and their parents) in the treatment process, the use of creative E/RP, and the inclusion of family in the treatment process.
Elspeth Bell, PhD
Director at the Bell Center for Anxiety and Depression in Columbia, MD.
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About these webinars: Each webinar is live and runs for 45 minutes. Each webinar is followed by a brief Q&A session. There are no fees, and no phones needed. Just log in and turn up the speakers on your computer. You will be able to ask questions at the end of the presentation.

Clinicians and other mental health professionals are welcome to attend, but ADAA does not offer CE credits. 
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About the ADAA Public Education Webinar Series
ADAA presents free webinars to the public on topics covering some of the most frequently asked questions about psychological and pharmacological treatment of anxiety disorders, depression, and related disorders for adults and children. Visit the ADAA website for more resources, including videos and podcasts. ADAA does not offer CE credit for this webinar series.
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2016 PDK Opinion Poll on the Nation’s Public Schools Underscores Need for Improved Family Engagement

ALEXANDRIA, Va., (Aug. 31, 2016)—Yesterday, Phi Delta Kappa International (PDK) released the results from the 2016 Poll of the Public’s Attitudes Toward the Public Schools. Among the topics covered, the need to improve family engagement in education and strengthen family-school partnerships is demonstrated by the findings of the survey.

 

In the poll, Americans and parents were asked their satisfaction with school efforts to keep them informed and give them opportunities to offer their opinions and input.

 

  • 55% of parents responded that they would like to be kept more informed about how their child is doing in school.
  • 51% of parents indicated they would like to be invited to visit their child’s school more often to see what is going on.
  • 56% of parents replied that they would like to be given more opportunities to offer their opinions and provide input on how things are done in their child’s school.

 

The poll also showed a strong relationship between family engagement and school satisfaction. Parents who rated their schools positively on keeping them informed, offering them opportunities to provide input and showing interest in their input gave their schools an A or B grade overall.

 

“One of National PTA’s founding principles—and continued top priority—is its dedication to ensuring families are engaged in education, families and schools work together, and families have a seat at the table when decisions are made that impact their children and schools,” said Laura Bay, president of National PTA. “The PDK poll underscores the importance of prioritizing family engagement and family-school partnerships, which are proven to advance children’s learning and growth, increase student achievement and positively impact school improvement efforts.”

 

The findings from the poll come as states and school districts are working to create new education plans to implement the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA)—the new federal law governing K-12 education. ESSA provides an important opportunity for states, districts and schools to improve family engagement and strength family-school partnerships as it requires that parents are meaningfully consulted in the development and implementation of the new education plans.

 

“Families play an important role in the successful implementation of ESSA and ensuring that all children receive a quality education by providing their input and holding states and districts accountable,” said Nathan R. Monell, CAE, National PTA executive director. “National PTA remains committed to working with families, educators, administrators, policymakers and other stakeholders to make certain family engagement is prioritized in ESSA and beyond. Systematic and sustained efforts to integrate families into the fabric of our schools is key to their success and our children and our nation’s future.”

 

About National PTA

National PTA® comprises millions of families, students, teachers, administrators, and business and community leaders devoted to the educational success of children and the promotion of family engagement in schools. PTA is a registered 501(c)(3) nonprofit association that prides itself on being a powerful voice for all children, a relevant resource for families and communities, and a strong advocate for public education. Membership in PTA is open to anyone who wants to be involved and make a difference for the education, health, and welfare of children and youth.

 

Media Contact

Heidi May Wilson, National PTA

hmay@pta.org, (703) 518-1242


Webinar: A Parent’s Roll in ESSA Implementation – July 27th, 2016

NPTA
Webinar: A Parent’s Role in ESSA Implementation
When: Wednesday, July 27, 2016
Time: 2 p.m. EST
iStock_71630153_MEDIUM.jpgHow would you like to improve your child’s educational experience? It all starts with the implemenation of the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA). Join us to learn about family engagement provisions in the new law governing K-12 education and learn how parents are making sure that every child gets a world-class education. 
Speakers include:
  • Jacki Ball, director of government affairs at National PTA
  • Kelly Langston, president of North Carolina PTA
  • Otto Schell, legislative director of Oregon PTA 
  • Jessah Walker, senior federal relations associate, Chief Council of State School Officers.
Questions? Contact National PTA for more info.
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National PTA Headquarters
1250 N. Pitt Street
Alexandria, Virginia 22314
Toll Free: (800) 307-4PTA
E-mail: info@pta.org

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