Location

Harborside Center East and West

Strand #1

Family & Community

Strand #2

Academic Achievement & School Leadership

Relevance

This presentation will demonstrate how parent education not only helps parents build the type of character (courage, responsibility, respect, and cooperation) that fosters success in and out of the classroom, but also how parents can use the parenting skills they learn to specifically support their child’s academic performance and positive school behavior.

Brief Program Description

Does your parenting education program teach parents concrete skills for building character, positive behavior, AND academic achievement in their children? Learn how to integrate these three vital areas into what you are currently doing, or how to find or create a program from the beginning. This session will combine brief video vignettes, discussion, and experiential activity to demonstrate how current best practices in parent education can make a difference in multiple areas at once.

Summary

Most parenting education programs focus on improving children’s behavior by teaching discipline, communication, and other important, but general, parenting skills. Some programs go beyond these core skills to provide a deeper understanding of the purpose of parenting and the specific strategies for parenting children that will lead to long-term success. These programs not only focus on positive behavior, but also on the qualities of character that underlie that behavior. How parents can help instill such qualities of character as responsibility, cooperation, respect, and courage become the larger aim of such programs as a means of preparing children to succeed in a modern, multi-cultural, democratic society. A third type of parenting education program focuses on academic success and teaching parents skills for helping improve their children’s literacy and academic performance. These programs often lead into helping parents learn how to be helpfully involved/engaged in the child’s school and overall education. This session will demonstrate how to create a parenting program that combines the best of all three types of quality parenting education into a single program. Participants will learn a model for integrating these three critical aspects of parenting—behavior, character, and school performance—into a comprehensive parenting program of just six sessions. Using a combination of lecture, brief video vignettes, power point slides, experiential activity, and group discussion, participants will learn: • The purpose of parenting and how to help parents get on board with parent education • Why parenting education is essential to building academic success • Parenting skills that build responsibility, cooperation, courage, mutual respect, and other character traits associated with success. • Seven smart things parents need to do to support their child’s literacy and academic success, and how parent educators can teach them. The presentation will describe and demonstrate how multi-modal parenting education using combination of video vignettes, PowerPoint slides, written materials, experiential activity, and home practice can be delivered in a number of effective ways including: small group courses, home visitation, and over the Internet.

Evidence

The parent education model upon which this presentation is based, Active Parenting 4th Edition, is listed on SAMHSA’s National Registry of Evidence Based Programs and Practices (NREPP), has over twenty scientific research studies showing its effectiveness, and has reached over three million parents in cultures all over the world.

Format

Poster Presentation

Biographical Sketch

Dr. Michael Popkin pioneered the field of video-based parent education with the introduction of the Active Parenting Discussion Program in 1983. Since then he has authored and produced over thirty books and video programs, including the best-selling Active Parenting Now, Active Parenting of Teens: Families in Action, and 1,2,3,4 Parents! A frequent keynote speaker and media guest, he has appeared on over 200 television shows including multiple appearances on The Oprah Winfrey Show, Montel Williams, and as a regular parenting expert on CNN. A former child and family therapist, Dr. Popkin received his Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology from Georgia State University. He and his wife, Melody, are the parents of two young adults and live in the Atlanta area.

Keyword Descriptors

parenting education, parent involvement, parent engagement, character, behavior, discipline

Presentation Year

2015

Start Date

3-3-2015 4:00 PM

End Date

3-3-2015 5:30 PM

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Character, Discipline, and 7 Smart Things Parents Do to Help Their Children Succeed in School.

Harborside Center East and West

Does your parenting education program teach parents concrete skills for building character, positive behavior, AND academic achievement in their children? Learn how to integrate these three vital areas into what you are currently doing, or how to find or create a program from the beginning. This session will combine brief video vignettes, discussion, and experiential activity to demonstrate how current best practices in parent education can make a difference in multiple areas at once.