Parent University

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DCSD Parent University


Parent University is brought to you by the Douglas County School District and Sky Ridge Medical Center

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Douglas County School District's Parent University program provides training, information, and resources to parents and caregivers that will aid parents in their essential responsibility for influencing children's lives. By partnering with internal district departments, academic institutions, community organizations and other agencies to equip families with additional skills, knowledge, and resources, Parent University will support and empower parents to become leaders and advocates for their child's learning.

Classes offered through Parent University provide resources and training in areas such as safety, life skills, academic development and financial literacy, and will provide families with tools that they can use to encourage their children to become successful while fostering school and community improvement.


Parent University is designed to:
  • Increase parental involvement and participation in schools.
  • Empower parents to become effective advocates for their children.
  • Strengthen home-school-community partnerships.
  • Allow parents an opportunity to network with professionals and other parents.
  • Help parents develop the skills needed to implement positive parenting practices.
  • Equip parents with the knowledge and awareness of resources available to them.


Upcoming Online Webinars

Please register beforehand to receive information on joining the webinar.

For questions on Parent University, please contact Stacy Blaylock, DCSD Communications Coordinator, at sblaylock@dcsdk12.org.



Parent University Psychological Safety Webinar

How Parents Can Support Psychological and Physical Safety in Schools

Date: Wednesday, October 27
Time: 5:00 p.m. - 5:45 p.m.
Registration: Register here via Eventbrite

Did you know that psychological safety is an important component of physical safety? As a parent, do you know the important role you can play in keeping students and staff safe?

Join DCSD Director of Mental Health, Dr. Stephanie Crawford-Goetz, and DCSD Director of Safety and Security, Jonny Grusing, for an overview of district safety procedures. They will discuss the ways safety drills like the Standard Response Protocol (SRP) are done with psychological safety in mind. They will also cover methods and procedures for suicide safety and threat assessment in schools. Finally, you will walk away knowing how parents are vital in contributing to a culture of safety, security and well-being.
Parent University Elementary Literacy Webinar

Elementary Literacy: The Importance of Reading Aloud With Your Child

Date: Wednesday, November 17
Time: 5:30 p.m. - 6:15 p.m.
Registration: Register here via Eventbrite

Parents can play a key role in building future bookworms! If your elementary school student struggles to read or refuses to read, you may benefit from reading aloud together.

Join Kathy Tirrill, DCSD Literacy Interventions Coordinator, to discover simple ways you can help your child engage with language. You will learn why reading aloud is important, what kind of questions to ask your child, and how to choose the right books to expand their independent reading. Moreover, you will find ways to strengthen your parent-child relationship through quality time spent reading together.

Save the Date

Information subject to change

  • Safe, Responsible Drivers
    Wednesday, January 26, 2022

  • College or Career? How DCSD Gets Your Student There With Career & Technical Education (CTE)
    Wednesday, February 23, 2022

  • Special Education Supports
    Wednesday, April 27, 2022



Practical Tools for Your Child's Social and Emotional Well-Being


Watch Previous Webinars On Demand

Fall 2020 Parent University Webinars


About DCSD Parent University

Research shows that when parents and families are involved in learning, they will have a more active role in the educational process. This heightened engagement in education positively impacts the academic and social success of children. DCSD Parent University affords a unique opportunity for parents, schools, and community to become jointly involved in education, increasing the likelihood of academic and personal success for our students and their families.

Mission Statement

Parent University will educate, empower and connect families with community resources needed to build parent and student confidence, enhance character development and teach life skills in order to help increase the likelihood of family success in academic endeavors.



Vision Statement

Parent University is a community collaborative empowering parents to be “power parents” by providing training, skills, and resources in the areas of:

  • Technology
  • Internet and Cyber Safety
  • Health and Wellness
  • Financial Literacy
  • Academic Success
  • Life Skills
  • Leadership Skills
  • Navigating the School System

Parent University provides a valuable opportunity for parents, schools, and community to become jointly involved in education. The program is designed to support and empower parents to become leaders and advocates for their child's learning, resulting in greater school and community improvement.

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Outside Agencies

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