Parent University

DCSD Parent University

About DCSD Parent University

In partnership with Sky Ridge Medical Center, DCSD Parent University 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 supports and empowers parents to become leaders and advocates for their child's learning.

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License to Survive 2024: Driving Safety Update

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Join Theo Mink, Executive Director of the South Metro Safety Foundation and Selena Silva, Community Risk Reduction Specialist from South Metro Fire Rescue, for a ‘License to Survive 2024’ driving safety update.  Topics that will be discussed include: Graduated Driver’s License Laws, Tips and Tricks for Parents of New Drivers, and Current Roadway Safety Challenges. 


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

Child Find Assessments: Supporting Preschool-Aged Students


Join Child Find Team Members to discuss supporting behaviors associated with sensory regulation in Preschool aged students. Christina Howery, School Psychologist, and Mary Beth Karr, Occupational Therapist, will lead this webinar. Child Find is part of Douglas County School District’s Early Childhood Education Department.

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Substance Use Prevention Pilot Program for Middle Schools

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Join Dr. Kelli Smith, Director of Health, Wellness, and Prevention, DCSD Prevention Nurses Shannon Johnson and Erika Raschkes, along with Alissa Huff, Community Health Educator with Douglas County Health Department to learn more about this timely topic.

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The Role of Today's School Counselor

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Douglas County School District will be celebrating National School Counselor Week the week of February 5-9. Join Dr. Kelli Smith, Director of Health, Wellness and Prevention, and DCSD Lead Counselors Renee Cawley and Kambi Crabb, to discuss how students can best leverage their school counselor. specifically, data will be shared on our DCSD counseling programs' impact on students' achievement and engagement in our schools.

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The Importance of Literacy in Early Child Development

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This November Parent University Webinar was created with DCSD's Dept. of Curriculum, Instruction and Assessment to learn why Literacy is so important in Early Child Development. In this webinar, DCSD Student Support Services staff will discuss developmental stages of early literacy, along with strategies for supporting oral language and early literacy.

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Career Pathways, Post-Secondary Readiness,
and Concurrent Enrollment

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This webinar is offered to parents and high school students who are interested in learning how DCSD guides students through discovery, exploration, and skill development to find a purpose and determine the best path for the future. This webinar will also feature an update on the Legacy Campus: ‘A Day in the Life of A Legacy Campus Student'!

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Concussion Process & School Sports:
Support/Best Practice Alignment with CHSAA

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This Parent University Webinar discusses components of DCSD’s student concussion protocol and how our school district’s support and practice aligns with the Colorado High School Activity Association (CHSAA). We are excited to have Chris Mathewson, DCSD’s Lead Athletic Trainer as our panelist for this September webinar. Coach Mathewson will share insights, best practices and the latest research in this field. Additional information is also provided by DCSD's BrainSTEPS Committee.

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In compliance with Titles VI & VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, the Age Discrimination in Employment Act of 1967, the Americans with Disabilities Act, the Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act of 2008, and Colorado law, the Douglas County School District RE-1 does not unlawfully discriminate against otherwise qualified students, employees, applicants for employment, or members of the public on the basis of disability, race, creed, color, sex, sexual orientation, marital status, national origin, religion, ancestry, or need for special education services. Discrimination against employees and applicants for employment based on age, genetic information, and conditions related to pregnancy or childbirth is also prohibited in accordance with state and/or federal law. Complaint procedures have been established for students, parents, employees, and members of the public. The School District's Compliance Officer and Title IX Coordinator to address complaints alleging sexual harassment under Title IX is Aaron Henderson, 620 Wilcox Street, Castle Rock, Colorado, [email protected], 303-387-0127.

Outside Agencies

Complaints regarding violations of Title VI, (race, national origin), Title IX (sex, gender), Section 504/ADA (handicap or disability), may be filed directly with the Office for Civil Rights, U.S. Department of Education, 1244 North Speer Blvd., Suite 310, Denver, CO 80204. Complaints regarding violations of Title VII (employment) and the ADEA (prohibiting age discrimination in employment) may be filed directly with the Federal Office of Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, 303 E. 17th Ave., Suite 510, Denver, CO 80202, or the Colorado Civil Rights Commission, 1560 Broadway, Suite 1050, Denver, CO 80202.


Special Education records which have been collected by Douglas County School District related to the identification, evaluation, educational placement, or the provision of special education in the district, must be maintained under state and federal laws for the period of five (5) years after special education services have ended for the student. Special education services end when the student is no longer eligible for services, graduates, or completes his/her educational program at age 21, or moves from the district. This notification is to inform parents/guardians and former students of Douglas County School District's intent to destroy the special education records of students who exited special education services as of June 30, 2016. These records will be destroyed in accordance with state law unless the parent/guardian or eligible (adult) student notifies the school district otherwise. After five years, the records are no longer useful to the district, but may be useful to the parent/guardian or former student in applying for social security benefits, rehabilitation services, college entrance, etc. The parent/guardian or eligible (adult) student may request a copy of the records by requesting the records at this link ( Douglas County School District Transcripts and Records Requests ).