HSC Connections Conference
Presented by the Hampton Education Foundation
1. Accessing Free and Affordable Resources for Families in Hampton Roads
Brenda Garrett, YMCA of South Hampton Roads
Parents will learn how to best utilize the KidsPriorityOne and 2-1-1 Virginia databases to find thousands of services across Hampton Roads.
2. Bullying and Cyberbullying
Bonnie Griffith, HCS Social Worker and Heather Williams, HCS Psychologist
Bullying, when left unchecked, can impact a student’s learning and mental health. It can leave long-term emotional scars and undermine a safe, supportive school climate. Cyberbullying has increased the magnitude of bullying, and in some ways has made it more difficult to monitor and sanction. Strategies for dealing with bullying in all its forms will be explored.
3. Characteristics of Students with Autism Spectrum Disorders
Dr. Ivy D. Lee, HCS Social Worker
The diagnosis of Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASDs) presents a maze of questions that can be perplexing for parents and educators. What are the characteristics of students with Autism Spectrum Disorders? This workshop will discuss the theories, causes and latest research on addressing the social, emotional and academic needs of the autistic child.
4. Creativity: Fostering Youth Development (morning only)
Linda Hansen, Creativity Director, Alternatives, Inc.
Experiencing the natural capacity of creative expression is a vital need for all youth. This workshop will allow participants an opportunity to understand the power of the creative process in helping young people achieve both academic and personal success. Through the use of creative activities such as movement, rhythm, poetry, and visual exercises participants will learn how to foster their own creativity, which can empower them to assist children to express their creativity. In an experiential format this workshop will introduce to the participant: Key elements of a creative environment; Key research to support the need for creative expression; Howard Gardner’s 8 Intelligences. Participants will be asked to engage in their own creative process.
5. Homework: A Parent’s Survival Guide (morning only)
Amy Scott, Huntington Learning Center
A workshop program exclusively for today’s busy parent and is designed to empower parents to help their struggling child to do better in school. During the workshop, we show parents ways to structure their children’s time and environment to improve homework performance.
6. Love Languages
Michele Tryon, Children’s Hospital of the King’s Daughters
Learn how to identify and apply different communication styles that build a better relationship with your child using ideas discussed in the book, The Five Love Languages of Children. Learn what motivates your child and how to enhance cooperation. Understanding love languages can help build stronger relationships with your spouse, co-workers, friends, and family members, as well.
7. Understanding the Special Education process
Joy Golston, Ed.S, Special Education Coordinator, Hampton City Schools
An overview of the Special Education process from identification to implementation.
8. The Importance of Physical Activity and Healthy Eating for Student Learning/Success
Christa Vessells, Phenix preK-8 Instructional Leader for Physical Education
Learn how leading a sedentary lifestyle and unhealthy eating habits affects children socially, emotionally, physically, and academically and what you can do to obtain and maintain a healthy lifestyle for your children and family. Includes hands-on activities.
9. Prepare. Achieve. Succeed. (afternoon only)
Gayle Segall, Huntington Learning Center
An interactive, practical workshop for parents of college-bound students covering a wide range of topics related to college entrance exams, such as the SAT and ACT, as well as the college application process.
10. Raising a Reader/Parental Involvement in Literacy
Tami Zorn, Burbank Elementary
Helping Parents raise a child to love Reading!
11. Raising a Winner!
Alvean F. Lyons, M. Ed., Trace Success Consulting, LLC
Inviting all Parents! It doesn't matter if you have been Bad, Good, or Great. Everyone can parent on the next level! It's easier than you think! Join us and find quick and simple solutions to parenting! Get more of what you want and less of what you don't. In a world of Facebook and Twitter parenting can feel like it's passing you by...but not here! Learn and explore how to make quick deposits into your child with easy to use principles of: 7 Minute Successes, Power Plug-ins and Find the Fun in Parenting Again--all the components of Raising a Winner!
12. How to Learn and Remember Just About Anything
Paula Brown, HCS
Proven strategies to help you and your child "get it" and "keep it" the first time
In this high-energy session, participants will learn easy and practical ways to retain information. From a phone number of a friend to reciting the Declaration of Independence, there are proven methods that work with a variety of learners. These "easy to learn" strategies can help your child establish great ways to study and remember important information learned from school and keep it stored and available for a long time. Parents will walk away with a few great strategies for themselves.
13. Technology 2 Go!
Laurie Smith and Tijuania Lambert, Hampton City Schools Curriculum Instruction Technology Teachers – CITTS
Come in and taste what’s cooking in HCS 21st Century classrooms. Sample equipment such as Promethean boards, iPads, and Digital Visualizers. This hands-on session will leave you satisfied!
Kathy Cawthon, 6th Grade Teacher at Spratley Gifted Center; Certified Zentangle instructor
Come learn this easy, fun and relaxing method of creating beautiful images from repetitive patterns. Zentangle is an ideal teaching tool for increased focus and self-calming. Ideal for ages 5 and up!
15. Grandparents Raising Grandchildren (GRG's)
Chenequa Molds, Parent Education Coordinator for Healthy Families Partnership/YEF
Parenting is different the second time around. Grandparents raising grandchildren is not a new phenomenon, but it is growing daily. This workshop will discuss the parenting of a grandchild, feelings and effective communication, supporting your grandchild’s education, and resources to assist in ensuring that, raising a grandchild is a challenge you can love!