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School District Launches Parent University

School District Launches New Parent University

Starting this month, the Placentia-Yorba Linda Unified School District is launching a “Parent University,” offering an array of classes that parents voted as their favorite. “Navigating Middle School” and “Addressing Bullying” are a few of the classes offered. To see the full list of classes, visit the Parent University page on the left hand side of the district’s website at 

All of the classes are offered by teachers, police officers or experts in their respective fields. Spanish translators are also available, if requested ahead of time via the website registration. The Parent University page on the website also includes links to resources as well as suggested reading for parents and students to learn more information about specific topics.

The idea for a Parent University emerged out of the district’s five year strategic plan, which is called the “PYLUSD Advantage.” One of the initiatives in the plan calls for creating a comprehensive parent education program that provides essential tools to address today’s dynamic and complex environment that families face. Charged with the opportunity, district staff surveyed parents this past spring. “We wanted to build Parent University around topics that are the most important for today’s parents,” said Superintendent Doug Domene, Ed.D. “The best people to tell us what’s most important to them are parents themselves.”

The four main topics that floated to the top of parents’ interest, according to the survey, were: Navigating the College System, Student Academics, Parent Support, and Student Safety. Classes focused on these central themes. Throughout the year, new classes will be added and posted on the district’s website.

Parent University Offerings

Student Academics

Middle School Transition

Are you and your child trying to navigate middle school together?  Would you like to learn tips to help support your child to be more successful?  Join us for an overview of strategies pertaining to organization, homework, PE, technology, communication, attendance, and more.

Presenters: Katie DeGraffenreid, Brian Shay, Jodi Bonk, Gloria Johnson
Date: Spring 2015
Time: 6:00-7:15 p.m.
Location: Professional Development Academy, 4999 Casa Loma Ave., Yorba Linda

Taking it up a Notch- Easing the Transition from Middle to High School

Do your memories of high school make you break out in a cold sweat? Or just break out? Do you still have nightmares about failing tests or being late for class?  Do you still sit in the back row at Back to School Night? Now you are going to relive the excitement and trauma of high school with your precious child!  

We’re here to help. We realize your child is the most important child in the entire high school. Come to our presentation to get insider tips on surviving the transition from middle school to high school.  We will discuss high school expectations, how to get the most out of your parent teacher relationships, and the things you can do to help your child achieve success in high school and beyond. 

Presenters: Amanda Wolfe, Alyson Dixon, Frank Perez
Date: October 22, 2014
Time: 7:00-8:15 p.m.
Location: District Board Room, 1301 E. Orangethorpe Ave., Placentia

Reading Strategies for Children in Grades K-3

Are you interested in assisting your child with beginning reading skills at home (phonemic awareness, decoding, phonics, and spelling)?  Please join us for an evening with Jill Nesbit, retired PYLUSD teacher and Project Read Trainer.  This presentation provides parents with strategies to create a culture of reading in the home as well as skills to help parents practice reading with their children.

Presenters: Jill Nesbit, Project Read Trainer/Retired Teacher
Date: December 10, 2014
Time: 6:30-8:30 p.m.
Location: Professional Development Academy, 4999 Casa Loma Ave., Yorba Linda

Parenting Support

Common Sense Parenting

It’s not easy raising children in today’s hectic and high-pressure world. Every family needs help from time to time. The trick for most parents is how to find the right resources and the time to get the help they need.

After decades of serving thousands of parents and children across the country in our evidence-based parenting classes, Boys Town has developed a time-efficient and high-impact parenting series, called Parenting Café.

Parents of Children 13 to 18 years old
  • Talk with Other Parents About Parent Concerns
  • Discuss Parenting Strategies, Tips and Tools
  • Facilitated by a Certified Common Sense Parenting Trainer

Presenters: Boy’s Town, Ainé Alejandre
Date: October 27, 2014
Time: 6:30-7:30 p.m.
Location: District Board Room, 1301 E. Orangethorpe Ave., Placentia

Effective Parenting Strategies that Work for Today’s Youth

With our laws and technology continuously changing, it increases the difficulty to parent our children. This workshop will present different effective parenting strategies that have been found to work with even the most behaviorally challenging children. 
You will learn how to:
  1. Increase communication
  2. Decrease arguments
  3. Strengthen the parent-child relationship
  4. Bring out the best in your child and in you as a parent
Presenter: Building Better Kids, Kristy De Leon
Date: November 17, 2014 
Time: 6:30-7:30 p.m.
Location: District Board Room, 1301 E. Orangethorpe Ave., Placentia

Parenting the Gifted Student: 

How to give you child the advantage of great social and emotional skills

From kindergarten to college, gifted students bring with them differences that affect the way they see themselves and interact with others. Guided in the right way, these differences can give the advantage of being a flexible, self-confident learner who easily manages the stress of social and academic pressure. This course explores how parents can guide their child through the social and emotional demands of these most important years. We will cover the most effective ways to praise, manage academic and social stress, develop friendships, and the need for discipline.

Presenters:Terry Mulcahy, Carin Benner, Terri Hanna
Date: October 28, 2014
Time: 6:30-8:00 p.m.
Location: District Board Room, 1301 E. Orangethorpe Ave., Placentia

Non-Discrimination Statement

The Placentia-Yorba Linda Unified School District prohibits discrimination, harassment, intimidation, and bullying in all district activities, programs, and employment based upon actual or perceived gender, gender identity, gender expression, race, ethnicity, color, religion, ancestry, nationality, national origin, ethnic group identification, immigration status, sex, sexual orientation, marital or parental status, pregnancy, age, physical or mental disability or on the basis of a person’s association with a person or group with one or more of these actual or perceived characteristics. Reference: BP 0410; 1312.3; 4111.1; 5145.3; 5145.7; 4119.11/4219.11/4319.11
Compliance Officer for Complaints. Employee complaint: Rick Lopez, Assistant Superintendent, Human Resources (714) 985-8408. Title IX Sexual Harassment and any other discrimination complaints: Cary Johnson, Director, Educational Services (714) 985-8656. Americans with Disabilities Act complaints: Richard McAlindin, Executive Director, Instructional Support (714) 985-8727. Bullying, intimidation complaints: Rick Riegel, Administrator, Student Services (714) 985-8671
Procedure for Complaints. Uniform Complaint Policy Form 1312.3 (English), 1312.3 (Spanish). Williams Uniform Complaint Procedures Form 1312.4 (English) and 1312.4 (Spanish)
El Distrito Escolar Unificado Placentia-Yorba Linda, prohíbe la discriminación, acoso, intimidación, hostigamiento en todas las actividades, programas y empleo del distrito en base a género real o percibido, identificación de género, expresión de género, raza, etnia, color, religión ascendencia, nacionalidad, origen nacional, identificación de grupo étnico, estado de inmigración, sexo, orientación sexual, estatus marital o parental, embarazo, edad discapacidad física o mental o en base a la asociación de la persona con una persona o grupo, con una o más de estas características reales o percibidas. Referencia: BP 0410; 1312.3; 4111.1; 5145.3; 5145.7; 4119.11/4219.11/4319.11.
Quejas de empleados: Rick Lopez, Asistente de Superintendente, Recursos Humanos (714) 985-8408. Titulo IX Acoso Sexual y cualquier otra queja de discriminación: Cary Johnson, Director, Servicios Educativos (714) 985-8656. Americanos con Discapacidades Acta de quejas: Richard McAlindin, Director Ejecutivo, Apoyo Educativo (714) 985-8727. Quejas de acoso, intimidación: Rick Riegel, Administrador, Servicios Estudiantiles (714) 985-8671

Employee/Student Non-Fraternization Policy: BP 4101