Please join us for our third annual Parent Leadership and Empowerment Conference!
As a parent, your influence is much more prominent than the teachers, coaches, administrators, and other school staff that your child interacts with during the school day. In short, we cannot do it alone. By working together we can produce the best possible results for our youth as they prepare for college, career, and life in the 21st century world.
I hope you find the information presented in this conference to be educational and beneficial to your efforts at home. The individuals teaching these courses have years of experience in their respective fields, and have dedicated their careers to improving student outcomes in Granite School District and our community.
I would also like to thank our sponsors for this event. We are fortunate to have such strong support in all communities throughout the District.
Dr. Martin Bates Superintendent
Saturday, 21 January 2017
Check in begins at 8:00 a.m., Welcome at 9:00 a.m.
Ends at 1:00 p.m.Where:
Cottonwood High School
5715 S 1300 E
Murray, UT 84121
The cost is $7.00 per person and will cover the cost of lunch and supplies.
All extra will be donated to the Granite Education Foundation.
Keynote Speaker: Tami Pyfer
Tami Pyfer is the Education Advisor to Governor Gary R. Herbert. Appointed in January of 2014, she advises the Governor on education policy and other public and higher education issues. She also assists the Governor as he leads his Education Excellence Commission.
Previous to her appointment as Education Advisor, Tami served four years on the Utah State Board of Education representing Cache Valley and other northern communities in the state. For ten years, she worked as a clinical instructor at Utah State University, teaching a variety of courses in the teacher preparation program. She also supervised student teachers studying special education and coordinated research activities.
Read through the classes and their descriptions. When registering for the conference, you can register for 3 classes plus one alternate class, just in case one of your prefered classes is full.
Stand up and Stay Safe: Bullying Prevention
Gain a better understanding of what bullying is and how it can be dealt with and prevented. Learn what the schools in the district are doing to prevent bullying and what you can do to build resiliency in your student.
College is Your Child’s Future!
Kaye Poulton Timm & Judy Petersen
A college education will give your child more opportunities. Learn what you need to know and do to support your child on the pathway to college. Learn how to build college-going aspirations and awareness, what classes to take in junior high and high school, how to pay for college, and more.
Online Math: How to help your child succeed using Digits (7th and 8th grade math)
Is your child struggling with digits? Are you, as a parent, wondering how to better help your child with their online homework? Come find out how the online digits math program works and how to use the online tools to help your student.
Granite Benchmarks and School City. Informational tools for you and your child
This session will familiarize parents with SchoolCity and the purpose of the Granite Benchmarks. It will provide an understanding of the role they fill in improving student achievement, teacher instruction and informing parents.
- What is SchoolCity?
- What are the Granite Benchmarks?
- When and how are they administered?
- How are they developed?
- Who are the authors?
- How is the information useful to teachers, students & Parents?
How to Select Appropriate At-home Reading Materials for your Student
Celia Powell & Cindy Moyle
Parents can expect to learn how to select appropriate at-home reading materials using Granite’s Digital Library. Parents will learn how to access both ebooks and audio books as well as how to search for books by Lexile scores and where to find a book reviews.
Netsmartz: Internet Safety
Parenting wired kids can be difficult, especially if you did not grow up with the same technology. Come learn about resources that can help, and what you can do to increase your student’s online safety.
Signs of Adolescent Mental Health Challenges
Learn about common adolescent mental illnesses, what signs you should be aware of, and where you can get help.
Navigating Go Math! (K-6th)
Dee Rigdon and Byron Longhurst
This is an introductory class to help parents become familiar with Go Math! Parents should bring their child’s student ID number in order to access their Go Math account. Topics include: Looking at the online library, checking assignments, and viewing test results.
Your Involvement: The number one factor in student achievement
Parent involvement is the number one factor in student achievement. Come learn how you can be more involved and how to be a positive influence in your child’s education.
Protecting Kids from Substance Abuse
Learn about commonly abused substances and warning signs that may indicate your student could be struggling with this, along with resources you can use to get help.
Understanding Your Student’s SAGE Results
Rob Averett & Rachel Reese
This session will familiarize parents with SAGE testing and the meaning of their individual results:
- What is SAGE Summative?
- What is computer adaptive testing?
- How do you read and interpret individual Student reports?
- How do you access the individual Student Report in the Granite Parent Portal?
- How is SAGE connected to Utah’s school grades?
The Grandfamilies program provides support services and groups for grandparents and other relatives that are raising their relatives children. Most of the children and caregivers we serve are in need of support services and resources. This workshop will provide an overview of the services provided by the Grandfamilies program as well as information on how children and families are affected by the growing opioid epidemic in the state of Utah.
Parental Rights for Special Education and Students with Disabilities
Parents are important members of the IEP team. They can and want to be effective partners with other members of the team in developing and delivering special education programs for their student with disabilities. However, they often lack information. This workshop will help parents understand their role, right and responsibilities in the IEP process. Parents will also learn how to effectively prepare for, participate in and follow up on IEP meetings held on behalf of their student.
Safe UT: What it is and What it Does
The SafeUT Crisis Text and Tip Line mobile app is a statewide service providing real time crisis intervention through texting, as well as a confidential school safety tip program to handle tips on bullying, school threats of violence or emergencies.
Students, parents and others use the mobile app for a wide variety of problems, including emotional crisis, grief and loss, drug and alcohol problems, mental health issues, self-harm and suicidal behavior. School tips come in from students, friends and family members and are directed to the student’s school for follow up by designated personnel. If people have the opportunity to connect with someone who cares about them while experiencing a crisis, the risk of harm to self or others is greatly diminished.
Immediate support during a crisis has also been shown to greatly reduce occurrences of abuse and neglect. One of the biggest reasons why texters/callers appreciate text or crisis lines is the confidential nature of the free service available to anyone at anytime in need of assistance. During times of crisis, people often feel more comfortable talking to someone they don’t know, enabling them to discuss feelings and concerns in a way that may differ from talking with friends and family members.
Attendance: How do I get my child out of bed and to school on time, and does it matter?
Showing up for school has a huge impact on a student’s academic success starting in Kindergarten and continuing through high school. Even as children grow older and more independent, families play a key role in making sure students get to school safely every day and understand why attendance is so important for success in school and in life. This presentation will examine the effects of absenteeism and provide some concrete ideas for parents and students to make regular attendance.
Preventing Child Sexual Abuse
This presentation teaches parents how to prevent child sexual abuse by identifying grooming behaviors and tactics used by perpetrators. Parents will also learn how to respond to disclosures of sexual abuse, in addition to reporting suspected abuse. This presentation is approved to fulfill the requirements of Utah’s Child Sexual Abuse Prevention Law (HB 286).
PLEC Registration is closed.