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Part 1: Parents as Partners for the Portland Promise

Mindsets, Tools, & Practices for Building Bridges Across Difference: Join us virtually on Wed, Feb 15, 2023 from 6-7:30pm for the first session of a two-part series. Zoom: tinyurl.com/Feb15ParentU

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Reimagining Family Engagement: Session 3

Join us on January 26, 2023, 5:30-7:30 PM at King Middle School for Outreach and Partnership with Multilingual Families: Strategies and Best Practices. In this session, participants will examine the individual and institutional challenges for meaningful participation among our multilingual families in school parent groups and strategies to overcome overcome them. Refreshments and child care provided.

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Social Emotional Health: How Trauma Impacts the Brain

Portland Public Schools is committed to the social and emotional health of all students which is all the more critical as a result of the pandemic. 

At this session, PPS district social work leaders and The Yellow Tulip Project presented on how trauma impacts the brain of children and adolescents what this means for all of us and how we can work together as parent/guardians, families, and friends, to remain regulated to help students and each other through difficult, stressful times. 

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Starting at Zero:  Thinking about Education Starting at Birth

Starting at Zero is a film that explores the power of investing in high-quality early childhood education so that all children and families have the opportunity to thrive and attain the American Dream. 

What’s the status of early childhood education in Portland and in Maine? Why is birth-to-5 education critical in the development of children? How can families bring their voice in developing quality early childhood education programs? 

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The Atlantic Black Box Project: Researching and Reckoning with New England’s Past

Join members of the Atlantic Black Box Project for a two-part exploration of slavery in the North and New England’s complicity in the global economy of enslavement. Why have our history books and regional narratives left out this critical aspect of our past, along with the stories of local Black and Indigenous populations? What is the impact of these omissions on our students? Participate in this timely discussion about how unearthing local and regional history can help us to better navigate our present and our future as a community.

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How Racism Impacts the Health of Children

Racism has a profound impact on the health and well-being of our kids. With near-constant exposure to news and social media, more kids are witnessing violence and racism firsthand. When children witness events of racism at school, on the streets, or on television, what is the effect?

Please join children's health expert, pediatrician, and author Dr. Jacqueline Dougé to talk about the harmful effects of racism on the health of all children and learn about ways families can support their children, one another, and a just future

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Technology Platforms

This Parent U session will provide orientation on protocols and structures for in-person, remote, and hybrid learning scenarios. We will also introduce technology platforms, such as Google Classroom and SeeSaw, that the students will be using this year.

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What parents/caregivers, speakers, and staff have to say about Parent University.

I am so grateful and proud of all the work that Portland Public Schools have put into making our Parent University sessions a reality in our district.

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