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Mt. Diablo Unified School District Hosts Third Annual Back-to-School Parent Conference


Contact:  Ursula Kroemer Leimbach / communications@mdusd.org / Mobile: (760) 705-6919



Mt. Diablo Unified School District Hosts Third Annual Back-to-School Parent Conference

Conference topics to include Digital Citizenship, developing strong family bonds, bullying prevention, and more


WHAT:  The Mt. Diablo Unified School District (MDUSD) is pleased to host its third annual Back-to-School Parent Conference, featuring nearly two dozen educational workshops to provide families valuable resources and tools to help guide their children to a successful school year. The event is free for all MDUSD families.  Childcare will be available for children 3 – 10 years old. Space is limited and early registration is highly recommended.  Lunch and school supplies will be provided to registered participants while supplies last.


Families may register online at http://www.mdusd.org/btscr or by contacting the Parent Education Program at Mt. Diablo Adult Education, (925) 685-7340, ext. 6720, or parented@mdusd.org.


Free transportation will be provided for Bay Point families.  The first pick-up will be at Bel Air Elementary at 7:30 a.m.  The second pick-up will be at Riverview Middle School at 7:45 a.m.


WHEN:  Saturday, August 19, 2017, 8:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.


Conference Schedule

8:00 a.m.

Conference Check-in

8:30 – 8:40 a.m.

Welcome – Dr. Nellie Meyer, Superintendent

8:45 – 9:30 a.m.

Keynote Speaker – Ronald Mah, M.A. Ph.D.

“Parenting: Philosophy, Principles, Practice, and Practicalities”

9:45 – 10:45 a.m.

Session A Workshops  (See below)

11 a.m. - Noon

Session B Workshops

Noon – 1:00 p.m.

Lunch & Community Resource Square

Distribution of school supplies (while supplies last)


WHERE:  MDUSD Loma Vista Adult Center, 1266 San Carlos Avenue, Concord (Get directions)


ADDITIONAL INFORMATION:  Mt. Diablo Unified believes strongly that the role of parents as partners in education is essential to the success of students in school. By working together, parents and educators build stronger school communities, and help all children reach their potential and graduate with the skills necessary to lead their future world.  MDUSD’s annual Back-to-School Parent Conference is designed to support these important parent partnerships with a wide array of workshops with topics ranging from learning the basics about an Individualized Education Program (IEP) to supporting students with Common Core Mathematics to stopping bullying in schools.


The keynote speaker, Dr. Ronald Mah, is a licensed marriage and family therapist, credentialed elementary and secondary teacher, and established and respected author and presenter on topics related to parenting, child development, and teacher education. He is on the Board of Directors of the California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists, and has served on the Board of the California Kindergarten Association. 


His keynote address, “Parenting: Philosophy, Principles, Practice, and Practicalities” will provide guidelines for successful parenting to include:

  • Shared goals and experiences for parents and children
  • Successful parenting and self-esteem
  • Successful parenting is more than love
  • Responding to developmental stress
  • Adult self-care
  • Parenting styles and results in children


Two sessions of workshops are available.


Session A Workshops – 9:45 – 10:45 a.m.

*indicates workshop will offer Spanish translation

Course #




IEP Basics: Learn the Beginning Steps of an Individualized Education Program

Learn the beginning steps of an Individualized Education Program (IEP). Parents will learn the initial steps to an IEP for their child and will be walked through the process from the beginning of the initial IEP and everything from how to ask for an assessment to what to do to prepare for the Individualized Education


Government Civic Participation

Practical information about your city and how you can engage with and support your city and your children’s school. 


What’s Going on With Math? How to Support Your Student in Common Core Math

Most new jobs of the future will require post-graduation or post-secondary education or career skills where a strong foundation in mathematics is key.  To meet this need, there has been a significant change across the nation in the way students are being taught mathematics at all grade levels. This session will focus on what parents/guardians can do at home to support their elementary and secondary student with these new math standards.


Digital Citizenship

Educate yourself around Digital Citizenship and learn how to support and protect your children as well, while harnessing the power of Social Media!  


College Pathways

In this workshop, parents will learn the basics of the college application process. Learn what classes are needed for the different California colleges and university options (community college, CSU and UC), details and deadlines for college testing and what services your child can access at their school to guide them as they apply.        


Meditation for Communication

Learn three beginning meditation skills in a fun and supportive environment. These skills will help you think and communicate clearer-with your eyes closed or opened! Class participation requires sitting in a chair or standing but can be adapted as needed. No previous experience required!


Help Stop Bullying in Our Schools!

Safe Schools Matter. Bullying causes poor attendance and unsafe learning environments.

Join the discussion and learn the difference between a bully, victim and bystander. Take home resources to support your child's safety at school.


Transitioning to Peace: Quick Tips to Manage Anger & Stress

In this session we will discuss anger triggers and simple anger management techniques. We will take a stress resiliency quiz, cover positive communication strategies and learn to improve listening skills. This session can be helpful to anyone managing their own anger or stress or dealing with the anger and stress of another.

A9 (Spanish Only!)

Connecting and Bonding With Your Family

(Conexión y Vinculación

Con Tu Familia)

Early on, if parents form a special relationship with their children based on love, respect and honesty, there will be a greater connection; which will increase the potential for better family relationships, improved academic achievement and a successful future.  In this interactive workshop we will discuss and practice different ways to develop a healthy and loving relationship with your children. Being a parent is one of the most difficult jobs in the world; nevertheless, it is the most rewarding!


Differing Cultural Values Affecting the School Community

In this workshop, we will discuss cultural values and awareness, as well as the similarities and differences between oneself and others.   Learn how to establish relationships and connect with people in a diverse community.


Parenting Your Elementary-Age Child

In this workshop parents will learn to gain the cooperation of their elementary age children in household chores, house rules and schoolwork, through simple yet direct techniques.



Session B Workshops – 11:00 a.m. - Noon

*indicates workshop will offer Spanish translation


IEPs and How to Support Your Child

This workshop will give you some tips on how to prepare for your student’s IEP meeting to make it efficient and effective.  Learn how to participate as a part of the IEP team, ask questions and assist with writing goals. This workshop is designed to take the fear out of the IEP process.


Literacy Support

Learn about free resources that will bring out the reader in every child.  Caregivers will discover new ways to introduce books to new or reluctant readers.  You will come to know how even little changes can go far in creating amazing results.


Tips on Communicating With Your Tween and Teen

The teen and tween years can definitely bring many communication challenges for parents. If you often feel like you are talking to hear yourself talk, you may be right!   Learn some helpful tips for keeping the channels of communication open and improving your parent-child relationship while reducing the amount of indifference and opposition you get from your child.


Vape Pens & Teens: What Parents Need to Know

E-cigarettes, vape pens, e-hookah... whatever you call them, these products have grown in popularity among people of all ages and young people are no exception. In fact, use of e-cigarettes/vape pens tripled among middle and high school students from 2011 to 2013. This workshop will provide parents and other adults with an overview of e-cigarettes/vape pens, adolescent use, laws, tips, and resources.


English Learner Reclassification

Presenter will describe the different MDUSD programs offered to support our English Learners. We will discuss various ways to help your child(ren) at home. Time for questions and answers is included.


Learning Styles and Homework

Everyone is born with their own unique temperament and learning style. In this workshop parents will learn to identify their own style and that of their child, in order to better assist their children with school work. We will explore techniques and tips to make homework more manageable.


Building Peace with Children, Family, and Colleagues at Home, School and Work

This workshop makes the connections between individual self-esteem in children and their involvement in the peace process.  Peace is examined from the perspective of consistency among all relationships. Methods are presented to build self-esteem in children and to protect them from becoming abusers/bullies and/or victims and to promote the development of peacemakers.                             


Introduction to Executive Functioning

This workshop introduces executive functioning, an area that affects many students in education. Explore what executive functioning deficits look like and learn to help students improve skills in organization, time management, task initiation, and planning and prioritizing. Strategies geared towards all students.


Connecting & Bonding With Your Family

Early on, if parents form a special relationship with their children based on love, respect and honesty, there will be a greater connection; which will increase the potential for better family relationships, improved academic achievement and a successful future.  In this interactive workshop we will discuss and practice different ways to develop a healthy and loving relationship with your children. Being a parent is one of the most difficult jobs in the world; nevertheless, it is the most rewarding!


Career Pathways

MDUSD is committed to making students college AND career ready. Participants will receive a brief overview of the different career pathways in Mt. Diablo Unified School District and hear about the benefits of participating in a career pathway.  These benefits include work-based learning and early college credit.  Additionally, participants will hear about the district’s efforts to include our elementary schools and our middle schools in work-based learning activities.



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Mt. Diablo Unified, located in Contra Costa County, is honored to serve approximately 32,000 students at one of more than 50 school sites in the cities of Clayton, Concord, Pleasant Hill; portions of Martinez, Pittsburg and Walnut Creek; and the unincorporated communities of Bay Point, Lafayette, and Pacheco. As part of a richly diverse community, MDUSD families represent numerous ethnic groups, speaking nearly 50 different languages and dialects. We offer award-winning innovative programs in Career Technical Education; Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM); extensive visual and performing arts programs; and rich foreign language and dual immersion offerings. MDUSD is also pleased to have launched its first middle college program, College Now, and will open its first International Baccalaureate program and three new regional magnet programs in 2017.  Learn more at http://www.mdusd.org/.





Posted by: Debbie Maher, District Admin, Mt. Diablo Unified School District Published:8/9/17
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