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Spring 2017 Parent University & All County Reads

Adventures in Learning!

Saturday, February 11, 2017
Drop in any time between 9 am and 12 noon


Spessard Holland Elementary
2342 E.F. Griffin Road
Bartow, FL 33830

Parent University and All County Reads 2017 Flyer

Free fun event for families with a child in a Polk County Public School.

  • Free refreshments
  • Informational booths
  • Learning stations with activities
  • Student performances
  • Q&A forums
  • Books Bridge Busses
  • All County Reads

These events will take place in the cafeteria.

9:00-9:30 am               Student Presentations             Cleveland Court Elementary Chorus

9:30-10:00 am             Questions/Answer Forum       The Law & ESSA—“Every Student Succeeds Act”

10:00-10:30 am           Student Presentations             Spessard Holland Elementary Chorus

10:30-11:00 am           Questions/Answer Forum       School talk--What’s happening in Polk Public Schools!

11:00-11:30 am           Student Presentations             Lake Marion Creek Strings

11:30-12:00 pm           Questions/Answer Forum       Polk Options for Preschool to Graduation and Beyond!

There will be a storytelling session in the music room (access through the cafeteria) where students can listen to storytellers while their parents listen to the questions and answer sessions as part of the forums.

Free transportation at the following locations:Parent University Logo

        • Wahneta Elementary
        • Sleepy Hill Elementary
        • Boone Middle School
        • Mulberry Middle Schoool

Please register for transportation:

Parent University Transportation Request

تعبئة نموذج طلب مواصللات عامه لأين من الوالدين لجامعة الأهالي


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Solicitud de Transporte de la Universidad de Padres


What is Parent University?

Polk Parent University is a collaborative community effort led by Polk County’s Title I department and other parent involvement contacts within the school district to help parents become full partners in their children’s education.

Parent University is a partnership with community agencies and organizations to offer free courses, family events, and activities that will equip families with new or additional skills, knowledge, and resources. Workshops and classes will engage parents in innovative and meaningful partnerships for learning.

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What is the Goal of Polk’s Parent University?

The goal of Polk’s Parent University is to increase parent involvement in the schools and empower parents to raise children who are successful in school and in life.

Parent University is a way in which our school district, businesses, and other community organizations can provide education to parents. Our philosophy is that parenting, like other types of education, is an ongoing and lifelong learning process.

Many school districts have implemented programs similar to Polk’s Parent University in order to:

  • increase parental involvement and participation in schools,
  • allow parents an opportunity to network with professionals and other parents
  • and help parents develop the skills needed to implement positive parenting practices and further their education.

There are several ways you can partner with us:

  1. Provide information in the form of brochures, pamphlets, etc. for our centers.
  2. Provide a service for our centers. (Workshops, classes, trainings, other?)
  3. Volunteer in the center.

Please complete the participation form so that we can contact you.

Letter to Vendors

Parent University Presentations

Who can attend?

Any parent of a student in a Polk County public school may attend.

Is there a cost to attend?

Most workshops and classes will be a free service to parents of students in Polk schools. Some classes may require a small fee.

What times will classes be offered?

Our goal is provide workshops and classes to parents at flexible times/days; Mornings, evenings and Saturdays. Courses are offered any day of the week and at times sensitive to the work and personal schedules of parents.

Who teaches the workshops?

Workshops are facilitated by community and business professionals, district staff, parents, and students.

Will childcare be provided?

Limited childcare will be provided for our all day Parent University events. There will be a section on the registration form to indicate your needs. Unfortunately at this time childcare will not be provided for workshops and classes provided at the parent centers.

Will translation be provided?

Yes, for our all day Parent University events. There will be a section on the registration form to indicate your needs. Each of the parent centers is staffed with a bilingual Family Liasion Para so translation services is always available. The parent centers also offer some classes in Spanish and also conversational English classes.