Welcome to the Family Leadership Webinar Library
This page is designed to offer you the opportunity to view previously recorded webinar sessions at your convenience. The number of recordings will increase over time and can be accessed below.
Generally our webinars will address:
Please click on video that corresponds to the webinar you want to view. Underneath the videos you will see downloadable .pdf files and relevant links for you to review.
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Parenting a child who has experienced trauma requires that caregivers adjust their thinking about childhood development. As parents of traumatized young people it will be important to change our communication strategies and intentionally work to promote a sense of safety and well-being for children. Often, traumatized children may appear on the surface to be inattentive or oppositional while the underlying issue of trauma may be driving behaviors. This webinar will teach participants the types of experiences that define childhood trauma, provide an understanding of a trauma-specific approach to parenting, review the importance of psychological safety for traumatized children and offer strategies to promote resilience among children who have been impacted by trauma. Please join us as Cabarrus County Schools Social Worker Tecia Ray, MSW review effective strategies for parenting children who have experienced trauma.
The transition to adulthood can be difficult for all young people but it can be especially challenging for persons with disabilities. For parents and caregivers this is a time to be intentional about supporting their loved one’s full participation in adult life. Understanding the student’s preference and interests and collaborating with people and agencies can be very helpful in making this transition a success. Please join us as Cardinal Innovations Consumer Affairs Specialist Ann Gluf presents effective strategies for transitioning to adulthood.
Triple P is an evidence-based program that empowers parents to strengthen families through practical approaches to address children’s challenging behavior. Triple P is backed by more than 30 years of research and used in 25 countries throughout the world. Cabarrus County is promoting the Positive Parenting Program (Triple P) as a way to manage children’s misbehavior, prevent problems and build strong, healthy relationships. Please join us as our team presents an overview of Triple P, strategies for success and how to access services.
In the simplest terms, an Individualized Education Plan (IEP) describes the programs, interventions and special services that some students requires to be successful. However there are several important processes that parents must complete to know if an IEP is necessary and if so, how to ensure the plan most effectively serves the student. It is important for parents to keep in mind that they are a part of (and not apart from) the child’s team. We will review decision, communication tips, strategies, goals and levels of service. We will also address a few IEP myths and reveal some keys to success. Please join us as Cabarrus County Schools Autism Specialist Mary Moss and Homebound Coordinator Nancy Jones present this informative session.
Parents, family members and care providers lead busy lives while our children are off at school. So, how do we best respond when we get a phone call from the school informing us that there is a problem that needs our attention? Parents and families members can approach these calls as opportunities to build collaboration with school staff to directly meet the needs of children. Please join us as Cabarrus County Schools Multi-Tiered System of Support Coordinator Beth Kolb presents strategies to employ and questions to ask to most effectively and productively respond to those calls no parents want to receive.
This screencast is session two of AIG and Fine Arts Coordinator Ann Burr's review of changes to the Elementary Gifted Curriculum in Cabarrus County Schools. This program focuses on the unanswered questions to posed during the Re-Visioning Session. You can view this program independently or as a follow-up to the previously delivered session which can also be loacted in the Family Education Webinar Library.
Homework can often be faced with dread and a desire to rush through as quickly as possible…for parents! Often our goal as parents is to get through assignments as quickly and painlessly as possible. Yet, there are techniques that can make homework more fun while developing better cognitive abilities. Please join us as Erin Morris, Center Director for our local Learning Rx reviews a brain-based learning model and presents techniques that can help your children build up the mental tools that help them think, reason and pay attention.
The Elementary Gifted Curriculum is changing and Cabarrus County Schools has ambitious goals to meet the needs of AIG students. We will review how students will be identified, the supports in place to increase student access to AIG Specialists, and what is being done to decrease standardized testing while helping to prepare Gifted students for the Globally Competitive workforce. Please join us as Ann Burr (Cabarrus County Schools AIG and Fine Arts Coordinator), Debra Williamson (L.I.F.T. Curriculum Coach) and Cindy Wood (R. Brown McAllister Elementary Lead Teacher) present this new vision for Gifted Education.
Literacy is the building block for life-long learning and future success in the Globally Competitive workforce. It is important to help children build these skills at an early age. As parents we recognize that much of the “work” of engaging early elementary and pre-school students in building literacy occurs in their school environment. There are simple and powerful strategies parents can employ to help promote literacy in children. Please join us as Cabarrus Partnership for Children’s Family Outreach Coordinator Elizabeth Albright leads this discussion of practical (and fun) skills to help parents raise a reader. This session is ideal for the parents of pre-K through Second Grade students
Children can easily access content intended for adults with a few intentional or accidental clicks of a mouse. They also are inundated with media messages about sexuality from a variety of pop culture and peer sources – from watching performers on award shows to viewing pictures on a friend’s Facebook feed. The forces promoting problematic choices for our kids are varied and pervasive. At the same time research published through the United States Department of Health and Human Services has shown that teens who talk about sexual behavior, dating and puberty with their parents have sex at later ages and have lower risks of teen pregnancy.
Young people starting Middle School are faced with changes in the way their educational day is structured, the scale and size of their new school and the expectations their teachers hold for them. All this is occurring at the same time as many students experience physical, social and emotional changes. As parents and family members we want to support our children's success during this transition. Please join us as Dr. Cheryl Milam, Cabarrus County Schools Director of Middle Schools discusses the changes you can expect at Middle School, changes your child may be experiencing and how best to empower your child toward her or his success!
As mental health advocacy groups attempt to reduce the stigma associated with treatment and care, families may continue to encounter difficulty understanding the public mental health system. Our community has an array of qualified and capable service providers who can help students and families address mental health needs, including depression, trauma and anxiety. Sometimes, it is especially challenging for families to know where to start.
For many students the transition from elementary to middle school can be a time of mixed emotions. While children might be excited about the prospect of new friends, new teachers and a fresh start in a new school the change can also be a source of uncertainty and anxiety. As family members we sometime match our children’s nervousness with concerns that our children will get “lost” in the transition. There are practical and easy to apply techniques to help your young person succeed in the next stage of learning while helping us, as parents feel confident that our children are able to succeed in their new setting.
Students can sometimes feel overwhelmed by test anxiety. We will explore the very real force of test stress, where it comes from, how to recognize it and practical thing we can do to help reduce children's test anxiety. We will also review helpful web resources and effective strategies including things we can do the night before a test. Please join us as Hickory Ridge Middle School Counselor Glinda Meadows leads this informative and engaging session.
In March, 2013 National Health Statistics Reports concluded that 1 in 50 school aged children were reported by their parents to be diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). Cabarrus County Schools offers programming to address the varying educational needs of young people diagnosed with ASD. This webinar will address autism categories, educational criteria, school services for students with ASD, and systemic efforts to create classroom structures that promote success for young people with autism. We will also review how parents can access services as well as resources families of young people with ASD may find helpful. The discussion will also review effective strategies parents can employ to support success including routines, social stories and visual supports.
Media coverage and information coming to children can affect them even when they are not directly impacted by a crisis or tragic event. Children are able to see, hear about and experience these events through media images. Children often respond to acts of violence with shock, disbelief, and fear. Children look to see how adults around them are reacting. What children want most at these times is to know that adults will take care of them and that they are not alone. Adults need to listen and talk with children about events that are happening around them.
The transition into Kindergarten is filled with many changes that can be overwhelming and scary to young children-and their parents! In this session we review strategies you can implement to prepare your child for the routines, structures and expectations of going to Kindergarten. There are simple yet important things that parents can do to help reduce children’s fears, boost their confidence and prepare them for school success. Please join us as Cabarrus Partnership for Children Family Outreach Coordinator Elizabeth Albright and Cabarrus County Schools Director of Elementary Education Tara Nattrass present this informative webina
The issue of school safety is important for all families. Parents need to feel that children are safe during their school day. Cabarrus County Schools continues to coordinate with law enforcement partners and has made some recent changes to improve school safety for all of our students. During this session we will review our District-wide discipline reporting on major violations, innovations made to enhance school security and the role parents can play in working with schools to help keep everyone safe. Please join us as Cabarrus County Schools’ Executive Director of School Operations, Dr. Christopher Lowder presents A Parent’s Guide to Making Schools Safer for All Students
Myths are created to explain things we cannot easily understand or challenge the limits of our knowledge. While some myths are seemingly harmless others can have a detrimental effect. Myths about gifted education have often interfered with parents’ ability to support optimum quality instruction for high-ability learners and have contributed to a lack of attention and challenge for these students. Please join us as Ann Burr, Coordinator of AIG and Fine Arts and Cindy Wood, AIG Lead Teacher present the “The Top Ten Myths of Gifted Children.” In this session we will review a selection of the National Association for Gifted Children’s “Myths about Gifted Education,” dispel some common misconceptions, and discuss the reality right here in Cabarrus County.
The intent of 504 plans is to create the opportunity for students with disabilities to have the opportunity to achieve success in their schools. But when you have a child with a disability the jargon and lingo of the education system can seem confusing, alienating and overwhelming. This webinar will explore the difference between 504 plans and Special Education. We will discuss who qualifies for 504 Plans, how services are determined, review designated children’s rights, and de-mystify some of the commonly used terminology. Please join us as Cabarrus County Schools’ Psychologists Michelle James, Amy Lowder and Christy Stowe deliver A Parent’s Guide to Understanding 504 Plans
Nutrition is a major factor in every person’s health and wellness. This session will review Cabarrus County Schools’ approach to child nutrition. We will also discuss dietary guidelines, strategies for effectively introducing your children to nutritious options and the role of nutrient dense foods in promoting family health. This session will also explore how families and schools can work together to support healthy eating for our children. Join us as Cabarrus County Schools’ Food and Nutrition Supervisor Kimberly Chesanek delivers our next webinar, A Parent’s Guide to Child Nutrition.
Gifted students can present unique challenges for parents and teachers. When families have a better understanding of what their gifted children experience they can help them reach their potential. This webinar will review strategies to keep gifted children engaged and help move them beyond academic success. Join us as Cabarrus County Schools’ Counselor and Graduation Coach Ryan Ferguson leads this webinar.
By early October the newness of the school year has faded away and the relief felt during summer vacation has given way to stress for many parents. There are every day stressors and challenges that sometimes test our limits and hold the potential to compromise our physical and mental health. As parents we are better able to lead our families when we are at our best, managing our stress and taking care of ourselves. Join us as we identify resources to help determine your stress level, examine some of our internal messages that serve to stress us out, and explore different approaches to help bring us peace and perspective.
Children experiencing behavioral crises can be a source of grave concern and panic for caring parents and family members. A child's crisis can be disturbing and upsetting, however, there is much about these events that is highly predictable. In some circumstances successful resolution of a crisis can be an important step toward the young person's emotional growth and development. Join us as we explore the "What? So what? and Now What?" of engaging young people in crisis
Research has shown that when parents and teachers work together, everyone wins! Students tend to have better grades, attendance and behavior. In addition, they tend to have more positive attitudes about themselves and school. Parent-teacher conferences provide an opportunity for home and school to connect in a meaningful way to promote student success. Please join us as Erica Walker and Sharon Knight of Cox Mill Elementary School review important tips for a successful conference. This session will focus primarily on Elementary School students.
Depression in children and adolescents is often misunderstood, unrecognized and untreated. It is often challenging for parents to know when their children are experiencing the predictable feelings of sadness, loneliness and grief that are not only a part of growing up but are a part of being human. Depression in children shows itself in many ways including academic and behavioral difficulties. Our ability to recognize the signs of depression can be the most helpful opportunity to connect children with the help they need to return to a life where they can experience joy and happiness. Please join us as expert therapist Kristen McClure, LCSW leads this webinar
Drugs and alcohol abuse pose a threat to young people’s life across multiple domains. Academic and legal problems often associated with substance abuse can have long-lasting impacts on young people’s health and career options. We will explore substance abuse trends with a focus on marijuana and prescription drugs. Signs and symptoms of abuse and tips for parents will be discussed during this webinar. Join us as Amie Begg, Student Assistance Specialist of Caron Treatment Center presents this “Did You Know" Session.
Please join us as Beth Kolb, Cabarrus County Schools Multi-Tiered System of Support (MTSS) Coordinator leads “A Parent’s Guide to PBIS."Positive Behavior Intervention and Support (PBIS) is a proactive approach to establishing a supportive structure and environment that helps guide students to academic and social success. PBIS has an established history of effectiveness and relies on a strong research base. It is implemented across North Carolina and throughout the nation. Cabarrus County Schools began implementing PBIS in 2003, however, our schools are at a variety of stages. Some are experienced while others are new to PBIS.
Cabarrus County Schools School Relations Coordinator Sue Burns delivers: A Parent's Guide to Cyber-Bullying and Cyber-Safety. This session will provide parents with practical tips to become more cyber “savvy”. Parents will explore the facts about cyber-bullying, learn ways to respond to cyber-bullying, and discover helpful resources including ways to “chat” with our children and teens about cyber-safety. The session will last approximately 40 minutes with the final portion reserved for questions and answers
Cabarrus County Schools School Assistant Superintendent of Curriculum and Instruction Jason Van Heukelem delivers Success Is Not an Accident, Failure Is Not an Option: A Parent’s Guide to Education Planning. This session will provide parents with important information on how to make the best decisions to promote future success for students. While this program will be especially helpful for parents of middle and high school students it is never too early to begin planning for your child's educational future. The session will last approximately 40 minutes with the final portion reserved for questions and answers.