Parent University

Building a stronger parent-to-school connection

Circular BH-BL Parent University logoiBH-BL Parent University is a community collaboration aimed at helping parents become full partners in their children’s education.

BH-BL partners with community agencies and organizations to offer free, informative workshops featuring experts in childhood development to equip families with new or additional skills, knowledge, resources and confidence. The goal of 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 covers a broad range of wellness-focused topics, from methods to support a child’s physical and mental well-being to tackling a teen’s challenging behaviors.

The workshops are facilitated by community professionals, district staff, parents and students. They are presented in many formats including book studies, forums, guest presentations and educational film discussions. No registration is required for programs unless otherwise specified.

Why should I get involved?

Research has shown that parents can increase a child’s academic success through their involvement with schools and communities. Parental involvement improves student morale, attitudes, and academic achievement across all subject areas. Even if you are not a parent, we encourage you to become involved within Parent University.  No matter what role you play in the school community, Parent University encourages involvement and participation in the education of our community’s students.

2021-22 School Year Events

BH-BL is kicking off the 2021-22 school year by bringing Parent University back to the limelight. This year the district has partnered with Building Better Futures founder Dr. Jennifer Bashant to bring families one-hour, monthly webinars focused around parents as partners.

The first webinar, entitled “You Must Be at Your Best to Do Your Best: Self-Care in All Six Domains,” is Wednesday, Oct. 20 from 7-8 p.m. To register, please email to ask for the zoom link and password. Even if you unable to attend live, you should still register and request a password so that you automatically receive the link to the recording after the live webinar. You will have access to the recordings through June 2022.

Save the Dates: Other Upcoming Webinars through Building Better Futures

  • Thursday, Nov. 18: Recognizing and Coping with Your Child’s Anxiety (and Yours)
  • Tuesday, Dec. 14: Natural Ways to Boost Your Mood & Improve Your Sleep
  • Wednesday, Jan. 19: When Stars and Stickers Don’t Work–Motivate Your Child From Within
  • Thursday, Feb. 17: Build the Cognitive Skills Your Child Needs to Succeed in School and Life
  • Tuesday, March 22: Help Your Child Learn to Manage Strong Emotions
  • Wednesday, April 20: Be Present, Be Curious, and Be Understood with Mindful Parenting
  • Thursday, May 19: Boost Your Child’s EQ: The Role of Emotional Intelligence in Social Relationships