Madison PTSA Parent Education Programs 2019-2020

The PTSA was proud to sponsor the following parent programs this past year for our Madison community.  New programs for the upcoming year will be listed here soon.

Road Map to College: October 8th
Learn what students should be doing at each grade level to get ahead of the curve, reduce stress, and ensure as many options as possible, the importance of taking advanced classes in high school (but not too many), the difference between the ACT & SAT and which test might be best for your child, the best time to take these tests to maximize scores, other activities that help your child to stand out during the admissions process and what test optional really means and how to make the most of it.
Presented by Ann Dolin, founder of Educational Connections.

Learn How to Send your Kids to College Without Going Broke: October 15th
The cost of a college education is higher than ever. How will you afford this expense? What if your children attend elite or out-of-state schools? What if they don’t graduate in four years? The costs can be monumental. This workshop will teach you how to send your children to the college of their dreams without bankrupting your retirement nest egg. You’ll discover strategies that may enable to you to qualify for financial aid, sources for scholarships, and strategies for maximizing your wealth and minimizing your tax exposure, giving you greater cash flow for funding a college education.
Presented by Andrea Ashton, The College Funding Coach.

LIKE, an IndieFlix Original documentary: November 11th
LIKE is a documentary that explores the impact of social media on our lives. Technology is a tool. It’s here to stay and social platforms are a place to connect, share and care, but what’s really happening? Are we addicted? How do we stop? Where do we start? What do we need to know? By understanding the effects of technology and social media on the brain, on our lives and on our civilization, we can learn how to navigate it more safely together.
Discussion facilitated by Tim Buckley, Director of Student Services

Drugs & Vaping; Prevention and Recovery: February 19th
What parents should know about the current trends in drug use and vaping. This presentation includes current trends in substance use and strategies for engaging youth in discussions around substance use prevention and recovery.
Presented by Brian Maslowski, M.S.Ed. FCPS Student Safety and Wellness.

Raising Resilience: Helping Students Handle Stress: March 4th
Many teens struggle when faced with events that cause stress, frustration, disappointment or anxiety.  This workshop will teach you want to SAY and DO to help your teen handle challenges as they occur.  Simple, realistic strategies that will improve your teen’s resilience.
Presented by Rachel Bailey, Parenting Specialist.

Parenting Through ‘Social Distancing’ and Distance Learning: April 2nd
A discussion of the new “normal” … whether you are enjoying extra time with your kids or you are stressed and overwhelmed and wondering how you’re going to get through this time. Presented by Rachel Bailey, Parenting Specialist.

Navigating College Admissions:  April 16th
Through his many years in the education space working with students, counselors, financial advisors, and admissions officers, Dr. Applerouth has gained many insights into the world of college admissions.  This seminar will arm you with timelines, dispel unhelpful myths, analyze key components of the college application, and explore how test scores and grades factor into the admissions process.
Presented by Jed Applerouth, Founder & President of Applerouth Tutoring.

Thank you to our PTSA Vice President Sonya Marsden for coordinating these programs and please let us know if there are topics that you would like to see featured in future programs.