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In conversations with University parents throughout this difficult school year, two questions have come up again and again:

How can I support my child in this time of disruption and uncertainty?
And how can I connect more with the University community?

To provide space and time for parents to come together with the school to discuss some of the biggest topics affecting youth today, University High School is offering a series of free parent webinars and discussion groups as part of a program hosted by the Independent Schools Association of the Central States (ISACS), our accrediting association. ISACS has long been a resource for professional development for faculty and staff, but over the next month they are offering four live webinars with nationally renowned presenters exclusively for independent school parents.

University parents who register will have the opportunity to participate in the live webinars, presented on Wednesday evenings, or receive a link to the recordings. To complement these webinars, University faculty and staff will then host a follow-up discussion on subsequent Monday evenings where we will discuss the topics with a University-specific lens.

Click here to register for any or all of these webinars and discussions.



The Importance of Executive Function: Helping Them Show What They Know

Steven Guy & William Benninger, Psychologists
Parents and teachers are all struggling with ways to support learning and maintain productivity while learning from home. This live and interactive session will focus on understanding the executive/regulatory system, and more importantly, ways to enhance executive functioning to ensure kids learn at their potential while learning from home.
Webinar: Wed., Feb. 17 from 7:30 – 8:30 p.m.
UHS Parent Discussion: Mon., Feb. 22 from 7:30 – 8 p.m.


Speaking to Your Children About Race

Y. Joy Harris-Smith, Educator & Author
Session description forthcoming!
Webinar: Wed., Feb. 24 from 7:30 – 8:30 p.m.
UHS Parent Discussion: Mon., Mar. 1 from 7:30 – 8 p.m.


Parenting in a Pandemic

Michael G. Thompson, Psychologist, Author & School Consultant
The COVID-19 pandemic has hit families. For almost a year, families have been forced to think about death and safety and the need to talk to their children about these realities. They are dealing with the loss of regular school, remote learning from home all the while facing threats to their employment and the loss of social supports. Many parents are worried that their children will emerge traumatized from this long disruption. In this webinar, Michael Thompson will address the issues and fears affecting all families and will offer psychologically sound suggestions for steadying their children and themselves in this difficult time.
Webinar: Wed., Mar. 3 from 7:30 – 8:30 p.m.
UHS Parent Discussion: Mon., Mar. 8 from 7:30 – 8 p.m.


Managing Anxiety, Stress & Parenting Under COVID-19

Lisa Damour, Psychologist & Author
Dr. Lisa Damour explains the psychological science key to understanding how stress and anxiety operate, under everyday conditions and at times of heightened concern and disruption. Join us to learn more about: how to keep pressure and tension from reaching toxic levels; how to parent effectively in the current circumstances; and the most reliable strategies for managing ongoing stress.
Webinar: Wed., Mar. 10 from 7:30 – 8:30 p.m.
UHS Parent Discussion: – Mon., Mar. 15 from 7:30 – 8 p.m.