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Register for the November 7 Parent University: Building Healthy Families and Communities

Children carry an invisible backpack to school everyday. It's the backpack filled with their home experiences, family relationships, whether they can get a decent meal, have clothes or shelter, and most importantly when something traumatic has happened.

An upcoming Metro Nashville Public Schools Parent University program offers training to families that will bring awareness to issues children can face before they ever enter the classroom. The program is composed of experts and resources detailing innovative approaches for improving mental and physical health, which according to school officials addresses experiences children may have that affect them throughout their adult lives.

Parent University will host its Fall Mini Conference,“Building Healthy Families and Communities," on November 7, 2015 from 9 AM – 1PM. Breakfast will be served and refreshments will be available. 

Click here to register for the 2015 Fall Parent University Mini Conference

Pamela Burgess, Parent University Program Manager, sees the conference as a way of building awareness and advocacy with parents.

"it's an opportunity for parents to connect with community resources, but it's also an opportunity to connect with district level personnel to have their questions addressed by people at the top," Burgess said.

Mentoring resources will be available at the conference along with presenters who can provide additional services and information to help families. 2015 Parent University Mini Conference Safe & Supportive Schools-page-001

The conference will be in partnership with the MNPS Support Services Mentoring Alliance Project and the Tennessee State University, College of Health Sciences.

 Topics will include:

  • Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACE’S)
  • Adjusting Learning Mindsets
  • Human Trafficking Awareness
  • Social Media Safety
  • Mentoring youth sessions

"I want them to understand that when we think of traumatic experiences we have to think deeper when it comes to our children. Sometimes parents are not aware that these issues are affecting children in a way that impacts their learning. Children may have set triggers that remind them about a past experience," Burgess said. "What we want to do is to bring awareness to some of the situations that our children may be in, to help them understand adverse child experiences so that we may better protect our children."

Click here to register for the conference.