Parent University

Parenting Student Success Today!

Coming October 13, 2018!

Parenting is a big job.
Here's some help.

Campbell Union School District's Parent University is a one-morning, no-cost opportunity to build your own skills and knowledge as you support your child's success in school and beyond.

Connect with other parents......Gain practical tips from local experts......Give your child an educational edge.

Program Details to Come.

Look Back at Last Year's Parent University Sessions

Campbell Union School District  •  October 2017 Parent University


* Indicates that Session 3 is presented in Spanish.
(Some other sessions will have Spanish interpretation provided.)


The New Profile of a CUSD Graduate [Session 1 only]

Whitney Holton, Assistant Superintendent, CUSD Instructional Services

What does it take to succeed in college, career and life? It starts with us…parents and schools working together to provide the learning experiences that promote and develop the skills students will need for success. In this workshop, learn about these skills and what you can do at home to develop a world-class leader who will be well prepared to succeed in a rapidly changing world.

What’s up with Science?

Andrea Tracy and Anupama Gupta, Lead Teachers NGSS, Engineering Education and Equity ToSA

Have you ever watched a spider build a web? Or a plant grow? The world is full of happenings to notice and wonder about! You may have heard of the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) and the ways that Science is taught have changed, or maybe this is the first you have heard about it. Come join us as we explore what’s up with Science and NGSS.

Promoting Math Inquiry: Easy Strategies to use at Home

Amanda Haughs, Teacher and Digital Innovation ToSA

Discover and practices strategies for supporting math learning at home using inquiry-based methods. Participants will leave with games and activities they can use with their children immediately.

Unleashing Student Potential with Design Thinking and Introducing Campbell School of Innovation

Kami Thordarson, Director of Instructional Technology,
Norma Jeanne Ready, Principal, Campbell School of Innovation

Design Thinking is a problem-finding / problem-solving process, unique because it is grounded in understanding the human needs of those around you. In today’s complex world, it’s important that students have the mindset, the tools, and the skills for solving “wicked” problems through an empathetic lens. In this session, learn more about design thinking and walk away with a few new ways of looking at the world around you. Also in this session, learn about the new TK-8 Campbell School of Innovation and how the design process will weave into the creation of the building and the philosophy of our new program.

Understanding the Special Education Process

Chiara Perry, Director, CUSD Special Education

Parents of students with disabilities are important members of the Individual Education Program (IEP) team and in developing and delivering special education programs for their students with disabilities. This workshop explains the parental role, rights and responsibilities in the IEP process and how to effectively prepare for, participate in and follow-up on IEP meetings for your student.

Meet CUSD’s Policy Makers [Session 2 & 3 only]

CUSD Governing Board Members

Board members are panelists in a moderated question-answer session where they discuss why they chose to be a voice for students and families, the importance of setting district priorities, overseeing finances, and working with staff to ensure CUSD really does provide an education “Beyond the Expected.”


Pros and Cons of Skipping or Repeating a Grade*

Edna Laskin, Director, CUSD Instructional Services

Learn about Campbell’s promotion (skipping) and retention (repeating) policies and procedures and how it might help or hinder students.

Parent Panel: Insights on Navigating the School System [Session 1 & 2 only]

CUSD Parents Who Now Have Students in High School with Facilitator Lena Bundtzen, CUSD Assistant Superintendent HR

Helping your child make transitions from elementary school to middle and high school can be easier with tips from these parents who have been there and done that. Hear about their experiences and their suggestions in response to your questions.

Your Child's Tech Tools: Classroom Tools to Support Learning at Home

Misty Kluesner, teacher, & Students

Come learn about the different tech tools available to your children in the classroom and at home. Learn how students are using these tools to support their learning and how they can help you stay informed on what is happening in the classroom.

Understanding Your Child's Assessment Report [Session 3 only]

April Mouton, Director, Equity, Assessment, and Accountability Administrator and CUSD AVID

This session will review the new California School Accountability Dashboard for parents in plain, non-technical language. Learn how to measure a school based on a variety of facts and data points, such as competence in English Language Arts and Math, school climate, and student achievement over time.

STEAM on a Budget: STEAM ideas and Projects You can Do at Home

Teresa Iden, Teacher & STEAM Innovation Leader

STEAM at Home is a workshop to help your child grow in engineering by using The Engineering Design Process. Help create innovative experiences for your child that reflect the classroom science curriculum. In this session we will be using recycled / repurposed materials to solve a real life problem.


College & Career Readiness Planning

Katie Bennett, CUHSD Career Readiness Coordinator

This session offers an overview of the essential tools for college and career planning. This will include courses and tools that best assist students determine college and career goals, as well as the student support services are available at CUHSD that aid in achieving these goals. Additionally, learn more about how you can best support your student throughout the journey of college and career planning from middle school and beyond.

Special Programs at Westmont High

Agriculture: Randy Wallace, Teacher
Theater Arts: Jeff Bengford, Teacher

Teachers and students discuss these special programs and how they enhance high school education, nurture student leadership, and develop skills that lead to successful futures.

International Baccalaureate at Del Mar High

Jennifer Baldwin, Principal, Del Mar

Del Mar is officially an International Baccalaureate (IB) school and offers a rigorous, high quality education to all of its students. The types of research, writing, thinking and communication of ideas that IB courses require reflect college-level expectations. IB helps students get into college and prepares them for success while they are there. Recent research shows that the IB Diploma ​P​rogramme​ has great advantages for graduates. Find out what IB offers your student!

College Bound with AVID Strategies [Session 1 & 2 only]

April Mouton, Director, Equity, Assessment, and Accountability Administrator and CUSD AVID

In this session participants will learn about kinder through high school strategies to prepare their child on the pathway of being college bound.

Community College Pathways & How to Pay for College*

Representatives of West Valley - Mission CCD

In this session you will learn about the California Community College system, the admissions process, popular programs, and transfer opportunities as well as financial aid available (Our presentation will touch briefly on Dreamer college and financial aid available).


Growth Mindset: A New Kind of Parental Praise

Stephanie Day, MTSS Coordinator

How can you help your child love learning, even when it is challenging? Help them develop a growth mindset! Learn about how our mindset impacts our ability to learn and how you can create an environment that will help your child flourish.

Healthy Living with 5-2-1-0*

Lisa Chin, Health Education Program Specialist

The 5210 Program works with your student’s school to provide ways to stay healthy every day. We provide nutrition and health classes, fun activities, tastings of fruits and vegetables, and lessons the families can take home. Learn what we’re doing for your child(ren) and how you can use these easy practices in your day.

Social Media Advantages and Safety

Daniel Burgess, M.S., MFTi, Behavioral/Learning Specialist Nugent Family Counseling Center Inc.

Learn practical, effective solutions for using the best of technology while empowering your child against the dangers of social media. As a parent of five kids, school counselor and family therapist, I will share the insights I have found successful in leveraging technology with adolescents—a positive approach that encourages self-discipline and responsibility in your child.

Creating Healthy Peer Relationships

Lyndsey Nelson, M.A., MFTi, Nugent Family Counseling Center Inc.

Learn practical interventions, exercises and information for parents to know how peer relationships impact children in grades K-8, the importance of peers, and the roles they have in our children’s development. Covers practical tips for helping children develop social skills and what to watch for in their peer relationships.

Family Emergency Preparedness

Joe Viramontez, Retired Fire Captain, Santa Clara County Fire Dept.

Personal emergency preparedness in and around the home. Know how to protect your family from natural disasters, understand how your family can not only survive but thrive when disasters strike, and learn the tricks of the trade of firefighters and how they prepare for disasters around their homes.

Mindfulness for Reducing Student Stress

Rebecca Roveto, MA, LMFT

Mindfulness is a state of active, open attention on the present. When you're mindful, you carefully observe your thoughts and feelings without judging them good or bad. This presentation will offer practical, easy to use skills to increase mindfulness practices in your student’s life as well as information and research about the use and success of mindfulness within the school setting.

JUST ADDED! Immigration Matters: An Update

County Program Coordinators Teresa Castellanos & Miguel Santiago

Learning More as a Community: A brief update on changes in immigration law administration and Santa Clara County efforts to protect immigrant communities and help you know your rights.


representing some of our many community partners

Assistance League of Los Gatos - Saratoga

Cal Fresh Nutrition Program - U.C. Extension

Campbell Library/County Library District

CUSD Preschools

CUSD Student Info & PowerSchool Parent Tools

Family Engagement Institute (FEI)

Jr. Achievement of Northern Calif.

Montalvo Arts Center

Office of Immigrant Relations


San Jose City College

School Linked Services

School Linked Services CUSD

Second Harvest Food Bank

Sylvan Learning

Uplift - School Linked Services