Lecture Series: A Busy Parent’s Guide to Staying Involved in Your Child’s Education

Busy parents can’t always do it all: help with homework, attend school events, and volunteer in the classroom. So, when it comes to getting involved in their child’s education, where should they start?

What questions should they be asking? How can they make the most of parent-teacher conferences? These topics, and more, are the focus of a free Parent Information Night that Canyons School District  is sponsoring as part of an ongoing Canyoneering Academy lecture series. 

The event will be held on Thursday, Sept. 8, 6-8:30 p.m. at Alta High School, 11055 S. 1000 East in Sandy. 

“We know children learn best when parents and teachers work together to encourage and support them,” said Canyons Superintendent Dr. Rick Robins. “We also know that in today’s busy world it takes time and a conscientious effort to build the relationships that make it possible to work together as full partners.”

The Canyoneering Academy lectures series is one of the many ways Canyons works to cultivate those relationships in support of the District’s Strategic Plan, which prioritizes building positive and inclusive school environments where all students and parents feel a sense of belonging. 

“As the name implies, the Canyoneering Academy lecture series aims to help parents navigate school and equip them to support their child’s educational journey,” said the program’s Administrator Charisse Hilton. “We hope to host three Parent Nights at convenient locations throughout the school year.”

The Sept. 8 event kicks off with a 50-minute keynote address by Rhonda Bromley who spent her career working at the highest levels of public education and building connections with families. 

Afterward, attendees will have their choice of participating in two of four breakout sessions on the topics below.

Translators are available upon request. If you are in need of translation services, please email Charisse Hilton, Charisse.hilton@canyonsdistrict.org

Breakout Sessions

Choice of participating in two of four breakout sessions on the topics below.

  • Digital Safety                          
    Learn the latest tips to keep your students safe on digital devices
  • Parent Engagement   
    A busy parent’s guide to being involved in your child’s learning
  • Choose Your Adventure
    An insider’s view of the many educational and extracurricular options available in Canyons District
  • The Recipe for Student Success
    Habits for student success and student supports for when things are not going as planned

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If a movie about super teachers were ever made, Lucie Chamberlain would be a prime candidate for a leading role. Fortunately for her kindergarten students at Alta View Elementary, she already thrives in a supporting role for them. Parents thank her for being a “super teacher.” She is also described as an “amazing colleague.” Whether students need help in the classroom or from home while sick, Lucie goes above and beyond to help them learn, overcome fears, and feel important and cared for. Lucie is the reason a number of kids went from hating school to loving it, according to parents. The way she exudes patience, sweetness, positive energy, and love for her students with special needs melts is appreciated and admired. One parent noted: “Both my kids wish she could be their teacher forever.” Another added:  “She treats every student like their learning and their feelings are her priority.” Super teacher, indeed!

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