Category: Parent Academy

Staying the Course - Parent Academy COVID Webinar with UF Health

Student learning disabilities in the age of COVID to be discussed in new webinar

Dec. 4, 2020 – UF Health and DCPS have partnered to bring parents an opportunity to understand mental health and learning disabilities and the role they play in a child’s educational setting during the COVID-19 pandemic. During this virtual roundtable discussion, attendees will hear from DCPS Exceptional Education and Student Services, as well as six […]

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How to register for the 2021-22 VPK lottery

Dec. 2, 2020 – With holiday season in full swing, don’t forget that school choice season is just around the corner. Beginning Jan. 1, parents will have the opportunity to apply for their children’s school of choice. This includes Voluntary Pre-Kindergarten with Duval County Public Schools. Like last school year, applications for VPK will be online […]

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School Choice – What you need to know

Nov. 18, 2020 – Duval County Public Schools is a choice district, which means students can attend schools outside their attendance area zones through the school choice application process. While applications open in January, there is a lot families can do now to prepare. See list below. Note that while some things have changed due […]

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Strategies for engaging preschool students

“Minds like sponges” – New class will teach early childhood learning tips

Nov. 12, 2020 – A child’s mind is like a sponge, says DCPS educator Sonya McSwain, and the earlier they begin soaking in math and literacy skills, the better.  It’s why McSwain, the district’s director of Early Childhood Learning, believes parents of pre-school aged children should listen to today’s virtual course on “Strategies for Engaging […]

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Photo of Tia Leathers, the Executive Director of Family and Community Engagement, and her daughter Taige.

Child’s comment motivates Unconscious Bias training

June 18, 2020 –   In the communication below, Executive Director of Family and Community Engagement, Tia Leathers, shares a conversation she had with her daughter and how that helped motivate the creation of  an Unconscious Bias training for families. (This letter is currently being mailed to Duval families.) The training sessions begin July 1 and […]

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