Thursday, September 25, 2014

FAN and PACE Academy Offer Free Parent Skills Building Course Beginning October 14th

The Family Advocacy Network (FAN), a program of Mental Health America of the Triangle (MHAT), will partner with PACE Academy to offer the evidence based parent skills building course developed by the renown Boys Town, "Common Sense Parenting (CSP)," for six consecutive Tuesdays beginning October 14th

The course is for parents raising school-age children with challenging behaviors and will be taught at PACE Academy, 308 NW Hwy 54, Carrboro, 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. Instructor Linda Boldin, will help parents build proficiency in the areas of effective family communication, setting boundaries, appropriate discipline, decision-making, family relationships, self-control, school success and more, using workbook activities and interactive teaching.

The course is offered free of charge and all training materials are provided, including a loaner copy of the book, "Common Sense Parenting," by Ray Burke. Training is for adults only, no childcare available. Light refreshments will be provided but participants should bring their own beverage and a meal, if desired. Seating is limited to 12 participants and advance registration is required. For details or to register, contact Ms. Boldin at 919-942-8083, ext. 2, or Deadline to register is October 11th.

Monday, September 15, 2014

FEMMES--Hands On Science and Math Program at Duke for Girls in 4th, 5th, and 6th grades

Registration is now open for Females Excelling More in Math, Engineering and Science or FEMMES --a six week Saturday Program on Duke's campus from 2:15-3:30.  Female undergraduate volunteers from Duke Univesity will lead hands-on science, math, and engineering activities for 4th, 5th, and 6th grade girls from Durham. They have limited space, and accept registration packets on a first come, first served basis. When you submit your daughter's registration packet, they ask that you send them an email to to notify them that you have done so. The program will take place on 9/27, 10/4, 10/18, 11/1, 11/8, and 11/15.

If you would like to register your daughter for the Saturday Program, please submit the registration form, linked below:

The program does need need physical copies of the signed legal release forms. The legal release form is here:   
             English Release 
Along with the submission of the electronic registration form, a physical copy of the legal release form must be mailed by Monday, September 22nd to the following address:

FEMMES c/o Suqi Huang
Duke University
Box 95211
Durham NC, 27708-9838

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Feel free to contact the directors with any questions... 
Elisa Berson and Janvi Shah
FEMMES Program Directors
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Tuesday, September 9, 2014

The Ins and Outs of Adolescent Brain Development Webinar--Friday September 12th

This Webinar comes recommended by your friends at Durham Education Resources.  We participated in this webinar with Dr. Bales earlier this year and thought it was a good one...

The Ins and Outs of Adolescent Brain Development Webinar

Friday, September 12 at 11:00 am EDT


Why do teenagers act the way they do? Some of the reasons for common adolescent behaviors, such as risk-taking and making less-than-wise decisions sometimes, relate back to their brain development. The prefrontal cortex, which controls higher-order thinking abilities, is not fully developed until very late in adolescence. Understanding adolescent brain development and finding ways to help teens develop good decision-making skills are important ways that adults support healthy adolescent brain development. In this introduction to adolescent brain development, we will focus on the development (and under-development) of various parts of the brain, the ways this brain development affects behavior, and ways to support adolescents as they finish the crucial period of brain development.

In this session, you will learn about:
  • The prefrontal cortex and its role in decision-making
  • The timeline of typical adolescent brain development
  • Behaviors that indicate immature brain development in adolescents
  • Strategies adults can use to help adolescents make better decisions
Our presenter is Dr. Diane Bales, Associate Professor and Extension Human Development Specialist in the Department of Human Development and Family Science at the University of Georgia, and co-leader and content expert for Better Brains for Babies.

This 60-minute webinar is intended for parents, grandparents, foster parents, professionals, and paraprofessionals who work with or care for adolescents, as well as professionals who support families with adolescents. 

Friday, September 5, 2014

Grandparent and Caretaker Conference September 11--Free event, lunch provided

4th Annual Grandparents  and Caretakers Conference: Families Caring for Families

If you are a caretaker or grandparent raising or helping to raise, nurture or support children, this conference is for YOU!  The conference also welcomes service providers and community leaders who are engaged in working with children and families.  One of the workshop sessions includes strategies and resources for supporting education and working with schools.

2014 Grandparent & Caretaker Conference Flyer

When: Thursday, September 11 from 8:00AM-2:30PM

Where: Durham County Human Services Building, 414 E. Main Street

About the Conference

• Grandparents and other caretakers (aunts and uncles, family friends, etc.)  supporting children is not a new concept, however, their role as the main caretaker continues to be on the rise and poses challenges for families. 

• The sacrifices grandparents and other caretakers make to care for children may call for adjustments and the need to seek resources to adapt to unique family dynamics. 

• The one-day conference will bring together grandparents, relative caretakers, non-profit and government service providers and community leaders to discuss the vital role of grandparents in supporting and nurturing children. 

• Workshops will be held on law and policy, education challenges, practice issues for service providers and resources for caretakers. 

Registration is FREE and lunch will be provided. 

TO REGISTER contact Diane Fening at 919-560-8398 or via email at  

Thursday, September 4, 2014

Popular PFAST and LPFAST Parent Workshops Support Parents in Improving Student Success

What: PFAST (Parent & Family Advocacy and Support Training) and LPFAST (Latino PFAST) in Spanish.  This special Back-To-School series is offered in partnership with the DPS Family Academy.

This popular six-week workshop series helps any parent better understand how schools work and how you can be the best advocate for your child when things are going well….and when they are not. Build a positive partnership and relationship with your school. Get insider tips and strategies on school choice, standards and testing, parent-teacher conferences, high school requirements, Exceptional Children, Gifted programming, and more in an interactive, fast-paced environment. Dinner and childcare are included.  See the flyers for more information.

PFAST Flyer September-October 2014

LPFAST Flyer SPANISH September-October 2014

When:  (Date update)
ENGLISH PFAST Series runs Tuesday Nights from September 16-October 21 from 6-8pm.  Dinner and childcare provided.  Parents can still join by September 23

SPANISH LPFAST Series runs Tuesday Nights from September 23-October 28 from 6-8pm.  Dinner and childcare provided.

Where: Holton Career and Resource Center, 401 N. Driver Street.  

Contact and Registration:  Registration is required.  Please use the following linked forms for registration by email, fax, mail.

PFAST Registration Form 2014

LPFAST Registration Form SPANISH

Parents can also register through the DPS Family Academy online at  
Scroll down to find LPFAST or PFAST  on September 16 and click register.

Who should take PFAST:  Any parent with a child in public school K-12.  Parents with special needs, gifted children, and other challenges find PFAST particularly helpful.

Quotes from Parents who have participated in PFAST and LPFAST...

"You asked me my tip for parents.  Take PFAST!  I feel like I started this course as a fairly educated and involved  parent.  I was, but I realized there was more I should know.  PFAST has changed how I work with my child's teacher and school.  I am more effective now."

"PFAST changed my life. When you have a special needs kid, you are almost desperate for good information.   I felt a little lost before PFAST.  I don't feel lost like that anymore."

"I learned so much.  Just learning about parent-teacher conferences and the right questions to ask, got me on the right track.  I feel like I am communicating with my teacher so much better and I can see the results for my child." 

"Since I speak mostly Spanish, I miss a lot of information at (my child's) school.  LPFAST and the facilitators really helped me find the resources I need and I understand more now."

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Become A Durham County Master Gardener Volunteer

This is a bit different than our usual posting, but as we are a part of Durham County Cooperative Extension, we want to share this great educational opportunity for adults, which only comes around every two years.  This might be a good training for those who are invested in working with community gardens in our schools and community.

Do you love plants and gardening?  Do you have the desire to learn more?  Do you enjoy sharing what you know with others?  You may enjoy taking part in our Master Gardner Volunteer Training.  For those who are interested in this program and may want to apply to take part in the training, you must attend one of the required info sessions that take place September 9 (Tuesday) OR September 18 (Thursday) 10am–12pm OR September 23 (Tuesday) 1– 3pm. 

Find more in depth information here:

Along with a one page flyer here:

To REGISTER for one of these free information sessions contact Pana Jones (919) 560-0525