Wednesday, December 2, 2015

School Choice Workshops in December and January--Lunch and Learn on December 11

Cooperative Extension’s Parent Advocacy (PFAST) Program is conducting School Choice Workshops for in December and January. The first choice workshop is Friday, December 11 from 12:00-1:30PM.  It is a Lunch and Learn where people can bring their lunch if needed and drinks and snacks will be available.  Workshop location is the Durham County Cooperative Extension Offices at 721 Foster Street in Durham's Central Park.

The School Choice Workshop is for any Durham parent or guardian with a child who wants to explore K-12 public school options, including charter schools. Parents will learn tips and strategies to help choose a school for their child.  Learn about school options (DPS magnet, high school CTE pathways, charter), what to look for, school-child-family fit, and tips on the DPS magnet school lottery (which runs January 11-29).    

Choose from any of the following dates:
Friday, December 11, 2015, 12:00-1:30PM (English)
Thursday, January 7, 6:00-7:30PM (English)
Thursday, January 7, 6:00-7:30PM (Spanish)
Friday, January 8, 2016, 12:00-1:30PM (English)

The process of choosing a school is often a stressful one for families and we seek to demystify the process and help families approach this decision in a way that is positive and less stressful.

For more information, people can contact Donna at / (919) 560-0538  or Will at  / (919) 560-0379.  Spanish speaking families should contact Will.   We will send the Spanish flyer later today.  Please spread the word.  

Monday, November 30, 2015

Information Session about Riverside High School Engineering Pathway Program Wednesday, December 2nd

Learn about Riverside's STEM Engineering Pathway Program

Join faculty and current students in Riverside High School's popular Engineering Pathway Program Wednesday, December 2nd from 6:00 to 8:00PM at the DPS Staff Development Center at 2107 Hillandale Road.  Current 8th grade students who are considering this program or want to learn more are encouraged to attend.  

Part of the national initiative, Project Lead the Way, the Riverside Engineering program is geared for any student who wants to expand their critical thinking, work in teams, and develop their learning in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM).  Students take college level courses paired with consistent support and guidance from program staff to prepare them for college.

This is the only info session available before the January 2016 DPS Magnet and CTE Pathway Clusters Lottery.  Interested students must apply for the Riverside Engineering Pathway in the Lottery between January 11 and January 29.

Here is brochure with more information about the program:

Riverside Engineering Brochure

Monday, November 9, 2015

A great opportunity for youth 14+ during this Wednesday's November 11th Veteran's Day School Holiday

Durham YouthWork Internship Summit
"Passport to Your Future"For Youth 14 and Up (and parents too)
November 11, 2015 8:00 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.
Holton Career and Resource Center 401 N Driver St. Durham

Food, Door Prizes, Fun!

See Flyer

Register Online

About the Youth Works Internship Program

Young men ages 11 to 21 and all interested community members (men and women) are encouraged to attend and explore next steps with My Brother's Keeper on Saturday, November 14 from 8:30am-12:00pm at Durham County Health and Human Services (414 E. Main St).  It is not too late to RSVP.  Email to attend. 

Thursday, November 5, 2015

DPS Hosts Annual Magnet School Fair this Saturday, November 7 10am-1pm

For ALL Students K-12
Saturday, November 7

Southern High School
800 Clayton Road

The DPS Magnet School Lottery starts January 11.  Come now and learn about your choices from Kindergarten through High School.

  • Explore your Elementary, Middle and High School options
  • Talk with school staff about magnet theme offerings
  • Staff on site from Student Assignment, Magnet Programs (including High School Pathway programs), Transportation and other Durham Public Schools departments

Check out the DPS flyer about the Magnet Fair for more information about the event.


Monday, November 2, 2015

PFAST--Parent & Family Advocacy and Support Training starts Nov. 3 for parents and supporters of kids K-12 in our public schools!

Join us for a special daytime series of our popular PFAST (Parent & Family Advocacy and Support Training) for parents, guardians, and others who support our students in public schools (including charter) on six Tuesdays starting from 10:00am-12:00pm starting Tuesday, November 3. (You can join as late as week 2 on November 10 and still complete the series.)   Hosted by Durham County Cooperative Extension, the workshops help ANY parent and others better navigate our public schools to help their children succeed from Kindergarten through 12th grade. 

PFAST INFO FLYER November 2015


We also welcome community members and professionals who work with families and are interested in better understanding the school environment.  PFAST works well for PreK parents who are exploring their school options and want to get a jump on the transition.  The interactive workshops engage participants and are designed to target key areas of need for parents and students, including:

·         Engaging with schools—better communication, better conferences
·         Choosing a school for you—unpacking the mysteries of school choice
·         Understanding standards and testing
·         Maximizing the parent-school relationship
·         Navigating the EC—Exceptional Children’s program—IEPs and more
·         Supporting your gifted student
·         Understanding school data
·         And much more!

See the flyer and registration links above for more information.  We will provide drinks and snacks and you are welcome to bring a bag lunch.  Please REGISTER by email, fax, or phone. Call Donna Rewalt at 919-560-0538 or for more information or to register.  

Please note this session is in English only.  LatinoPFAST / LPFAST in Spanish will be offered in the winter.  

Wednesday, September 23, 2015

Supporting a Child with an IEP in the Age of Common Core--a community talk for Families and Educators on October 14 at 6:30PM

William J. Hussey, M.A.
Director, Exceptional Children Division, DPI

“What Families and Educators Need to Know about Common Core to Support a Child with an IEP”

Learning Objectives
Participants will be able to:
1. Discuss what specifically is addressed by the IEP
2. Explain how standards are based on discreet skills
3. Identify what families need to understand about skill-based interaction at the development of the IEP

When: Wednesday, October 14th from 6:30 – 8:00 PM          
Where: Carolina Institute for Developmental Disabilities |101 Renee Lynne Ct., Carrboro, NC |Conference Room 101
RSVP: or 919-966-4138

For more information, please see the attached flyer and share with others who might be interested in this FREE presentation.

To unsubscribe and stop receiving emails from this address, send an email with UNSUBSCRIBE in the subject line to

Carolina Institute for Developmental Disabilities (CIDD)
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Monday, August 31, 2015

STEM Career Showcase for Students with Disabilities--October 9th

Connect your students with role models who have disabilities and are thriving in their STEM careers. The STEM Career Showcase for Students With Disabilities will leave attendees with the inspiration to pursue STEM careers and some practical ideas for doing so.

STEM Career Showcase
Friday, October 9, 2015
10 a.m. to 12 p.m.
North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences.

A panel of role models will talk about:
  • The evolving landscape of STEM fields.
  • Overcoming the stigma associated with disabilities.
  • Learning the skills required for a successful academic and professional career.
Attendees will also have the chance to speak one-to-one with various STEM organizations about ways to gain experience in the field.

Registration is open now until October 2. Transportation grants are available through an application process.  

Click on the link below for more information: 

Friday, August 7, 2015 website full of ideas for your family!

Right now, we are in love with a website.  The Family Dinner Project ( has a website that is focused on  helping  you get the most out of dinnertime.  Recipes, dinner activities and loads of conversation starters are all well organized on the site.  The project is a nonprofit based on research that shows family dinners result in postitive outcomes for kids and families--great for our health, spirit, and brains!

You can also sign up for their free online dinner program with email reminders, recipes and more to kickstart 4 weeks to better family dinners.  Try it as part of your back-to-school family organizing.  This works for families with young children and families with teens too.

We particularly love the conversation starters, which give you lots of interesting questions to answer as a family that are organized by age, from age 2 to 18 years and beyond.  We printed the ones for our children's age group, cut them in strips, put them in a bowl, and take turns reading one each night.  Everyone has had fun, learned a lot, and looks forward to the next time!

Wednesday, July 22, 2015

Community Fair and School Supply Give-a-way on August 8th

Back to School Community Day on August 8 from 10-2 at Greater Emmanuel Temple of Grace is a fun free event for the family and a great opportunity for families in need to receive school supplies. Enjoy lunch, music, haircuts, and fun activities.   Community organizations will also be present at resource tables, including your own Durham County Cooperative Extension!

Monday, June 8, 2015

Eagle Excellence Digital Youth Camp--Four weeks to choose from!

Eagle Excellence Digital Youth Camp

You can register for 1, 2, or 3 weeks of camp or all 4!

WEEK 1: JUNE 15-19, 2015

WEEK 2: JUNE 22-26, 2015

WEEK 3: JUNE 29-JULY 3, 2015

WEEK 4: JULY 6-10, 2015

Cost: $175 weekly (includes lunch, T-shirt, Tote bag, and supplies)
Children of faculty: $150 weekly
Sibling discount of additional $25 per week

Register for one week or register for all four

Make cashier’s check payable to NCCU. Write EEDYC 2015 on the memo line.

Camp Dates

Week 1: June 15-19, 2015               ________
Week 2: June 22-26, 2015               ________
Week 3: June 29-July 3, 2015          ________
Week 4: July 6-July 10, 2015           ________
Discount        ________
Total               ________

Additional Information, Schedule, and Form at:  INFO AND FORM

Mail check to:

Dr. Prince Hycy Bull, Professor
Digital Youth Camp
North Carolina Central University
H.M. Michaux Jr Building
700 Cecil Street, Durham, NC 27707
Telephone: (919) 530-7291
Camp Time
Drop Off Time: 8:00 a.m.     Pick Up Time: 4:30p.m.

Thursday, June 4, 2015

BioBlitz--an epic nature scavenger hunt--at the Piedmont Wildlife Center, June 5 and 6--Fun for the family!

Experience BioBlitz through the Piedmont Wildlife Center (PWC)Friday and Saturday June 5-6, 2015.  The purpose of BioBlitz is to inventory the flora and fauna that inhabit the PWC land and encourage education about nature.  They are coordinating talks, education sessions, crafts etc. these two days and the entire event is free.

Details are here:

Please note that some of the workshops require advanced registration via their website.

Friday, May 22, 2015

DACA Information Session in English and Spanish for Latino Immigrant Families--Wednesday, May 27

On Wednesday, May 27th from 6:00pm – 7:30pm there will be an information session at Durham County Cooperative Extension at 721 Foster Street about DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals).  A light Dinner will be provided.  Registration is requested, but not required.

Marty Rosenbluth, a lawyer with the Humanitarian Immigration Law Clinic at the Elon University Law School will be presenting and answering questions about DACA and other questions about immigration options.

See the attached flyer for details:  

DACA Workshop Flyer--English and Spanish

To Register:

Phone: (919) 560-0379 | Email: 


Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Black Girls Code comes to the Triangle--May 27 from 6-8:30pm

Black Girls Code is opening a Triangle chapter. The organization offers programming to teach coding to young women of color (Black, Latina and Native American).  It is a fantastic opportunity.  The opening event appears to be full, but we understand you can contact them directly at the email links on the registration information to see about participating.
Black Girls CODE is a nonprofit organization whose mission has transformed to a global movement to give young girls of color, age 7-17, the tools to become inventors, leaders and creators of their own future in the world’s technology economy. To date they have educated and introduced computer programming to over 3,000 girls of color.

The opening event is May 27 in the American Underground on 201 West Main St and registration is here. When you click on the registration link you will see more information about the event, including contact information and a video.

Friday, May 15, 2015

Free DPS AP Boot Camp--for any student planning to take AP courses next year

If your student is preparing to take an AP course next year, or interested in seeing what is required to be successful in AP, then sign up for DPS FREE AP boot camp. More information follows below. 
•Who: All DPS students in grades 9-12 enrolled in an AP class for 2015-2016
•What: A FREE opportunity to prepare for upcoming AP classes! (There is NO cost to the student, and lunch is provided.)
•When: Monday, July 20th to Thursday, July 23rd from 8:30am-3:30pm
•Where: Durham School of the Arts (400 North Duke Street, Durham NC, 27701Transportation is not provided)
You will find the registration link below 

Tuesday, May 12, 2015

Lunch and Learn for Parents of Children with Special Needs Thursday, May 21 12:00PM

Sensory Processing
Presenter:  Linda King—Thomas
Developmental Therapy A

Thursday, May 21st, 2015
12:00—1:30 p.m.
DPS Staff Development Center
2107 Hillandale Rd. Durham

For families of children who have special needs
Parents/caregivers connecting to share ideas and strategies
All parents and caregivers of a child with special needs are welcome to attend.

*Registration Required *Drinks and dessert will be provided*
*Feel free to bring your lunch*
*Childcare is not available*

Tuesday, May 5, 2015

PFAST/LPFAST May Facilitator Training--New Date, May 13th

You may be familiar with Parent & Family Advocacy and Support Training (PFAST) and Latino PFAST (LPFAST) in Spanish—two popular parent trainings we provide through Durham County Cooperative Extension to help parents better navigate their public schools to help their child succeed.  This May we are offering an additional free facilitator training to community members interested in becoming a trained PFAST and/or LPFAST facilitator—facilitators will receive a certification for their participation along with a training notebook and a meal. 

PFAST/LPFAST Facilitator Training--New Date
Daytime—Wednesday, May 13, 9:00-4:30

Please see attached Flyer and Registration Form for the details.

This training will be conducted in English. Bilingual English/Spanish participants are welcome.  The training content will cover the English and Spanish content.

Please contact Donna Rewalt in the office at 919-560-0538 or on her mobile at 919-475-3344 or by email at with any questions.  Please register by Monday, May 11. 

Credit by Demonstrated Mastery Information Session--May 6 OR May 12--for Parents and High School Students

Credit by Demonstrated Mastery Information Session

Staff Development Center, 2107 Hillandale Rd Durham, NC 27705
6:30pm - 7:30pm

The DPS Advanced Academics Department will offer three information sessions for students and their parents to learn about the Credit by Demonstrated Mastery process.  Credit by Demonstrated Mastery (CDM) is a process for earning credit for a high school course by demonstrating a deep understanding of the content without course enrollment or seat time.
Informational Sessions will be held at the Staff Development Center at the following times:
                Wednesday, May 6,   5:30 – 6:30 p.m.
                Tuesday, May 12,  12:00 – 1:00 p.m.

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Facilitator Training for PFAST and LPFAST--Evening Session starts this week / Daytime session on 4/28--Spaces Available

You may be familiar with Parent & Family Advocacy and Support Training (PFAST) and Latino PFAST (LPFAST) in Spanish—two popular parent trainings we provide through Durham County Cooperative Extension to help parents better navigate their public schools to help their child succeed.  This April, we are offering a free facilitator training to community members interested in becoming a trained PFAST and/or LPFAST facilitator—facilitators will receive a certification for their participation along with a training notebook and a meal. 

PFAST/LPFAST Facilitator Training,  2 options (pick one)

     Evening--Wednesdays, April 22 and April 29 5:30-8:30PM, Dinner and Check-In 5-5:30   
                  Spanish Translation provided for Wednesday night sessions only.  
Daytime—Tuesday, April 28 9:00AM-4:30PM

Please see attached Flyer and Registration Form for the details.

We will also have a Spanish translator available at the evening facilitator training sessions only.  If you need a Spanish translator, please indicate this on the registration form.  Optimally, it is helpful to be bilingual English/Spanish in order to complete the training, but it is not required.  We are also training Parent Facilitators--parents who speak Spanish who want to become parent facilitators of the training.

Please contact Donna Rewalt in the office at 919-560-0538 or on her mobile at 919-475-3344 or by email at with any questions.

Monday, April 13, 2015

Shaping Your Child's Behavior without Being Bent Out of Shape--Parent workshop on Thursday 4/16

Shaping Your Child’s Behavior
Without Being Bent Out of Shape
Behavior tools for parents
Presenter:  Barbara Lowe- Greenlee PhD, LP
· How parents can use self-care/self-regulation strategies in a manner that allows for more proactive and less reactive parenting. 
· Developing behavioral strategies for increasing behaviors we want more of, and decreasing behaviors we want less of, in early to middle childhood and in tween and teen years.
· Developing effective parenting strategies for use with children who have various temperaments and unique needs.
Thursday, April 16, 2015
12:00—2:00 p. m.
DPS Staff Development Center
2107 Hillandale Rd. Durham

* For families of children who have special needs
* Parents/caregivers connecting to share ideas and strategies
* All parents and caregivers of a child with special needs are welcome to attend

*Registration Required *Lunch will be provided*
*Childcare is not available*
Spanish Interpretation available - Please encourage families to register
Spanish and English Flyers attached 

Wednesday, April 8, 2015

Submissions Due April 10 or 15 for the 2015 Congressional High School Art Competition in the 1st and 4th Congressional Districts--Durham

Information for students in District 1, Congressman GK Butterfield

Information for students in District 4, Congressman David Price 

Submissions Due April 6-15 for the 2015 Congressional High School Art Competition
in the Fourth Congressional Districts

The Congressional High School Art Competition is an annual competition organized by representatives of the Congressional Districts, and is open to paintings, drawings, collage, mixed media, computer-generated art, photographs and prints created by high school students attending a school within the district. Each representative brings a winning entry back to Washington, D.C. to be displayed in the corridor of the U.S. Capital.

This competition is coordinated locally through First District U.S. Congressman Butterfield's office and Fourth District U.S. Congressman David Price's office. High School visual art students in the First and Fourth Districts are eligible to apply.
The Durham Arts Council is pleased to encourage eligible high school students to apply to this prestigious competition. Please see below for application details and deadlines.

For High School Students Residing in the First Congressional District
Eligibility: Open to all Durham high school-aged students residing in the First Congressional District.

Interested students should contact their art teachers to coordinate their entries. Art teachers should review the guidelines and directions at Congressman Butterfield's website.
The deadline for submitting work electronically is April 15.

The 1st place winning artwork will hang in the U.S. Capitol
2nd place will hang in the Congressman's Washington, D.C. office
3rd and 4th places will hang in District offices

For High School Students Attending High Schools in the Fourth Congressional District

Eligibility: Open to all Durham high school-aged students attending Jordan High School, Carolina Friends School, Durham Academy, Cressett Christian Academy, Trinity School of Durham and home school students resident in the Fourth District.

Interested students should contact their art teachers to coordinate their entries. Details and guidelines can be found here.

The 1st place winning artwork will hang in the U.S. Capitol
2nd place will hang in the Congressman's Washington, D.C. office
3rd place will hang in the Raleigh District office
4th Place will hang in the Southern District office
5th Place will hand in the Western District office

Submitted works can be dropped off at the Durham Arts Council building, 120 Morris Street, Durham, NC 27701.

Drop-off Dates: April 6th-April 10th, 2015

Drop-off Times: 9 AM – 5 PM
Contact Catherine Howard at Durham Arts Council for questions about drop off.

Durham Arts Council
120 Morris St.
Durham, NC 27701