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Winnetka Parents Institute



About the Winnetka Parents Institute
The Winnetka Parents Institute (WPI) provide education and information about the district's philosophy and practices to the Winnetka community.

Event Date Presenter(s) Location Summary Documents Video
Understanding The MAP Assessment in District 36 05/09/2018 - 9:30am Barry Rodgers, Director of Innovation, Teaching and Learning Skokie School Community Room

Barry Rodgers, Director of Innovation, Teaching and Learning, will conduct this informational session for you to learn more about the MAP assessment in the context of how assessments are used to support the growth and achievement of all students in District 36. RSVP here.

Supporting Your Child's Success: Demystifying your Child's IEP 05/07/2018 - 7:00pm Sue Hans, Parent Mentor with NSSED and Beth Martin, Director of Student Services with District 36 Carleton Washburne Resource Center

Join us for an evening designed to provide a basic understanding of special education, student support services, and the process of developing an Individual Education Plan. This introductory program is appropriate for all parents who may have interest in this topic.  Presentation hosts include Sue Hans, Parent Mentor with NSSED and Beth Martin, Director of Student Services with District 36. RSVP here.

The Transition to Kindergarten in D36 04/19/2018 - 10:30am D36 in partnership with the The Alliance for Early Childhood Greeley School Resource Center

In partnership with the The Alliance for Early Childhood, the District invites you to this annual informational session that introduces Kindergarten families to the research and philosophy behind our play-based instructional approach.  This event will be held from 9:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. at Greeley School.

 Winnetka Parents Institute on the Placement Process for K-8 Students 04/18/2018 - 9:30am Winnetka Public Schools Principals The Skokie School Community Room

Winnetka Parents Institute on the Placement Process for K-8 Students

Learning About Erin's Law: Sexual Abuse Prevention Education 03/08/2018 - 9:30am Beth Martin, Director of Student Services, and School Social Workers The Skokie School Community Room

This WPI event will outline Erin's Law; an Illinois law that mandates public schools to implement age appropriate sexual assault and abuse awareness and prevention curriculum for grades K-12 (School Board 6:60, Curricular Content). The District will share information regarding Erin's Law and how age-appropriate curriculum will be provided to our students.  A few of the District school social workers will also be present at this event to provide samples of curricular materials and to address any questions that parents may have at this time.

It is our intention to share the curriculum with students in mid to late March of this school year, where students will learn among their classmates in their classrooms.  Instruction will be provided by our school social workers.  It is anticipated that curricular sessions regarding Erin's Law will be offered once annually and will not exceed 30 minutes in length.

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Future Ready D36-- Environmental Design & its Impact on Learning 01/23/2018 - 7:00pm Trisha Kocanda, Superintendent, and Barry Rodgers, Director of Innovation, Teaching, and Learning The Skokie School Community Room

Trisha Kocanda, Superintendent, and Barry Rodgers, Director of Innovation, Teaching, and Learning, will lead a discussion on best practices in environmental design and how this topic connects to Future Ready D36. Why does access to natural light and green spaces matter in our schools? How does flexible furniture meet the needs of students? Learn more about what research says regarding environmental design and its impact on student growth and achievement. Representatives from the Future Ready D36Core Team will share reflections on recent site visits to schools, institutions of higher education, and modern workspaces.

Tools for Math Success in College and Careers: Collaborative Problem Solving, Listening, and Communication 12/05/2017 - 9:30am Max Ray-Riek of the Math Forum at NCTM The Skokie School Community Room

Join Max Ray-Riek of the Math Forum at NCTM for an interactive parents' workshop exploring how collaborative group problem-solving sets students up to be successful in math and in math-intensive careers. We’ll discuss what it means to have rigorous standards for listening and communicating in math, how exposure to multiple approaches supports successful students to be sense-makers with deep understanding who never hit that “math wall," and how math-intensive careers require students to be able to problem-solve collaboratively and support their math skills with strong interpersonal skills. RSVP via this link: https://goo.gl/forms/Agm0rrp9d7dpqLL82.

Hour of Code 12/04/2017 - 4:30pm The Skokie School, MakerSpace

Monday, December 4 from 4:30 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.  

We encourage families to join us as our students guide you through various coding and technology activities as part of the international event #HourofCode.  All ages are welcome at #HourofCode, an engaging learning opportunity for the whole family. As part of Computer Science Education Week (CSEdWeek) each year, millions of people participate in #HourofCode, the largest learning event in history, to promote the importance of Computer Science Education.

Click here to RSVP to Hour of Code.

STEAM in District 36 11/29/2017 - 9:30am Maureen Chertow Miller, Director of Technology Greeley School Resouce Center

 

Learn more about the STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Math) experience and the purpose behind the makerspace environments in District 36 with Maureen Chertow Miller, Director of Technology. Click here to RSVP.

Birth to College: Build & Support the Female Talent Pipeline 11/28/2017 - 6:30pm 50 Action 50 Hubbard Woods School Resource Center

In partnership with 50 Action 50, D36 will host this special workshop Tuesday, November 28 from 6:30 p.m. to 8:45 p.m.

How might families, schools, communities, and organizations impact a girl’s decision to pursue careers in STEM or Entrepreneurship? Together we will ideate actionable solutions that can positively impact a girl's decision to pursue majors & careers in STEM and entrepreneurship, and how we can influence our families, communities, schools, workplace, country, and the world to start making changes. 50 Action 50 is a social impact group which brings women and men together to commit to activate women’s full economic potential and contribution. To learn more about 50 Action 50, visit 50Action50. To register for this FREE event, visit http://bit.ly/50ACTION50Nov28EB and enter the code Parent36 for a complimentary ticket.

From Washburne to New Trier: A D36 Parent’s Guide to the New Trier Transition 11/14/2017 - 9:30am Paul Waechtler, Principal at the New Trier High School Freshman Campus Carleton Washburne Resource Center

 

Paul Waechtler, Principal at the New Trier High School Freshman Campus, will discuss the New Trier freshman placement process and the efforts made to ensure a smooth transition to high school.  A Q & A will provide an opportunity for parents to learn more about how to best support their child(ren) as they prepare for their New Trier experience. Click here to RSVP.

Progressive Education in The Winnetka Public Schools: Reflecting on our History, Planning for our Future 11/09/2017 - 9:30am Dr. Daniel Ryan The Skokie School Community Room

Dr. Daniel Ryan will share an engaging look back on the history of Progressive Education in The Winnetka Public Schools. Learn about Carleton Washburne’s vision for Winnetka, the international influence the District has had in education since its inception, and longstanding traditions of project-based learning.  This session will also discuss Future Ready D36 and how through this process we honor our past yet strive to innovate for the future. Click here to RSVP.

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Tour Crow Island School: Honoring Our Past & Informing Our Future 11/04/2017 - 10:00am The Winnetka Historical Society and the Crow Island Stewardship Group Crow Island School

Saturday, November 4 from 10 a.m.-12:00 p.m.

Join The Winnetka Historical Society and the Crow Island Stewardship Group for self-guided tours (iPads provided) of Crow Island School. This National Historic Landmark, which celebrated its 75th anniversary in 2015, was designed by legendary architects Eliel and Eero Saarinen with the Chicago architectural firm of Perkins, Wheeler and Will. Explore the unique features of this internationally-recognized school, where its child-centered design exemplified the past and inspires the future of The Winnetka Public Schools. Please call The Winnetka Historical Society with any questions about this event: (847) 446-0001.

Not Quite Little Kid, Not Quite Teenager: The Developmental Progression of the Middle School Child 09/28/2017 - 9:30am Principal Tess and Principal Kanne The Skokie School Community Room

Join Principal Tess and Principal Kanne for an informational morning session focusing on the ins and outs of the growing middle school child.  We will spend time exploring both the academic and social-emotional needs appropriate to 5th-8th grade children, how they change over that four year span, as well as the neurological changes that contribute to these needs.  Parents with current middle schoolers, or soon-to-be middle schoolers, are encouraged to join us for an engaging, encouraging and educational hour together. Click here to RSVP.

Navigating Internet Safety & Social Media Use 09/05/2017 - 9:30am Al Ross, clinical director at Family Service of Glencoe The Skokie School Auditorium

Hosted in Partnership with Family Service of Glencoe

Are you looking for guidance on navigating the ever-changing social media landscape, tips on apps to allow and avoid, as well as more information on age-appropriate internet use? Glean insight on how to keep children safe in their online interactions, set parental guidelines, and reinforce healthy Digital Literacy practices in your family. This WPI event will be conducted by Al Ross, clinical director at Family Service of Glencoe, a counseling center that provides support to families. Click here to RSVP.

Navigating Internet Safety & Social Media Use 05/23/2017 - 9:30am Al Ross, clinical director at Family Service of Glencoe Carleton Washburne School, Curriculum Planning Room

Hosted in Partnership with Family Service of Glencoe

Are you looking for guidance on navigating the ever-changing social media landscape, tips on apps to allow and avoid, as well as more information on age-appropriate internet use? This session will provide insight on how to keep children safe in their online interactions, set parental guidelines, and reinforce healthy Digital Literacy practices in your family. This WPI event will be conducted by Al Ross, clinical director at Family Service of Glencoe, a counseling center that provides support to families. Click here to RSVP.

Not Quite Little Kid, Not Quite Teenager: The Developmental Progression of the Middle School Child 04/28/2017 - 9:30pm Principal Tess and Principal Kanne Skokie School Community Room

Join Principal Tess and Principal Kanne for an informational morning session focusing on the ins and outs of the growing middle school child.  We will spend time exploring both the academic and social-emotional needs appropriate to 5th-8th grade children, how they change over that four year span, as well as the neurological changes that contribute to these needs.  Parents with current middle schoolers, or soon-to-be middle schoolers, are encouraged to join us for an engaging, encouraging and educational hour together. Click here to RSVP

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The Transition to Kindergarten in D36 04/27/2017 - 9:30am District 36 Administrators and Elementary Principals Greeley School Resource Center

Hosted in Partnership with The Alliance for Early Childhood

District 36 administrators and elementary principals will share the rich history of our nationally-recognized schools and how teachers effectively apply the Progressive philosophy in classrooms.  Find out how you can partner with our schools to support your child's educational journey.  Hear about the Extended Day Kindergarten program and ask questions about what to expect as your child enters school in the fall.

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Understanding The MAP Assessment in District 36 04/05/2017 - 10:00am Barry Rodgers, Director of Innovation, Teaching and Learning Carleton Washburne School Resource Center

Barry Rodgers, Director of Innovation, Teaching and Learning, will conduct this informational session for you to learn more about the MAP assessment in the context of how assessments are used to support the growth and achievement of all students in District 36. Click here to RSVP.

Reading: The Home-School Connection for Younger Readers 03/03/2017 - 9:00am Featuring Emily Butler Smith Teachers College, Columbia University Hubbard Woods School

Targeted for parents of students in grades three through five.
How do I know if my child is 'getting it?' How can I support upper grade reading development at home? This workshop will help you to consider the books your children are reading and the ways you can support their comprehension of these texts. You will learn about the typical ways that texts become more complicated and the ways that readers’ thinking needs to become increasingly sophisticated, as well. You’ll also learn about ways you can support your child’s progress through authentic conversations at home. The event is facilitated by District 36 staff and features guest speaker Emily Butler Smith, Associate Director for Professional Development, at the Teachers College, Columbia University. To RSVP,​ click here.​

Learning About Erin’s Law: Sexual Abuse Prevention Education 02/13/2017 - 7:00pm Zacharias Sexual Abuse Center Carleton Washburne School Resource Center

This WPI event that will outline Erin’s Law; an Illinois law that mandates public schools to implement age appropriate sexual assault and abuse awareness and prevention curriculum for grades K-12 (School Board 6:60, Curricular Content). The District is partnering with the Zacharias Sexual Abuse Center to share information regarding Erin’s Law and how best to provide age-appropriate curriculum to our students.  District school social workers will also be present at this event to provide samples of curricular materials and to address any questions that parents may have at this time. It is our intention to share the curriculum with students in March of this school year, where students will learn among their classmates in their classrooms.  Instruction will be provided by our school social workers.  It is anticipated that curricular sessions regarding Erin’s Law will be offered once annually and will not exceed 30 minutes in length.

Parents as First Teachers: How to Cultivate the Whole Child 02/09/2017 - 7:00pm Superintendent Trisha Kocanda and Liza Sullivan, Executive Director of The Alliance for Early Childhood The Little Theater at Carleton Washburne School

Family Action Network presents Parents as First Teachers: How to Cultivate the Whole Child, an opportunity to learn about best practices for supporting your child’s creativity, persistence, resilience, and emotional engagement. The discussion is moderated by Superintendent Trisha Kocanda and Liza Sullivan, Executive Director of The Alliance for Early Childhood and FAN’s Early Childhood Chair Panelists include Judy Harris Helm, Founder of Best Practices, Inc.; Amanda Moreno, Assistant Professor at Erikson Institute; Laura Reischel, Arts and Cultural Engagement Specialist at Chicago Children’s Museum; Jennifer Rosina, President of Kid Links Unlimited, Inc.; and Hedda Sharapan, PNC Senior Fellow at The Fred Rogers Center.

New Trier Township Family Engagement Night Screenagers: Growing up in the Digital Age 01/31/2017 - 7:30pm Misner Auditorium, Central School, 620 Greenwood Avenue, Glencoe

New Trier Township schools invite parents AND students grades 5 - 12 to join in a Family Engagement Night to view clips from "Screenagers: Growing Up in the Digital Age." This is the first feature documentary to explore the science behind screen-time, how it affects young people’s development and offers practical ways to set boundaries and find balance. We will be sharing clips from this film, listening to a panel of local teens, parents, and a social worker from Glencoe Family Services as they talk about the ups and downs of their digital lives, and engaging with our children on the challenges we face in our own lives with technology.  https://sites.google.com/glencoeschools.org/screenagers

Reading: The Home-School Connection for Younger Readers 01/20/2017 - 1:00pm Brianna Parlitsis, Staff Developer - Teachers College, Columbia University Greeley School Auditorium

Targeted for parents of kindergarten, first, and second graders. How can I help support my child's reading at each level? How can I best help my students move up reading levels, with high comprehension? This workshop will help you to consider the books your children are reading and the ways you can support their decoding, fluency and comprehension of these texts. You will learn about the typical ways that texts become more complicated and the ways that readers’ thinking needs to become increasingly sophisticated, as well. You’ll also learn about ways you can support your child’s progress through authentic conversations at home. The event is facilitated by District 36 staff and features guest speaker, Brianna Parlitsis, Staff Developer, at the Teachers College, Columbia University. To RSVP, please click here.

From our partner, The Alliance for Early Childhood: 50 Dangerous Things You Should Let Your Kids Do: Strategies to Empower and Authentically Engage Your Children 01/20/2017 - 9:30am Gever Tulley, founder of Tinkering School and Brightworks (San Francisco) Church of the Holy Comforter - 222 Kenilworth Ave, Kenilworth

Join Gever Tulley, founder of Tinkering School and Brightworks (San Francisco), and author of Fifty Dangerous Things (You Should Let Your Children Do) and Dangerism! Gever will share 5 dangerous things you should let your kids do - and why a little danger is good for both kids and grownups.  Gever’s work has shown that through play, risk-taking, tinkering, and solving real problems, children develop responsibility, and strengthen their innate curiosity and desire to learn.  Parents will come away with exciting and empowering ways that children can explore the world around them.  For more information about Gever Tulley, visit gevertulley.com

"Not Quite Little Kid, Not Quite Teenager: The Developmental Progression of the Middle School Child" 01/19/2017 - 9:30am Greeley School Resource Center

Join us for an informational morning session focusing on the ins and outs of the growing middle school child.  We will spend time exploring both the academic and social-emotional needs appropriate to 5th-8th grade children, how they change over that four year span, as well as the neurological changes that contribute to these needs.  Parents with current middle schoolers, or soon-to-be middle schoolers, are encouraged to join us for an engaging, encouraging and educational hour together.  We were thrilled to host 50 interested parents for this presentation on December 1, and hope to see many more this month.  Grab a friend for coffee and valuable conversation with some of your children's school leaders. To RSVP, click here.

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How Kids Learn in an Interest-Driven STEAM Environment 01/10/2017 - 9:30am Featuring Researchers & Educators from Northwestern University Carleton Washburne School, CoLab (N102)

Students in our Innovative Technology elective at Washburne will be using FUSE, an interest-driven STEAM learning environment designed by researchers and educators at Northwestern University. At this Winnetka Parents Institute talk, you’ll have a chance to learn more about FUSE and the goals of the research from Dr. Reed Stevens, the principal investigator, and Peter Meyerhoff, the doctoral candidate who will be on site teaching and learning with us.  To RSVP, click here.

Not Quite Little Kid, Not Quite Teenager: The Developmental Progression of the Middle School Child 12/01/2016 - 9:30am Kelly Tess, Principal of The Skokie School and Dave Kanne, Principal of Carleton Washburne School The Skokie School Community Room

Join us for an informational morning session focusing on the ins and outs of the growing middle school child. We will spend time exploring both the academic and social-emotional needs appropriate to 5th-8th grade children, how they change over that four year span, as well as the neurological changes that contribute to these needs. Parents with current middle schoolers, or soon-to-be middle schoolers, are encouraged to join us for an engaging, encouraging and educational hour together.

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A Parents' Guide to Social Media & Digital Literacy 11/29/2016 - 9:30am Maureen Chertow Miller, Tony Venetico Carleton Washburne School Resource Center

Maureen Chertow Miller, Director of Technology, and Tony Venetico, Assistant Principal of Carleton Washburne School, will provide an overview on social media and share tips and tactics on fostering digital literacy with your child.

Cultivating Calm: Building Connected Families, Creating Peaceful Transitions, and Raising Kids Who Contribute 11/16/2016 - 9:15am Molly Pope, Hubbard Woods School psychologist Hubbard Woods School Auditorium

Molly Pope, Hubbard Woods School psychologist, will share tips and tools on how to elicit cooperation, manage upsets, and problem solve with your children. Using the positive parenting strategies of the Conscious Discipline program, Mrs. Pope will discuss how to foster connection with and among your children. You will learn developmentally-friendly strategies for supporting your child’s social and emotional growth, and help support them along their path in life.

From Washburne to New Trier: A D36 Parent’s Guide to the New Trier Transition 11/08/2016 - 9:30am Dave Kanne and Paul Waechtler Carleton Washburne School Resource Center

Dave Kanne, Principal at Carleton Washburne School, and Paul Waechtler, Principal at the New Trier High School Freshman Campus, will discuss how D36 works with leaders at New Trier throughout the freshman placement process to ensure a smooth transition to high school. A Q & A will provide an opportunity for parents to learn more about how to best support their child(ren) as they prepare for their New Trier experience. To RSVP, click here.

STEAM in District 36 11/03/2016 - 9:30am Maureen Chertow Miller, Director of Technology Greeley School Resource Center

Learn more about the STEAM experience and the purpose behind the makerspace environments in District 36 with Maureen Chertow Miller, Director of Technology.

Link to Presentation.

Get Googly 10/17/2016 - 9:30am Maureen Chertow Miller, Director of Technology The Skokie School Community Room

Maureen Chertow Miller, Director of Technology, leads this orientation on Google Apps for Education, and how you can use these tools to support your child at home. 

Math Program Evaluation Informational Session 10/13/2016 - 10:00am Dr. Miriam Sherrin and Mr. Jim Lynn The Little Theater at Carleton Washburne School

Northwestern University's Dr. Miriam Sherrin and University of Illinois Chicago's Mr. Jim Lynn, who conducted the District 36 Math Program Evaluation, will share findings from their comprehensive study on the District's Math Program. To RSVP for this event, please email katehughes@winnetka36.org.

What to Expect in D36: Kindergarten - 2nd Grade 09/07/2016 - 9:00am Beth Carmody, Susan Hugebeck, Julie Pfeffer The Skokie School Community Room

The event, facilitated by the District’s elementary school principals, will be an opportunity to connect with other parents and discuss what learning looks like in the early years. The session will focus on early literacy and math, social and emotional wellness, developmental practices and research. 

 

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Learning Through Play: Kindergarten Transition Meeting 04/28/2016 - 9:00am Trisha Kocanda, Superintendent, Winnetka Public Schools & Daniel Ryan, Principal, Hubbard Woods School The Skokie School Community Room

District 36 partnered with The Alliance for Early Childhood for a conversation about the Kindergarten transition. Trisha Kocanda, Superintendent, and Daniel Ryan, Principal of Hubbard Woods School, and facilitated a discussion to inform parents about the District’s Kindergarten curriculum, what to expect when school starts in the fall, and how to support your child’s educational journey.

A Conversation about Gender Identity 03/08/2016 - 9:00am Jennifer Leininger, M.Ed., Program Coordinator Carleton Washburne School Resource Center

A Conversation about Gender Identity, with Jennifer Leininger, M.Ed., Program Coordinator of the Gender & Sex Development Program at Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital

 

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Math Workshop for Parents 03/04/2016 - 9:00am Allison Greer Crow Island School

Math Workshop for Parents. Kindergarten, Session 3: Hot Topics

NUMBER TALKS 03/04/2016 - 9:00am Kelly Tess, Eileen Goodspeed, Beth Niemann The Skokie School Community Room

NUMBER TALKS:  A Hands-on Experience with Today's Instructional Approach. This session will be a hands-on experience for parents, engaging in one of our newest instructional practices in math. 

D36→New Trier 02/18/2016 - 7:00pm Dr. Linda Yonke, Superintendent Carleton Washburne School Resource Center

D36→New Trier: the Winnetka student’s high school experience. Dr. Yonke will address the Winnetka community regarding the academic performance, leadership skills, and service involvement that characterizes District 36 students who attend New Trier.

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Developing Mathematicians 02/10/2016 - 9:00am Judith Campbell, Eileen Goodspeed The Skokie School Community Room

Developing Mathematicians from Kindergarten to High School: What District 36 Parents Should Know About Their Child’s Progression in Math Through the Years.

 

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Social Media 01/21/2016 - 9:30am Maureen Miller, Tony Venetico Carleton Washburne School Resource Center

Social Media presentation at Carleton Washburne School, with Maureen Miller, Director of Technology, District 36 and Tony Venetico, Assistant Principal, Carleton Washburne School.

Mobile Learning Initiative 01/12/2016 - 1:00pm Maureen Miller, Katie Nelson Carleton Washburne School Resource Center

Mobile Learning Initiative: A Day in the Life. Learn more about your student’s daily experience as part of the MLI as well as how technology can contribute to innovation, creativity, and collaboration in and out of the classroom.

Best Practice in Reading Instruction 01/28/2013 - 9:00pm Various panel members Skokie School Community Room

Best Practice in Reading Instruction Video (MP4).