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Mt. Diablo Unified School District Hosts Fourth Annual Back-to-School Parent Conference


Contact:  Ursula Kroemer Leimbach / communications@mdusd.org / mobile: (760) 705-6919


Mt. Diablo Unified School District Hosts Fourth Annual Back-to-School Parent Conference

Conference topics to include learning styles and homework, social media and self-image, and vape pens and teens – helping parents know what products are on the market and available to teens and the laws surrounding vaping products sale and use


WHAT:  The Mt. Diablo Unified School District (MDUSD) is pleased to host its fourth annual Back-to-School Parent Conference, featuring nearly two dozen educational workshops to provide families valuable resources and tools to help guide their children to a successful school year.


The event is free for all MDUSD families.  Childcare will be available for children 3 – 10 years old. Space is limited and early registration is highly recommended.  Lunch and school supplies will be provided to registered participants while supplies last.


Families may register online at https://tinyurl.com/y7z3sxjx or by contacting the Parent Education Program at Mt. Diablo Adult Education, (925) 685-7340, ext. 6720, or parented@mdusd.org.  

Free transportation will be provided for Bay Point families.  The first pick-up will be at 7:30 a.m. at Bel Air Elementary, 631 Canal Rd., Bay Point, 94565. The second pick-up will be at 7:45 a.m. at Riverview Middle School, 205 Pacifica Ave., Bay Point, 94565.


WHEN:  Saturday, August 11, 2018, 8:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.


WHERE:  MDUSD Loma Vista Adult Center, 1266 San Carlos Avenue, Concord (Get directions)


Conference Schedule

8:00 a.m.

Conference Check-in

8:30 – 8:40 a.m.

Welcome – Dr. Nellie Meyer, Superintendent

8:45 – 9:30 a.m.

Keynote Speaker – Sean Donohue

“Parenting Your Modern Teen"

Mr. Donohue will speak about the realities of parenting (it's hard!); stress (for parents and kids); practicing, teaching, and modeling self-care; home and learning; quality time, closeness and learning; the evolving roles of parenting, and more.

9:45 – 10:45 a.m.

Session A Workshops (See below)

11 a.m. - Noon

Session B Workshops (See below)

Noon – 1:00 p.m.

Lunch & Community Resource Fair

Distribution of school supplies (while supplies last)


ADDITIONAL INFORMATION:  Mt. Diablo Unified believes strongly that the role of parents as partners in education is essential to the success of students in school. By working together, parents and educators build stronger school communities, and help all children reach their potential and graduate with the skills necessary to lead their future world.  MDUSD’s annual Back-to-School Parent Conference is designed to support these important parent partnerships with a wide array of workshops with topics ranging from learning the basics about an Individualized Education Program (IEP) to social media and self-image to college readiness.


The keynote speaker, Sean Donohue, founder of Sean Donohue Family Coaching, has been coaching and mentoring teens and parents since 2000, providing in-home support to hurting and defiant teenagers and the parents who love them, and helping parents restore love, order, and communication to their family.  


His keynote address, “Parenting Your Tween or Tween: How to Survive and Thrive When Your Child Becomes a Teenager,” will provide guidelines for maintaining family communication and values while helping promote their child’s independence.


Two sessions of workshops are available.


Session #1 – 9:45 – 10:45 a.m.

*indicates workshop will offer Spanish translation



Your Child’s Individualized Education Plan (IEP)

Learn how to prepare documentation and questions prior to an IEP meeting and how to ensure a personal, centered plan for your child.

Parenting Your Elementary School Child*

Learn some tips and tricks to navigate the elementary years and promote positive family relationships.

Social Media and Self-Image*

How can we help children navigate modern social media and retain a positive emotion and physical self-image?

Anxiety, Stress, and Depression in the Family

(Presented in Spanish only)

Discussion of some signs and symptoms of stress, anxiety, and depression. Learn ways to cope and when and where to get help.

Vape Pens & Teens: What Parents Need to Know*

This workshop will provide parents and other adults an overview of what products are on the market and used by teens, applicable laws, and available resources.

Finding Peace: Managing Anger and Stress

We will discuss anger triggers, anger management techniques, stress resiliency, positive communication and listening skills.

College Readiness

Learn the basics of planning for college, including classes, tests, and services to guide in the college application process, including community college, California State University (CSU) and University of California (UC) campuses, and private schools.

Roadmap to Success*

Understand the different career pathways through short-term educational opportunities.  Learn about Guided Pathways, Stackable Certificates, and ways students can attend classes through Adult Education and earn college credits toward a degree or certificate.

Transition to Middle


How to help your child successfully navigate the changes in middle school.

Math Support

This session will focus on what parents/guardians can do at home to support their elementary and secondary student.

Project to Inspire Parent Participation: Contributing to Your Child’s School Success

(Presented in Spanish only)

We will explore the importance of parent involvement for their child’s school success and the link between school and home.

Parent Self-Care – Mindfulness

Encouraging mindfulness to promote harmony in yourself and your family.

Session #2 Workshops – 11:00 – 12:00 p.m.

*indicates workshop will offer Spanish translation

Individualized Education Plan (IEP) and 504 Plans*

Participants will get an overview on what an IEP is, what to expect in an IEP meeting, and information on parent rights.

Parenting Your Tween or Teen*

How to survive and thrive when your child becomes a teenager. Maintaining family communication and values while promoting their independence.

Learning Styles and Homework*

We will discover your child’s and your own learning style. We will explore strategies and techniques to use with homework.

Anxiety, Stress, and Depression in the Family

`Discussion of some signs and symptoms of stress, anxiety, and depression. Learn ways to cope and when and where to get help.

Staying Safe*

Join the discussion and learn how bullying, harassment, threats, and intimidation create unsafe learning environments.

College and Career Pathways within MDUSD*

Learn about MDUSD pathways for college and career offered in our schools.

Health, Wellness and Nutrition*

Learn how to support students in adopting healthy eating habits

Transition to High School

How to help your child success in the high school years.

English Learner Reclassification

(Bilingual – English/Spanish)

Description of the different MDUSD programs offered to support our English Learners, plus ways you can help support your child at home.

Math Support

This session will focus on what parents/guardians can do at home to support their elementary and secondary students.

Meditation for Self-Care

Learn meditation tools to relieve stress and gain clarity in a playful environment.


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About Mt. Diablo Unified

Mt. Diablo Unified, located in Contra Costa County, is honored to serve approximately 32,000 students at one of more than 50 school sites in the cities of Clayton, Concord, Pleasant Hill; portions of Martinez, Pittsburg and Walnut Creek; and the unincorporated communities of Bay Point, Lafayette, and Pacheco. As part of a richly diverse community, MDUSD families represent numerous ethnic communities, speaking nearly 50 different languages and dialects. We offer award-winning innovative programs in Career Technical Education (CTE); Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM); extensive visual and performing arts programs; and rich foreign language and dual immersion offerings. MDUSD is pleased to have the only International Baccalaureate (IB) program in Contra Costa County, and one of only three middle college programs regionally, our College Now program, going into its third year for 2018-2019.  Learn more at http://www.mdusd.org/.


Posted by: Debbie Maher, District Admin, Mt. Diablo Unified School District Published:8/3/18
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