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Knox County Schools
combined
Annual Parent Conference
and
Transition Fair

“Discovering the Treasures of Success”


Saturday, October 12, 2013
7:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m.
Central High School
5321 Jacksboro Pike
Knoxville, TN
Registration Deadline: October 7, 2013

The Knox County Schools will offer its annual Parent Conference for all parents on October 12, 2013, and this year, to engage and serve more parents, the conference will be combined with the Knox County Schools Transition Fair for parents of students with disabilities. Annually, parents, guardians and other caregivers gather to be motivated, informed, and enlightened on making a difference in their child's academic and future experiences to help strengthen students' overall success. This event is free of charge, and childcare for ages 3-11 is provided at no cost with your advanced registration.

To secure your place at the conference, register early by visiting engagement.knoxschools.org. Registration will open Friday, September 6, 2013 and will close October 4, 2013, or when the event has reached capacity (whichever comes first).

Conference Outline:
Participants will "discover treasures of success" as they attend a variety of relevant and engaging workshops that will include opportunities for them to exchange challenges, share solutions, ask questions, and learn strategies that will enable them to better support their children. Click here for workshop titles and descriptions!

Who should attend?
Every parent, guardian or caregiver in Knox County who has an interest in further developing his/her ability to help their child or other children achieve maximum success in school and beyond.

Why should parents, guardians and other caregivers attend this conference?
Conference attendees will be provided the following information and opportunities:
•    Relevant and practical information regarding understanding the changing tide of academic expectations and instruction in Tennessee schools.
•    Various post-secondary preparation choices and opportunities for all students.
•    Easy at-home methods to assist in building children's academic and social skills.
•    Opportunities for one-to-one networking conversations with other parents, educators, school administrators, and community support systems.

What are the benefits?



More greatly empowered parents, successful students, and stronger home-school-community partner"ships."

What are my transport/parking options getting to the event?

Ample parking, including handicap accessible parking, will be available.  Central High School is also on the KAT bus route. Click here for details. 


Where can I contact the organizer with any questions?
Email parentconference@knoxschools.org. Call 865-594-9524.


Can I update my registration information?
Email us at parentconference@knoxschools.org or call 594-9524.


Do I have to bring my printed ticket to the event?
It will be helpful but not necessary.


Browse the Conference Workshops list and select “Read more” to review the descriptions prior to registering for the conference.

Click HERE to Register Online!
If for any reason you need to cancel registration, please email parentconference@knoxschools.org
Registration is also available by calling
865-594-9525 or  865-594-1192.
Additionally, paper registration forms will be sent home with all elementary and middle school students. Have questions or need more information? Call the above numbers, contact parentconference@knoxschools.org, or visit us at engagement.knoxschools.org.

Thank You and We Look Forward to Seeing You
at this Year’s Conference!

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PRE-K/ELEMENTARY

FEELING MAROONED?  HELPING YOUR ELEMENTARY SCHOOL CHILD WITH HOMEWORK   
Parents are their children’s first and most important teacher!  In this session, learn strategies to help your elementary-age children complete their homework with fewer tears…both yours and theirs! (10:00, 1:45)
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YO-HO-HO! KINDERGARTEN READINESS AND BEYOND FOR YOUR LIL’ BUCCANEERS           
Starting kindergarten is a big step, not only for the child but for parents as well.  Learn the skills your child needs to know to be successful in kindergarten and receive suggestions about what you can do to better equip your child with a solid academic foundation.
MIDDLE/HIGH SCHOOL

MIDDLE SCHOOL / HIGH SCHOOL


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CONSULTING THE COMPASS: HOW TO HELP PREPARE YOUR MIDDLE SCHOOL CHILD FOR COLLEGE        
Preparing for college may seem on the far horizon, but it is never too early to help children set goals and begin to map out their futures. This session will focus on the first steps to building a strong academic foundation for college and emphasize ways to help your child take advantage of opportunities to explore their career interests early.  

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FEELING MAROONED? HELPING YOUR MIDDLE AND HIGH SCHOOL CHILD WITH HOMEWORK         
As students enter middle and high school, the role of “parents as teachers” shifts greatly.  This session will highlight the importance of teaching middle and high school students how to independently take responsibility for homework completion.

HIGH SCHOOL/COLLEGE PREPARATION

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ANCHORS AWEIGH! COLLEGE ENTRANCE EXAM TESTING 101          
Students must perform well on college entrance exams, and help is available to equip your student to perform his best. This class will feature need-to-know information about required exams and resources designed to help your child better prepare to take the ACT and SAT.   

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CONSULTING THE COMPASS: HOW TO HELP PREPARE YOUR HIGH SCHOOL CHILD FOR COLLEGE        
Do you want to help your child make the most out of his/her high school years to get into the college of his/her choice? This session will provide information on Knox County Schools’ graduation requirements, what college admission officers look for in college applications, and how to begin college visits?

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SPORTS AFTER HIGH SCHOOL…WHAT IS REQUIRED TO CONTINUE TO EX”SAIL”
If students want to continue their athletic careers beyond high school, there are certain National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) eligibility requirements they must meet.  Learn the academic requirements as well as understand what is expected beyond academics.
                 
GENERAL

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AHOY MATEY! ATTENTION DEFICIT DISORDER (ADD) AND ATTENTION DEFICIT HYPERACTIVITY DISORDER (ADHD)…WHAT’S THE DIFFERENCE?
These terms are oftentimes overused and misunderstood. Learn what ADD and ADHD are - and what they are not - including the signs and symptoms of both.

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ALL HANDS ON DECK:  WORKING TOGETHER TO PROVIDE A SAFE, SECURE LEARNING ENVIRONMENT                                                        
The mission of the Knox County Schools Security Department is to provide our schools with a safe and secure learning environment, while also assisting students, staff and administrators by placing them in the best possible position to be successful. In this session, Knox County Schools Security Chief Gus Paidousis will discuss the district’s plan to reduce safety risks and improve safety for all students, in addition to highlighting ways parents can contribute to the overall safety of their children on a daily basis.

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ANCHORING GOOD STUDY HABITS          
Good study skills and a strong work ethic are essential to your child’s academic success. Learn how parents can play a major role in providing the encouragement, environment, and materials necessary for successful study habits.

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ARRGGHH… HOW SOCIAL MEDIA CAN AFFECT YOUR CHILD’S FUTURE!                       Facebook and other social media will be extensions of your child’s “resumé” and overall future. Learn what kind of effects these sites are having on your children, and how you can counteract the bad (such as cyber bullying) and boost the positive.

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GENERAL SESSION: ALL ABOARD! THE NEW COMMON CORE STATE STANDARDS
During the past several years, students have been on a journey toward Tennessee’s new and more rigorous academic standards.  Historically, every state had its own set of academic standards, meaning public education students in each state across the country were learning at different levels.  Now, the State of Tennessee has adopted Common Core State Standards (CCSS) that help ensure every student graduates high school prepared for college or the workforce.  This interactive panel session will introduce CCSS and provide you with key skills students will learn in each of the content areas, along with ideas and activities to help your child at home.

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CHANGING THE TIDE OF HOW CHILDREN SUCCEED
The story we usually hear about how children succeed usually focuses on intelligence. The presenter will highlight vital points and perspectives from Paul Tough’s, How Children Succeed:  Grit, Curiosity and the Hidden Power of Character.

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HIDDEN TREASURES:  RAISING SMART MONEY KIDS                                                  
The more children know about money - earning it, saving it, spending it - the better equipped they will be to manage their personal finances as adults. This session covers topics from “living within your means” to “prioritizing needs over wants” and recommends age-appropriate strategies for introducing these concepts to children of all ages.

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HOW TO TELL IF A CHILD IS A BULLY, A BYSTANDER, A VICTIM, OR A PLAIN OL’ SCALLYWAG            
Bullying can affect everyone: Those who bully, those who are bullied, and those who witness bullying. In this session, learn how to identify signs of bullying behaviors and what you can do to support those who are the victim, the bully, and/or the bystander!

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IN THE GALLEY: QUICK, EASY, AND HEALTHY MEALS, SNACKS, AND OTHER GRUB FOR BUSY PARENTS        
Today, busy parents are buying more processed and convenience foods that are high in calories and low in nutrients. This session will provide resources and ideas for smart eating from snacks even the youngest of children can prepare for themselves to meals that are both quick to prepare and full of nutrition.

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LOOKING THROUGH THE SPYGLASS:  UNDERSTANDING TENNESSEE’S STANDARDIZED TEST SCORES AND PREPARING FOR CHANGE AHEAD            
Standardized test scores can provide parents with useful information about their children’s academic progress. This session will explain the transition from the Tennessee Comprehensive Assessment Program (TCAP) to the Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC) standardized testing, highlight their differences and help attendees better understand how to interpret student scores.

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MOVING FROM ROUGH SEAS TO SMOOTH SAILING: HELPING MY STRUGGLING LEARNER AT HOME     
For some students, school is a joy, and learning is a delightful challenge.  But for others, the experience is frustrating and goes from being a challenge to being a struggle.  Learn reasons why children have difficulties in school and what you as a parent can do to help your child. This session will also include Knox County Schools' resources available to address the needs of struggling learners.

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RAISING THE SAILS: HELPING YOUR HIGHLY PROFICIENT AND ADVANCED STUDENT   
All students learn at different rates and in different ways. In this session parents will learn how to identify the characteristics of highly proficient and advanced students, become familiar with Knox County Schools resources and opportunities available to their students and receive strategies for use at home!
   
T R A N S I T I O N      W O R K S H O P S
(These workshops are traditionally offered
at the Transition Fair for parents of students with disabilities)

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FULL SPEED AHEAD! SPECIAL EDUCATION: PREPARING FOR INDIVIDUAL EDUCATION PROGRAM (IEP) MEETINGS  
Educators and parents work together in the IEP process.  After a brief presentation, there will be a question and answer session about the benefits of this collaborative process. Learn how to utilize the strengths of the family and the resources of the schools to achieve the best of both worlds.

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HOLD ON, MATES!  HOW NOT TO LOSE YOUR MARBLES IN TIMES OF A TEMPEST!
Learn the art of seeing the flipside and making the best of tough situations!  Mary Donnet Johnson is mom to two teenagers -- one typically developing and one with autism - which has given her ample opportunity to hone the fine craft of resiliency.  This entertaining and helpful presentation will touch your heart, embolden your spirit, and arm you with new ideas to help increase success and happiness.  The session is very interactive.  Come prepared to build some serious skills while you play, laugh, and have a lot of fun!


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MAPPING THE WAY:  A TOOL TO HELP YOU PLAN YOUR FUTURE!
The Dream Building Game is a fun way to engage students, teachers, and parents in transition planning!  This session will give students a visual representation of a variety of post-school outcomes and allow them to express what is important to them.  This tool will enable students to insert their ideas into the transition planning discussion and will aide in the development of long term goals that will lead to a productive life after high school. 

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NAVIGATING THE FUTURE: UNDERSTANDING HOW TO ACCESS SERVICES AT THE COLLEGE LEVEL
Discover what is offered for students with special needs at the college level.  This panel discussion includes suggestions for getting the college bound student prepared and what services are offered at various local colleges.

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PLANNING FOR THE VOYAGE AHEAD: BENEFITS PLANNING ASSISTANCE AND OUTREACH
Do you know how to plan for benefits as you pursue a career after high school?  This presentation will explain how students with disabilities may incorporate Social Security benefits into their plans as they transition from high school to work.  Benefits explained include Social Security Disability, Health Care, Housing, Food Stamps, and others!  Planning for benefits helps you make informed decisions as you enter the workforce.

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SAILING TO SUCCESS: CREATING A MEANINGFUL LIFE
Whether your son or daughter with a disability is going to be living and working on his or her own or in need of a highly supported environment (or someplace in between) you will benefit from the perspectives offered by this wonderful mix of parents, professionals and a person who has been very successful, despite some challenges. 

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SHINING A BEACON ON COMMUNITY RESOURCES: SESSION A
(Designated for students who need a high level of support)
As individuals with disabilities pursue post-school outcomes, there is often the need for additional supports from community agencies. In this session, you will have the opportunity to hear from and ask questions of local agencies and the variety of services they offer.  
 
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SHINING A BEACON ON COMMUNITY RESOURCES: SESSION B
(Designated for students who need a minimal level of support)
As individuals with disabilities pursue post-school outcomes, there is often the need for additional supports from community agencies. In this session, you will have the opportunity to hear from and ask questions of local agencies and the variety of services they offer.

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THE CAPTAIN’S PERSPECTIVE: STUDENT PANEL DISCUSSION
The preparation for and transition from school to post-secondary options for students with disabilities may look very different from one individual to another. Former students will share personal reflections on the highs and lows, hurdles and triumphs that have brought them to where they are now. 

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UNDERSTANDING THE ROLE OF VR PARTNER”SHIPS”:  VOCATIONAL REHABILITATION SERVICES
Several State agencies play a role in providing transition services for students with disabilities.  The Division of Rehabilitation Services (DRS) is one of those partners.  This session will explain the role of DRS in working collaboratively with schools to plan and prepare for employment related transition goals of students with disabilities.

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UNRAVELING THE MYSTERY OF SPECIAL NEEDS TRUSTS & CONSERVATORSHIPS
Persons with disabilities, such as intellectual disabilities, often face legal issues related to decision making, eligibility for certain benefits, and continuation of benefits under certain circumstances.  Parents and families members often have questions about transfer of rights at the “age of majority.”  Parents, teachers, and providers can get answers to these and other frequently asked questions on the topics of Conservatorships and Special Needs Trusts. 


























































    

Conference Workshops
Please review the workshop titles below and select “Read more” to review workshop descriptions before continuing on to registration.

PARENT CONFERENCE WORKSHOPS


PRE-K/ELEMENTARY WORKSHOPS
Feeling Marooned?  Helping Your Elementary School Child with Homework (Read more)

Yo-Ho-Ho! Kindergarten Readiness and Beyond for Your Lil’ Buccaneers (Read more)

MIDDLE/HIGH SCHOOL WORKSHOPS

Consulting the Compass: How to Help Prepare Your Middle School Child for College (Read more)

Feeling Marooned? Helping Your Middle and High School Child with Homework (Read more)


HIGH SCHOOL/COLLEGE PREPARATIOn WORKSHOPS

Anchors Aweigh! College Entrance Exam Testing 101 (Read more)

Consulting the Compass: How to Help Prepare Your High School Child for College (Read more)

Sports After High School…What Is Required to Continue to Ex”Sail”(Read more)

GENERAL WORKSHOPS

Ahoy Matey! Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD) and Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)…What’s The Difference? (Read more)

All Hands On Deck:  Working Together to Provide a Safe, Secure Learning Environment (Read more)

Anchoring Good Study Habits (Read more)

Arrgghh… How Social Media Can Affect Your Child’s Future! (Read more)

Changing the Tide of How Children Succeed (Read more)

General Session: All Aboard! The New Common Core State Standards (Read more)

Hidden Treasures:  Raising Smart Money Kids (Read more)

How to Tell If a Child Is a Bully, a Bystander, a Victim, or a Plain Ol’ Scallywag  (Read more)

In the Galley: Quick, Easy, and Healthy Meals, Snacks, and Other Grub for Busy Parents (Read more)

Looking Through the Spyglass:  Understanding Tennessee’s Standardized Test Scores and Preparing for Change Ahead(Read more)

Moving From Rough Seas to Smooth Sailing: Helping My Struggling Learner at Home (Read more)
     
Raising the Sails: Helping Your Highly Proficient and Advanced Student(Read more)

TRANSITION WORKSHOPS

(These workshops are traditionally offered at the Transition Fair for parents of students with disabilities)


Full Speed Ahead! Special Education: Preparing for Individual Education Program (IEP) Meetings  (Read more)

Hold On, Mates!  How Not to Lose Your Marbles in Times of a Tempest! (Read more)

Mapping the Way:  A Tool to Help You Plan Your Future! (Read more)

Navigating the Future: Understanding How to Access Services at the College Level(Read more)

Planning for the Voyage Ahead: Benefits Planning Assistance and Outreach (Read more)

Sailing to Success: Creating a Meaningful Life (Read more)

Shining a Beacon on Community Resources: Session A
(Designated for students who need a high level of support) (Read more)
    
Shining A Beacon on Community Resources: Session B
(Designated for students who need a minimal level of support) (Read more)

The Captain’s Perspective: Student Panel Discussion (Read more)

Understanding the Role of VR Partner”Ships”:  Vocational Rehabilitation Services (Read more)

Unraveling the Mystery of Special Needs Trusts & Conservatorships (Read more)

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