Parent Involvement

Workshops are organized to encourage “true” and effective parent involvement. The DMDL approach believes there are two key elements to this initiative. First, parents are supportive. They encourage their children and are sympathetic, reassuring and understanding. They show a high level of commitment to their children and their education. Second, parents are active. They are doing something that is observable. This combination level of commitment and active participation is what makes a truly “involved” parent. The goal is to strengthen relationships between the parents with teachers and principals so that they become more actively involved in their child’s education.

Focus on the Student

  • Safeguarding and Protecting Your Child’s Use of Technology in the Home
    In this workshop, parents will get an overview of how to monitor and control their child’s activities on major social networks and gain knowledge of available software used to add Parental Controls to their home computers. All support materials and refreshments are included. Q&A session will follow.
  • Behavior Management: Character Development
    In this workshop, parents will learn to empower their children to be responsible for their behavior through exposure to character traits (e.g. honesty, truthfulness, work ethic, caring, helpfulness, fairness, right of individuality,…) Parents will discuss how to design a plan to excel based on their unique situations. Children are encouraged to attend and participate with their parents
  • Testing, Testing, 123! Test Taking Strategies, Skills, and Techniques
    In this workshop, parent will learn how to help their children adequately prepare for tests (whether standardized or teacher-made). Several ideas are provided to support and create a positive test-taking experience. Ideas are shared to inform parents of the type of test his or her child will be taking, how the results will be interpreted, and how the results may affect your child’s placement in school.

Focus on the Parent and the Home

    • Character Development Pays Off, BIG TIME!
      Have you ever had a problem getting youth to be deeply engaged in instruction? Could you use tools and support to help kids take ownership of their learning? If your answer is yes to either of these questions, we have a PD and coaching for you. 

      We conduct engaging professional development opportunities for teachers and administrators. Our professional development teaches strategies to get youth
      (grades K-12) more engaged in the academic experience. When kids are not in engaging classrooms, their learning suffers. When instruction captivates the creativity of kids, they are better prepared to thrive. Our emphasis is upon the utilization of characters or relevant artifacts to develop character traits. We are also available to partner with teachers for ongoing coaching. See the attachment for more about the presenter and previous experience.


    • Free access to culturally relevant weekly videos. These instructional videos empower teachers to teach character development in their classes.
    • Methods to track the growth of life skill development
    • Methods to align character development with metrics for overall life success


  • Parents are Teachers Too
    In this workshop, the presenter will empower parents, build their confidence, provide opportunities for parents to examine their styles of helping/tutoring their children and share various strategies of effective teaching through role- play and discussion.
  • Forming a Foundation for Successful Collaborations Between Parents and Teachers
    In this workshop, parents will examine collaborative methods to work with teachers and better serve as partners in their child’s education. Participants will role play and explore effective communication strategies.
  • Effective Discipline: Alternative Methods
    In this workshop, parent will be encouraged to share strategies of effective discipline. Parents will explore goals of misbehavior and discover how to incorporate incentives for positive behaviors.
  • Creating “The Parent Manual”
    In this workshop, parents will create a manual by listing family members and their unique characteristics. There will be a discussion on birth order and its effect on the family structure. Parents will identify strategies that help to build strong family unit.
  • Teaching Non-traditional Learners at Home
    In this workshop, parents will be taught the characteristics of learning styles so that they will be able to recognize how to best help their children. They will be involved in activities which will allow them to recognize their learning style, and they will examine various teaching aids that can be used to reinforce learning at home.
  • How to Turn Your Home into a Learning Environment
    In this workshop, parents will learn how to organize a study schedule and maintain consistency. Parent will discuss the effectiveness of creating a study area, using the television effectively to enhance learning and developing a home library. Parents will also discuss the importance of modeling that education as a priority.
  • Learning: Starting at School but Not Stopping There
    In this workshop, parents will explore the school subjects, listing some of the things they know their children have learned, based on what the children bring home and based on parent-child conversations. The presenter will lead the parents in looking for ways to use the concepts and skills taught at school in everyday life, for instance, using fractions to double a recipe or using word analysis to attack a new word in the newspaper.

Focus on Making the Connection

  • Alternative methods for Teaching Reading & Math Through Music & The Arts
    In this workshop, parents will be encouraged to make the connection between musical intelligence and the academic skills of their children based on the DMDL approach “meeting students where they are” and Howard Gardner’s Multiple Intelligence Theory. Through the inherent elements of music parents will be able to impart basic Reading and Math skills to the non-traditional learner.
  • Effective Communication Between Parents and Their Children
    In this workshop, parents will gain useful information and techniques on how to communicate effectively with their children. Parenting can be more enjoyable when a positive parent – child relationship is established. Whether you are parenting a toddler or a teenager, good communication is the key to building self-esteem as well a mutual respect. Children are encouraged to attend and participate with their parents
  • Enhancing Academic Achievement Through Summer Enrichment Activities
    In this workshop, parents will learn to increase their child’s exposure during the summer by learning the purpose and importance of the various cultural institutions in Chicago and how they can impact their child’s achievement. They will be able to plan an exciting, educational family field trip!