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Families United Conference

Thank you for a wonferdul event, we appreciate all parents that attended.

Gracias por un evento maravilloso, apreciamos a todos los padres que asistieron.

Workshop Topics

Temas del los talleres

Protecting the Safety of LGBTQIA+ Youth

Participants in this workshop & panel discussion will learn about LGBTQIA+ definitions, and terms, and how to appropriately use them, be exposed to stereotypes and biases they should be aware of, and where to get support during the process of coming out, for both parents & students. In addition, parents/caregivers will learn about legal implications for change of name/pronouns, change of sex, how to advocate, and local resources for families. This workshop is geared towards parents/caregivers who are seeking to learn more ways to support their students and/or who identify as LGBTQIA+ themselves.

Presenters/Panelists: Ana Navidad, Parent, Robert Lopez, Lambda Youth Project, and Jasmine Cervantes, Side by Side Youth 

Times Offered: 10:30 A.M.-11:30 A.M. and 11:40 A.M.-12:40 P.M.

Special Education 101

This workshop will be focused on learning about what services are being offered in HUSD, how to access services and the process for identification into Special Education. In addition, participants will learn about how the Special Education Department is organized and the best methods of contact. 

Presenters: Kristen Devine, Director of Special Education Services and Team, Hayward Unified School District

Times Offered: 10:30 A.M.-11:30 A.M. and 11:40 A.M.-12:40 P.M.

Effective Advocacy Strategies for Parents & Special Education

Participants will learn about rights and laws that protect students with disabilities, develop an understanding of an Individualized Education Program (IEP) and how to schedule a meeting for your child, advocacy tips, and how parents/caregivers can participate effectively in the IEP process. 

Presenters: Andrea Garcia-Perez & Juliet Barraza, Bilingual Parent Advocates, Disability Rights Education & Defense Fund

Times Offered: 10:30 A.M.-11:30 A.M. and 11:40 A.M.-12:40 P.M

Social-Emotional Learning in HUSD & Strategies for Parents

Participate in this session to learn more about Social-Emotional Learning (SEL), what it looks like in the classroom, why it's important, and ways to incorporate SEL at home. 

Presenter: Vickie Sargent, Social and Emotional Learning Administrator on Special Assignment, Hayward Unified School District

Times Offered: 10:30 A.M.-11:30 A.M. and 11:40 A.M.-12:40 P.M.

Understanding the District Budget 101

This workshop will focus on building participants' understanding of the District budget and the various categories of funding, requirements, and policies that must be followed, and ways parents/caregivers can advocate for the use of funds. 

Presenter: Allan Garde, Assistant Superintendent of Business Services, Hayward Unified School District

Times Offered: 10:30 A.M.-11:30 A.M.

Understanding the Site Budget 101

This workshop will focus on building participants' understanding of the School budget and the various categories of funding, requirements, and policies that must be followed, and ways parents/caregivers can advocate for the use of funds. 

Presenter: Sandra Escobedo, Director of Supplemental and Concentration Services, Hayward Unified School District

Times Offered: 11:40 A.M.-12:40 P.M.

Digital Wellness & Online Safety

As we spend more and more time online, how can we support our kids to be safe online? Join Common Sense Media to learn about the latest social media trends, how to decide what media is appropriate for your familiy, identify & respond to digital drama, and learn the risks of oversharing online. Leave with a plan to make you and your family feel safe and better connected online.

Presenters: Andrea Moreno, Senior Manager, Audience Engagement and Distribution, and Jamie Nunez, Western Regional Manager, Common Sense Media

Times Offered: 10:30 A.M.-11:30 A.M. and 11:40 A.M.-12:40 P.M.

Literacy Practices in Schools & Strategies to Use at Home

This workshop will provide an overview of the District’s Literacy Plan, information on Universal Screeners being administered in grades Transitional Kindergarten-6th, and strategies parents/caregivers can use at home with their children.

Presenter: Dr. Shea Gregory, Administrator, Elementary Literacy, Hayward Unified School District

Times Offered: 10:30 A.M.-11:30 A.M. and 11:40 A.M.-12:40 P.M.

Financial Aid Tips and Resources

Thinking about how you can best prepare financially for your student's college experience? Not sure when to start planning for it? Join this workshop to learn more about investment plans, the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), Cal Grants, and the best time to start budgeting & planning! In addition, parents/caregivers will learn best practices for scholarship searches.

Presenter: Karla Henriquez, Associate Director of Financial Aid, Saint Mary's College

Times Offered: 10:30 A.M.-11:30 A.M. and 11:40 A.M.-12:40 P.M.

Learning About Parent-Led, School, & District Committees

Are you interested in participating on a school or district committee, but not sure where to start? Join us in this workshop to learn about the existing parent committees in HUSD, their influence, purpose, benefits to participating, and how to join. 

Presenters: Rosemary Vazquez & Leah Ochoa, Family Engagement, Equity & Outreach Specialists, Rochelle Balthazar & Princess Ehiorobo, Parents, Hayward Unified School District

Times Offered: 10:30 A.M.-11:30 A.M. and 11:40 A.M.-12:40 P.M.

English Language Learner Reclassification & How Parents Can Support Their Child

This workshop will focus on what it means to be an English Language Learner (ELL), understanding the different levels of ELL students, and parent/caregiver rights. In addition, parents/caregivers will learn about how to support their child in getting reclassified and strategies that can be used at home.     

Presenter: Maria Pia Macchiavello, English Learner Program Specialist, Hayward Unified School District

Times Offered: 10:30 A.M.-11:30 A.M. and 11:40 A.M.-12:40 P.M.

From Anxiety to Thriving: Parents Supporting Children Experiencing Anxiety 
When we think about anxiety, many of us might seek a doctor to treat it with medication or therapy. What happens when neither of these options work and you're stuck wondering how can I help my child, especially when it's affecting their academics? In this workshop, I will share how I was able to support my daughter so that you can do the same with your child.
Presenter: Miroslaba "Lili" Velo-Egonmwan, Youth Intervention Specialist, Hayward Unified School District
Times Offered: 10:30 A.M.-11:30 A.M. and 11:40 A.M.-12:40 P.M.

Preparing your Child for Grade Transitions (Preschool to Elementary School)

When these transitions are successful, children and families are more likely to experience better long-term school success. Join our HUSD Early Learning Team to learn about the developmental stages of our youngest learners, assessments families should be aware of, programs and services available in elementary school as your child enters Kindergarten, and how to best support your child during this transition.

Presenter: Maria Ruiz, MA  East Ave. State Preschool Teacher and the Early Learning Team, Hayward Unified School District

Times Offered: 10:30 A.M.-11:30 A.M.

Preparing your Child for Grade Transitions (Elementary School to Middle School)

In this workshop we will share best practices for guiding and monitoring your child's educational and social development during the important transitional stage between elementary and middle school, so they are prepared for it and ultimately successful. Learn about key developmental milestones of this age group, academic assessments taken in grades 7-8, clubs & extracurricular activities offered, and how to support your child during this transition from elementary school to middle school. 

Presenters:  Janett Hernandez, Counselor, Kathy Krull & Jessica Hernandez, College & Career Technicians, Hayward Unified School District

Times Offered: 10:30 A.M.-11:30 A.M.

Preparing your Child for Grade Transitions (Middle School to High School)

Research shows students who have a successful transition are more likely to achieve in the 9th grade, attend regularly, and graduate from high school. They are more likely to develop and sustain positive social relationships with peers and with adults. Parents/caregivers are welcome to join us to learn about key developmental milestones of this age group, academic assessments taken in grades 9-12, a-g requirements, clubs & extracurricular activities offered, and how to support your child during this transition from middle school to high school.

Presenters: Nancy Sanchez, Kimberly Ware, Celeste Pracale, Counselors,  & Diane Cuevas Colin, College & Career Technician, Hayward Unified School District

Times Offered: 11:40 A.M.-12:40 P.M. 

Preparing your Child for Success Beyond High School

There are many pathways students can pursue after high school and this workshop will focus on how you can support and prepare your students for both college and career with an emphasis on supporting high school students. We will also explore the different types of colleges (community, California State University (CSU), University of California (UC’s), and privates) along with career technical education options and learn about benefits, drawbacks, and costs. This workshop is designed specifically for parents/caregivers who haven’t attended or completed college.

Presenter: Robin Galas, TRiO ETS Director/Hayward Promise Neighborhoods Grant Coordinator, Chabot College

Times Offered: 11:40 A.M.-12:40 P.M.

 

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CONTACTS


Sabrina Aranda

Director, Student & Parent Support Programs
Email: saranda@husd.us

 


Yelitza Peña
Coordinator, Student & Parent Support Programs
Email: ypena@husd.k12.ca.us

 


Leticia Martinez
Family Engagement, Outreach & Equity Specialist
Email: lm348@husd.k12.ca.us

 


Lizbeth Cedillos
Family Engagement, Outreach & Equity Specialist
Email: lc423@husd.k12.ca.us