I'd like to invite members of our community to take advantage of our Parent University offerings this fall.
Now in its second year, this program is dedicated to helping our parents and residents learn more about the Dublin City School District and public education in general.
In Dublin, we recognize the foundation for children's success starts at home where parents and family members help our students reach their full potential.
These sessions were developed with significant community input by way of parent surveys and countless conversations with stakeholder groups and individuals.
Last February, we hosted an extremely exciting Parent U kickoff event at Indian Run Elementary School and Sells Middle School.
More than 600 residents attended one or more of the nearly 60 sessions we offered.
This year, we are developing a yearlong Parent University calendar as opposed to a one-time event.
The first semester schedule is in place and can be viewed at www.dublinschools.net/parentuniversity.aspx.
All Parent U sessions are free and most do not require any registration.
We have several great sessions already this fall with more on the schedule.
I would like to highlight three sessions of critical importance for our high school parents and students.
As you know, the District's new Emerald Parkway facility will be open for students beginning next school year.
We presently have six exploration academies that will call the building home.
They are: The Dublin Business Academy, Biomedical Academy, Engineering Academy, Dublin Teacher Academy, Young Professionals Academy and the IT Academy.
These programs are already available to students from all three high schools, but beginning next year, will be offered in our new centralized location.
Students and parents interested in these academies can attend information meetings that fit their schedules next week at both Dublin Coffman and Dublin Jerome high schools.
The meeting at Dublin Scioto High School was held earlier this month.
The meetings at 7 p.m. at Jerome on Monday, Oct. 16, and Coffman on Tuesday, Oct. 17, are open to all middle and high school students and their parents seeking more information about these career exploration programs.
These programs are just the beginning for the new Emerald Parkway facility as we envision offering expanded career exploration possibilities in subsequent years.
We are also offering some other fantastic sessions next week.
On Oct. 18, our District Parent Mentors are teaming up with The International Dyslexia Association of Central Ohio to present a program at 6:30 p.m. in the Dublin Community Recreation Center.
The program will give members of the community the chance to "walk in another's shoes."
The Dublin City School District Parent Mentors organization and SEAC, the Special Education Advancement Council, will present the program that will offer attendees the opportunity to move through different activities that simulate what struggles a dyslexic student may experience when trying to read and write.
Discussion of those experiences will follow the simulation.
The same night, Oct. 18, Parents Encouraging Responsible Choices, will be presenting Moving Beyond 13 Reasons Why: Sharing Messages of Hope and Healing Around Suicide at 7 p.m., also in the rec center.
Most Parent University sessions do not require registration.
You can get all the details and check out our future sessions at dublinschools.net/parentuniversity.aspx.
Dublin City School District Superintendent Todd Hoadley, Ph.D., submitted the From the Superintendent's Desk column.