Parent University hosts back-to-school workshop


Westfield Washington Schools parents have the opportunity to attend a free back-to-school workshop Aug. 1. Hosted by Parent University, the workshop is a relatively new district-wide program designed to engage, educate and equip WWS parents.


“We hope Parent University helps our parents connect with Westfield Washington Schools and the community partners,” said Ashley Knott, ROCKS Family Experience facilitator. “It’s really bringing them all together.”

A total of 19 workshop classes are offered. Each  is 25 minutes long with a five-minute transition period. Classes include athletics, How to Help an Anxious Child Succeed in the Classroom, internet safety, Naviance, New to Westfield, New to Westfield (Spanish), WWS on Safety, testing and more. Parents can sign up for workshops at

The workshop has two sessions, one from 9 to 11 a.m. and the second from 6 to 8 p.m. For 30 minutes before and after the sessions, 27 community tables will be available to parents. The community tables include organizations such as Sodexo, Student Impact, Grand Park, Westfield Welcome, the Westfield Washington Public Library and more.

“The community tables are for parents to walk around and learn about resources we have within our buildings and also the resources that surround our buildings,” Knott said. “It’s connecting home and community.”

Knott said the Parent University program has exploded in a positive way. It will be available to parents year-round at

“Parent Universities are all over the United States,” Knott said. “I am charged with creating Parent University and what that means for Westfield. How do we best support our parents? The workshop was created to help parents kick off a strong school year and get ready for back to school.”