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Press Room - Parent Academy Presents First 2016-17 Workshops, Unveils Full Slate Back to main listing Sep 15, 2016

The South Brunswick Municipal Alliance, Every Parent Influences Children (EPIC) and the South Brunswick School District are partnering once again to offer a series of workshops under the umbrella of the South Brunswick Parent Academy (SBPA). The Academy is founded on the concept of “Solving the Puzzle of Parenting … One Piece at a Time.”  In its eleventh year, SBPA continues to offer parenting workshops, as well as District workshops on curriculum, instruction and safe and caring schools.  This year SBPA offers ten workshops, focusing on timely and relevant issues facing families today.


The 2016-17 SBPA series kicks off on Thursday, October 6th and 27th at South Brunswick High School, with the two-part presentation and discussion of the film, Race to Nowhere, a timely film that calls us to challenge current thinking about how we prepare our children for success. The film features accounts of students across the country who report being subjected to over-scheduling, over-testing and the relentless pressure to achieve. Through the testimony of educators, parents and education experts, it brings focus to an opinion that our education system has become one in which cheating has become commonplace; students have become disengaged; depression and burnout are widespread and young people arrive at college and the workplace unprepared and uninspired. Following both viewings, a discussion will follow about how to best prepare our students to become healthy, bright, contributing and leading citizens in the 21st century.


As with most SBPA workshops, the Race to Nowhere workshops will run from 7:00-8:30 pm and childcare will be provided for children 3 and above. Please note, however, that these workshops will be held at South Brunswick High School in the Auditorium (not Crossroads North Middle School, as is the norm.) Interested parties can register online by visiting the District's Web site, and clicking the Parent Academy Quick Link or by emailing If emailing your registration, please be sure to include your name, telephone number, email address, your child’s grade and the ages of any children that may require childcare (please note, childcare is not available for children under the age of 3.)


All remaining SBPA workshops will run from 7-8:30 p.m. and will take place at Crossroads North Middle School, 635 Georges Road, with childcare available for children 3 and older (unless otherwise noted.) The exact rooms for both the workshop and childcare at Crossroads North will depend on registration for each workshop. Upon arrival, please look for signage directing you to the appropriate rooms.  For additional information, contact SBPA Director, Christine Mariano at or  


Remaining SBPA workshops are as follows:




Brief Description


Connect & Respect: A Current Conversation About HIB, the Anti-Bullying Law

Discussion on HIB in South Brunswick, how the law is evolving, how students' increased access to technology has made cyber safety even more critical, and what we, as community members, can do to support our children's social and emotional development.


Freedom to Fail: Fostering Positive Risk Taking, Creativity & Growth

Discussion about the ‘benefits of failure’ and ways to challenge students to take positive risks and broaden their horizons, even at the risk of falling short, and then encourage them to reflect and build upon the life lessons learned, for even greater rewards in the future.


Resistance to Change: Overcome It & Unlock Your Potential

A workshop on how to determine your child’s (and your) resistance to change and discover ways to help overcome that resistance to help unlock his or her potential and increase pathways to success.


Self-Regulation: Continuing the Conversation

The focus of this workshop will be providing tools to parents which they can use to help their children develop good self-regulation skills, including organizing their time and materials, persisting in their efforts, monitoring the quality of their work, keeping their emotions in check, and controlling their behavior.


Heartfulness: Guided Relaxation Practice for Balanced Living

The Heartfulness Relaxation technique is a simple and a practical exercise designed by the Heartfulness Institute to nurture individual well-being and balanced living. The practice helps to develop internal skill development, such as clarity of mind, increased focus, self-confidence, empathy and awareness; beneficial to our students’ growth and success. 


Research & Inquiry: Engaging Students, Encouraging Discovery

Both the Common Core State Standards and the Next Generation Science Standards require students to be skilled in inquiry and research to produce thoughtful analysis of learning in response to real-world problems, questions, and ideas. This presentation, for parents of students in grades 3-8, will demonstrate the progression of skills and the varied products that are part of the new Research and Inquiry Framework.


Curriculum Focus: Next Generation STEM Standards for Grades K-12

This presentation will address how the Next Generation Science Standards have been designed to equip our students with the knowledge and skills essential to flourish in the 21st century, where literacy in science and mathematics is a marked advantage.


Positive Parenting: Because “Just Say No” Isn’t Enough

Information and strategies about   Come to this timely and useful workshop and find out what you can do to help keep your children safe from the risks of underage drinking and substance abuse.    


EPIC is a non-profit organization whose programming is funded in South Brunswick by the South Brunswick Board of Education and in part by a grant from the South Brunswick Municipal Alliance, as part of the NJ Governor’s Council on Alcoholism and Drug Abuse (GCADA).

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