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Parent University teaches parents social and emotional skills to use at home

‘Parent University’ at Avondale Meadows Academy

INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) — Hoosier parents got the chance to better understand skills that can help their children at home during a special class Thursday night.

Parent University at Avondale Meadows Academy puts parents in the students’ position. During the class, parents learned social and emotional skills to use with their children.

The program was developed by Rebecca Marsh after receiving a grant in 2018. Marsh is is one of the school’s teachers and she says the grant allowed her to develop a social-emotional learning curriculum specifically for parents. Marsh adds that the class is meant to create an overall better community.

“What we found was, it’s great to develop those skills within our school and within the classrooms, but if they’re not being reinforced in the home as well, we’re not getting the biggest bang for our buck,” said Marsh, fourth grade teacher and program director for the social-emotional parenting program.

Marsh says Parent University has quickly grown and seen a lot of attendance. She will be holding another event the last week of February where parents and students will practice coping skills together.