Los Angeles, California (PressExposure) April 28, 2011 -- Bullies, school budget cuts, the economy, cyber-stalkers, and teacher layoffs, are just a few of the pressures parents today are dealing with compared to previous generations.
"Changing Attitudes to Change Outcomes" is one of the sessions at the "15th Annual LAUSD Parent Summit," giving parents tools to deal with the stress of these issues, as well as communication skills,
The 15th Annual Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD) Parent Summit and Info Tech Conference-April 30, 2011, the nation's second largest school district, serves more than 650,000 K-12 students, reaches over a million parents in 710 square miles and serves 27 cities. Each year LAUSD hosts the annual Parent Summit, which is attended by nearly 5,000 parents and is the largest in the nation.
This daylong event on April 30th at the Los Angeles Convention Center, 1201 South Figueroa, Los Angeles, CA 90015 ,( 8:00am-2:00pm), will serve to engage and inform parents and the community regarding current educational initiatives and programs, family and school partnerships, and District resources. Parents can select from more than 45 different workshops, which will include teaching parents in-home literacy and strategies to support homework, explanations of state and federal legislation, information to assist parents of children with special needs, and information on community resources.
For the 3rd year in a row, husband and wife-team Walter H. Jackson and Janet Alston Jackson, return to facilitate their popular workshop, "Changing Attitudes to Change Outcomes," in two sessions 8:45 AM -10:00AM, and 11:45am- 1:00pm.
The parents of three, the Jacksons recognized a dire need for parents to have tools to deal with stress, after trying to get help for their adopted, youngest son suffering from emotional problems, the results of his abuse in foster care. "We focus on the children, but what about the parents?" said Mr. Jackson. "How can children thrive and grow if their parents are wounded from stress and worry? We teach them how to not only read their children's behavioral style for effective communication, but how to meditate to release stress."
The Jacksons, San Fernando Valley residents have facilitated this workshop to thousands of teachers and parents since 1996, including the educators at the California State Prison. The couple are authors of "Sporting the Right Attitude," (used in schools), and the USA Book News Award Winner for Christian Inspiration, "A Cry for Light: A Journey into Love." based on the couple's difficult journey trying to get their son help. Their new book is "Your Happiness is Within."
"Since there are so many cutbacks in schools and other services to help children, parents are having to deal with tough issues including their child's disabilities to behavioral problems, with no help or direction," says Ms. Jackson, a former Court Appointed Child Advocate (CASA), who has seen parents lose their children to the courts because they lost their temper, and unintentionally abused their child. "The best way, is for parents to stay in control, remain calm, and they will find the help they need. Mindfulness is a skill that anyone can learn and use in chaos."