|

Expert Iconexpert advice MORE

Assembly Programs

Elementary School Expert Advice from Barbara Potts

Q: I'm looking for assembly programs for my son's elementary school relating to social skills, especially regarding the school violence issue, but also general character-building issues. Could you recommend any resources? We're also interested in bringing in a program for parents on school violence.

A: It's wonderful that you want to help educate the children and parents at your son's school about these issues. Start by talking to the school counselor and the principal; they may already have some speakers or some resources in mind, and you could be the spark to get that moving.

Check with agencies in your community to find out if they provide speakers on these topics. Your public library can be a great resource. If you have a Family Life Council or a similar agency that provides parenting education, it may already have a list of speakers to recommend. Many communities have drama and puppetry groups that present programs to children on these issues; check with college and university drama departments for help with contacting such groups.

Check also with your mental health department or your local Mental Health Association. If they don't have speakers to suggest, they may be able to recommend psychologists either affiliated with them or in private practice in your community. Many colleges and universities also have faculty members who are willing to speak to school groups; ask the receptionist at the main number if there is a speakers' bureau associated with the university. If there isn't, talk directly with someone in either the psychology or the education department.

Another resource is your city or county PTA council. Ask for contact information for speakers who have been successful in visits to other schools in your area. They may also have information sent to them by speakers who will come to your school for a fee.

More on: Expert Advice

Barbara Potts has worked as an elementary school counselor for many years. She has a BA in psychology from Wake Forest University, and an M.Ed. in Guidance and Counseling from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro.


Please note: This "Expert Advice" area of FamilyEducation.com should be used for general information purposes only. Advice given here is not intended to provide a basis for action in particular circumstances without consideration by a competent professional. Before using this Expert Advice area, please review our General and Medical Disclaimers.

highlights

Teens and E-Cigarettes: 6 Things You Must Know
For the first time in a generation, tobacco use has risen among the nation's youth, due to the rising use of e-cigarettes. Learn more about the dangerous and addictive e-cigarette trend, and get tips to talk to your teen.

Find Today's Newest & Best Children's Books!
Looking for newly released books for your child? Try our new Book Finder tool to search for new books by age, type, and theme, brought to you by Galactic Hot Dogs.

Printable Lists of the Top 100 Baby Names
Need help with baby name ideas? Use our printable list of the top 100 girl names and top 100 boy names of 2015 to help you brainstorm and narrow down your favorites.

Registered for Kindergarten — Now What?
Wondering what to do now that you've signed your child up for kindergarten? Try our award-winning Kindergarten Readiness app! This easy-to-use checklist comes with games and activities to help your child build essential skills for kindergarten. Download the Kindergarten Readiness app today!

stay connected

Sign up for our free email newsletters and receive the latest advice and information on all things parenting.

Enter your email address to sign up or manage your account.

Facebook icon Facebook icon Follow Us on Pinterest

editor’s picks