Frequently Asked Questions
1. Do I have to be a parent to attend courses?
No.The Parent Academy is a resource for all parents, caregivers and community members.
2. How much do the courses cost?
Parent Academy courses are offered free to the public.There is no fee to participate in a Parent Academy course.
3. What if I don’t have transportation to a course?
The Parent Academy is happy to assist participants with public transportation.Contact ParentAcademy@duvalschools.org or call 904.390.2960 to ask how.
4. How can I get a hard-copy of the catalog?
DCPS parents: printed versions of the catalogs were distributed to each school.If you have yet to receive your copy, or you’re not a DCPS parent, please contactthe Parent Academy for a copy at ParentAcademy@duvalschools.org or call 904.390.2960.
5. How long has the Parent Academy been in Duval County?
The Parent Academy of Duval County Public Schools began in the 2013-2014 school-year; an initiative spearheaded by Dr. Nikolai Vitti, former Superintendent of Schools.
6. Why the three strands (categories)?
Student Achievement: Some parents haven’t done math in several years and, when they did, it wasn’t done the way it’s done now. This is just one example of why Student Achievement courses are so important. Most Student Achievement courses are taught by district DCPS staff members themselves, and bring the experts to the parents not only to educate them, but to answer any questions they may have to successfully assist their child(ren) academically.
Parenting & Advocacy: Parents who attend Parenting & Advocacy courses aren’t “bad parents.” These courses are for parents who love their children, and just want to add some additional parenting “tools to their toolbox.” These courses help parents deal with busy and difficult times, teach effective communication and discipline strategies, and train parents on how to advocate for their children by teaching leadership and advocacy skills, and how to navigate the school system successfully.
Personal & Individual Growth: Personal & Individual Growth courses empower the parent to “do something for themselves.” Parents spend a lot of time ensuring their children have all that they need, while sometimes putting their goals on the “back burner.” This strand of courses helps the parent both personally and professionally, as a happy and fulfilled parent… raises a happy and fulfilled child.
7. How can my company support the Parent Academy?
Businesses can support the Parent Academy in many ways:
a. Because the Parent Academy operates on private dollars, donations and/or grant opportunities are always welcomed. These dollars ensure the sustainability of the initiative and/or allow for additional services at courses (i.e. food and/or childcare).
b. Help to market the Parent Academy by putting a blurb in your company newsletter, posting flyers around your buildings, put a link to the website on your website and/or intranets for employees and/or the public, or invite a Parent Academy representative to speak at a staff meeting or employee function.
c. Host a lunch and learn: Survey your staff to determine what topic(s) they’d like to have at your place of business, then contact the Parent Academy to schedule a date/time to offer that course to working-parents during the work day. When your budget allows, provide the lunch for your employees for the workshop; it’s a great way to show your commitment to the employees at your place of business.
d. Invite the Parent Academy to “fairs,” where we are able to set-up a table. We are happy to attend your event to further market the initiative.
e. Brainstorm another way you can assist and contact us; we’d love to hear your ideas!
8. How can my faith-based institution support the Parent Academy?
In addition to some of the ways a business can get involved, faith-based institutions can also support the Parent Academy by:
a. Offering your faith-based institution as a host site for courses (additionally, consider providing food and/or childcare if applicable)
b. If your faith-based institution has transportation, select a course (or courses) from the course-catalog and offer transportation to and from the course.
c. Invite the Parent Academy to teach a course to a group of participants at a previously scheduled event.
d. Advertise the Parent Academy in your church bulletin and during announcements.
e. Email weekly course-offerings to congregants (if applicable)
f. Brainstorm other ways you can assist and contact us; we’d love to hear more ideas!
9. Do I have to register for the course?
While the Parent Academy would love to have all course-participants register via the online system, it is not required. Registration has many benefits including (but not limited to) course-reminders, up-to-date course information, and accurate reporting. Participants may register by phone at 904.390.2960 during normal business hours, and walk-ins (that have not registered) are always welcomed!
10. Why don’t you offer a course on _____________?
Contact us! This resource exists for you, and we welcome course-suggestions.
Contact ParentAcademy@duvalschools.org with additional questions.
11. Will I receive a course-completion certificate?
Course-completion certificates are available upon request by emailing ParentAcademy@duvalschools.org or calling 904.390.2960.12. Are online courses offered?The Parent Academy’s primary role is to provide face-to-face support to parents. However, we are considering the option to provide online courses on a limited basis.13. What if I can’t find or have a question about an evening or weekend course, and/or I need to speak with a Parent Academy staff person about an emergency situation?The Parent Academy’s after-hours phone line is accessible by calling the Family and Community Engagement (FACE) phone number, 904.390.2960, and pressing 1 for the Parent Academy team.Press the corresponding number for the Parent Academy staff person you wish to reach.