AYA Presents “Strategies to Promote Success for Struggling Students”

First in parent education series aims to help ALL learners 

Avondale Youth Assistance (AYA) is kicking off their Parent Information series next week with the first presentation, Strategies to Promote Success for Struggling Students delivered by former teacher, Ellen Tatone. Tatone has a Bachelor’s Degree in Elementary Education and a Master’s Degree in Special Education and conducts workshops for parents, teachers and administrators looking for strategies to help all students succeed.

“Ellen’s workshop is hands-on and interactive,” said Angel Lau, AYA Family Education Chairperson. “She really puts you in the shoes of a child that learns differently. She helps the audience to understand how it feels to try your hardest to learn when you are easily distracted or maybe you might have a difficult time processing information presented in a more traditional way. We all have learning challenges; she just helps us figure out how our child’s brain might be wired differently, and then provides specific strategies to work around barriers to learning. I really think she can help make a difference.”

Providing useful and meaningful information is the purpose of the AYA Family Education series.  Throughout the school year, expert speakers will touch on topics including suicide prevention; the dangers of technology and social media; how to communicate with your children; child abuse; keeping children safe; and bullying. ”When we built the AYA Family Education program, we spent time listening to Avondale School District staff and families. We asked staff what key issues they are seeing with students and families. We asked families what issues they are facing that they want to learn more about. Basically, what can we do to help? This was the beginning of our program design. Our program isn’t just for parents – it is for our kids and our community. We encourage everyone from any community to attend. Our goal is to promote awareness and prevention. Avondale truly is a community that cares,” said Lau.

The Strategies to Promote Success for Struggling Students presentation is scheduled for Thursday, November 5 from 7:00 – 8:30 pm, Avondale High School (2800 Waukegan Street, Auburn Hills). RSVP’s are not required, but appreciated at 248.852.3716 and childcare can be arranged with your RSVP.

Avondale Youth Assistance is a non-profit community service organization committed to strengthening youth and families and reducing the incidence of juvenile delinquency, child neglect and abuse through community involvement. The group sponsors activities including after-school remediation, summer camps, Mentors Plus, Youth Recognition Night, Back-to-School Shopping and more. Learn more about Avondale Youth Assistance at http://www.avondaleschools.org/district/community/avondale-youth-assistance.

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