Schaumburg Parent University

District 54’s Schaumburg Parent University was created to involve more parents/guardians in their children’s education, to strengthen family relationships and to improve parenting skills with a goal of improving each child’s academic success and social/emotional well-being. Research is clear that parental involvement is critical to achieving these goals. Through Schaumburg Parent University, District 54 offers a selection of courses for families which range from addressing family dynamics, supporting their children, spreading happiness or engaging in an activity together.

NEW THIS YEAR – District 54 will be offering these classes virtually this year. We have heard from families that they prefer to access these videos as webinars, connecting in from their homes at a time that is convenient for them. Throughout the year, we will be uploading new videos to our Schaumburg Parent University YouTube playlist and posting them below with any resources shared by the instructors.

Have an idea for a topic you would like us to cover? Want to suggest a qualified speaker? Fill out the Schaumburg Parent University Survey and we will attempt to match requests with qualified speakers.

New Class

Overview of an 8-Step Special Needs Planning Process

Mary Anne Ehlert, CFP, with Protected Tomorrows Inc. shares an 8-step process for families with special needs children to plan for the future financially.


Past Classes

District 54’s Multicultural Parent Advisory Council review how English Learners are identified in District 54 and discuss the information that ACCESS scores provide regarding your student’s learning.

Meghan L. Reitz, a licensed clinical professional counselor, provides advice to parents/guardians on helping students transition back to school this year.

Alex Goreham, Clinical Supervisor and Therapist from Stenzel Clinical Services, discussed obstacles that childhood anxiety presents and how to be there for your children. 


Resources from Stenzel

Have you noticed that some people are able to maintain a relatively positive attitude regardless of what’s happening around them? Fortunately, a positive attitude can be cultivated, with a little practice. Devin C. Hughes, keynote speaker and author, talks about tangible and practical strategies you can apply now to get on the highway to happiness.

In this session, you will learn:

  • New ideas for boosting happiness for you and your family;
  • How positive psychology and social-emotional intelligence impacts your health; and
  • Strategies for creating a positive culture at home.