Schaumburg Parent University

District 54’s Schaumburg Parent University was created to involve more parents 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 for children’s academic success, as well as for developing strong internal values and sense of self that results in a healthy, well-adjusted citizen. In order to achieve these outcomes, School District 54 offers a selection of courses for parents which range from addressing family dynamics to learning a new family skill or craft.

What kinds of classes will be offered at Schaumburg Parent University?
Two types of classes are being offered.

  • Time Together (TT) classes are classes where parents/guardians attend with their children. These will be classes where you can make things, learn things and simply have fun with your children. We offer childcare for the kids too young or too old to participate.
  • Practical Parenting (PP) classes are for adults only. Though we will offer free childcare for the length of the class, these classes will focus on adult-oriented information.

Who will teach the classes?
Parent University classes will host a variety of instructors. Some instructors have an established reputation in the area presented, while others are staff members who have a passion for a particular topic that they would like to share. Community resources such as the police department, mental health centers, a variety of private practices and good-hearted community members who have a skill they would like to share are all organizations that may be represented.

Past Classes

Family Togetherness – September 24

Alex Goreham, Clinical Supervisor and Therapist from Stenzel Clinical Services, discussed obstacles that childhood anxiety presents and how to be there for your children. If you missed the live presentation, watch the video below and check out some of the Coping Skills handouts provided by Stenzel. 



Building a Happier Culture at Home – October 22

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.



Loss, Longing and Laughter: How to Enjoy the Holidays during a Pandemic – December 7

Greta Nielsen, Co-Owner and Psychotherapist at Illuminate Therapy & Wellness, discusses ways to adapt expectations, develop new traditions and increase flexibility and acceptance during the holidays.