Parent Education & Resources

The Parent Education and Resources Committee promotes opportunities for CRS parents to come together to explore how to better understand and support children in elementary school. The committee sponsors gatherings where either the professional School Counselors or other relevant speakers lead discussions related to school and parenting. Topics will address common academic, social and behavioral issues. For questions about programs, contact

Our next event: Coffee and Conversation - The Blessing of a Skinned Knee

  • Thursday, April 19
  • 8:45 - 10:15 a.m.
  • Exploratory Arts Room

Join us for an informal discussion based on Clinical Psychologist and child expert Dr. Wendy Mogel's book, The Blessing of a Skinned Knee. The first of Dr. Mogel's three books covers how to raise self-reliant, compassionate and ethical children in today's world.

Presented by CRS Counselor Jamie Meyers, the CRS Parent Education Committee and The Safe Community Coalition (SCC), this casual conversation will cover everyday child-rearing issues: dealing with picky eaters, building respect, knowing when to say no and more - all based on Dr. Mogel's knowledge and decades of helping parents raise confident, well-adjusted children. Whether or not you've read any of Dr. Mogel's books, you'll gain useful information.

This discussion comes as a precursor to Dr. Wendy Mogel's upcoming visit to McLean, VA. Learn more here.

 Our first program of the year was on Wednesday, October 25 at 8:45 a.m. in the Exploratory Arts room.

  • Getting Your Child to Cooperate: Motivating Without Yelling, Begging, Bribing or Punishing: The PTA Parent Education Committee is pleased to welcome parenting specialist Rachel Bailey who will share a simple 3-step strategy to use in the moment when your child refuses to cooperate. You'll also learn specific tools for fostering internal motivation so that your child wants to make responsible decisions, even when you aren’t there to remind them. Rachel Bailey has been serving families in Northern Virginia for a decade. She is a mother of two, with a Master's Degree in Clinical Psychology, a certification in Positive Discipline, and has provided services as an ADHD Coach, in-home mentor, and psychotherapist. Currently Rachel teaches parents hands-on tools for raising resilient, confident children -- without adding more stress or guilt to parents' lives. For more information, visit her website at

 Check back for more information about programming for the 2017-2018 school year.

Other Events:

The NOVA PTA held a Safer Internet Day Panel on 2/6/2018. Missed the event? Catch the recording on YouTube. You can find more digital safety resources on the National PTA website


Past Events

The Parent Education and Resources Committee has hosted the following past events:

  • Summer Reading: Presented by CRS Librarian, Sari Warren, and Reading Specialist, Cindy Haines. To download the materials, please CLICK HERE.
  • Building Self-Esteem and Resiliency in Elementary School Girls: Presented by CRS sixth-grade teacher Meghan Ehrman. To download the materials, please click on the respective links below.

Powerpoint Slides of Mrs. Ehrman’s Presentation

“Raising a Powerful Girl”

“9 Ways to Boost Your Daughter’s Self Esteem”

  • Dr. Heather Tedesco, an applied psychologist, gave a presentation at CRS.  Slides from her presentation and a list of suggested resources are available by clicking the links below.  A brief description of the presentation is below.

Have you ever tried to motivate your child to improve his performance by rewarding him for high grades or a good game with money or presents? Do you find yourself acting as your child’s personal assistant, keeping track of homework assignments, tests, and projects on a regular basis? Do you try to boost your child’s self-esteem with praise or treats when she has suffered a disappointment? Do you work hard to prevent your child from missing out on enrichment opportunities or from falling behind his peers? If so, you are like so many well-intentioned, deeply caring, highly engaged parents who are following today’s conventional wisdom for parenting. Unfortunately, many of these common techniques are ineffective and often counterproductive, producing results that are the opposite of parents’ good intentions. Join Dr. Heather Tedesco as she discusses these and other common parenting scenarios and explains how we can more effectively motivate, shape, and nurture our children’s development.

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