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2020-2021 Parent Information Series Presents "Talking to Your Children about Race and Racism"

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3-Part Workshop Series: Stereotypes, Implicit Bias, Race and Racism


Talking to Your Children About Race and Racism

Due to unforeseen circumstances the January 7th Parent Information Series presentation will be rescheduled.  As soon as a new date is confirmed it will be communicated.

Parents and caregivers have an incredible opportunity to engage their children in meaningful conversations about race, racism and racial injustice.  Dr. Watts' workshop will provide information regarding the racial/cultural identity development of children and tools for parents/caregivers to have age-appropriate impactful discussions with their children on these difficult yet important topics.  

Dr. Diantha Watts has over twenty-five years of experience working at various levels of public education.  Dr. Watts served as a classroom teacher and school administrator with the Rochester City School District for over 16 years. Subsequently, she has held roles as program director, consultant, adjunct professor, and college administrator. Her experiences in education have always included a passion for supporting the development of cultural competence and anti-racist practices in educational systems.

November 12 Stereotypes and Implicit Bias: From Awareness to Action

Presenter, Dr. Diantha Watts, provides an opportunity for participants to reflect on how bias and stereotypes can influence our perceptions of others on Thursday, November 12 from 7 p.m. - 8:30 p.m. 

To view OPCSD's presentation of Stereotypes and Implicit Bias: From Awareness to Action please click the link below.

Stereotypes and Implicit Bias: From Awareness to Action   

Race, Racial Bias, and Racism: Increasing Understanding

To view the recording of this webinar please click the link below.

Presenter, Dr. Diantha Watts, focuses on defining race, racial bias and racism.  Participants will increase their understanding of the meaning of race and the impact of racism on society at various levels on Thursday, December 3 from 7 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.


Stronger on the Inside

Click to view the recording of the Stronger on the Inside webinar offered on November 4th. Stonger On The Inside

From 6 p.m. - 8 p.m. on Wednesday, November 4, Joe Clem will present strategies to build confidence, resilience, and flexibility during challenging times in his virtual presentation Stronger on the Inside.  The presentation will be available on the Orchard Park Central School District website

Anxiety can be defined as the Perceived inability to manage a task in front of you. None of us has a playbook for these times, so stress is unavoidable. Honestly, we often rely on really old, mostly unconscious, information to manage stressors. The Emotional and Behavioral Sciences have provided us evidence-based tools to help us use these times to shift our perceptions so we can actually get better through our challenges. 

This workshop will introduce clear, evidence based, strategies to increase compliance and success and reduce defiance, anxiety and misery in your home for all ages. You will leave with techniques to implement! Joe Clem is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (LMFT) and Licensed Behavior Analyst (BCBA) with over 15-yrs of practical experience. This combination provides a unique window into the emotions that drive negative cycles in our homes and clear behavioral strategies to help us move through them, back to a home we can love.  


Helping Your Child be Effective with Anxiety


Visit to see the 2020-2021 Parent Information Series’ presentation of Helping Your Child be Effective with Anxiety.  The presentation was pre-recorded for your convenience so as soon as you click the link you will be able to view the presentation.

The rate of anxiety in children is a mental health crisis with 1 in 3 children suffering from an anxiety disorder.  Nearly 80% of these children and teens suffer without help. Students with anxiety often have academic and social challenges, in addition to being at risk for low self-esteem and substance abuse. 


The webinar Helping Your Child be Effective with Anxiety created by founders Kimberly Morrow, LCSW and Elizabeth DuPont Spencer, LCSW-C, focuses on walking towards fear, talking back to worry, and sitting in discomfort as the keys to changing students' relationship with fear.  It demonstrates the role of anxiety in families and how to partner with schools to help children live well with anxiety.  The webinar teaches skills to shift out of avoidance and accommodations and into doing what the child values even when they feel anxious.

In addition to the Helping Your Child be Effective with Anxiety presentation the team at has provided the Orchard Park Central School District with additional resources for parents, students and staff.  They are available at


In Case You Missed It

Race, Racial Bias and Racism: Increasing Understanding

Stereotypes and Implicit Bias: From Awareness to Action

Stronger On The Inside

Helping Your Child be Effective with Anxiety

Supporting Your Children in a COVID World