Parent Education at Dawson

The Alexander Dawson School hosts and facilitates workshops to provide current research in parenting and child development, as well as Parents as Partners curriculum sessions that are intended to provide opportunities to help parents support their child’s educational experience. The goal of the parent education initiative is to increase family involvement and awareness of the Dawson Mission and Vision, which empowers students to be successful in school and in life.

Parent Education Philosophy

Dawson parents are critical to the life and the community of the School. The relationship between parents and the School is one of reciprocity: The School provides services and communications; in turn, the School often relies upon enthusiastic parents to volunteer their time and talents.

In conjunction with the Parent Association Executive Committee, The Alexander Dawson School hosts and facilitates workshops on current research in parenting. The purpose of these events is to create opportunities for community building and insight that will help parents become full partners in their children’s education. The goal of the parent outreach initiative is to increase family involvement and awareness of the Dawson Mission and Vision, which empowers students to be successful in school and in life.

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  • 2017-18 Parent Association Executive Committee

    • Mary Murphy, Co-President
    • Meg Shih, Co-President
    • Janpeg Avignon-Steele, Vice President
    • Val Morris, Treasurer
    • Julie Anderson, Secretary
    • Nicole Rogers, EC Divisional Coordinator
    • Scarlet Abin, LS Divisional Coordinator
    • Sabrina Cofield, MS Divisional Coordinator
    • Carolyn Wood, Volunteer Coordinator
    • Jamie Jenkins, Events Coordinator
    • Crystal Lone, Immediate Past President

Parent University

Continuing Dawson's tradition of introducing to our community transformative and expert speakers who are leaders in their field, the 2017-2018 Parent Education Speakers Circuit will deliver insight with motivational and encouraging ideas to help parents develop the will and the way to create a positive impact on your child's life.  The theme this year is "Learning to Balance" and we invite you to take this journey with us as we work to create an arena of positive change, not only within the Dawson campus, but throughout our community as a whole.

2017-18 Dawson Parent University Series

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  • Introduction to Challenge Success

    Join Dawson's Assistant Head of School Roxanne Stansbury and Head of School Dr. Carola Wittmann on Wednesday, September 27 at 8:30 a.m. in the Library Theater.
    In preparation for Challenge Success co-founder Dr. Denise Pope's visit to Dawson in November, Dr. Wittmann and Ms. Stansbury will host an introductory discussion about finding balance in our daily lives in support of a successful academic journey for our students. 
  • Challenge Success with Denise Pope

    Join us for a special presentation from Denise Pope of Challenge Success on Tuesday, November 7 at 8:30 a.m. in the Forman Music Building MPR.
  • Parenting in the Middle Years

    Wednesday, February 7, 2018 at 8:30 a.m. to 9:30 a.m.
    Join us for a presentation on tackling the challenges of parenting adolescents with the Director of Family Solutions Inc., Licensed Therapist & Relationship Coach Keisha Weiford, MS, MFT.
  • Developing a Parenting Foundation

    Tuesday, February 27, 2018 at 6:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.
    Join us for a presentation with the Director of Family Solutions Inc., Licensed Therapist & Relationship Coach Keisha Weiford, MS, MFT.


  • Growing as a Parent, Growing Your Tree

    Tuesday, March 13, 2018 at 6:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.
    Join us for a presentation with the Director of Family Solutions Inc., Licensed Therapist & Relationship Coach Keisha Weiford, MS, MFT.
  • Enjoying the Fruits of Your Labor

    Tuesday, March 20, 2018 at 6:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.
    Join us for a presentation with the Director of Family Solutions Inc., Licensed Therapist & Relationship Coach Keisha Weiford, MS, MFT.
  • Balancing Body Image Perceptions

    Wednesday, April 4, 2018 at 8:30 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. in the Library.
    Join us for a presentation with Dr. Lindsey Ricciardi, is a licensed clinical psychologist who specializes in the assessment and treatment of eating disorders and related concerns. Working with Dawson, she seeks to provide families with compassionate responses to dealing with body image-related worries.

2018-19 Dawson Parent University Series

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  • Digital Balance: Screenagers

    Wednesday, September 26, 2018, from 8:30 - 11:00 a.m.
    Join us for this presentation and panel debrief with Dr. Tara Borsh of Boys Town about digital balance and how social media and technology bleed into school life.  Topics include:
    • Identify the problem - why is this a critical issue
    • What students are facing as they balance their online social interactions with their real-time friendships.
    • How:
      - What the school is doing to proactively prepare students for these challenges.
      - How the school reacts to poor choices with technology use.
    • Parent support: What can families do the help their child live a balanced digital life and develop social-emotional tools for navigating the effects of social media.
  • Screenagers, Part Two

    Wednesday, November 28, 2018, from 8:30 - 10:00 a.m.
    Join us for a follow-up presentation with Dr. Tara Borsh of Boys Town, based on the previous Screenagers conversation and parent needs.
  • The Importance of Social-Emotional Development in Parenting

    Wednesday, February 6, 2019, from 8:30 - 9:30 a.m.
    Join us for a presentation with Jen Cort.

Parents as Partners

At the heart of The Alexander Dawson School is the wonderfully warm and caring relationship formed between teachers and parents as they become powerful educational partners. From the moment the 
children arrive, they are greeted by a friendly, safe, and stimulating environment. Together we help children express their own ideas, giving them the tools to build skills and navigate new learning possibilities. Dawson hosts several curriculum events throughout the school year as a means to more deeply 
involve each student’s parents in their child’s educational 
experiences. The goal of our Parents as Partners meetings is to hear thoughts and feedback from parents by way of one-on-one teacher time and individualized opportunities to learn more about grade-level specific curriculum and expectations. This is also the chance for parents to share information about their child that will help 
distinguish instruction. Each parent is always asked to come 
prepared to share feedback, hopes, and goals for the school year.

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  • 2017-18 Parents as Partners Presentations

    A Glimpse Into the Middle School Years on January 10, 2018 at 8:30 a.m.
    For parents of fifth-grade students.

    A Glimpse Into Fifth Grade on January 11, 2018 at 8:30 a.m.
    For parents of fourth-grade students. 

    Design Thinking & Your Global Learner on March 6, 2018 at 8:30 a.m.
    For parents of all Dawson students. 

    Human Growth & Development Parent Talk on April 12, 2018 at 9:30 a.m.

    For parents of students in fourth grade through eighth grade.

    EC: Understanding Cognitively-Guided Math Instruction with Dr. Shih on April 19, 2018 at 9 a.m.
    For parents of preschool and pre-K students.  

    Welcome to the K-8 Experience on April 25, 2018 at 9 a.m.
    For parents of pre-kindergarten students.

    *All Parents as Partners presentations will take place in the Forman Music Building Multi-Purpose Room.

Parents as Partners: Window into Literacy

The Alexander Dawson School

Welcome to The Alexander Dawson School at Rainbow Mountain! Located in Summerlin, a suburb of Las Vegas, Nevada, The Alexander Dawson School is a non-sectarian, non-profit school offering students in preschool through eighth grade an inspired and meaningful education. Students achieve their individual potential while savoring life and meeting the challenges of the world.