|At Summer Prep
School we believe that the cooperation and teamwork of parent, student
and teacher is essential to success.
A series of Parents' Workshops are held
in Room 403 of
Pittsford Middle School from 7 PM to 8:30 PM. Currently we have over 75
parents participating in the program.
for parents of 5th graders: July 11, 18 and 25.
for parents of 6th, 7th and 8th
graders: July 12, 19, and 26.
These workshops are designed to support
and inform the parents with practical activities and techniques in
communications, discipline, academic support and problem solving. They
will be led by Dr. Gil Gockley and Tanya Gockley authors of Loving
Is Natural, Parenting Is Not: Creating a Value-centered Family
Session One: Parenting Overview
Session Two: A New Approach to Problem-solving
Session Three: Parent Support Through Problem-solving
Loving Is Natural, Parenting Is Not: Creating a Value-centered Family
combines a unique and comprehensive approach to parenting with practical
and easy-to-use solutions to the current struggles of disciplining and
teaching values to children.
Comments about last summer's Parenting
"Over the last 4 weeks – my relationship with my daughter has grown by
leaps and bounds!! This program has helped me to identify the behaviors she
exhibits that trigger me to get upset. The whole family has had benefits,
especially with improvements in communications. More concrete boundaries and
expectations have been established and our family life had been more relaxed,
peaceful, and less stressful. Thank you for offering our expertise. I have
looked forward to Tuesday evenings this summer."
"The Parent’s Program was wonderful."
"The parent program was excellent. More parents should be encouraged to
"It presents a comfortable, safe atmosphere to express our feelings and
concerns. Many good approaches are introduced. Non-threatening and
"Excellent ideas that give hope and practical solutions. Not enough time
was available for participant’s issues to be heard. Half or full day workshops
would be a suggestion."
"A very well thought out program. Really got some helpful and practical
ideas, which I have put into practice and found they work."
"Practical solutions for our family to try. We are using many of the
ideas that we discussed."
"Good opportunity to be insightful – objective."
"Very good ideas – you have a monumental task to accomplish."
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ABOUT THE WORKSHOP LEADERS
Dr. Gil Gockley received Ed.M. and
Ed.D. degrees from the University of Rochester in Guidance and Counseling
in 1969 and 1973, respectively, and a C.A.S. degree from SUNY.
Brockport in Educational
Administration in 1977. He is celebrating over thirty years as an
educator. Gil has worked as an elementary school teacher,
counselor/guidance specialist (elementary, middle and secondary schools),
assistant college professor (undergraduate and graduate levels), central
office administrator and national consultant, workshop leader, presenter
and writer in the areas of life/career education, parenting, family,
citizenship and character development. He is the co-author of Career
Insights and Self-awareness Games (Houghton Mifflin, 1973), classroom interactive career development
games and author of Classroom Super Teams (Life/Career Education, 1987), a
K-6 elementary school character development program that teaches common
values such as kindness, cooperation and patience to students.
Tanya Tihansky Gockley received a B.S. degree from S.U.N.Y. Brockport in
K-6 Elementary Education and Studio Art in 1972 and a M.S. degree from
Nazareth College of Rochester in Elementary Education and Art Education in
1983. Since 1966, Tanya has worked as a mother, artist, designer, teacher,
writer and national presenter and workshop leader in the areas of
parenting, family, citizenship and character development.
Gil and Tanya co-authored Loving Is Natural, Parenting Is Not:
Creating a Value-centered Family (Coleman Press, 1997), a
comprehensive book on parenting sold internationally that teaches parents
how to develop mutual respect, to be in-charge and to be
in-a-place-of-love with their children. They have recently co-authored
World Class Citizens: a middle school character development program
(Coleman Press, 1998) and are in the process of revising Classroom Super
Teams: becoming a better neighbor.