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About PPT

The mission of the Parent Programs Team (PPT) is to empower parents with information and skills critical to raising children in today’s world.

The committee provides information through evening parent forums featuring nationally renowned and central Ohio experts speaking on topics relevant to raising children and adolescents.

PPT members are a collaborative group of district administrators, guidance counselors, school social workers, nurses, staff, and parents like you.

PPT is completely funded by donations from District elementary and middle school PTOs


Allisha Berendts
Assistant Director of Student

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Phone:  (740) 657-5067

Parent Programs Team Meetings

The team meets the first Friday of each month at 11:30 a.m. at the administrative office.

PPT EVENTS 2021-2022

November 10, 2021, Virtual Program
Anxiety in Youth: What You Need to Know and How You Can Help
Dr. Paula Yanes-Lukin, Assistant Professor of Clinical Psychology at Columbia University Medical Center/New York State Psychiatric Institute

Over a year into the COVID-19 pandemic, youth mental health concerns continue. Students are experiencing greater levels of anxiety, social isolation and lack of consistent routines in addition to the typical challenges of school. Join Dr. Yanes-Lukin for a discussion on why it's important to focus on mental health, the way anxiety presents itself in youth, and concrete ways parents can support their children on Wednesday, November 10 at 7 p.m. through this Microsoft Teams link.

September 22, 2021, Virtual Program
Parenting to Promote Mental Well-Being
Dr. Parker Huston, Clinical Director of On Our Sleeves and Pediatric Psychologist at Nationwide Children's Hospital

The Parent Programs Team (PPT) presents "Parenting to Promote Mental Well-Being" a virtual forum featuring Dr. Parker Huston, Clinical Director of On Our Sleeves and Pediatric Psychologist at Nationwide Children's Hospital. Join Dr. Huston for a discussion on how parents can support their child's mental well-being on September 22, 2021 at 6:30 p.m. through this Microsoft Teams link.

PPT EVENTS 2020-2021

January 13, 2021, Virtual Program 
Kids, Tweens and Teens: Social Media and Technology
Caitlain Tully and Margeretta Carrington,  Center for Family Safety and Healing at Nationwide Children’s Hospital

The Parent Programs Team (PPT) will present "Kids, Tweens and Teens: Social Media and Technology" a virtual, interactive forum featuring Caitlain Tully and Margeretta Carrington from The Center for Family Safety and Healing at Nationwide Children’s Hospital. This interactive session will explore different social media apps and relationships online.  Participants will receive helpful tips and resources about communicating and guiding young people to set healthy digital boundaries, including a family media agreement. This virtual presentation will be held from 7 to 8:30 p.m. January 13, 2021 and will be accessible at this link: PPT Presents Kids, Tweens and Teens: Social Media and Technology.


November 18, 2020, Virtual Program
Parenting During a Pandemic
Dr. Allisha Berendts, Olentangy Schools 

The Olentangy community is invited to tune in to the Parent Program Team's first public forum of the school year. This virtual event will feature Dr. Allisha Berendts, Assistant Director of Student Well-Being, leading a conversation about parenting through COVID-19. In addition to identifying some of the challenges, Dr. Berendts will offer strategies for improving and maintaining mental well-being. The livestream will be broadcast from 7 to 8:30 p.m. November 18 at the following link: Parenting During A Pandemic. For more information, view the event flyer.

PPT EVENTS 2017-2018

March 7, 2018, Olentangy Liberty High School
Drug Education Public Forum
Tera Parrella

More than 6 million Americans ages 12 and older have used a prescription drug non-medically in the last month alone. As many diseases are now being prevented or managed as chronic conditions, it is important to remember that any medication can also cause harm when misused. Generation Rx representative, local pharmacist, and Olentangy High School graduate Tera Parrella will discuss the dangers of misusing prescription medications and safe medication practices during this free public forum to be held from 7 - 8:30 p.m. Wednesday, March 7 at Olentangy Liberty High School, 3584 Home Road.  

The mission of Generation Rx is to education people of all ages about safe medication practices. In doing so, Generation Rx strives to enhance medication safety within our communities to educate all age levels on medication safety and the dangers of medication misuse and abuse. Parella is a 2009 Olentangy High School graduate, where she spent most of her free time playing field hockey and volunteering her time as the President of the Service Club. She earned her Doctorate of Pharmacy from Ohio Northern University in 2015 and has since been practicing at Kroger Pharmacy. Tera and her husband recently purchased a house within the OLSD and looks forward to starting her own family in our great community.

November 8, 2017, Olentangy High School
Sell Your Kids: Growth Messages That Successful Kids Learn
Jim "Basketball" Jones

Why do some kids fear failure? Why do some kids seem to rise to the challenge? Why do many talented students with great grades and elite test scores drop out of prestigious universities they worked so hard to get in? Kids get so many mixed messages from society about success, being smart and their self-worth. It makes being a parent a huge challenge. How do we help our children? What are the clear messages we need to sell to our kids so they have the courage and strength to persevere? On November 8, the Olentangy community is invited to hear youth motivational speaker Jim "Basketball" Jones provide answers to these questions. During the free public forum, Jones will help parents understand the latest research on child development and provide actionable steps to help their child become more resilient. The free presentation will be held at 7 p.m Nov. 8, 2017 at  Olentangy High School, 675 Lewis Center Road. Free childcare will be available.  

September 20, 2017, Orange High School

Raising Unselfies
Dr. Michele Borba

Educational psychologist Dr. Michele Borba will discuss "Raising Unselfies! Why empathy is key to real success, happiness, and resilience and proven ways to nurture it in kids," during the first PPT forum of the school year. This special public forum will be held at 7 p.m. September 20 at Olentangy Orange HS, 2840 E. Orange Road. The event is free and free childcare will be available.

PPT EVENTS 2016-2017

November 9, 2016, Liberty High School

Parenting In The Age Of Digital Distractions
Dr. Larry Rosen
Professor Emeritus and past chair of the psychology department at California State University, Dominguez Hills.  Dr. Rosen is a research psychologist with specialties in multitasking, social networking, generational differences, parenting, child and adolescent development, and educational psychology, and is recognized as an international expert in the "Psychology of Technology."

September 28, 2016, Orange High School

Organizing and Time Management Strategies for Student Success

Leslie Josel

Award-winning author and internationally acclaimed speaker who created the Academic Planner: A Tool for Time Management, a planner that helps students develop and master time management skills.

PPT EVENTS 2015-2016

March 2, 2016, Olentangy High School

Wayne Campbell

Founder of Tyler's Light, a nonprofit organization dedicated to educating students, families, and communities about the dangers of prescription drug abuse and addiction 

Tyler's Light: Speak Up! Save A Life! 

November 19, 2015, Liberty High School

Jim Bisenius

Child and adolescent therapist specializing in teaching targeted youth how to handle bullying situations 

Bully-Proofing Youth

September 16, 2015, Orange High School

Dr. David Bredehoft

Psychologist and Certified Family Life Educator (CFLE) through the national Council on Family Relations

Raising Children In An Overindulgent World 

PPT EVENTS 2014-2015

April 7, 2015, Orange High School
Steve Hedge

Director of the Delaware-Morrow County Mental Health & Recovery Services Board
Dealing with Drugs and Alcohol in our Community

February 4, 2015, Olentangy High School
Dr. Norman Shub

How to Empower Your Children to be Wildly Successful

October 7, 2015, Orange High School
Dr. Melanie Killen      

Promoting Equality and Reducing Prejudice in Childhood:
The Role of Parents, Teachers and the Community 

Sept 9, 2014, Liberty High School
Dr. Michael Nearney

How to Help Your Child Be the Best They Can Be