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School briefs for Oct. 12

Free conference to help parents

Community and Parents for Public Schools will host a free conference for parents throughout Portland and East County from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 22, at Parkrose High School, 12003 N.E. Shaver St., Portland.

The event features 36 workshops on topics of interest to parents of young children through pre-college, and is intended to help build better schools through parent involvement. The conference includes a free continental breakfast, lunch, childcare and interpreters.

Workshops will be presented in Chinese, Vietnamese, Russian, Spanish and Somali. School districts partnering for the conference are Portland, Parkrose, David Douglas, Centennial and Reynolds. Topics include 'How to Help Your Child in Math,' 'Community Resources for Living on a Limited Budget,' 'Is Your Child Safe At The Mall?,' 'Understanding Adolescent Brains' and 'Community College Options.'

To see the full agenda and register online, visit cppsportland.org/plc. Flyers are available online in six languages.

College fair set for Nov. 6-7 in Portland

The Portland National College Fair will be held from 1 to 5 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 6, and from 9 a.m. to noon Monday, Nov. 7, at the Oregon Convention Center, 777 N.E. Martin Luther King Blvd., Portland.

The event is free and open to the public. The fair allows students and parents to meet one-on-one with admission representatives from national and international public and private two-year and four-year colleges and universities.

Participants will learn about admission requirements, financial aid, course offerings and campus environment, as well as other information pertinent to the college-selection process. At the fair's counseling center, students and parents can discuss their individual needs with college experts.

For more information, visit nacacnet.org, email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call 1-800-822-6285.