Educators host free seminar for parents 'really struggling' during COVID-19 pandemic

'Reading Strategies Parents Can Teach Their Children' is this Saturday
Posted at 5:06 PM, Apr 03, 2020
and last updated 2020-04-04 12:25:04-04

HENRICO COUNTY, Va. -- A Henrico educator and leadership expert saw a need in the community and jumped in to help, but not before pulling her own mom into the mix.

Dr. Omega Wilson, who runs Innovative Strategies Consulting, said that in the past few weeks she has heard from many parents struggling to teach their children.

It led her to host a Facebook live last week where she offered expert advice on how to keep kids on task with their various assignments from math to reading.

That's when Dr. Wilson said she was bombarded by parents who needed more help.

As a support to parents, this weekend Dr. Wilson and her mother Lyllie B. Williams- a retired reading teacher of 30 years will host a free seminar for parents.

The idea is to give them helpful reading strategies and some advice.

"People are really struggling and so I came up with the idea of going live to have school for the parents," Wilson said. "Anyone can join in, not just parents of elementary-age children. We are here to help and my mom will give a lot of tips and strategies."

One thing Wilson and Williams want parents to know is that they don't have to worry.

Williams offered this advice for parents who may feel frustrated by it all.

"You have to be patient. It's not going to happen overnight. They may not get it when you want them to," Williams said. "Avoid scolding them -- that's a hindrance. Be excited for them even if they can only pronounce one word. Make a big deal about it."

The free parent session entitled "Reading Strategies Parents Can Teach Their Children" will be held on Facebook Saturday, April 4 at noon. Just log on and follow Dr. Omega Wilson. (If you don't have social media, she plans to make that information available to parents who contact her at

Additionally, Wilson is planning a similar session to focus on math at a later date.

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