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Parent Education

Just as our faculty, staff and students are continually growing and learning, we also strive to offer learning opportunities for our parent community. We know that parenting is a complex and challenging job, and we provide parents with the chance to learn new skills, try new approaches, and talk with fellow parents about shared experiences. We frequently partner with PEN (Parents Education Network) and SPEAK (Speakers for Parents' Education And Knowledge) for parent education sessions, and some of the upcoming events include:

SPEAK Series

Wednesday, April 25, 2018
Getting to Calm: Raising Healthy, Caring, and Successful Children in Our Angst-Ridden World Today

The last five decades have produced solid research about what kinds of parenting predict high achievement, social and emotional competence, and a strong character. Pulling it off is quite another matter. Amidst good intentions, parents end up fighting with their kids about school achievement, disrespect, noncompliance, lazy work habits, and all manner of household hassles. With touch screens as a constant source of entertainment and distraction, families have a tougher time than ever figuring out how to raise healthy children. This presentation by clinical psychologist and nationally-recognized author Dr. Laura Kastner will focus on how parents can be effective and skillful in handling typical parenting challenges, with the understanding that we all share the all-important goal of maintaining a loving, reliable, and affectionate bond with our children even when it feels like kids are pushing limits almost all the time.

  • Wednesday, April 25, 9:00 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.
  • Katherine Delmar Burke School, 7070 California Street
  • Free admission for member school educators and parents; $15 for non-members. Register here.

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A look back at some of our past events:

An Evening with Dr. Eddie Moore, Jr., March 7, 2018
Dr. Moore, director of the Privilege Institute and the National White Privilege Conference, held two discussion sessions. The first, "Diversity, Privilege, and Leadership: Are We Making Any Progress in the 21st Century?" examined and explored issues of diversity, privilege, oppression, and leadership across America. In the second session, "Teaching and Reaching Black Boys in America," Dr. Moore discussed his newly-released book The Guide for White Women Who Teach Black Boys and concluded the evening with a book signing.

SPEAK Event, Wednesday, February 7, 2018: A Conversation with Julie Lythcott-Haims
Julie Lythcott-Haims, the New York Times bestselling author of How to Raise an Adult, has written a different kind of book this time out—a deeply personal, biting, and affecting account of her life growing up as a biracial Black woman in America in Real American: A Memoir. SPEAK conducted an interview with Julie at this event.

SPEAK Event, Wednesday, October 4, 2017: Empowering Introverted Kids in a Noisy World
One third to one half of all people are introverts, according to research. Acclaimed author, quiet revolutionary, and self-described introvert Susan Cain helped parents and educators understand how to unleash the strengths of introverted kids in a culture that celebrates extroverts.

PEN Event, September 9, 2017: ADHD: Strains & Strengths
Children's Health Council's Dr. Vivien Keil presented this free class for parents and volunteers in partnership with San Francisco Public Library's The Bridge at Main program. The Bridge at Main is a literacy and learning center that prioritizes community learning, adult literacy, youth and family literacy and technology literacy to create a learning environment for 21st century skills. 

PEN Event, May 11, 2017: How to "Tech Up" Learning Skills
Summer is a great time to introduce technology to your children, as it avoids the pressure of learning new tools while juggling schoolwork. This workshop makes practical suggestions for getting kids up to speed on tools that can help them in four important academic areas: reading, writing, taking notes, and managing time and tasks. Assistive Technology Consultant Shelley Haven provided recommendations of “essential tools” (Mac, PC, iOS, and Chrome), resources for learning how to operate them, strategies for applying them effectively, and activities to help students practice and build confidence.

SPEAK Event, April 25, 2017: Talking to Our Children About Race
Dr. Howard Stevenson (Constance Clayton Professor of Urban Education and Professor of Africana Studies in the Graduate School of Education at the University of Pennsylvania) provided an exploration of racial stress and examine racial literacy as a capacity for improving conversations and relationships.

EdRev 2017: The 9th Annual Education Revolution, April 22, 2017
Sponsored by Parent Education Network (PEN). A unique day of information, resources and celebration for students who learn differently and the families and professionals who support them.

SPEAK Event, February 8, 2017: Queen Bees and Masterminds
Rosalind Wiseman, author of Queen Bees and Wannabes and Masterminds and Wingmen, discussed the ways in which social group dynamics influence kids’ interactions and offered step-by-step advice on how to teach young people to treat each other with dignity.

PEN Event, January 28, 2017: Ain't Just Misbehavin'
Author and education specialist Kari Dunn Buron discussed social cognition, executive function, and emotional regulation as they relate to social anxiety and a loss of emotional control, focusing on evidence-based strategies used to teach social cognitive skills while highlighting the use of the 5-Point Scale.

SPEAK Event, October 25, 2016: Mathematical Mindsets
Dr. Jo Boaler (Ph.D, Professor of Mathematics Education at Stanford University) revealed how to turn mistakes and struggles into valuable learning experiences, provided examples of rich mathematical activities to replace rote learning, and explained ways to give students a positive math mindset.

PEN Event, October 19, 2016: Decoding & Encoding
David Berg (ET, founder and director of the Making Math Real Institute) led a discussion of mathematical concepts and their connection to teaching strategy. If the interconnected codes of the mathematical world are not properly taught, students are likely to be confused and struggle unnecessarily. This presentation provided suggestions for overcoming these barriers.

PEN Event, October 14, 2016: Beyond Labels
Sindy Wilkinson (MEd, LMFT, Director of Enhanced Learning and Growth Center), offered the opportunity for attendees to gain a deeper understanding of learning and attention issues. She focused on the HANDLE (Holistic Approach to Neuro-Development and Learning Efficiency) paradigm, a non-drug, non-judgmental alternative model in which one can view behaviors individually and assess underlying causes and stressors. 

SPEAK Event, March 3, 2016: Building a Better Blueprint. The Intersection of School, Social Media and Stress
with Ana Homayoun, noted teen and millennial expert, author, speaker and educator. 
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SPEAK Event, February 2, 2016: Color Blind or Color Inclusive? Raising Culturally Competent Children in the 21st Century with Beverly Tatum, noted expert on race relations and education.

Resources

Reading with an Eye Toward Social Justice: A Resource Packet