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 organizations such as PEN (Parents Education Network) and SPEAK (Speakers for Parents' Education And Knowledge) for parent education sessions.

Past Events

Some of our parent education events and partnerships from the past few years include:

SPEAK Event, November 1, 2023: Ruptute & Repair, How to reconnect after conflict
SPEAK hosted an in-person event featuring Dr. Jean Clinton and Lisa Rothman. Parents were encouraged to learn strategies to reduce and repair parent-child conflict.

SPEAK Event, March 29, 2023
SPEAK hosted an in-person free event featuring Debbie Reber. How can parents and educators best support and maximize the strengths of "differently wired" kids?

SPEAK Event, February 8, 2023: Actions Matter; Combating Harassment in Our Community
SPEAK hosted a customized interactive virtual training session for parents and guardians to learn how to safely intervene when witnessing or experiencing harassment.

SPEAK Event, October 26, 2022: Three Tales of Parenthood
SPEAK hosted a free event featuring bestselling author Kelly Corrigan, who gave a humorous yet insightful account of her personal journey of parenting children through elementary, high school, and college.

SPEAK Event, May 11, 2022: Building Upstanders and Resilience
SPEAK hosted Learning for Justice educator Dr. Sarah-SoonLing Blackburn in an online conversation with local KPIX journalist and broadcaster Betty Yu. In the wake of the surge in reports of anti-Asian incidents in the Bay Area and nationally over the past two years, they shared strategies to help our children navigate bullying, microaggressions and safety concerns. 

SPEAK Event, March 22, 2022: Live Happier
SPEAK hosted a webinar with acclaimed psychologist, author, and speaker Dr. Kristin Neff, who explained how and why acts of self-compassion correlate with strength, resilience, and motivation, and how it plays a crucial role for parents and educators.

Race Forward Webinar, March 30, 2022: Supporting Strong Schools and a Multiracial Democracy
H.E.A.L. Together (Honest Education Action & Leadership), a new initiative from Race Forward that builds a national movement in support of these ideals, hosted a webinar in which they shared tools for organizing schools and communities for educational equity.

SF Department of Public Health, November 2-4, 2021: Child Vaccine Town Halls
The San Francisco Department of Public Health hosted a series of town halls in which experts answered questions on COVID vaccines for children aged 5-11. Sessions were held in three different languages: English, Spanish, and Cantonese.

SPEAK Event, October 27, 2021: The Brains Behind Thriving
SPEAK hosted a discussion on mental resilience and child development with bestselling author Dr. John Medina. 

Common Sense Media Event, October 26, 2021: Building a Better Tomorrow for Our Kids
Common Sense Media hosted a virtual fundraiser and discussion with politician Julian Castro, author and educator Julie Lythcott-Haims, journalist Cecilia Kang, and NAACP President Derrick Johnson about the current media and technology challenges facing our kids and society, and how to chart a path to a better future. 

SPEAK Event, March 24, 2021: Kids and Screen Time
SPEAK sponsored a discussion on kids and screen time, with CDS parent Danielle Ramo-Larios moderating a conversation with clinical psychologist Catherine Steiner Adair and Harvard pediatrician Michael Rich.
We provide parents with the chance to learn new skills, try new approaches, and talk about shared experiences.
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