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.
Some of our parent education events and partnerships from the past few years include:
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.
SPEAK Event, February 3, 2021: Conversations with Valarie Kaur
This Zoom discussion featured Valarie Kaur, renowned activist, author, and filmmaker. In conversation with Virginia Paik, Head of Live Oak School, Valarie will discuss the roles of parents and children in being changemakers. As she says, "Each of us has a role in building the country we could become and we will only succeed if we lead with the ethic of love."
Millennium School Event, December 3, 2020: Supporting your LGBTQIA+ Teen
Because of unaccepting mainstream attitudes toward the LGBTQIA+ community, LGBTQIA+ youth can often feel alone and isolated in their community. They may struggle with low self esteem and confidence or experience unaccepting attitudes or bullying from their peers. In this workshop, Salina Mae discussed mindfulness-based strategies, tools, and practices to give LGBTQIA+ youth a deep sense of belonging, strong self-love, acceptance, and non-judgement.
Millennium School Event, November 11, 2020: Effective Ways to Have Conversations Across Difference
It's hard to talk across differences in race, class, gender, political affiliation, sexual orientation, age, religion, ability, or any other kind of identity. In this interactive workshop, Adrian Michael Green offered participants the opportunity to experience what this discomfort feels like, get equipped with effective ways to have conversations across difference, and walk away with greater empathy for those who carry differing perspectives.
SPEAK Event, October 27, 2020: Climate Change - Hope Is Not a Strategy
Dr. Chip Fletcher discussed the current status of climate change and efforts to stop greenhouse gas emissions, and also offered potential ways to mitigate the damage in all of our activities, including personal choices, social messaging about the morally harmful nature of fossil fuels, political leadership, technological advancements, farming, travel, international aid, and many others.
Millennium School Event, October 15, 2020: Finding Calm in Chaos
During this complex and uncertain time, parents are facing unprecedented challenges as they attempt to balance the personal and professional demands on their emotional and physical energy. Parents and children are experiencing sensory overload from electronic devices and dysregulation due to the challenges of virtual learning, political polarization, social unrest, and the growing climate crisis. Daniel Rechtschaffen and James Gallagher led a workshop and discussion on how families can use mindfulness and social-emotional learning to cultivate self-regulation and resilience strategies to meet their wellness needs.
Millennium School Event, October 1, 2020: Supporting your Teen in Cultivating their Stress Resilience
Our young people are navigating an unprecedented era of uncertainty, stress, and anxiety in a new virtual school setting that frequently changes, and while this time of great unrest has been challenging for so many young people, with guidance, support, and mindfulness they can cultivate a deep resilience and inner strength. Mindfulness coach Salina Mae led this workshop to help adults develop their tools and approaches to support the teenagers in their life to meet their challenges with mindfulness and compassion.
SPEAK Event, February 4, 2020: Ready or Not, Preparing Our Kids to Thrive
Author and psychologist Dr. Madeline Levine led a session in which she discussed the skills that children need to succeed in the modern world and offered day-to-day solutions parents can use to raise kids who are prepared, enthusiastic, and ready to face an unknown future with confidence and optimism.
SPEAK Event, December 9, 2019: Managing Our Kids' Stress
Dr. Lisa Damour (psychologist, author, teacher, speaker, and consultant who writes the monthly "Adolescence" column for the New York Times) gave a talk about stress management for preschool through high school students. She drew on her extensive research on adolescents to teach parents about the difference between healthy and unhealthy stress and anxiety, research-based practical fixes to help young people manage naturally occurring tension, toxic stress, and anxiety, and how to help our children build strength and confidence throughout their school years.
Parenting U Conference, November 2, 2019
Julia Morgan School for Girls and SOS4Students partnered to offer a unique half-day conference for parents featuring a keynote speech by New York Times-bestselling author Peggy Orenstein as well as breakout sessions with experts on executive function, sleep science, homework support strategies, and more.
SPEAK Event, March 13, 2019: What Makes Humans Happy?
SPEAK hosted a discussion with psychologist Laurie Santos, an expert on human cognition, its origins, and the evolutionary biases that influence our all-too imperfect life choices. Dr. Santos provided advice on how students can engage their uniquely human faculties to counteract evolution, choose more wisely, and live happier lives.
SPEAK Event, February 6, 2019: Raising My Rainbow
Author and advocate Lori Duron gave a frank, heartfelt, and humorous account of her family’s adventures of (initial) distress and (eventual) happiness raising a gender creative son. Duron explained the differences between sex, gender, sexuality, and other related concepts in an easy-to-understand way. In addition, she shared how her family navigated the often challenging but never dull privilege of raising a gender creative LGBTQ son and offered tips for supporting kids like hers to beat the statistics and launch them healthily into adulthood.
Challenge Success Event, November 2, 2018: Say What?
At this event, Dr. Denise Pope and Dr. Madeline Levine (co-founders of the nonprofit school reform organization Challenge Success) joined clinical psychologist Dr. Wendy Mogel for a presentation on the role of communication in the parent/child relationship. How we communicate with our children at each age and stage of development changes and brings new opportunities for growth and connection; this session explored how to strengthen conversations and family relationships and support our children to be healthy and engaged learners.
SPEAK Event, October 2, 2018: Reaching for Greatness
In this presentation, Dr. Yong Zhao called for a paradigm shift in education and brings extensive evidence to show that every child has both the potential and the need to become great. He advocates that the goal of education is to help each child discover and develop their unique strengths and passions so that they can be best prepared to meet the challenges of the modern world, including globalization, technology, smart machines, and the need to create value for others. To do so, parents and educators need to make education personalized by the child, instead of personalized for the child. Together, we need to help each child find what uniquely makes them great.
SPEAK Event, Wednesday, April 25, 2018: Getting to Calm
This presentation by clinical psychologist and nationally-recognized author Dr. Laura Kastner focused 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.
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.