Addison Parent Education
Schedule of Events
FALL EVENTS: Special focus on raising daughters and sons
October 1: RAISING HEALTHY GIRLS: Gems for Moms, Dads and Caretakers
Speaker: Dr. Keely Sikes Rollings
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During this event, we will focus on helping parents and caregivers raise girls who will grow into happy, healthy self-confident teens and adult women. Dr. Rollings will discuss the following questions and more:
· What is different about how girls’ brains develop? What is brain research showing us about the thoughts, feelings and behaviors that are common to most girls?
· What are the emotional and social traits of girls in terms of temperament, personality, problem solving, and risk taking?
· How can parents model good skills for listening and setting limits to help guide their daughters on a healthy path?
Parents and caregivers of girls will leave this event with practical "gems" to put into practice immediately. We will also have time for Q&A and discussion.
About the speaker: Dr. Keely Sikes Rollings is a licensed Clinical Psychologist with offices in Half Moon Bay and Los Altos. She uses her doctorate and MBA to help adults and students through psychotherapy, executive coaching and ADD coaching.
Date: Tuesday, October 1st
Location: Addison Computer Lab
November 7: BOYS WILL BE BOYS: The Good, The Bad & The Challenge of Growing Today's Boys into Tomorrow's Responsible Men
Speaker: Jeffrey Leiken
The news today about boys is not great. Overall boys have a tough time in school, are twice as likely to be diagnosed with attention and other mental disorders and are struggling to find their identity as men in the 21st Century. This talk will help parents of boys sort through the research and become empowered about how to raise their sons to become healthy young men. Topics to be covered include:
- How can parents sort out the tendency to ‘pathologize’ boy behaviors, which can create confusing and disempowering messages?
- What are the specific the challenges faced by boys that parents need to understand?
Mr. Leiken will provide strategies and tactics parents can implement immediately to help their sons. There will be time for Q and A.
About the speaker: Jeffrey Leiken holds a Masters Degree in Educational Counseling, a Pupil Personnel Services Credential from the State of California, and has taught at the University of San Francisco Graduate School of Education and Stanford University.
Date: Thursday, November 7th
Location: Addison Computer Lab
WINTER EVENT: Teach Your Children Well: Parenting for Authentic Success
Speaker: Dr. Madeleine Levine
During this presentation, Dr. Levine will share insights from her new book, “Teach Your Children Well: Parenting for Authentic Success.” This book provides information, research and exercises to help parents define “success” in a way that aligns their values with their children’s interests and abilities. Dr. Levine offers tangible actions parents can take to help kids thrive in today’s high-stakes, competitive culture.
About the speaker: Dr. Levine is a New York Times best-selling author of three books, a practicing psychologist in Marin, CA and a co-founder of Challenge Success, a program of the Stanford School of Education that addresses education reform and student well-being.
Date: January 29, 2014
Location: This event is co-sponsored by Walter Hayes and several other Palo Alto elementary school PTAs. The presentation will be held in the Spangenberg Theater at Gunn High School.
SPRING EVENT: Common Core Standards: What does it mean for your child?
In the fall of 2014, California will implement a set of new learning expectations called the Common Core State Standards, which have been adopted by over 40 states across the country. The Common Core was created by teachers, parents and education experts to provide clear, consistent language for what students should be learning at each grade in order to be prepared for college and beyond. This presentation will cover questions including:
- How will the Common Core change what your child is learning at Addison?
- What will be different about STAR tests and the API as a result of the Common Core adoption in California?
- How are Addison teachers learning to adjust to these new standards?
Date: Spring TBD
Time: TBD but aiming for morning
Location: Addison MP Room or Computer Lab
We hope to see you at these engaging parent education events this year! Please let us know if you have any questions.
Addison Parent Education Team
Loren Gordon (lilikg AT mindspring DOT com)
Missy Reller (mlenmark AT hotmail DOT com)
Victoria Thorp (victoriathorp AT gmail DOT com)