PARENT EDUCATION

Parent Education workshops take place about once per month immediately proceeding Friday Kuyams. The school invites speakers of note to share topics of interest for our parents. Experts include psychologists, nutritionists, education experts, and child development specialists who are invited to speak to our parent body on their areas of expertise. This is a service provided to parents by the school, and all are encouraged to attend these highly informative events.

Topics are often chosen based on the needs and interests of our parent body, so parents’ feedback and suggestions are always welcomed.

Past topics have included:

  • CyberSafety for your Kids with Lori Getz
  • Philosophy of Homework at Seven Arrows with Dr. Lee Hausner
  • Engaging and Connecting with Kids through a Strength Based Approach with Susan Stiffelman, MFT
  • Too Sexy, Too Soon: The New Sexualized Childhood & What to Do with Karen Fried, Psy.D.
  • Engaging and Connecting with Kids through a Strength Based Approach by Carolyn McWilliams
  • Spark: The new Science of Exercise and the Brain
  • The Curse of the Good Girl: Raising Authentic Girls with Courage & Confidence
  • Green Curriculum
  • Emotional Intelligence & Our Social Emotional Curriculum with Dean Darren Nakasuji
  • Managing Perfectionism with Betsy Brown Braun
  • Supporting a Confident, Calm & Focused Child with Dr. Michael Gervais

The 2014-2015 school year Parent Education series has included the following guests and topics of discussion:

9/5 – Tech Safety with Lori Getz

  • Internet safety expert Lori Getz visited Seven Arrows to help parents understand the ins and outs of child internet safety. Lori has a Master of Arts in Educational Technology and is certified by isafe.org as an internet safety specialist. In September 2008, Lori founded Cyber Education Consultants and began speaking to students, parents, and educators about internet safety, security and ethics.

9/19 – ERB Overview with Carolyn McWilliams

  • Carolyn spoke with parents regarding how to make sense of their child’s standardized test test scores. As an educational specialist and expert on standardized tests, Carolyn shed great light on the topic of what test scores do and do not reflect about student achievement

10/24 – Death & Loss with Susan Whitmore – What Do I Do, What Do I Say?: Grief Unplugged

  • In light of our Day of the Dead festivities in early November, we thought it timely and helpful to focus on this pertinent topic that everyone will have to death with (and parent through) sooner or later. Having lost her only child to a rare sinus cancer, Susan Whitmore was inspired to change her life’s work to helping others who would know the pain of losing a child. Susan Whitmore left her legal career in 2010 to work full time for griefHaven, devoting all of her time working with parents, siblings, and others directly impacted by the death of a child, and that includes educating specialists who work in any field impacted by the deaths of children.

12/5 – Pop Culture Pros and Cons: How to Handle Today’s Media Landscape with your Kids with Jess Weiner

  • Jess took parents on an exploration of how our culture’s fascination with media can impact a children’s sense of self and how to get more involved in creating a healthy media diet in their lives. Jess Weiner is a Social Messaging Strategist and CEO of Talk to Jess, a consulting firm specializing in influencing the social messaging sent to women and girls through media and marketing campaigns. Considered the generation’s “go-to authority” on women, girls, and confidence, Jess leverages over 20 years of experience in the field as a speaker and educator. She is the author of two best-selling books, advises many Fortune 500 companies, and has served as the Global Ambassador for Self-Esteem for Dove for the past eight years.

2/20 – Student Digital Work with Sara Kaviar

  • From Kinder to 6th grade, Seven Arrows students create wonderful work using digital tools. From iPad apps to robotics and engineering to digital citizenship, our students are testing, thinking critically, innovating, experimenting, presenting and so much more. Sara gave a wonderful presentation on the technologies in play at Seven Arrows and then showed a video exhibition of student projects.

4/10 – The Legacy of Great Parenting with Robin Berman, MD

  • Robin Berman, MD, will be at Seven Arrows to discuss important topics such as the power of mindful language and the neurobiology of secure attachment. Robin Berman, MD, is an Associate Professor of Psychiatry at the Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA and is also a Reflective Parenting and certified Simplicity Parenting group leader. Inspired by her medical school rotation in child psychiatry, Dr. Berman focuses on the idea that the best way to help children is often to help the parents understand the best parenting strategies. Dr. Berman has been on The Today Show and Good Morning America to discuss her book Permission to Parent: How to Raise Your Child with Love & Limits.

5/29 – Raising Financially Fit Kids with Joline Godfrey

  • Godfrey is founder of Independent Means, a financial education organization, and author of Raising Financially Fit Kids; Our Wildest Dreams: Women Making Money, Having Fun, Doing Good; No More Frogs To Kiss: 99 Ways to Give Economic Power to Girls; and Twenty $ecrets to Money and Independence: The DollarDiva’s Guide to Life. She is a graduate of the University of Maine and Boston University (where she received an MSW) and was awarded an Honorary Degree in Business from Bentley College in 1995. She was a Kellogg Leadership Fellow and the recipient of the Leavey Award for Excellence, as well as the Beta Gamma Sigma Entrepreneurship Award. We highly recommend you to peruse her book, Raising Financially Fit Kids and especially love that her book ties money smarts to the social/emotional development of children at various stages.