Parent University 2016

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This year at Parent University, we have the fortunate opportunity to work with Alison Park, who has shared her expertise with our students and faculty alike. Don't miss out on this special event!

Parent University 2016: Get Re-Inspired as a Parent

Saturday, November 19, 2016
East Campus | 8:30 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

8:30 a.m.—Registration for Brentwood School families
10:30 a.m.—Registration for non-Brentwood School families

Tickets are $50 and include lunch and childcare for Brentwood School students (K-6).

For general event questions, please contact:
Mary DeConcini— | (310) 210-5860
Carla Liber— | (310) 739-2209

For help with ticketing, please contact:
Josh Melnick— | (310) 889-2695

BWS Family Workshop — 9:00-10:45 a.m.

Tough Conversations: Cultivating Inclusivity with Our Kids
Alison Park, M.S.Ed., Education consultant and founder, Blink Consulting

An interactive dialogue about why we need to talk to kids about identity, inclusion and diversity, what we need to talk about (even if our kids don’t bring it up) and how we can have growthful conversations with our kids, even when we may be uncomfortable ourselves.

Alison Park is the founder of Blink Consulting. In addition to her work with clients, Alison has facilitated at numerous conferences, partnered with other organizations, and served on Park Day School's Board of Trustees. Alison currently serves on the Advisory Board of the Mosaic Project and the SMART program's Board of Directors. Before Blink, Alison taught for thirteen years in the public, non-profit and private sectors, including Marin Academy and Head-Royce Middle School. Alison earned her B.A. in African Studies at Yale University and two Master's degrees at Harvard's Graduate School of Education. Originally from the Philadelphia area, Alison has lived in the San Francisco Bay Area for fifteen years. She currently consults, writes, runs the hills and gets off the grid with a fly rod when she can.

Praise for Alison Park from the Brentwood School Trustees Retreat

“Alison went far beyond any other workshop I have ever attended regarding diversity. She made me think that while we all might strive to teach our children to value and celebrate diversity, that’s just not enough."

"I learned that there has never been a better opportunity for us to benefit from one another’s wisdom and experiences. Delivering cultural sensitivity needs to become part of our daily conversation.”

"Alison delivered a fascinating presentation, which provided us with a framework and language to help us discuss issues dealing with diversity. I now feel better prepared to engage with my son about the different subjects brought forward by the Listen + Shift activities in the spring."

"Alison helped me to see that if we acquire a common vocabulary and framework, we will be able to elevate our discussion in a non-judgmental way."

"Alison helped us to remove the negative connotations that are sometimes associated with words like 'privilege' and 'diversity,' and to focus on how diversity actually makes us smarter."

General Session #1 – 11:00-11:50 a.m.

Open to Brentwood School families and invited guests.

1A: “Unselfie”: How to Raise Confident and Empathetic Kids

“Unselfie”: How to Raise Confident and Empathetic Kids
Michele Borba, Ed.D., International educational psychologist and parenting expert from childhood development to adolescence on bullying and character development

We all want the best for our children, but what are the traits that really matter in raising caring, successful and resilient kids? Dr. Borba will help parents understand the attributes that best determine academic and personal achievement and recognize that they are all teachable. She will discuss solution-based strategies using research from her latest game-changing book "Unselfie” and the important role that parents play in this process. She will also describe the key components of building empathy and why it is the key predictor in helping kids succeed in our global, digital-driven world. (K-6th Grade)

Dr. Michele Borba is an internationally recognized educational psychologist and expert in bullying, social-emotional learning, and character development. She is a frequent Today Show contributor and a featured expert on Dateline, The View, Dr. Phil, NBC Nightly News, CNN, MSNBC, Dr. Oz, Dr. Drew, and The Early Show, among others. She is an award-winning author of 24 books; her latest are UnSelfie: Why Empathetic Kids Succeed in Our All-About Me World and The 6Rs of Bullying Prevention.

1B: How to Help your Teenager Make Wise Choices

How to Help your Teenager Make Wise Choices
Michael Bradley, Ed.D., Practicing adolescent psychologist, award-winning author and teen parenting expert

Dr. Bradley will discuss real-world advice, strategies, and methods parents can use immediately to help navigate the often tumultuous teenage years. He will take you inside your teenager's head and describe how the adolescent brain goes through a period of explosive new growth and rewiring, resulting in the sometimes “crazy” behavior teenagers are famous for. He will teach you how to restore the lines of communication and transform relations with teenagers and why parents do make a difference by encouraging and guiding their teens. His findings are based on over 30 years of experience working with students, parents, and teachers. This is a not-to-be-missed workshop for parents with teenagers. (7th-12th Grade)

Dr. Michael J. Bradley is a licensed clinical psychologist with a doctorate degree in psychology. In addition to public speaking and continuing his private practice, Dr. Bradley serves as a consultant to schools, providing risk assessments and offering training in parenting and violence-reduction. Over his 30-year career, the stories of courage and hope Dr. Bradley encountered became the basis for his bestselling books, including When Things Get Crazy With Your Teen: The Why, the How, the What to do NOW!, Yes, Your Teen Is Crazy! - Loving Your Kid Without Losing Your Mind and its companion, Yes, Your Parents Are Crazy! A Teen Survival Guide. His books have garnered various awards and have been recognized by parenting groups such as Parents’ Choice and the National Parenting Center. His fifth book, entitled Crazy-Stressed: Saving Today’s Overwhelmed Teens with Love, Laughter, and the Science of Resilience, is slated for publication in 2017.

General Session #2–12:50-1:40 p.m.

Open to Brentwood School families and invited guests.

2A: So Sexy So Soon: The New Sexualized Childhood

So Sexy So Soon: The New Sexualized Childhood
Jean Kilbourne, Ed.D., International author, filmmaker, and addictions and gender expert for women’s rights in the media

Popular culture and technology inundate our children with an onslaught of mixed messages at earlier stages than ever before. Dr. Kilbourne will explore the troubling trends in ramped-up childhood sexuality, the implications for relationships and the potential for such trends to lead to negative behavior. She will offer practical advice about how parents can navigate the exposure to hypersexualized cultural influences and suggest some strategies for change. (K-12th Grade)

Dr. Jean Kilbourne is internationally recognized for her groundbreaking work on the image of women in advertising and her critical studies of alcohol and tobacco advertising. Her films, lectures, and television appearances have been viewed by millions of people throughout the world. She was once named by New York Times Magazine as one of the three most popular speakers on college campuses. In 2015 she was inducted into the National Women’s Hall of Fame. She is the author of the award-winning book Can’t Buy My Love: How Advertising Changes the Way We Think and Feel and So Sexy So Soon: The New Sexualized Childhood and What Parents Can Do to Protect Their Kids. The prize-winning films based on her lectures include Killing Us Softly, Spin the Bottle, and Slim Hopes.

2B: How to Protect Your Kid's Digital Footprint

How to Protect Your Kid's Digital Footprint
Josh Ochs, Social media expert for tweens, teens, and parents focused on digital citizenship

Learn what apps are unsafe (and others you should encourage your kids to use), what apps are a waste of time for your teens and tweens, and how to teach your kids to analyze their digital profiles. Josh will discuss the 7 networks your kids need to be on to shine online and will also share examples from seniors who are using social media correctly and examples of good and bad posts by your kids that colleges may find. (4th-12th Grade)

Josh Ochs combines his background in marketing at Disney and a love for all things technology to help teens and tweens use social media as a portfolio of positive accomplishments. Josh travels the nation speaking to over 30,000 kids each year sharing with them tips they can use to create a positive online presence. Josh’s book: Light, Bright and Polite: How to Use Social Media to Impress Colleges & Future Employers teaches kids of all ages that everything they post on social media will eventually be discovered by their parents, teachers, their school principal, and someday, colleges and employers. He shows families and teenagers practical examples they can use to always keep it “Light, Bright and Polite” by posting photos of community volunteer projects that will help them shine online. Josh is the founder of Media Leaders and

2C: Helping Kids Be Successful in Sports and Life

Helping Kids Be Successful in Sports and Life
Coach Reed Maltbie, M.S., M.A.Ed., Educator, sports psychologist, author, and coaching expert

An internationally respected expert on youth sports and former elite athlete and coach for over 26 years, Coach Reed will be sharing the information and resources needed to make sports a positive, healthy and rewarding experience for kids. He will teach parents to create a life-long drive of athletic excellence in their children by learning to “let go and let do”. He has trained parents, coaches, and youth sports leaders on creating a club culture using high-performance communication protocols, while managing a process-based competitive environment where kids thrive. (K-12th Grade)

Coach Reed Maltbie helps develop great leaders for universities, non-profits, and youth sports clubs. He has been educating athletes, coaches and parents on the game since 1992. He has leveraged his playing background, his coaching and club management experience, and his two masters degrees to create several comprehensive training programs that develop unbeatable coaching environments, unbreakable players, unbridled parent experiences, and unrivaled club cultures. These programs focus on communication, competition, and culture as the key tenets to building a great youth sport experience.