Dear Parents,

As we settle in for some California rain, we hope you are staying safe, dry, and healthy!

Coming Wedesday! San Mateo County Office of Education welcomes Leah Weiss, PhD, an international expert in resilience and compassion, for The Art of the Possible: Raising Resilient Children and Teens (January 27, Online).

On Thursday, Jan. 28, we host David Kleeman, a global expert in children's and youth media, for Kids, Media, and COVID-19: What Has Changed, What Hasn’t, What’s Next (Online). You will find his positive perspective refreshing!

Redwood City School District welcomes Eric Cooper, EdD, and colleagues from the National Urban Alliance for Effective Education (NUA) in The Power of Belief: Promoting Equity for All Students (February 4, Online).

What gives meaning to our children's lives? Dr. Kendall Bronk, researcher and psychology professor at Claremont Graduate University, presents Helping Your Children and Teens Discover Their Purpose in Life (February 11, Online).

We know that the pandemic has strained family relationships. Are you looking for ways to build meaningful connections with your children and teens, especially in tough moments?

Help is here! Join the launch list for Keys: for Parenting, a new tool that puts parenting advice at your fingertipsliterally, it's a keyboard!developed by Charlene Margot and Bev Hartman, co-founders of The Parent Venture.

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Videos of recent events include Helping Your Child Build Good Habits (Parent Forum #6) and How to Be Your Child's Favorite Conversation Partner (Parent Cafe #1).

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Warm regards,
Upcoming 2020 - 2021 Events
San Mateo County Office of Education (SMCOE)
Event (Virtual)
The Art of the Possible: Raising Resilient Children and Teens
In this special event hosted by San Mateo County Office of Education, Leah Weiss, PhD, offers advice on resilience and compassion. Free admission. Parents, caregivers, students, educators, and community members welcome!

Wednesday, January 27, 2021
5:30pm - 6:30pm PT
Live Event (Webinar)
Live Events (Virtual)
Kids, Media, and COVID-19: What Has Changed, What Hasn’t, What’s Next
David Kleeman is a global expert in children’s and youth media. He will explore the impact of COVID-19 on kids media, best practices in playful learning, and the integration of child/adolescent development and research across media, technology, and games.

Thursday, January 28, 2021
5:00pm - 6:00pm PT
Live Event (Webinar)
The National Urban Alliance for Effective Education (NUA) believes that all public school children can achieve the high intellectual performances demanded by our ever-changing global community.

Thursday, February 4, 2021
12:00pm - 1:00pm PT
Live Event (Webinar)
Helping Your Children and Teens Discover Their Purpose in Life
What is purpose? Why does it matter? And, how can we — as parents — help our children and teens discover their purpose in life? Kendall Cotton Bronk, PhD, is a professor of psychology at Claremont Graduate University.

Thursday, February 11, 2021
5:30pm - 6:30pm PT
Live Event (Webinar)
Digital Balance and Well-Being:
A Conversation with Silicon Valley Digital Media Experts
The well-being of our youth has taken on new urgency during COVID-era schooling. Join us for a panel discussion on Digital Well-Being and Balance with digital media experts including Common Sense Media

Tuesday, February 23, 2021
5:30pm - 6:30pm PT
Live Event (Webinar)
Community Resources (Virtual)
Creating a Positive Digital Tattoo - My Digital TAT2
Your online persona speaks volumes about who you are and what you care about. It directly influences how others see and perceive you. Maintaining a positive social media presence takes work!
Keys for Parenting
Keys: for Parenting Coming Soon!
Keys: for Parenting puts the experience of its founders two educators with 60+ years of experience at your fingertips! (literally, it's a keyboard)

Field tested by teens and approved by parents, KEYS gives you the ability to connect with your kids through texting.
Just for Fun
Poet Laureate Amanda Gorman Recites "The Hill We Climb"
23-year-old Amanda Gorman, the nation's first-ever youth poet laureate, recited her poem, "The Hill We Climb," at the inauguration of President Joe Biden on January 20, 2021.
Stars and Stripes Forever, Arranged for Marimba
This is brilliant! American composer John Philip Sousa - "The March King" - arranged and performed by the Atkinson family.
In the News
Children’s Screen Time Has Soared in the Pandemic, Alarming Parents and Researchers
“There will be a period of epic withdrawal,” warned one addiction specialist, once schools and activities return to normal.
Nearly a year into the coronavirus pandemic, parents across the country — and the world — are watching their children slide down a slippery path into an all-consuming digital life. The situation is alarming parents, and scientists too.

— The New York Times: At Home
Amid Surges, Teachers and School Staff Line Up For Their Vaccines
"I would take it in a box, I would take it with a fox. I would take it in a house, I would take it with a mouse. Vaccinate me here or there, vaccinate me anywhere."

— KQED: Mind/Shift (Anya Kamenetz)
Video Library
Helping Your Child Build Good Habits - Parent Forum #6 (English)
How can you help your children and teens build good habits? Join Eran Magen, PhD, CEO of Circles of Support and founder of Parenting for Humans, for a new Parent Forum.

Please subscribe to our free Video Library!
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