Dear Common Ground Community,

As the school year comes to a close and we navigate these uncertain times together, we want to thank you for your tireless support. We are so grateful for your unwavering enthusiasm for our Speaker Series and for the many volunteers who work tirelessly behind the scenes. As we look ahead, it warms our hearts to know that you are with us in spirit and hopefully again in person as soon as it is safe.
Our 2019-2020 season was almost complete when the “shelter in place” orders were given. Dr. Michael Reichert , our last speaker in March, gave his presentation two days before our community ground to a halt. As a special treat, here is a link to his talk for those who didn’t have the opportunity to see him: How to Raise a Boy: Nurturing the Emotional Lives of Our Sons . We had one speaker remaining in the season – Celeste Headlee . She immediately agreed to postpone her engagement to next fall and as such, we are delighted that the Common Ground community will still have the opportunity to see her, either in person or virtually from the comfort of our homes.

Despite the challenges we face, we are forging ahead with plans for our 2020-2021 season. We are currently working to develop a cohesive speaker strategy that is aligned with the academic hybrid model being considered at our schools. Our speaker committee worked hard this year to identify national thought leaders in parent education and we have a robust list of fantastic options to draw from. We will be excited to share the new slate with you as soon as we can.  
In the interim, we are delighted to bring you two post-season offerings in collaboration with the Children’s Health Council and The Parents Coalition of Bay Area Schools. Details of both events are included below.  We will be adding an event with all-time-favorite Dr. Laura Kastner and a few other possible surprises to help sustain us through the summer months.

Our current circumstances remind us of the importance of parent education – to enhance the health and well-being of ourselves and our families, to strengthen the bonds that bring us together as a community, and to provide us with valuable parenting tools and resources. We are stronger together, as the last few months have exemplified. 
We are sending you all a virtual hug – stay healthy and safe!

The Common Ground Leadership Team
Upcoming Events
Two June Webinars!
Uncharted Territory
Strategies for Coping with Structure-free Summer
During the Pandemic

In Conversation with

Presented by

Parents Coalition of Bay Area High Schools

in partnership with Common Ground Speaker Series
Thursday June 4

5:00pm - 6:00pm PDT
We are all facing a summer of unknowns, parents especially. When the limited structure and connection from this spring term of distance learning comes to a halt, many families face a summer with no structure, no plans, unknown social opportunities, and an unknown future this fall. How can we cope?

Join us for a conversation with Dr. Christine Carter , psychologist and author of The New Adolescence: Raising Happy and Successful Teens in an Age of Anxiety and Distraction, and David Frankenberg , Head of the Drew School, as they answer parent questions and discuss strategies for supporting kids during a summer of uncertainty. 

Dr. Christine Carter is a sought-after parent coach and sociologist at UC Berkeley’s Greater Good Science Center. She melds research – including the latest findings in neuroscience, sociology, and social psychology – with her own real-world experiences as the mother of four teenagers. 

David Frankenberg, Head of the Drew School, has worked for the past 20 years in independent schools as an English teacher, Dean of Students, Debate coach, Department Head, and Middle and High School Principal. He holds a Masters in Educational Leadership from Harvard University. 
Join us June 9th for a Timely Virtual Event
Presented in Partnership with the Children's Health Council
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Parenting in Place
Navigating Tech with Kids and Teens During COVID-19
moderated by

Heitner Screenwise Photos
Tuesday June 9

3:30 pm - 4:45 pm PDT
Everyone is online right now – navigating work and school from a computer, phone, tablet or TV screen. But summer is just around the corner. Should the screen-time rules be different? How can parents help our children and teens find the right balance? Devorah Heitner, PhD, understands the digital world and appropriate digital milestones. With wisdom and much-needed humor, Dr. Heitner will answer our questions and help us explore new and safe digital experiences for our children. Please join us for this engaging and timely live online event.

Dr. Devorah Heitner is an expert on young people’s ongoing engagement with digital media and technology. Her mission is to cultivate a culture of empathy and social/emotional literacy . She is the author of  Screenwise: Helping Kids Thrive (and Survive) in Their Digital World  and the founder of Raising Digital Natives . Mary Babbitt is a three-time Emmy Award-winning host and voice-acting talent with 25 years of experience in broadcasting.