Dear Parents,

We hope Spring Break gave you a chance to catch your breath! We know that distance learning is hard, and sheltering in place is hard...especially with kids and teens.

Good news! Although live Parent Education Series events are cancelled through April, we're gearing up for virtual events featuring local and national presenters.

Our first two webinars are scheduled for Tuesday, April 7 (Adina Glickman) and Thursday, April 9 (Dr. Devorah Heitner) at 12 noon. These events will be video recorded, but please register below to receive the Zoom link.

Here is a "sneak peak" at virtual webinars planned for April/May:

  • Tyrone Botelho, co-founder of CircleUp Education
  • FCD Prevention Works, provider of substance abuse education
  • Ana Homayoun, author of Social Media Wellness
  • Ned Johnson, co-author of The Self-Driven Child
  • Erin Vogel, PhD, #Vaporized: Navigating Teenage Trends in Vaping, E-Cigarettes, and Social Media

In addition, we're working on a home livestream of LIKE: A Documentary About the Impact of Social Media On Our Lives . Details coming soon!

NEW! The Parent Education Series has launched COVID-19 Parent Resources on the SUHSD webpage. Click here for news articles, blogs, videos, online resources, mental health hotlines, and more.

For more info about COVID-19, Sequoia Healthcare District just released its Healthy Schools Initiative (HSI) Spring newsletter . Read more here !

Please take advantage our free Video Library (details below). The new video of Joel Baum, Gender Spectrum, "Creating Gender Inclusive Environments for Children & Teens," just posted.

Let's stay connected via Instagram and Facebook, and look for free videos posted on our YouTube and Vimeo channels !

Take care and stay well,



Charlene Margot, M.A.
Founder and CEO
Upcoming 2020 Events
Online Webinars
Raising a Resilient (Distance) Learner
Adina Glickman, MSW ,  is the former founding director of the   Stanford Resilience Project . The Resilient Learner is an integrated approach to learning that can help children and teens flourish – even during “distance learning”! 

Tuesday, April 7, 2020
12:00pm - 1:00pm
Online Event (Zoom Webinar) 
Balancing Screen Time, Unplugged Time, and Well-Being 
In this virtual workshop, Devorah Heitner, PhD , an international expert in kid's media, addresses the social-emotional learning (SEL) components of balancing screen time, tech time, and distance learning during COVID-19 .

Thursday, April 9, 2020
12:00pm - 1:00pm
Online Event (Zoom Webinar) 
Virtual Events - Coming Soon!
Healthy Adults for Healthy Kids: Modelling in the Time of COVID-19
FCD Prevention Works™ is the leading international nonprofit provider of school-based substance abuse prevention services. FCD provides families with the knowledge, understanding and skills they need to make intelligent, healthy choices about alcohol, tobacco and other drug use.
Diversity Uncovered™ Training:
An interactive introduction to Implicit Bias, Equity & Privilege
Tyrone Botelho and Tiffany Hoang are co-founders of CircleUp Education, a nonprofit organization that provides DEI (Diversity, Equity, Inclusion) trainings about implicit bias, diversity awareness, equity, and privilege.
#Vaporized: Navigating Teenage Trends in Vaping, E-Cigarettes, and Social Media
Erin Vogel, PhD , is a social psychologist at the Stanford Prevention Research Center. This presentation and Q&A session will cover vaping, social media, and their effects on teenagers' health and well-being.
LIKE: A Documentary About the Impact of Social Media On Our Lives
LIKE is an IndieFlix Original documentary film that explores the impact of social media on our kids' lives--and brains. Film screening to be followed by a panel discussion of experts.
Book Club
Ready or Not: Preparing Your Kids to Thrive in an Uncertain and Rapidly Changing World
Madeline Levine, PhD, clinician and NY Times bestselling author, explores how we are failing to prepare our children for an uncertain future—and how we can reverse course to ensure their lasting adaptability, resilience, health and happiness.
Blog Posts
What "Quaranteenagers" Can Teach Us
 Many teens are responding to shelter-in-place with creativity, resilience, and optimism for the future.
Published on Medium by Charlene Margot, M.A., Founder and CEO, The Parent Education Series/The Parent Venture
Two and Two is Three
And other life lessons my mother taught me (applicable to #coronavirus).
Published on Medium by Charlene Margot, M.A., Founder and CEO, The Parent Education Series/The Parent Venture
Healthcare District
Sequoia Healthcare District
2020 Spring HSI Newsletter
Sequoia Healthcare District and its Healthy Schools Initiative (HSI) provides grant funding to local non-profits that offer school-based health services. These grants directly benefit school communities and serve approximately 26,000 residents.
How smoking, vaping and drug use might increase risks from Covid-19
Because Covid-19 attacks the lungs, those who smoke tobacco or marijuana or who vape may be especially threatened, says Dr. Nora Volkow, director of the National Institute on Drug Abuse.
In the News
This Togetherness Is Temporary
Just as I was getting a little wistful about my teens leaving the nest, we find ourselves confined in the nest together.
"For now, I will let myself feel gratitude for this time with them. I won’t tell myself I have to enjoy every minute, because I know I won’t. And when the panic rises, I’ll remind myself: This isn’t forever. It never was."
— Mary Laura Philpott, The New York Times
Video Library
Parenting Through the College Admission Process
In this highly informative video, award-winning college advisor Alice Kleeman and Jim Rawlins, Director of Admissions at the University of Oregon, share their views on "Parenting Through the College Admission Process."
Creating Gender Inclusive Environments for Children & Teens
Gender impacts everybody--particularly children and teens. Joel Baum, Director of Professional Development at Gender Spectrum , offers an engaging talk on creating gender inclusive environments/schools.
Parenting Quotes
"Be kind, for everyone you meet is fighting a battle you know nothing about."
— Variously attributed to Plato, Ian MacLaren, and John Watson
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Since 2006, our organization has reached over 70,000 attendees on critical issues — mental health, substance use, sexual health, social media, and more — that impact the health, safety, and well-being of children and teens.

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