Dear Parents,

Happy Teacher Appreciation Week !

If ever there was a time to show appreciation for our hard-working educators, this is it...see article below for some good suggestions (hint: notes of appreciation are most welcome).

To replace live events cancelled due to COVID-19, we've begun offering a new virtual Parent Education Webinar Series, featuring local and national presenters.

For information about the coronavirus, please refer to the COVID-19 Parent Resources tab on our webpage . Click here for helpful articles, videos, online resources, crisis hotlines, and more.

This week, we're excited to offer a virtual event with  Ned Johnson , founder of PrepMatters and co-author of The Self-Driven Child , "The Long View: Helping Kids Gain a Sense of Control During COVID-19" (Wednesday, May 6 ).

In addition, we're hosting the first in a series of Spanish-language webinars with
Alnardo Martinez , Child Mind Institute (Friday, May 8 ). Alnardo will present a Spanish version of "Stay Calm: Managing Stress and Anxiety During COVID-19."

Here is a "sneak peek" at virtual events scheduled for April/May:

  • Tiffany Hoang, co-founder of CircleUp Education
  • Ana Homayoun, author of Social Media Wellness
  • FCD Prevention Works, "Healthy Adults for Healthy Kids: Modeling in the Time of COVID-19" (Spanish Version)

We also plan to offer livestreams of IndieFlix films ANGST and LIKE: A Documentary About the Impact of Social Media On Our Lives . Details coming soon!

Let's stay in touch on Instagram and  Facebook , and check out new videos from webinars by Ana Homayoun, Dr. Devorah Heitner, and FCD Prevention Works on YouTube and Vimeo .

Wishing you a happy, safely-distanced springtime!

Charlene Margot, M.A.
Founder and CEO
Upcoming 2020 Events
Online Webinars
The Long View: Helping Kids Gain a Sense of Control During COVID-19
Ned Johnson , founder of PrepMatters and co-author of The Self-Driven Child , offers an engaging virtual event (webinar) on helping kids gain a sense of control over their lives, even in the midst of a pandemic. 

Wednesday, May 6, 2020
12:00pm - 1:00pm
Online Event (Zoom Webinar)
Keep Calm: How to Manage Stress and Anxiety During COVID-19 (Spanish Version)
Alnardo Martinez, MS , is a Behavioral Technician at Child Mind Institute . CMI provides evidence-based mental health and learning disorders treatment for children, teens and families.

Friday, May 8, 2020
2:00pm - 3:00pm
Online Event (Zoom Webinar)
Navigating Remote Learning: Parent-Teen Conversation and Q&A
In this online webinar, noted author and educator Ana Homayoun will offer strategies based on her work with teens, and then open it up to questions from the virtual audience. Parents and students welcome to attend!

Wednesday, May 13, 2020
12:00pm - 1:00pm
Online Event (Zoom Webinar)
Virtual Events - Coming Soon!
Diversity Uncovered™ Training:
An interactive introduction to Implicit Bias, Equity, and Privilege
Tyrone Botelho and Tiffany Hoang are co-founders of CircleUp Education, a nonprofit organization that provides DEI (Diversity, Equity, Inclusion) training on implicit bias, diversity awareness, equity, privilege, and more.
Healthy Adults for Healthy Kids: Modeling in the Time of COVID-19 (Spanish Version)
Join us for a free webinar with  Eduardo Torres , Senior Prevention Specialist at FCD Prevention Works , to discuss how healthy adult behavior can be a protective factor against risky teen choices

Tuesday, May 19, 2020
2:00pm - 3:00pm
Online Event (Zoom Webinar)
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
The Power of Showing Up: How Parental Presence Shapes Who Our Kids Become and How Their Brains Get Wired

Parenting isn’t easy. Showing up is. Your greatest impact begins right where you are. Now the bestselling authors of  The Whole-Brain Child  and  No-Drama Discipline   explain what this means over the course of childhood.
Blog Posts
How is My Newborn Going to College?
 One minute they’re born, and a few minutes later you’re waving goodbye.
Published on Medium by Charlene Margot, M.A., Founder and CEO, The Parent Education Series/The Parent Venture
AIM for Better Communication
Why Attention, Intention, and Message (AIM) can improve the quality of interactions
Published on Medium by Bev Hartman, M.A., Founder and COO, The Parent Venture
Community Events
Guidance on Grading/Crediting Policies During COVID-19
Challenge Success offers a free recording on whether, and how, to grade students during this very unique time. Expert panelists include Denise Pope, Ph.D., co-founder of Challenge Success, Stacy Caldwell, M.B.A., Mastery Transcript Consortium, and Randall Booker, Piedmont Unified School District.
The Vaping Phenomenon: What it is, Why it happened, and What you can do about it
Stanford Tobacco Prevention Toolkit and Cannabis Prevention and Awareness Toolkit host a webinar for parents, educators, healthcare providers, and anyone interested in learning about vaping & youth.

Tuesday, May 12, 2020
5:00 PM – 6:30pm
Online Event (Webinar)
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.
In the News
Artwork credit: Ki Sung
Teacher Appreciation Week: What Teachers Would Like to Have During Distance Learning
Teacher Appreciation Week  begins on May 4th, and it offers an opportunity to express our gratitude to teachers. Mind/Shift  asked educators  what would help them feel appreciated, especially during this time of emergency distance learning. And what many educators requested was a note of appreciation. ❣️
— KQED: MInd/Shift
Parenting Quotes
“It is a violation of trust to use your kids as caulking for the cracks in you.”
— Anne Lamott, author of "Some Assembly Required: A Journal of My Son’s First Son," mother of one
Video Library
Healthy Adults for Healthy Kids: Modeling in the Time of Covid -19
In this webinar, Deirdre Flynn , Senior Prevention Specialist at FCD Prevention Works , describes how healthy adult behavior can be a protective factor against risky teen choices (drugs, alcohol, etc.).
Balancing Screen Time, Unplugged Time, and Well-Being
In this virtual workshop, youth media expert Devorah Heitner, PhD, explores the social-emotional components of "screen time" vs. "unplugged time" during this unusual period in family life.
The Parent Education Series is an award-winning program that provides professional, high-quality education to parents, students, educators, and community members.

Our Video Library has been viewed over 6,000 times, including 2,200+ views during COVID-19, so please share this free resource with students, friends, and family members. Videos are available on our YouTube and Vimeo channels.

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.

Questions? Contact Charlene Margot , M.A., Founder and Director, The Parent Education Series.
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