M-A parent education series

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The M-A Parent Education Series kicks on of Thursday, Sept. 13, with author Leah Weiss, PhD, Stanford University, speaking on the topic Mindful Parenting: How to Raise Kids Who Are Creative, Compassionate and Resilient. The talk will take place from 7:00 to 8:30 pm in the M-A Performing Arts Center. Tickets available online.

Dr. Weiss (pictured) will share advice about what parents can do to remain mindful, while navigating the ups and downs of raising kids.

Using examples from her popular course, “Leading with Mindfulness and Compassion,” she will lead attendees towards a calmer and more purposeful parenting path. Learn how to quiet your critical inner voice and practice greater self-compassion to raise kids who are emotionally resilient.

Dr. Weiss is a researcher, lecturer, consultant, and author. She teaches courses on compassionate leadership at Stanford Graduate School of Business and is founding faculty for Stanford’s Compassion Cultivation Program. Her new book, How We Work, is endorsed by the Dalai Lama.

A second event takes place on Tuesday, Sept. 18 (same time and place). There will be a screening of the documentary Angst: Raising Awareness Around Anxiety, followed by a student panel. Resource tables staffed by mental health organizations will be available from 6:30-9 pm.

Parents, students (ages 10 and up), educators, and community members welcome! Spanish interpretation and light refreshments will be offered. Free admission. Get tickets online.

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How neuroscience affects learning is M-A parent education talk on Feb. 15

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Melina Encipher, Ph.D.,  of the Institute of Applied Neuroscience (IAN) will talk about The Neuroscience of Learning on Thursday, Feb. 15, at 7:00 pm at the next M-A Parent Education Lecture. Focusing on the the emerging field of educational neuroscience, she will describe how a neuroscientific understanding of learning can shape the future of education. […]

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Devorah Heitner, PhD, of Raising Digital Natives is M-A parent ed speaker on Jan. 23

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Devorah Heitner,, PhD, talks about Empathy is the App: Raising Thoughtful Kids in the Digital Age. This inaugural 2018 M-A Parent Education lecture takes place on Tuesday, Jan. 23 from 7:00-8:30 pm at the M-A Performing Arts Center. Register for the free event online. In the digital world, no skill is more crucial than empathy. Learn what […]

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Screening of documentary film “Generation Found” at M-A PAC on Nov. 17

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Talking teen drug use with Marsha Rosenbaum, director emerita of Drug Policy Alliance

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In what will be her second appearance, Marsha Rosenbaum, PhD, is returning to her alma mater, Menlo-Atherton High School, to talk to parents about teen drug use. The talk, titled Safety First: A Reality-Based Approach to Teens and Drugs, will take place on Thursday, October 8 from 7:00 to 8:30 pm at the M-A Performing Arts Center […]

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Speaking at M-A, New York Times columnist Frank Bruni challenges college admission myths

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College admission is topic at Nov. 12 M-A Parent Education talk

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