M-A parent education series

Authors Lee Daniel Kravetz and Julie Lythcott-Haims will address Social Contagion: How to Catch Resilience on Thursday, Sept. 21, 2017, from 7:00 – 8:30 pm at the M-A Performing Arts Center (PAC) as part of the M-A Parent Education Series. Register: https://strangecontagion2017ma.eventbrite.com

From social media to state-of-the art healthcare and education, Silicon Valley is uniquely good at making things that catch. Yet in 2009, Silicon Valley created something that was never supposed to catch but did, ensnaring students, parents, and the community.

Lee Daniel Kravetz, author of Strange Contagion: Inside the Surprising Science of Infectious Behaviors and Viral Emotions and What They Tell Us About Ourselves, and Julie Lythcott-Haims, New York Times bestselling author of How to Raise an Adult: Break Free of the Overparenting Trap and Prepare Your Kid for Success and Real American are the featured speakers.

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Dr. Don Williams brings expertise on teens to M-A parent education talk on “college arms race”

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Part prescription/part mantra, it goes like this: “Do great in high school. Go to a great college. Enjoy a great life.” Do teens and parents really believe that? What about the rest of us? Menlo Park resident Dr. Don Williams, a psychologist whose practice focuses on children and adolescents, is one who does not. He’ll be […]

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

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Generation Found,  a powerful new film about one community coming together to ignite a youth addiction recovery revolution in their hometown, will be screened at the M-A Performing Arts Center (555 Middlefield Road) on Nov. 17. The evening will start at 6:30 pm with refreshments and resource tables, followed by remarks at 7:00 from Fay Zenoff […]

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October 27th parent education program at M-A focuses on college readiness

Is your student ready for college? Could he or she benefit from a “bridge” or gap year? How do we define college readiness in the 21st century? The next M-A Parent Education program tackles “Defining the New College Readiness,” featuring Abby Falik, founder of Global Citizen Year; Lloyd Thacker, founder of The Education Conservancy and co-author of […]

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How to master difficult conversations with your teen is parent education topic on Feb. 4

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The next M-A Parent Education Series event is an evening with Eran Magen , PhD (pictured), on Thursday, February 4, 2016, from 7:00 to 8:30 pm at the M-A Performing Arts Center (PAC). You can register here. Trying to offer support when your adolescent seems upset or stressed can feel like tiptoeing through a minefield. In this highly […]

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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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Frank Bruni, New York Times columnist and bestselling author, spoke at Menlo-Atherton High School last week, sharing his thoughts on the college admission process and the conversation surrounding it. His newest book, Where You Go Is Not Who You’ll Be, highlights the importance of picking a school based on the characteristics of the school itself, not […]

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

A Conversation about College Admission is the topic of a talk by Alice Kleeman, M-A College Advisor, and Kirk Brennan, Director of Admission, USC on Wednesday, November 12, from 7:00 to 8:30 pm at the M-A PAC. It’s described as an open-ended discussion on the college admission process and a great opportunity for juniors and seniors to learn […]

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Menlo-Atherton High School students find value in non-parental mentors – and tell their stories to community

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By her own recounting, Menlo-Atherton High School senior Angelica Cervantes was drifting off course during her freshman year. “It seemed so fast-paced, and all I could think of was ‘what’s the point in trying,’” she recalled.  The result: a 1.6 GPA. Her sophomore year was a bit better, but she knew she needed “something life […]

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Next M-A Parent Education series looks at reducing teen stress and building resilience on Nov. 21

The next M-A Parent Education Series event features Lisa Medoff, Ph.D., Stanford University whose talk is entitled “Under Pressure: Helping Your Teen Find Balance, Reduce Stress, and Build Resilience.” In this presentation, Dr. Medoff will describe the cognitive and social-emotional developmental changes of adolescence and discuss ways that parents can communicate effectively with their teenagers during […]

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Topic is “college admission” at next M-A parent education lecture on October 9

On Wednesday, October 9, the Menl0-Atherton parent education series topic is “College Admission: From Application to Acceptance, Step by Step” with Robin Mamlet and Christine VanDeVelde, with an introduction by Alice Kleeman, M-A College Adviser. The talk runs from 7:00 to 8:30 pm at the M-A PAC. Robin Mamlet and Christine VanDeVelde are co-authors of College Admission: […]

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