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 2017-18 Parent Education Events


“The Good Enough Parent: How to have an Imperfect Family and be Perfectly Satisfied”

Dr. Brad Sachs, Psychologist and author of The Good Enough Child

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the good enough child

October 19, 2017, 7:00 – 8:30 PM
College of Marin, James Dunn Auditorium
 Families often struggle trying to match expectations with reality as parents try to be “perfect parents” and kids struggle with high expectations from many sources. In this talk, noted psychologist and author, Dr. Brad Sachs will teach parents about sources and consequences of unrealistic expectations for children as they navigate school and social relationships. He will show how parents can build loving, supportive, and realistic relationships with their children and free their families from false notions of who their child should be as their child grows to their full potential.

Creating a Player-First Environment in Youth Sports

John O’Sullivan, founder of the Changing the Game Project, youth & collegiate coach, TEDx speaker, and author of Giving Youth Sports Back to our Kids and Is it Wise to Specialize? 


September 19, 2017,
Hall Middle School Gym, 7-8:30pm.

Why do 7 out of 10 kids quit youth sports by the time they’re 13? How can we foster an environment where sports are fun and kids chose what they want to get out of sports? Join John O’Sullivan, author of Giving Youth Sports Back to Our Kids and Is it Wise to Specialize?, as he talks about “changing the game” in youth sports. You’ll learn how to talk to your kids when they play a game or compete and how sports can provide lessons in success and failure that will help them be better people.

2016-17 Parent Education Events


Mindfulness: Learn How to Reduce Household Conflict & Stress

Bacich Parent Blair McElroy, LCSW & Chelsea True, Certified Mindfulness Instructor, led a discussion on Mindfulness as a practical approach to parenting




sibling B&WSiblingLAB with Polly Ely, LMFT

Straight talk & practical guidance to transform relationships between siblings.

Turn Rivalry into Reverie – Fighting into Delighting – Teasing into Pleasing




Did You Know That Bullying Can Adversely Affect the Learning of “Non-Involved” Students? Learn more about preventing & addressing bullying when ‘No Bully’ Founder & CEO Nicholas Carlisle, and KSD Administrators present the ‘No Bully’ Workshop for Parents & Guardians. Event details… *

Thursday, Nov. 3rd


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Featuring: Deb Blum – Life Coach,
Karen Hamilton – Psychotherapist,
Dr. Michael Grogan – Director of the Jeannette
Prandi Children’s Center & Psychologist

SCREENAGERS probes into the vulnerable corners of family life, including the director’s own, and depicts messy struggles over social media, video games, academics and internet addiction. Through surprising insights from authors and brain scientists, solutions emerge on how we can empower kids to best navigate the digital world.


*Staying Connected to Your Teenager, An Evening with Dr. Michael Riera

On October 4th, Dr. Michael Riera discussed his new book, “Staying Connected to Your Teen”, to a sold-out crowd at the College of Marin Theater.

“Raising a teenager may be the quintessential self-help tool there is in the world. Because raising a teenager forces you to look in the mirror at yourself about what’s important, what do I care about, how much do I live in the present.”

Dr. Michael Riera, one of the country’s foremost authorities on teens doesn’t want to tell people how to raise their kids. Rather, he wants to help them better understand what their teens are thinking.

2015-16 Parent Education Events
“Eating Disorders in Children and Adolescents” What We Know & What We Can Do presented by Sarah Lowenthal, M.D. Board Certified in Family Medicine, Dr. Lowenthal specializes in eating disorders and will discuss current research on warning signs and treatment options for this health issue.
HowtoRaiseAdultAuthor“How to Raise an Adult” with author Julie Lythcott-Haims
Julie Lythcott-Haims: “I wrote this book because too many adolescents and young adults seem to be on a path of someone else’s making, while being subjected to a lot of hovering and a lot of help to ensure that particular path is walked, all in furtherance of a very limited and narrow definition of ‘success’.” As a former Stanford university dean and parent of two teenagers, she offers strategies that allow children to find their passion and develop competence and confidence.
“Bacich Family Maker Night” 
This free event was led by Expert Makers, who got everyone thinking, tinkering, building and creating designs with SpinBots, Magna-Tiles and more. See flyer. List of Maker resources.
Developing Future Innovators – Young people who grow into adult innovators will make an impact as professionals, citizens, and community members. They will also have the ability to shape their personal lives in ways that lead to greater happiness and fulfillment. What traits and tools do innovators need to utilize? And what can parents do to help nurture them? Galileo Founder & CEO Glen Tripp hosted this informal workshop offering practical tips for developing your young innovator. See flyer here.

maskyoulivein“The Mask You Live In” with Q&A hosted by Filmmaker, Writer, and Producer Jennifer Siebel Newsom presented on November 18th 2015.   

“The Mask You Live In,” which follows boys and young men as they struggle to stay true to themselves while negotiating America’s narrow definition of masculinity. Pressured by the media, their peer group, and even the adults in their lives, the protagonists confront messages encouraging them to disconnect from their emotions, devalue authentic friendships, objectify and degrade women, and resolve conflicts through violence. These gender stereotypes interconnect with race, class, and circumstance, creating a maze of identity issues boys and young men must navigate to become “real” men. Experts in neuroscience, psychology, sociology, sports, education, and media also weigh in, offering empirical evidence of the ”boy crisis” and tactics to combat it.

Newsom also wrote, directed, and produced the 2011 Sundance documentary, “Miss Representation,” which explores how the media’s misrepresentations of women contribute to the underrepresentation of women in positions of power and influence.  In response to the film, Newsom launched The Representation Project, a call-to-action campaign and media organization established to shift people’s consciousness, inspire individual and community action and ultimately transform culture so everyone, regardless of gender, age or circumstance can fulfill their potential.  Newsom received her B.A. and M.B.A. from Stanford University.


Giftoffailure“The Gift of Failure” by Jessica Lahey presented on October 7th 2015. 
Click here to view a video recorded of the presentation. Jessica Lahey spoke about why parents must learn to refrain from stepping in anytime kids experience disappointments and frustrations so they can learn from life’s inevitable mistakes and setbacks and grow up to be successful, resilient, and self-reliant adults. Book Passage is our community partner and will sell The Gift of Failure. Click here to read a book review by the New York Times.Mention our school in the store or in the comments field for online orders. at www.bookpassage.com to give a percentage of sales back to our school library for collection development.
“When Kids Don’t Sleep: Solutions to this and other common impediments to sanity/school success” by Ellen Dodge, M.Ed., CCC-SLP, presented on Sept. 9 & Sept. 16. If you would like more information about Ellen Dodge’s presentation on the importance of sleep, how to get your school-age children (and your family) to develop good sleep routines, and learn what other routines can benefit your kids and family at home and at school, click here for a recap.
2014-15 Parent Education Events
“Understanding the Emotional Lives of Our Children,” by Dr. Lawrence Cohen presented on March 18, 2015
If you would like more information about Dr. Cohen’s Playful Parenting approach to address emotional struggles, family problems, and excessive anxiety, click here for a recap of his discussion.
Why Children Say No, by Todd Sarner, February 9, 2015
If you missed Todd Sarner’s lecture on February 9, please click http://kidscontent.co.uk/when-no-doesnt-really-mean-no/ for an outline of his discussion and a video.
Mindset: The New Psychology of Success, September 17th, 2014
If you missed the first Parent Education program of the year, Mindset: The New Psychology of Success, please click HERE for the slides presented.  The handouts from the program are below:
Can We Talk? presented by Charis Denison with current high school students
If you missed the Parent Education event on Nov. 12, 2014, please click here for an interview with the speaker, Charis Denison, and here  for a synopsis of the program and takeaways.


2013-2014 Parent Education Events

The Wisdom and Science of Successful Parenting

To view Todd’s webinar, click here

Todd Sarner

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Todd Sarner received his master’s degree in Counseling Psychology from the California Institute of Integral Studies in San Francisco. This morning workshop introduces the science of Attachment Theory as a parenting approach, dispels misperceptions about attachment, and introduces attachment-based guidelines that help parents better understand and properly address behavior issues. Participants are taught parenting practices that can have an immediate effect in their homes.


Avoiding Regret: Helping Teens Navigate Gender Roles and Obstacles to Self-Advocacy

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Charis Denison is an expert in Community Involvement, Human Development, and Ethics. Charis currently teaches Human Development in her 9th year at Marin Academy.



Developing Emotional Intelligence

Dr. Marc Brackett, PhD

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Marc Brackett is the Director of Yale’s Center for Emotional Intelligence. He co-created the RULER Approach to Social and Emotional Learning, an evidence-based program which has been implemented in hundreds of schools. RULER teaches educators, students, and families to Recognize, Understand, Label, Express and Regulate their emotions. This talk addressed why emotional intelligence is emerging as a key factor for success in the classroom and in life, and how kids & adults can learn to be emotionally intelligent.

  • To see a videotape of Marc’s presentation at Bacich, click HERE.
  • To hear audio only of the presentation, click HERE.
  • To see handouts about the RULER method, click HERE.
  • To see an image of Marc’s MOOD METER, click HERE.
  • To see more information about Socio-Emotional Learning and Marc Brackett, click HERE and HERE.


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