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Speaker Series

Join us for conversations about parenting, equity and inclusion. We're excited to share research and a forum for conversation for our community. All are welcome!

Gifted Education, October 26, 2017

"Seeking the Optimal Learning Environment"
Join Nancy Hertzog, UW Professor and expert in Gifted Education for an interactive and fun Speaker Series Event.

Never before have parents had so many choices in learning environments for their children! But how do parents know they are making the right choice? This will be an interactive evening where the presenter will share research on curriculum and instructional strategies that challenge all students. Participants will have opportunities to share how their children learn best, and to ask questions such as the following:

  • How do I prepare my child for future learning environments?
  • How will I know when my child is adequately challenged?
  • How do I scaffold my child's learning?
  • How do I find the right educational fit for my child?

Come and prepare to engage in lively discussion!
Limited FREE childcare is available with advance sign up.

Gender Diversity, January 25, 2018

This 90-minute workshop will engage parents and families in a conversation about gender at Giddens School. Participants will learn more about youth gender identity formation and have an opportunity to ask questions and get information in an open and welcoming space. Megan Kennedy (LMHC, MA) has provided consultation and training regarding gender and sexual diversity to government agencies, human service agencies, public and private schools, colleges and universities, faith-based institutions and community- settings across the United States and Canada. She is the co-producer and director of a 35-minute documentary film that addresses youth gender and sexual diversity called, “PUT THIS ON THE MAP” featuring 26 youth from Seattle’s Eastside suburbs. Kennedy currently works full time at the University of Washington in a role designed to lead a comprehensive approach to suicide prevention on campus.
Limited childcare is available with sign up.

Technology and your child, March 21, 2018

Emily Cherkin will share her presentation, "TECHquilibrium: Helping Families and Schools Find Balance with Screens and Technology" with the Giddens School parent community. Her talk will focus on technological changes over time, current research about screens and brain development, and invite parents to look at how technology is used in their families. Emily is "tech-positive" and recognizes that technology is here to stay and has much good to offer. As with most things in life, it is about finding a balance, and Emily will offer parents resources and tools to support them as they seek this balance.

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