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Friday, September 30, 2016

Devorah Heitner on her book "Screenwise: Helping Kids Thrive (and Survive) in the Digital Age"

 The Glenbard Parent Series hosted Devorah Heitner in a presentation based on her book Screenwise: Helping Kids Thrive (and Survive) in the Digital Age on Sept. 28 at Glenbard West.

Glendale Heights Police Office Michele Cahill appreciated the suggestion that even if parents don't know how a device operates they can be more explicit about teaching kids what to do rather than what not to do. We as adults may not always have the technology "expertise" but we do have the knowledge base and life experience to offer ground rules, and support. 

When kids say "You don’t know what I’m going through” a good response is “You’re right, I haven’t lived through that, but I have lived through conflict and resolved it." When on the phone adults should consider explaining to their kids what they are dong. Its a chance to offer guidance-which in the teen years means listening more than speaking.

Glenbard East parent Don Westerholm appreciated that we need to mentor rather then monitor and also model good technology behaviors A true mentor  is interested in what their mentee(child) can do (with technology) and shows interest. Ask questions; ask the child to help you with your privacy settings; watch them engage in their favorite technology outlets (e.g., your child may be famous in their World of Warcraft circle or YouTube channel, and you might not even know it!)

Web site for Raising Digital Natives

Parent Notes from "Screenwise" with Devorah Heitner

Monday, September 26, 2016

Temple Grandin speaks on "Different... Not Less" at GPS September 21 event

What an honor to host Temple Grandin at the GPS on Sept 21 with  almost 2500 participants in attendance!

Dr Temple Grandin explained the need for different kinds of minds  and reminded us to  get away from labels and  focus on improving outcomes.

She shared common sense career advise for people on the spectrum- create a portfolio, and consider the trades she also reminded us of the need to stench our students to expose them to real world experiences.

Look for us to post the video soon on our YouTube Channel at Glenbard Parent Series Channel.

 Take Away 

"As a school psychologist, Dr. Grandins advice to "stretch" young people's minds and not get stuck on labels in order to promote students' self development resonated with my overall professioanl goals. I plan on having her advice present as a springboard to thinking outside the box when working with multi needs students and families. "

-- Mariana Proske, Ed.S., NCSP


Monday, September 19, 2016

Conquering the Challenges of College Costs with Frank Palmasani

The Glenbard Parent Series: (GPS) Navigating Healthy Families presented Conquering the Challenges of College Costs with Frank Palmasani on Saturday, Sept. 17. Glenbard West parent Kimberly Dikker shared the following take away:

"This was a valuable program filled with important information, great examples and access to free websites to guide you through the entire paying-for-college process.  As a senior parent I appreciated learning about the earlier deadline for this year's FAFSA."
Links to the handouts from the Financial Aid Seminar:

Event Details 

Saturday, September 17, 2016

Dr. Laura Koehler on Coping Strategies to Regulate Anxiety

Glenbard North school counselor Julie Shannon (left) attended the GPS program with Dr Laura Koehler (right) entitled Coping Strategies to Regulate Anxiety: An Introduction to Distress Tolerance on September 15

"This was a great workshop from a knowledgeable presenter who shared both useful and practical tips. Dr Koehler suggested in order to regulate your emotions, you should take the opposite action of your emotion. If you have fear, do what you're afraid of.  Or, if you're angry, do something nice for someone. If you're sad, get active. Validate the negative and move forward."

View the power point and video here:

Presentation Slides from this event Dr. Laura Koehler 9/15/16 pdf

Wednesday, August 31, 2016

Author Rebecca Skloot speaks at Glenbard Family Read

A packed Glenbard West auditorium of students, parents and staff from throughout the area had the pleasure of hearing insight and inspiration from Rebecca Skloot author of The  Immortal Life of Henrieta  Lacks last  week.  

Parent, librarian share GPS takeaways

Glenbard South Librarian
Diane Mankowski 

On Aug. 25, the Glenbard Parent Series hosted author Rebecca Skloot in a presentation based on her award-winning book and Glenbard Family Read “The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks.” Glenbard South Librarian Diane Mankowski shared the following takeaway: “Rebecca Skloot inspired students to be curious, ask questions of experts and when writing to "show" the story by sharing details without judgment. Always be aware of the "what!?", and then follow through to get the answer. For those of us who work with young people she reminded us that you never know how the things you say will impact others.”

Glenbard South parent Jennifer Bair 
and her daughter Sophie

Glenbard South parent Jennifer Bair said, “We loved hearing the background and updates on this amazing story and hearing about Skloot's relationship with the Lacks family. It was interesting to hear about how her awareness of their experience changed her for the better. The author's journey from a troubled start in high school to finding her path as a science writer was fascinating, inspiring and helpful.”


GPS is off to a great start for the 2016-17 school year. Circle your calendar now and join us.

Sunday, August 14, 2016

The conversation about sexual assault is not just for those of college age. This article urges parents and schools to start early and often. Lean more here.


NPR Social Tools
While most college students go through courses aimed at preventing campus sexual assault, advocates say it's too little, too late. Some are pushing for similar efforts as early as elementary school.

Wednesday, August 3, 2016

Mark your calendar for these great upcoming events

Starting off the year strong with seven speakers in August and September, including nationally renown Temple Grandin, Rebecca Skloot and Nicole Detling.