Friday, October 10, 2014

Positively, Disruptively Happy! 
a blog by Jane S. Anderson, a former Glenbard Parent

In our culture, we believe that hard work and sacrifice lead to happiness. But according to the latest science from Positive Psychology, we may have that backwards. In her blog Positively, Disruptively Happy! Jane S Anderson, former Glenbard West parent, explores the research. She provides proven tools and principles useful for everyone who influences how people think, act, and live – leaders, managers, parents, school teachers, social workers, students, coaches, health professionals – and shows how these tools offer pathways to flourishing in key life domains like work, relationships, and well-being

To read her latest blog post 24 Invigorating Paths To Well-Being, go to

Thursday, October 9, 2014

Next GPS event, Amanda Ripley - an Editor's Choice

Check out the PEC Calendar for programming of interest to parent throughout Chicago. 

"The Parent Education Consortium of the North Shore (PEC) is a centralized source of information on parent resources and programs that promote stronger schools, family and community life in the Chicago area. PEC is comprised of representatives from the community and parent/teacher organizations who offer programming on parenting topics through joint planning and shared resources. The Calendar of educational programs for parents and educators is compiled from submissions provided by the sponsoring organizations."

The PEC website,, is a relational database -- you can search by date, speaker, topic, venue, etc.

PEC'S Editor's Choice:

"Those of you who eagerly read Amanda Ripley's bestseller The Smartest Kids in the World now have a chance to hear her at Glenbard East High School  in Lombard on Oct. 14 at 7pm. "
(Our next GPS event)

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

The Rise of the Two Dimensional Parent

The following article by Dr. Ron Taffel, a past GPS speaker and author of "Breaking Through to Teens" was based on information supplied by the Glenbard Students for Students Club. Learn about  the needs of 21st century teens, the importance of secure parental attachment, and how to best achieve it.  From Dr. Taffel: 

"While the article is about children and teens, it begins with a brief status summary of kids' mental health, about which there is reason for concern.  I then identify 21st century pressures adults face as we try to effectively raise, teach and work with children from the earliest years on.  The goal is to challenge ourselves as professionals and parents to become more courageous, authoritative and loving with our kids.  As I describe in the article there are many ways this "three-dimensional presence," as I call it, is undermined in our culture.  Seeing how this happens, as well as learning some solutions, will hopefully lead to greater dialogue about what is increasingly needed by 21st century children of all ages."


Are Therapists Seeing a New Kind of Attachment?

By Ron Taffel

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

Welcome Back Meeting October 7, 2014 7:00pm 
Elliott Library, Glenbard West High School

Although this event is sponsored by West Nation (formerly Gen Ellyn Youth Center Board).  All District 87 community members are welcome!

West Nation is a Glenbard West school community collaboration of staff, students and parents. West Nation empowers student involvement and connections to promote healthy decision making in our students to set a positive course through high school and beyond. Parents are offered education and opportunities for involvement to support student activities and events during the school year. West Nation is proud to partner in that mission with CARES (the high school equivalent of PTO/PTA, which organizes events for students, parents and staff, such as the Post Prom Party, Staff Appreciation Dinner, and Valentines for Vets etc.), Glenbard Parent Series (GPS), which brings incredible education to parents and faculty via speakers and invited guests, and Boosters (which raises funds for academic, athletic and co-curricular activities at West).  We like to think of West Nation, CAREs & Boosters as being integral parts of the foundation that helps to keep our fine castle together by promoting the West Way.

Please join Mr. Peter Monaghan, Principal, Glenbard West, and Dr. David Larson, Superintendent of Glenbard District 87, as we kick off a new year of parent-school-student collaboration. Sign-ups for committee opportunities will be available to parents.

We are excited to welcome Andy Duran, Executive Director of LEAD as our guest speaker.

Andy Duran has served as the Executive Director of both LEAD* and the SpeakUP! Prevention Coalition since May 2012.  Andy is passionate about youth. Equipped with years of experience working with youth and a new approach to drug prevention, Andy hopes to successfully position LEAD to make a positive impact on the behavior of youth in the community.  Andy hopes that, under his direction, LEAD will develop into a model that other organizations across the country can follow. Please feel free to peruse their website at
* LEAD™ is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization dedicated to parents and other adults and their role in the promotion of healthy family relationships and the prevention of alcohol, drug use, and other risky behavior by youth.  LEAD has served the Lake Forest, Lake Bluff and Knollwood, IL communities (population 30,000) for over 25 years.

LEAD also manages and operates the Speak UP! Prevention Coalition.  Speak UP! is a grassroots community anti-drug coalition formed in 2006 to significantly reduce the levels of alcohol and drug use by youth in Lake Forest, Lake Bluff, and Knollwood.  The coalition is funded in part by a federal Drug Free Communities grant and has volunteer members from all sectors of the community.  Speak UP! is specifically focused on reducing alcohol, marijuana, and prescription/over-the-counter drug use by youth and has established logic models and detailed strategic action plans to do so.

Monday, October 6, 2014

3 Great Upcoming Events this month over a two day period. Mark your calendars!

3 Great Upcoming Events this month over a two day period.  Mark your calendars!


14       TUESDAY   
8 AM – 1:30 PM - GPS SPEAKER: 
Dr. Adam Cox – Building the 8 Pillars of Capable Young Minds, Glenbard South, Auditorium

7:00 PM – GPS SPEAKER: Amanda Ripley – The Smartest  Kids in the World, Glenbard
East, Auditorium

Dr. Adam Cox – The Keys to Motivation and Capability: An Organized Approach to School Success, Glenbard North, Auditorium


Amanda Ripley: “The Smartest Kids in the World: What we Can Learn from theGlobal Superpowers in Education”

Tuesday, Oct 14 at 7:00 p.m.
Glenbard East Auditorium


Dr. Adam Cox: “Developing the Eight Essential Brain Skills Every Child Needs:
An Organized Approach to School Success”
Wednesday, Oct 15 at 7:00 p.m.
Glenbard North Auditorium

CASE Extended Workshop - Dr. Adam Cox: “Building the 8 Pillars of Capable Young Minds”
Tuesday, Oct 14 from 8 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
Glenbard South Auditorium
*Requires registration at  Free for parents from Glenbard
and its feeder elementary districts.

Ten Things ...College Admissions Won't Tell You.
By Daniel Goldstein

Please take a look at this article from the Wall Street Journal/Sunday as printed in the Oct. 5 Daily Herald newspaper. Its contains lots of really good insights about the college admissions process.