Category Archives: Uncategorized

Parent Education Notes from March 2016

Notes from March 1 • Mindfulness in Parenting and Education  – Shauna Shapiro, Ph.D

Shauna Notes

Shauna Shapiro is a Professor at Santa Clara University, a clinical psychologist, and an internationally recognized expert in mindfulness. Dr. Shapiro is the recipient of the American Council of Learned Societies teaching award, acknowledging her outstanding contributions to education; and received the Contemplative Practice Fellowship from the Mind and Life Institute, co-founded by the Dalai Lama. Dr. Shapiro lectures and leads mindfulness training programs internationally and has been invited to present for the King of Thailand, the Danish Government, the Prime Minister of Iceland, and the World Council for Psychotherapy in Beijing, China. She has published over 150 articles and book chapters and is co-author of the critically acclaimed texts, The Art and Science of Mindfulness and, Mindful Discipline: A loving approach to raising an emotionally intelligent child.

Notes from March 23 • What Your Teen Wants to Tell You…But Can’t • Paly Student Fishbowl

What Teens Want to Tell You

Word cloud

Note: The size of the word is based on the number of responses using that word.

Information on a Federal Court Ruling to Release Personal Data of California Students


New information on a February federal court ruling originally asking California Department of Education to release all personal data — even including names and Social Security numbers — on general and special education students since Jan. 1, 2008: more than 10 million students, including your child’s information.

See California PTA website for information on the latest court ruling against releasing CDE CALPADS database:

Judge Kimberly Mueller noted that she has received “voluminous” numbers of objection forms and will continue to receive forms until April 1 and included in the official documentation. PDF Form:  form2016jan26-1

Parenting & Education:

How to Improve Performance & Innovation

Through the Science of Mindfulness and Social-Emotional Well Being

With Dr. Shauna Shapiro

Tuesday, March 1 • 7:00-9:00pm • Paly Haymarket Theater

Dr. Shauna Shapiro offers scientific research and meditative practices for parents and educators interested in cultivating greater health, success and well being in their children and themselves. Drawing on current research in psychology, medicine and cognitive neuroscience, we will investigate the effects of mindfulness meditation on enhancing cognitive capacities needed for academic success as well as enhancing social and emotional intelligence, needed for success in life. The intention is to de-construct the idea that we are sacrificing performance, innovation, or academic success for social-emotional intelligence and wellness. Mindfulness actually enhances both cognitive academic capacities and social and emotional well being. The focus of the workshop will be on deepening our own personal experience of mindfulness so we can bring it more fully into our lives, as well as our children’s lives.

Spanish and Mandarin translation will be available.

Dr. Shapiro will speak from 7-8:30pm, book signing from 8:30-9pm.

(Double click image to enlarge)

Shauna Event

Shauna Event PDF Flyer

RSVP at Eventbrite:

Parent Education Events This Week

What Parents Need to Know About Substance Use

Thursday, January 28 at 6:45pm
Paly Library

The evening will begin with a very short PTSA meeting, then parents will split into groups for the workshop to be presented in both English and Spanish.  Parents and students are welcome and childcare will be provided.

Alcohol and Drug Workshop Sign-up on Eventbrite.

Parent Engagement 2016 Flyer - Palo AltoParent Engagement 2016-Palo Alto-Spanish



Saturday, January 30 from 9am to 11am at Paly MAC Atrium

All parents and students welcome to this encore showing.

During this Dr. Denise Pope video presentation event, parents and students will meet the Paly Challenge Success team members, watch the video, followed by a Q&Q session.

For a clearer view, click on image.

Well-Balanced Student_01_30_16 Event (1)