Parent Education

Parent Education | Wellness | Paly 101

Click to View: Paly Parent Survey September 2020
The link above shares the key findings from our recent PTSA Parent Survey (August 12-23, 2020) about student mental, physical, and academic readiness for distance learning. It also outlines plans being developed by the PTSA’s Parent Education team in response to the survey results. These results have also been shared with the Paly Wellness and administration teams along with PTAC leadership to help inform their own efforts to support our students’ academic and social-emotional wellbeing.

Our Aim is to provide high-quality education for parents, students, educators, and community members. We discuss critical issues—academic challenges, mental health, substance use, social media, college admission, and more—that impact the health, safety, and well-being of children and teens.  Questions and suggestions, please email ParendEd.Paly @ gmail dot com.

Parent Education Contacts:

At Paly PTSA, VP Programs/Parent Education is Ling Wu.

At Paly PTSA, Co-VP Programs/Parent Education are Cathy Williams and Divya Singh.


Palo Alto Parent Education Series events are sponsored by the Palo Alto High School PTSA and the Gunn High School PTSA.

Check back for more events in 2021.

Past Events:
Exploring the Community College Transfer Programs

September 24, 2020, at 5:00 pm, organized by Parent Venture

Please use this link to register.

Universities, both public and private, eagerly admit community college transfer students because of their excellent preparation and performance.

Discover how community colleges can help students expand their transfer opportunities and options. Hear about guaranteed university admission and coursework acceptance, lower student/faculty ratios, and a wide array of services that support students as they make informed next step decisions on their educational journey.

Strengthening Communication with Your Child or Teen

September 25, 2020, at 12:00 pm, organized by Parent Venture

Please use this link for Zoom ID.

Would you like to connect with other parents during COVID-19? Struggling with kids and teens during distance learning?

Join us for an all-new “Parent Forum” with Eran Magen, PhD, founder of the Center for Supportive Relationships. You will have the opportunity to interact with other parents like yourself, as well as hear from communication expert Dr. Magen.

How to Write a Great College Essay

October 7, 2020, at 5:00 pm, organized by CollegeWise

Please use this link to register.

We’ll explain what admissions officers actually want (and don’t want) to read, reveal the five most overused essay topics on which far too many kids rely, and teach writing techniques that will help any student write more engaging and effective college essays.

Parent Education: College During COVID

Oct 8, 7pm, by Harlan Cohen & College Ave

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Get the latest facts, stats, and headlines along with practical tools and strategies to navigate everything college during COVID. Hosted by New York Times bestselling author Harlan Cohen. LIVE Q&A included.

Parent Education: Finding the Right School at the Right Price During COVID-19

Oct 16, 12pm, by the Parent Venture

Event Link

Lynn O’Shaughnessy is the founder of The College Solution, a resource for helping families become smart college shoppers, especially during COVID-19.

Parent Education: Navigating Emotionally-Intense Conversations with Your Child or Teens

Oct 22, 12pm, by the Parent Venture

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In this interactive webinar with Dr. Eran Magen, you’ll learn how to be more effective and comfortable offering emotional support when your child is experiencing strong emotions such as stress, frustration, anxiety, or anger.

Parent Education: Having Courageous Conversations About Race and Systemic Racism

Nov 4, 12pm, by the Parent Venture

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How can you have “courageous conversations” with your children and teens about race and systemic racism in America? Now, more than ever, understanding the experiences of those different than us is a critical life skill. Join Donald Grant, PhD, for a “Courageous Conversation” about Race and Systemic Racism in America today.

Parent Education: Fostering Creativity and Innovation in an Uncertain World

Nov 5, 5pm, by the Parent Venture

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How can we foster creativity and innovation in our kids, given today’s highly unpredictable, uncertain world? Our society’s “marketing of scarcity” has led to a dramatic increase in adolescent and child anxiety. And kids have lost time for creativity, play, and idleness…all of which are shown in research to increase creativity and innovation.  We’re making a generation of doers, rather than thinkers (or dreamers). Join the session and hear from Steve Smith, PhD, clinical psychologist, a Teaching Professor and Chair of the Department of Counseling, Clinical, and School Psychology at UC Santa Barbara.

Parent Education: The Self-Driven Child: Giving Your Kids More Control Over Their Lives

Nov 13, 12pm, by the Parent Venture

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In this engaging (virtual) presentation, Dr. Bill Stixrud, a clinical neuropsychologist, and Ned Johnson, a self-professed “tutoring geek” and founder of PrepMatters, offer research-based advice about how to help children and teens become more resilient, balanced, and motivated for learning during COVID-19. Dr. Bill Stixrud and Ned Johnson, co-authors of the New York Times bestseller, The Self-Driven Child: The Science and Sense of Giving Your Kids More Control Over Their Lives.

Parent Education: A Healthy Approach to College Admissions – Challenge Success

Nov 17, 7pm, by the Parent Venture

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Join us for “A Healthy Approach to College Admissions,” a (virtual) event presented by Challenge Success, Stanford Graduate School of Education. This research-based workshop addresses many of the important questions we hear from families. What do college rankings really measure? Are students who attend more selective colleges better off later in life? What is “fit” and why does it matter?

Parent Education: Quiet is a Superpower: How to Embrace Your Authentic Self

Dec 2, 7pm, by PTSA Parent Ed

Event recording

How do we help our kids shine as they are in a society where the loudest tend to get the most attention. Learn practical tips on how to thrive as an introvert as well as how to support and be empathic towards introverts.

Hear from international best seller and speaker Jill Chang of book Quiet is a Superpower about her journey on finding success in life and work as an introvert.

Parent Education: Mental Health 101: When Should Parents Worry?

Dec 7, 5pm, by the Parent Venture

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How can parents support the mental health of children and teens, especially during a pandemic? With rates of anxiety and depression on the rise, many parents wonder: Should I be worried?

Join us for a conversation with Dr. Shashank Joshi on mental health and suicide prevention, how parents and schools can promote youth mental wellness. Event hosted by Peninsula Health Care District.

Parent Forum: How to Give Advice Your Child Might Listen To

Dec 11, 12pm, by the Parent Venture

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How can you give advice that your child or teen (might) listen to? Join Dr. Eran Magen, founder of the Center for Supportive Relationships in this Parent Forum where you will have an opportunity to interact with other parents and parent-child communication expert Dr. Megan.

Parent Education | Wellness | Paly 101