family education events
The San Mateo Union High School District and all of its schools host numerous family education events throughout the year. From college planning to teenage mental health, from how to help your teen navigate their four years of high school to how to address substance abuse, we have family education events on important relevant teen topics. And very importantly, they are often free to very low cost.
We hope you join us for as many of these family events as possible.
Upcoming / Recorded Events
Behind Their Screens: What Teens Are Facing (and Adults Are Missing)
- December 2, 12 – 1:00 p.m.
- Speakers: Emily Weinstein, PhD, and Carrie James, PhD
- Spanish interpretation will be available.
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In their new book, Behind Their Screens, authors and Harvard researchers Emily Weinstein, PhD, and Carrie James, PhD, explore the complexities that teens face in their digital lives, and suggest that many adult efforts to help—“Get of your phone!”—fall short.
This event is sponsored by generous donors from the Mills-Peninsula Hospital Foundation and the San Mateo County Office of Education, in partnership with The Parent Venture.
Relationship Resilience: Preparing Young People for Healthy Relationships
- Wednesday, December 7, 2022, 5:30 – 6:30 p.m.
- Vanessa Kellam, Family Engagement Director, Health Connected
- Register: https://
- Free admission
- Simultaneous Spanish interpretation will be available.
Join Vanessa Kellam, Family Engagement Manager, Health Connected, the Bay Area's leading sexual health education organization, to discuss how to equip teens with protective behaviors, emotional resilience, and communication skills to safely navigate romantic relationships.Chatter: The Voice in Our Head, Why It Matters, and How to Harness It
- Thursday, December 8, 2022, 5:30 – 6:30 p.m.
- Ethan Kross, PhD, Bestselling Author, Professor of Psychology, University of Michigan
- Register: https://
- Free admission
- Simultaneous Spanish interpretation will be available
How can we help our kids tame their inner voice? In his bestselling book, Chatter: The Voice in Our Head, Why It Matters, and How to Harness it, bestselling author and acclaimed psychologist Ethan Kross, PhD, shows how to harness our inner voice to improve our physical and mental health.
What Do you Say? Talking with Kids to Build Stress Tolerance and Motivation
If you're a parent, you've likely had conversations when you thought, "How did that go so badly?" The good news is that effective communication can be cultivated, learned, and taught. William Stixrud, PhD, and Ned Johnson have 60 years combined experience talking to kids one-on-one, and the most common question they get when speaking to parents and educators is: What do you say?
In their new book, What Do You Say?, Stixrud and Johnson show how to engage in respectful and effective dialogue, beginning with the basic principles of listening and speaking. They share new ways to handle thorny topics like boundaries around technology, anxiety, sleep and the brain, motivation, and family problem-solving.
William Stixrud, PhD, is a clinical neuropsychologist and a faculty member at Children’s National Medical Center and George Washington University Medical School. He is on the board of the David Lynch Foundation.
Community Resiliency Model Training
The Community Resiliency Model (CRM)® is a mental health training for parents, caregivers, and community members to support families and their wider social network. The primary focus of this skills-based program is to re-set the natural balance of the nervous system in order to bring the body, mind, and spirit back into greater balance.
Mary McGrath, Executive Director of Safe and Supportive Schools, SMCOE
Molly Henricks, Coordinator of School Safety and Risk Prevention, SMCOE
Shana Karashima, Coordinator of Multi-Tiered Systems of Support, SUHSD
This two-part workshop (Part 1 and Part 2) focuses on the six CRM wellness skills, as well as the neuroscience behind the model. CRM is sponsored by the San Mateo County Office of Education and Sequoia Union High School District, in partnership with The Parent Venture.
How to They/Them: A Guide to Nonbinary Pronouns
What does nonbinary really mean? What is gender nonconforming? And isn't they a plural pronoun? Stuart Getty, a real-life, they-using genderqueer writer, unpacks all your burning questions in a fun, visual way.
The Neuroscience of Addiction with Dr. Anna Lembke, Stanford University
Anna Lembke, MD, professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at Stanford School of Medicine, appeared in the Netflix documentary, The Social Dilemma. This webinar takes a hard look at the impact of social media, video games, and technology on our brains.
Family Talk: Vaping Webinar
A live panel of presenters from SMFCSD and SMUHSD will be hosting the discussion. All of the presenters work in the field of Tobacco Use Prevention Education (TUPE) and work with youth directly.
What are vapes and what do they contain?
What are the health risks?
Why do teens use them?
How can you help a young person who is using nicotine?
Mira la grabación Foro Virtual De Familias Latinas: Regreso a la escuela
Las cuatro Pilares para Reapertura de Escuelas
Cuestionario de Salud y Toma de Temperatura
Otros temas de importancia
The Parent Venture Webinar Recordings can be found in their video library. Recordings from other presenters can be found below.
Parenting Adolescents in the Time of Covid
A discussion on navigating relationships with teenagers in current times.
Presenter: Katherine K. Peterson, Ph.D., Licensed Educational Psychologist
Rooted in compassion for parents during these bizarre and challenging times, Licensed Educational Psychologist Dr. Katherine Peterson will review practical tips for engaging and connecting with your teenager, offering resources for families to connect with one another and share their collective wisdom.
Student Success in Distance Learning
Parent Support Groups
Children's Health Council Presents Parent Support GroupsThe Children's Health Council provides life changing services for learning differences and mental health for children, teens and young adults.Learn more about their Parent Support Groups, which include:
- Learning Differences Parent Support Group
- Anxiety Parent Support Group
- ADHD Parent Support Group