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.

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Upcoming / Recorded Events

  • How - And Why - to Talk to Kids About Climate Change
    • Thursday, May 11, 2023, 5:30 – 6:30 p.m. 
    • Anya Kamenetz, Author, Journalist, Senior Advisor, Aspen Institute
    • Free admission.
    • Simultaneous Spanish interpretation will be available.
    • Register

    Our children are experiencing the changing climate. They need a caring, reassuring dialogue with you -- their parents and caregivers -- to help them process the information and find their way to hope and positive action.

    Join Anya Kamenetz, author, journalist, and senior advisor at This is Planet Ed, Aspen Institute, to hear about strategies vetted by developmental experts. Attendees will receive a written resource to help you start the conversation with your kids. 

    This presentation is sponsored by the Sequoia High School Education Foundation (SHSEF)Sequoia Union High School DistrictSequoia Healthcare District, and The Parent Venture.

    Questions? Contact Charlene Margot, MA, Co-Founder and CEO, The Parent Venture (The Parent Education Series), at

    Plant-Based Nutrition: Building Healthy Habits for Family Eating

    What is plant-based nutrition? And can a plant-based diet help improve the health of your family? Join Kaiser Permanente pediatric physicians Dr. Kathryn Gopez, Redwood City Medical Center, and Dr. Elizabeth Nadiv, Daly City Medical Offices, to learn more about the health benefits of plant-based nutrition.

    This presentation is sponsored by Sequoia Healthcare DistrictSequoia Union High School District, and The Parent Venture.

    Questions? Contact Charlene Margot, MA, Co-Founder and CEO, The Parent Venture, at

    Understanding Immigration Grief: Connecting to Past, Present, and Future Generations
    • Tuesday, May 23, 2023, 5:30 – 6:30 p.m.
    • Michelle Remond, Immigration Grief Expert, RCSD Community Liaison
    • Simultaneous Spanish interpretation will be available.
    • Free webinar.  
    • Register:

    What is "immigration grief" and how does it impact generations of newcomers? Immigration expert Michelle Remond joins us for an important conversation on immigration grief and the mental health challenges related to working or living abroad.

    Questions? Contact Charlene Margot, MA, Co-Founder and CEO, The Parent Venture, at


    Event Recordings

    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.

    Watch the recording.

    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.

    CRM® Trainers:

    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.

    CRM Training: Part 1

    CRM Training: Part 2

    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.

    Watch the recording.

    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.

    Watch the recording.

    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. 

    Watch the recording.

    Topics included:

    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 

    Temas incluidos:

    Las cuatro Pilares para Reapertura de Escuelas

    Cuestionario de Salud y Toma de Temperatura


    Modelo educativo

    Otros temas de importancia

    Additional Recordings

    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.

    Watch the February 24, 2021 recording.

    Student Success in Distance Learning

    Watch the September 1, 2020 recording

    Presentation: English|Spanish

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Parent Support Groups

  • Children's Health Council Presents Parent Support Groups
    The 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