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

  • Upcoming Virtual Events

    What Gives You Hope? How to Parent with Confidence and Optimism in Uncertain Times
    Join us for a special event sponsored by The Parent Venture, a nonprofit organization that provides inclusive, high-quality parent and community education. We welcome three national thought leaders in education: Dr. Madeline Levine, Dr. Donald E. Grant, Jr., and Dr. William Stixrud.
    Parents, guardians, educators, mental health professionals, and community members welcome!

    MYTHBUSTERS: The Truth About the California Public Higher Education System
    In this webinar, representatives of the University of CaliforniaCalifornia State University, and California Community College systems will counter some of the most common myths about each system and the systems’ relationships to one another.
    Parents/guardians, students, educators, mental health professionals, and community members welcome!

    Social-Emotional Learning Parent Nights
    Presented by the San Mateo Office of Education
    Strong social and emotional development can lead to better outcomes later in life. Learn how you can help your child learn valuable social and emotional skills at two virtual parent nights hosted by Sam Drazin, founder and CEO of Changing Perspectives. Sam will explain what social-emotional learning (SEL) is and how to incorporate it at home. As an educator and someone with a disability, Sam is uniquely qualified to share resources on building empathy, inclusion, and kindness.
    What is Social-Emotional Learning?
    Tuesday, November 9, 5:30 - 7 p.m.
    Have you heard of the term social-emotional learning (SEL)? In recent months SEL has become a buzz word among educators and parents. Join us for an informative parent workshop to learn more about what SEL is. During this virtual session Sam Drazin (Executive Director of Changing Perspectives) will unpack SEL into five core competencies.
    A Parent's Guide to SEL
    Wednesday, November 17, 5:30 - 7 p.m. 
    Looking for specific strategies on how you can support the social-emotional well being of your students at home? This parent workshop facilitated by Sam Drazin (Executive Director of Changing Perspectives) will share with parents a variety of strategies as well as a bank of valuable resources to access additional information in terms of how parents and caregivers can support SEL at home in intentional ways.

    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
    • Pruebas
    • 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

Parent Education Series Video Library

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foro virtual en español

  • Acceda a grabaciones de eventos de educación familiar grabados en español. 

    DACA: Infórmese Sobre este Programa para Jóvenes Inmigrantes Indocumentados 

    Mira la grabación del foro virtual en espanol del 25 de enero

    Alex Chávez Andrade, consejero académico de la escuela Capuchino, nos compartirá su experiencia y conocimiento sobre la Orden Ejecutiva y proceso de DACA.

    • ¿Qué es DACA? ¿Quién es elegible?                   
    • ¿Qué documentos puedo juntar?
    • Y dónde solicitar ayuda para su proceso.

    Servicios Esenciales para la Comunidad 

    Mira la grabación del foro virtual en espanol del 7 de diciembre
    Passcode: =0EmY^A*

    Julio Campos, representante de la Casa Samaritana, nos informará de los servicios básicos y de emergencia disponibles para estabilizar su situación de vida.  La coordinación de servicios puede incluir:

    • Vivienda 
    • Alimentos
    • Cuidado de salud y cuidado dental
    • Servicios Financieros 
    • Programas de niños 
    • Y otros más 

    COVID-19: Separando Creencias y Mitos de Realidad

    Mira la grabación del foro virtual en español del 19 de octubre. 
    Passcode: 8Ac@u#33

    Hay mucha información circulando sobre COVID-19 en nuestra comunidad y medios de comunicación.

    Escuchemos a un profesional de Stanford hablar sobre COVID-19 separando creencias de realidades y cómo mantener saludables a nuestra familia y comunidad.