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 Events

    The Still Point of the Turning World with Emily Rapp Black

    Bestselling author of The Still Point of the Turning World and Sanctuary: A Memoir (January 2021)

    • Friday, April 9, 12 – 1 p.m.
    • Register
    • Free admission
    • Habrá interpretación simultánea en español.  

    What does it mean to be a success? To be a good parent? To live a meaningful life? Like all mothers, Emily Rapp Black had ambitious plans for her first child, Ronan. But everything changed when nine-month-old Ronan was diagnosed with Tay-Sachs disease, a rare and fatal degenerative disorder. Rapp was forced to re-evaluate everything she thought she knew about parenting. She would have to learn to live with her child in the moment; to find happiness in the midst of sorrow; to parent without a future.

    Parents, educators, mental health professionals, and community members welcome! This presentation is sponsored by Sequoia Union High School DistrictSequoia Healthcare DistrictPeninsula Health Care District, and The Parent Venture.

    How to Have a Better Relationship with Your Child or Teen

    • Tuesday, April 13, 2021, 5:30 – 6:30 p.m.
    • Presenter: Eran Magen, PhD, Founder, Parenting for Humans
    • Register
    • Free admission
    • Habrá interpretación simultánea en español.  

    Trying to offer support when your child or teen seems upset or stressed can feel like tiptoeing through a minefield. In this interactive (virtual) workshop, you will learn how to be more effective offering emotional support when your child is experiencing strong emotions such as stress, frustration, anxiety, or anger. 

    Eran Magen, PhD, founder of Parenting for Humans, shares strategies that will help your child feel better and think more clearly, while improving your parent-child relationship.

    Parents, students, educators, mental health professionals, and community members welcome! Free admission. This  presentation is sponsored by Redwood City School District, Sequoia Healthcare District, and The Parent Venture.

    Cannabis and the Young Brain
    • Wednesday, April 14, 2021, 12 – 1 p.m.
    • Presenter: Tauheed Zaman, MD, Assistant Professor of Psychiatry, UCSF
    • Register
    • Free admission
    • Simultaneous Spanish interpretation will be provided.
    What impact does cannabis have on the young, developing brain? How does marijuana use affect brain chemistry, learning, and memory formation? Can marijuana be addictive? Don't miss this opportunity to learn about the current research on cannabis and adolescent brain development.
    This special presentation is sponsored by the San Mateo County Office of Education (SMCOE) Tobacco Use Education (TUPE) program, in partnership with The Parent Venture.

    Mental Health 101: When Should Parents Seek Help?
    • Wednesday, April 14, 5:30 – 6:30 p.m.
    • Presenter: Shashank Joshi, MD, Stanford; Karen Li, MD; Molly Henricks, LMFT; Jennifer Spiegler, Kognito
    • Register
    • Free admission
    • Simultaneous Spanish interpretation will be provided.
    Mental health concerns, including anxiety and depression, have increased since the start of COVID-19. When should parents seek help? Join a panel of medical and mental health experts including Shashank Joshi, MD, Stanford University, to learn the warning signs of mental health concerns, when to seek professional help, and how to find mental health resources in your community.
    This special presentation is sponsored by Sequoia Healthcare District, in partnership with The Parent Venture.

    Helping Your Children and Teens Discover Their Purpose in Life

    • Thursday, April 15, 2021, 5:30 – 6:30 p.m.
    • Presenter: Kendall Cotton Bronk, PhD, Claremont Graduate University
    • Register:
    • Free admission
    • Habrá interpretación simultánea en español.  

    Drawing on nearly two decades of scientific research, this live (virtual) event will explore: What is purpose? Why does it matter? And, how can we — as parents — help our children and teens discover their purpose in life?

    Kendall Cotton Bronk, PhD, is a professor of psychology in the Division of Behavioral & Social Sciences at Claremont Graduate University. She is the Principal Investigator at the Moral Development Lab, a research organization aimed at understanding how young people develop a sense of purpose.

    Parents, students, educators, clinicians, and community members welcome! This presentation is sponsored by Peninsula Health Care District, in partnership with The Parent Venture.

    Parent Café #5 (Spanish) Practical Tips for Effective Discipline

    (This webinar will take place in Spanish.)

    • Monday, April 19, 2021, 5:30pm – 6:30pm PDT, Online Event (Webinar)
    • Presenter: Edwin Fernandez, LCSW, One Life Counseling Center
    • Presenter: Lucero Govea, AMFT, Lead Wellness Counselor, Capuchino High School (SMUHSD)
    • Zoom Link  

    As the proverb goes, “Whoever spares the rod hates their children, but the one who loves their children is careful to discipline them”. Discipline is an art that many parents find difficult to practice. But you are not alone! In this talk you will hear practical advice to discipline your child effectively and with love.

    Parents and caregivers welcome! Free admission. The Parent Café is an initiative of Peninsula Health Care District, in partnership with The Parent Venture (The Parent Education Series).

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

    Family Talk: Vaping

    Please join us for “Family Talk: Vaping”: A facilitated workshop for you and your child about vaping nicotine. 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? Please attend WITH your child to discuss all of these topics and more! 

    Multiple dates and times available:

    • Thursday, April 29, 4 p.m.  or 7 p.m.
    • Tuesday, May 4, 4 p.m.  or 7 p.m.

    For SMFCSD middle school, SMUHSD high school families, and community members. Virtual, free of charge. Spanish translation available. Other languages available upon request. Register on Eventbrite by Mon, May 3rd:

    ANGST: Raising Awareness Around Anxiety

    • Tuesday, May 4, 6 - 8 p.m.
    • Register
    • This event is free.
    • Spanish film subtitles and simultaneous interpretation for the panel and Q&A will be provided.
    • ANGST is appropriate for viewers age 10 and older.

    The San Mateo County Office of Education (SMCOE) Tobacco Use Prevention Education (TUPE) and Safe and Supportive Schools programs present a FREE community screening of ANGST.

    ANGST is an IndieFlix Original documentary designed to raise awareness around anxiety. The film includes expert advice from mental health professionals, along with interviews from elementary and high school students who discuss how anxiety has impacted their lives.

    The event includes a screening of the 43-minute film, followed by a panel discussion and Q&A with local mental health/substance abuse prevention experts.

    Parents, students, educators, counselors, mental health professionals, and community members welcome! 

    This special event is sponsored by San Mateo County Office of Education (SMCOE)Peninsula Health Care District, and Sequoia Healthcare District, in partnership with The Parent Venture.

    Event Recordings

    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

  • Subscribe to the Parent Education Series YouTube Channel to access their library of parent education workshop recordings.


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.