The NWS Parent Association presents Parent Education Forums throughout the school year with themes relevant to raising middle school and high school students. These evening events will be held in the Commons from 6:30-9:00 PM. Light refreshments and beverages will be served from 6:30-7:00 PM, with the speaker promptly commencing at 7:00 PM.

Questions or Comments? Please contact the Parent Education Chairs, Alison Krupnick & Janet O’Leary.

Whenever possible, NWS will provide podcasts of our events.

Monday, April 24

The New Intimacy: How Technology and New Social Norms Influence Romantic and Sexual Relationships Among Teens, with Peggy Orenstein

Journalist Peggy Orenstein is the author of the New York Times best-selling book, Girls and Sex: Navigating the Complicated New Landscape, a clear-eyed picture of the ways in which porn and all its sexual myths have seeped into young people’s lives; why we need to redefine “virginity”; what we can learn from queer girls; the complicated terrain of hookup culture; and the unfortunate realities surrounding assault.

Back in Seattle for the paperback release of her book about girls, and to conduct research for a forthcoming book about boys, we’re thrilled to welcome Peggy back to NWS, where, she tells us, she first learned what “grinding” was.

Because this event is co-sponsored with University Prep, it will require a free ticket to attend. Please register here.

Monday, October 17

Fostering Emotional Well-Being with Dr. Jennifer Tininenko

Join us for our first parent education forum of the school year, which lays the groundwork for our yearlong community focus on emotional and social well-being by focusing on how families and school communities can reduce and respond to anxiety in healthy and constructive ways.

A specialist in treating anxiety disorders, Dr. Jennifer Tininenko works with a wide range of clients from early childhood through young adulthood using evidence-based frameworks such as cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) and dialectical behavioral therapy (DBT) to help them overcome their obstacles.

Here are the notes from Dr. Tininenko's presentation.

Monday, November 7

Tethered to Technology? A panel discussion and literature review with former and current Northwest technology experts

Technology is a complicated subject in all of our lives and there is a wide spectrum of opinions. Join us as we dive in and talk about technology and teens and how to make a plan to talk about these topics in our families.

Learn and discuss with the NWS school counselors (Megan and Erin) and the current and previous Education Technology Coordinators (Shie and Catherine). Come with your questions about technology use, limits, parenting and managing feelings. You'll also leave with an annotated bibliography of current research and insight into NWS students' thoughts and feelings about their own technology use.

Forum audio:

Wednesday, March 15

Bridging Divides - What Can I Do?

We are in the midst of divisive times, when many feel vulnerable, and conversations can be highly charged. We’d like to examine ways to foster open, reflective, and respectful dialogue among people with diverse identities and perspectives.

Please join us for a different type of parent education event. In addition to parents, this community conversation is open to students and faculty. With the support of Fleur Larsen, NWS alumna and professional facilitator and equity trainer, we’ll hold small group discussions. We’ll examine the challenges around speaking up when your opinion, experience, or perspective is different from the majority viewpoint and discuss times when we’ve felt uncomfortable around an issue or were challenged to think differently. Most importantly, we’ll talk about ways to empower everyone to speak their piece while feeling safe and respected.

We’re fortunate to be part of a community that values and models courtesy and common sense. By coming together to share our experiences, perspectives, and practicing skills to bridge divides, we can take the NWS ethos out into the world.

Thursday, April 13

Peer Mentor Fishbowl: What students wish their parents knew (and didn't know)

This is a return of one of our most popularly requested programs. Facilitated by Northwest counselors Megan Reibel and Erin North, using the “fishbowl” format, the NWS peer mentors (current juniors and seniors) answer your questions about the adolescent experience. Expect to hear their frank views about growing up and navigating parental involvement, peer pressure, college pressure, anxiety, friends, sex, drugs, technology, and homework. The best part of the evening? Seeing what terrific burgeoning adults the Northwest School produces and what great role models our students are for each other.

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