Education goes beyond the classroom to include parents. All presentations will be held at Forest Ridge School of the Sacred Heart.
Presentation by Julie Metzger, RN, MN
Wednesday, September 26, 2018 | 8:30-10:00 a.m. | Ackerely Conference Rooms
Julie is co-founder of the company, Great Conversations, which offers classes and presentations on subjects dealing with puberty, sexuality and parenting to families, teens and professionals. She is the author of Will Puberty Last my Whole Life?
and This is Me–a Journal for Girls
. In this presentation, Julie will give Forest Ridge parents an opportunity to consider strategies to strengthen communication with their girls.
Healthy Habits in an Interconnected World
Presentation by Stefanie Thomas, Victim’s Advocate
Thursday, November 1, 2018 | 8:30-10:00 a.m. | Ackerely Conference Rooms
Stefanie will update parents on current trends in internet safety and provide strategies and guidelines for managing an adolescents’ digital lives.
Feedback and Its Implication for Girls
Facilitated by Molly Muller and Courtney Caldwell, Forest Ridge Educators
Wednesday, November 14, 2018 | 8:30-10:00 a.m. | Ackerely Conference Rooms
Molly, 8th grade social studies teacher, will share her findings from her graduate research project on how middle school students at Forest Ridge perceive and experience grades, feedback and academic pressure. Molly and Courtney, Director of Teaching and Learning 5-12, will offer suggestions on how Forest Ridge and parents can partner to reduce achievement pressure and increase student learning.
Just for Dads
Presentation by Julie Metzger, RN, MN
Thursday, November 29, 2018 | 8:30-10:00 a.m. | Ackerely Conference Rooms
Julie has spent over 25 years working with families and most significantly with preteen and teen girls. She will explain the social, emotional, physical and cognitive development of girls and how dads can create important communication bonds with their daughters.
Presentation by Mary Person, Anchor Mindful Teaching
Wednesday, December 12, 2018 | 8:30-10:00 a.m. | Ackerely Conference Rooms
Mary will lead parents through an introduction to mindfulness, including its history and the neuroscience research behind its benefits. She will also share simple practices to help adults live a more mindful life, and strategies to guide children through the attention and emotion regulation they face in their home, school and social lives.
Beyond Birds and Bees: Giving Our Girls Body Positivity and the Foundations of Gender Equality
Presentation by Bonnie J. Rough, Author
Wednesday, January 16, 2019 | 8:30-10:00 a.m. | Ackerely Conference Rooms
The #MeToo movement has parents and educators considering more deeply how best to raise young people with healthy, positive, shame-free and egalitarian attitudes about bodies, gender, sex and love. Bonnie will share what she learned as a parent and journalist when she took a close look at the world-famous Dutch approach to sex education.
Turning Self-Criticism into Self-Compassion
Presentation by Shay Huff, Women’s Empowerment Coach
Wednesday, January 30, 2019 | 8:30-10:00 a.m. | Ackerely Conference Rooms
Preoccupation with perfection is an all-consuming, fear-inducing, deflating, toxic and ultimately an unattainable merry-go-round relationship with self. It’s one that starts very early for girls. The ways in which a girl talks to herself (discouraged) versus how she talks to others (encourages) is like night and day. Shay will discuss how to empower and inspire girls to write themselves into the story of compassion and grace.
Resisting the College Complex
Facilitated by Nikki Danos and Laura Boismenue, College Counselors
Wednesday, February 13, 2019 | 8:30-10:00 a.m. | Ackerely Conference Rooms
Rachel Simmons names the College Application Industrial Complex in her book, Enough as She Is, citing the intense pressures and apprehension that girls experience in anticipating college. At its worst, adoption of the Complex fuels a pervasive sense of inadequacy and fruitless striving. Join Nikki and Laura to discuss how to resist the Complex, seeking ways to connect with genuine interests, harness the value of risk-taking and making mistakes and redefine the path to happiness and success.
Own Your Presence
Facilitated by Alison Seaton and Marianni Groves, Forest Ridge Educators
Thursday, March 7, 2019 | 8:30-10:00 a.m. | The Center for Girls
Join Alison and Marianni for a taste of The Center for Girls Presence Program. They will share ways in which we help your daughters learn to present themselves in an authentic and polished way. The morning will involve an overview of the program, a question and answer session and some hands-on presentation activities.
How to Help Girls in Crisis
Facilitated by Laura Boismenue, Director of Counseling and Associate Director of College Counseling
Wednesday, April 10, 2019 | 8:30-10:00 a.m. | Ackerely Conference Rooms
Laura will discuss how to identify warning signs and action steps to take in supporting adolescents who are struggling with depression, hopelessness or suicidal thoughts. This session is a part of our school-wide work with Forefront in the Schools, a school-based suicide prevention program based at the University of Washington.