Piedmont Support Groups

Education Speaker Series - ESS


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Education Speaker Series - ESS

The Education Speaker Series (ESS) returns for the 2022-2023 school year with an exciting mix of programs related to raising healthy children and young adults and promoting collaboration between parents and educators.

Unless noted otherwise, all programs will begin at 7:00 pm and will take place at the Alan Harvey Theater at Piedmont High School.

 

Tuesday, November 15, 2022
Shakti Butler
UNCONSCIOUS BIAS THROUGH STRATEGIC QUESTIONING: A STRATEGY FOR BUILDING EQUITY INTERNALLY AND EXTERNALLY

Strategic questioning is a technique that awakens possibilities for enhanced communication.  This process is an exciting tool that generates personal and social change.  Asking a question that leads to a strategy for action is a powerful contribution to resolving challenges or opposing points of view. As a practice, strategic questioning builds the skill of asking the types of questions that release blocks to ideas while facilitating new ideas towards future change. People who engage strategic questioning find that not only may challenges be resolved, but also new visions for the future can emerge. Strategies for action are more likely to be developed. During this session we will briefly review unconscious bias and "try on" the use of strategic questioning to engender more thoughtful and heartfelt conversations. Often, what is revealed lends itself to more interesting alternatives and possibilities through transformative reflection and subsequent action.  

Shakti Butler, PhD, filmmaker and Founder & Creative Director of World Trust, is a dynamic educator in the field of racial equity. Dr. Butler engages her audience with participatory keynotes and seminars, often using clips from her films. She is frequently hired by organizations seeking a catalyst for change.

Thursday, February 9, 2023 - Lunchtime Zoom
Renee Jain
TRANSFORMING ANXIETY INTO COURAGE, CONFIDENCE AND RESILIENCE

Are your students struggling with pressure from school, friends, or the uncertainty of the world in general? Renee Jain wants to take you on a journey with her where you’ll find strategies, science, and more than a few mind-blowing facts to help you teach your students to transform stress into courage, worry into confidence, and anxiety into resilience! She will focus on how to transform anxious feelings, navigate through and grow from challenges, transform big feelings and emotions, kick procrastination to the curb and talk about how to create meaningful long term goals for your students. You will come away with a handful of “life” skills to use with your students to help them become more resilient.

Renee Jain is the founder and Chief Storyteller of GoZen! She has been recognized as a pioneer in marrying technology and child psychology in a unique approach that nurtures the hearts and minds of kids. Through her writing, product invention and development, masterclasses for parents, and children’s advocacy, she works to build the emotional intelligence of kids. Originally a tech entrepreneur who suffered with her own anxiety, Renee founded GoZen! to help a new generation of kids, parents and therapists. Renee earned her Master’s degree in Positive Psychology — the scientific study of optimal human functioning — from the University of Pennsylvania and is the NYT bestselling co-author of Superpowered: Transform Anxiety into Courage, Confidence, and Resilience.

Tuesday, March 28, 2023
Rebecca Trobe
 
PHILANTHROPY, VOLUNTEERISM AND FAMILY

As a community with strong financial resources, it is often expected of us not only to care and provide for our families, but also our friends, neighbors, townspeople, fellow citizens, and the wider world. Those with means have the opportunity to impact the lives of others and share their resources. An important question for us to consider together: Why is it that decision-making around money, privilege, power, philanthropy and our values are not discussed regularly at the dinner table or other favorite contexts for important family discussions?  How can we have meaningful conversations with our kids about what we have, what's important to us, and how that translates into our giving?  Rebecca will go beyond the cursory look at charitable giving and delve into the heart of the matter around money, meaning and family, including mission, thesis and core values. Her training as a psychologist will help foster insight and the translation of insight into action.

Rebecca Trobe, Psy.D. has been a consultant, advisor and executive coach to c-suite, startup, family enterprise, and family foundation/family office leaders for 20+ years. Her coaching is tailored to each organization and leader’s unique circumstance and context and is designed to help clients meet and exceed their leadership and organizational goals. Rebecca’s work often focuses on vision, strategy formulation and implementation, performance improvement, communication, teamwork, and the development and management of others. At the heart of the matter is often an ongoing discussion and inquiry around money, power, leadership, mission and core values. Her training as a psychologist helps accelerate deep insight and the translation of insight into action.

NEW!!

Tuesday, April 25, VIA ZOOM 5:00 - 6:30PM
Katherine Reynolds Lewis 
MOTIVATING CHILDREN TO THRIVE AND SUCCEED: INSIDE THE YOUTH SELF-REGULATION CRISIS

Join author Katherine Reynolds Lewis for a talk on parenting strategies that help children thrive and succeed, based on her book, The Good News About Bad Behavior. Katherine will share her book’s findings about the rising rates of youth behavioral and mood disorders—such as ADHD, anxiety and depression— and explain how successful discipline practices teach children the art of self-control. She spent five years investigating a crisis of self-regulation in modern children: observing families at the dinner table, meeting educators who are transforming the school experience for dysregulated children and studying the latest scientific research. She will share encouraging ideas for easing the biggest pain points parents experience, without resorting to punishments or rewards. By strengthening their connection, communication and capability, we can raise children who are self-disciplined, confident, mentally healthy and better equipped to handle the challenges they'll face in life.

Katherine Reynolds Lewis is an award-winning journalist, speaker and author of The Good News About Bad Behavior: Why Kids Are Less Disciplined Than Ever – And What to Do About It. Her work has appeared in the Atlantic, Fortune, Mother Jones, New York Times, Parents, Slate, USA Today, Washington Post and Working Mother. She’s been an O'Brien Public Service Journalism Fellow, MIT Knight Science Journalism Fellow, and EWA Education Reporting Fellow. Residencies include the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts and Ragdale. A Harvard physics graduate, Katherine previously worked as a national correspondent for Newhouse and Bloomberg News, covering everything from financial and media policy to the White House. A biracial (White and Asian American) woman, she lives in the Washington D.C. area with her husband Brian and their three children.