2015-2016 Parent Education Offerings
We are excited to bring this group of experts to Headwaters this year to share their knowledge with our community! These free parent workshops are open to all Headwaters parents, no matter your child’s campus location. Click the links below to read more details about each workshop, and mark your calendars now!
Early Childhood & Elementary Campus Workshops:
- Cultivating Grit at Home with Jessica Elliott (9/20/15)
- Montessori Math Progression with Virginia Luff & Susie Demarest (10/6/15)
- Technology Resources for Learning with Karen Blais (11/14/15)
- Montessori Cultural Lessons with Virginia Luff & Susie Demarest (3/23/16)
- Beyond Birds & Bees with Katie Malinski (4/7/16)
- Creating Healthy Relationships with Technology with Bethany Prescott (5/15/16)
Middle & High School Campus Workshops:
- Supporting Your Student’s Success at School: What is My Role? with Ryan Phillips, Ted Graf, & Paul Cronin (9/29/15)
- Teens and Technology with Natalie Bidnick (11/10/15)
- Harder Times: Fighting to Communicate with Your Adolescent with Carl Pickhardt, PhD (3/1/16)
- The Whole Brain Child with Katie Malinski(4/26/16)
Early Childhood & Elementary Campus Workshops
Cultivating Grit at Home with Jessica Elliott
Sunday, September 20, 2-4pm
Elementary Campus | RSVP here
Grit is commonly defined as courage, bravery, spirit, strength of character, fortitude, determination, and perseverance. According to current research, grit is more important than talent or intelligence in terms of success. Yet with our children, we are leaving out the important ingredients (or opportunities) that promote the growth of grit. This workshop will give you ideas on guiding experiences and opportunities for your child to cultivate grit at home.
Jessica Elliott has been an educator for 16+ years (a 5-year Headwatersan!), as well as wife, step-mama, and teacher trainer. She holds multiple teaching certifications, an M.S. in Education and a B.S. in Child Development and has presented workshops internationally. Jessica is the founder of The Inspired Guide, a program of sequential learning offered to parents, teachers, administrators, and learning communities who want to create the most sustainable and impactful learning experiences for their children and themselves.
Montessori Math Progression with Virginia Luff & Susie Demarest
Tuesday, October 6, 6:30 – 8:30pm
Come learn how math is integrated throughout our Montessori curriculum from YCC through Upper Elementary at our Math Progression workshop hosted on the Elementary Campus.
In addition to one guide from each level (Madicyn Villalobos from YCC, Elizabeth Vickers from Primary, and Christi Wilson from Elementary) presenting math lessons, Head of Early Childhood Susie Demarest and Head of Elementary Virginia Luff will be sharing many of our materials with you. You will get to see first-hand how Montessori materials help build a strong, concrete foundation for math.
Technology Resources for Learning with Karen Blais
Saturday, November 14, 9:30-11:30am
Join us for an interactive workshop exploring the many ways technology can give extra support to children in different academic areas. The workshop will be led by Headwaters School’s Learning Specialist, Karen Blais. Together we will practice using apps for the iPad that support areas like organization and planning, reading, writing, and much more. This workshop will be geared toward elementary school students’ needs, but middle school parents of struggling learners may find the information useful as well.
Karen has her B.A. in psychology and speech pathology, and her Masters Degree in Special Education. She has worked in Austin classrooms for more than 12 years as a special education teacher, elementary classroom teacher, inclusion specialist, gifted and talented specialist, and mentor teacher. She has trained with the Dyslexia Center of Austin and is now a Certified Academic Language Therapist in Training.
Montessori Cultural Lessons with Virginia Luff & Susie Demarest
Wednesday, March 23, 6:30-8pm
Head of Early Childhood Susie Demarest and Head of Elementary Virginia Luff will be providing an overview of the Montessori cultural lesson curriculum that spans Early Childhood through Upper Elementary.
More details to come!
Beyond Birds & Bees with Katie Malinski
Everything you need to know to teach healthy sexuality to your kids–for parents of children ages 0-10
Thursday, April 7, 6:30-8:30pm
When it comes to talking about sex, parents make the best teachers. But, where (and when!) do you start? Based on the very popular 3-hour parent workshop “Beyond Birds and Bees,” this 2-hour presentation will touch on:
- Age-appropriate ‘Sex Ed’
- Red Flag Behaviors: when to worry and what to do
- What’s an “askable parent,” and how to be one
- How to talk, when to talk, and what to say!
This is a fun, relaxed presentation filled with great information, and there will be plenty of time for YOUR questions.
Katie Malinski, LCSW, is an Austin-based parenting coach and family therapist. With more than 15 years’ experience, Katie helps parents see the key connections that help resolve family difficulties, strengthen the parent-child relationship, and get families back on balance and moving forward together. She also presents dynamic parenting workshops on a broad spectrum of topics, including managing difficult behavior in children, promoting self-esteem, parenting through divorce and communicating about sexuality. Katie’s calling–and passion–is improving family lives by offering understanding, a fresh perspective and hope. Learn more about her approach, practice, and workshops at KatieMalinski.com.
Creating Healthy Relationships with Technology with Bethany Prescott
Sunday, May 15, 2-4pm
Helping kids navigate technology usage is one of the trickiest parenting struggles these days. It’s tough to find an approach that respects a growing kid’s need for control, privacy, and independence while still allowing us as parents the authority to help them make healthy choices. Together we’ll explore ideas to help ease the conflict around technology at home in a way that feels respectful for our growing children.
Bethany Prescott, MA, LPC is a therapist, wife, and mother of three children (ages 23, 16, and 14), and was previously a Montessori toddler teacher for 8 years. She fuses all of these areas of experience into a private practice in which she supports parents and teachers to lovingly guide and deeply connect with the children they share their lives with. See more about her at www.bethanyprescott.com.
Middle & High School Campus Workshops
Supporting Your Student’s Success at School: What is Your Role? with Ryan Phillips, Ted Graf, & Paul Cronin
Tuesday, September 29, 6:30-8pm
Teens and Technology with Natalie Bidnick
Tuesday, November 10, 6:30-8pm
Learn more about helping your kids navigate the digital world and create healthy digital habits. According to the Pew Research Center, 92% of teens report going online daily–including 24% who say they go online “almost constantly.” In this always-connected world, it’s important to understand both the risks and rewards associated with being a digitally engaged teenager. In this workshop, digital strategist Natalie Bidnick will review trends in internet and mobile use for ages 12-18, including potential concerns for parents leading up to high school graduation. An in-depth question and answer session will follow the session.
For over a decade, Natalie Bidnick has worked with more than 100 brands on extending and enhancing their online presence. Her experience includes projects with national retail outlets, global nonprofits, tech startups, healthcare organizations, legal practices, multiple educational institutions and numerous industry leaders. She holds degrees from Southern Methodist University and St. Edward’s University in communication and creative writing.
Harder Times: Fighting to Communicate with Your Adolescent with Carl Pickhardt, PhD
Tuesday, March 1, 6:30-8:30pm
Join us for this parent workshop focused on how to stay meaningfully connected with your teenager as adolescence grows you apart, as it is meant to do. Dr. Carl Pickhardt will guide you on giving positive choice points, steering clear of emotional thinking, and using language that works.
Dr. Pickhardt is author of more than 20 books on adolescence and writer for the weekly Psychology Today blog “Surviving (your child’s) Adolescence” (which has 1.5 million reads a year). Read more about Dr. Pickhardt at www.carlpickhardt.com. We’re excited to welcome him back to Headwaters!
The Whole Brain Child with Katie Malinski
Tuesday, April 26, 6:30-8:30pm,
The Whole Brain Child is a stellar parenting book for parents of any aged child. In it, authors Dan Seigel and Tina Payne Bryson share both the science of the human brain as well as practical, easy to understand advice about how to apply that science to day-to-day parenting. Join us for a 1.5 hour presentation and discussion, where Katie Malinski, LCSW, an Austin-based therapist and parenting coach, will share highlights from this book and lead a discussion about ways to apply the concepts. From “Connect before you redirect” to “Name It to Tame It,” we will talk about the 12 “whole-brain” strategies for understanding and responding to difficult moments–and difficult behavior! Please bring questions or stories to share.
Katie Malinski, LCSW, is an Austin-based parenting coach and family therapist. With more than 15 years’ experience, Katie helps parents see the key connections that help resolve family difficulties, strengthen the parent-child relationship, and get families back on balance and moving forward together. She also presents dynamic parenting workshops on a broad spectrum of topics, including managing difficult behavior in children, promoting self-esteem, parenting through divorce and communicating about sexuality. Katie’s calling–and passion–is improving family lives by offering understanding, a fresh perspective and hope. Learn more about her approach, practice and workshops at KatieMalinski.com.