MVLA Series 2016-2017

Announcing the 2016-2017
MVLA Parent Education Speaker Series

The MVLA Parent Education Speaker Series Committee is happy to announce the speaker series for this school year. There are six outstanding presenters who are experts in their fields, as well as a film on the calendar. The date, time, and place for each event will be posted here. Please check back throughout the school year for more information on our events.

Upcoming Events

Please check this page often. More details will be posted for each event as it approaches.
For the list of previous 2016-2017 events, please go to our PAST EVENTS page.

April 27, 2017
@ Los Altos HS
Eagle Theater

Admission: FREE
Please reserve your seat today!


Peggy Orenstein

Girls & Sex: Navigating the Complicated New Landscape

Even in this age of helicopter parenting, the mothers and fathers of tomorrows women have little idea what their daughters are up to sexually or how they feel about sex. Peggy Orenstein exposes the new sexual landscape girls face as they journey through high school and college – revealing hidden truths, hard lessons, and important possibilities of girls sex lives in the modern world. Addressing the impact of culture, social media, sexting, porn, hook-up culture, sexual consent, and even the silence surrounding satisfaction and pleasure, Orenstein understands what needs to be said to both girls and boys and why parents must say it. Join us for a provocative discussion on girls (and boys) and sex.

Previous Events

April 4, 2017
@ Los Altos HS
Eagle Theater

William Deresiewicz

Excellent Sheep: Reframing College as a Time for Self-Discovery

William Deresiewicz will give his perspective on how college should be a time for self-discovery, when young people can establish their own values and measures of success in order to forge their own path. As a teacher at Yale, Bill saw something deeply troubling. His students were adrift when it came to the big questions: how to think critically and creatively, and how to find a sense of purpose. Based on his experiences, Bill believes that as schools shift focus from the liberal arts to narrowly “practical” subjects such as economics and computer science, students are losing the ability to think for themselves. He will share his judgment that elite institutions should be, but are not, providing insight on leading, thinking, and living.

Jan 31, 2017
5:30pm & 7:30pm
@ Mountain View HS
Spartan Theatre

Screenagers Film Showing

Growing Up in the Digital Age

Screenagers is a 68-minute film that probes into the vulnerable corners of family life, including the director’s, and depicts messy struggles over social media, video games, academics, and internet addiction. Through surprising insights from authors and brain scientists, solutions emerge as to how we can empower kids to best navigate the digital world. Adults who have seen the film comment that they felt more confident and better equipped to establish balance around screen time than they did prior to seeing Screenagers.

Feb 7, 2017
@ Mountain View HS
Spartan Theatre

Victoria Dunckley

Reset Your Child’s Brain: Reversing the Effects of Electronic Screen-Time

While parents have become painfully aware that technology can be difficult to manage, what is less known is that exposure to even moderate but regular amounts of screen time by children and teens can impact how the brain functions which in turn impacts mood, focus, sleep, stress levels, and behavior. Addressing these hidden screen-related side-effects can provide dramatic improvements in emotional regulation, academic performance, and social interactions. Parents will learn how to methodically “reset” their childs brain and take the guesswork out of “how much is too much?” resulting in a happier, calmer, and more engaged child.

VIDEO: Victoria L. Dunckley, MD, Expert Forum on Cell Phone and Wireless Risks
June 22, 2015


by Victoria Dunckley


Nov 9, 2016
@ Los Altos HS
Eagle Theater

Barbara Bradley Hagerty

Life Reimagined: Redrawing the Map for our Health, Relationships, and Future

As your children grow up and become increasingly independent, it may be time to renegotiate your purpose, refocus your relationships, and transform the way you think about the world and yourself. Drawing from emerging information in neurology, psychology, biology, genetics, and sociology, Ms. Hagerty plots a new course forward in our understanding of our health, our relationships, even our futures. She will provoke us into thinking about renewal and giving new meaning to our lives through fresh possibilities, intentions, and joys.

Oct 18, 2016
@ Los Altos HS
Eagle Theater

Susan Stiffelman

Parenting with Presence: Raising Confident and Caring Kids

Parenting expert Susan Stiffelman will talk about how the behaviors that push our buttons can help us build awareness, allowing us to raise our children with ease and enjoyment. With stories and practical advice, Susan will teach us how to become the parents we most want to be while raising confident, caring children and teens.

Sept 29, 2016
@ Mountain View HS
Spartan Theatre

Lloyd Thacker

Turning the Tide: Reshaping the College Admissions Process

Lloyd Thacker spoke about his decades-long efforts to bring the college admissions process back into the hands of students and parents, and out of the control of college rankings, commercial guide-books, and expensive private consultants. As a collaborator on Turning the Tide (a Harvard School of Education project), he presented a vision to promote ethical engagement among students, reduce excessive achievement pressure, and level the playing field for economically disadvantaged students.

Audience: Parents/guardians AND students, grades 8-12