MVLA Series 2017-2018

Announcing the 2017-2018 MVLA Parent Education Speaker Series

The MVLA Parent Education Speaker Series is excited to announce our speaker line-up for the 2017-2018 school year. Seven nationally and internationally recognized experts will join us to discuss a wide range of topics including demystifying today’s college application process; nurturing deeper, more connected relationships with our kids; fostering greater understanding and compassion for individual differences in our racially and culturally diverse community; exploring adolescent brain development; raising digital natives; understanding challenges impacting boys today; and preparing our kids for the transition into adulthood.

Upcoming Events

Please check this page often. More details will be posted for each event as it approaches. For a list of previous 2017-2018 events, please go to our PAST EVENTS page.

April 24, 2018
7:00pm
@ Mountain View HS
Spartan Theatre

Laura Kastner, Ph.D.
Getting College Ready: 7 Essentials for Raising Children Who Succeed
Join us as Laura Kastner discusses the launching years the often tumultuous transition from the senior year of high school through the early years of college – and offers strategies to help us as parents successfully navigate the changing relationship with our children as they grow into adulthood.

Previous Events

Listing of past events for this year.

March 6, 2018
7:00pm
@ Los Altos HS
Eagle Theater

Leonard Sax, M.D., Ph.D.
Helping Our Boys in School and Life
Join us as Dr. Leonard Sax examines the social, environmental, and cultural factors impacting boys and young men today and provides sensible strategies for helping boys avoid pitfalls in their academic and social lives.

From kindergarten to college, American boys are less resilient and engaged than they were two decades ago and the gender gap in academic achievement continues to widen. Drawing upon 26 years of clinical experience and scientific research, Dr. Sax will explore how social, cultural, and biological factors have created an environment that impedes the healthy development of many boys today. Dr. Sax will share concrete strategies to help us as parents connect more deeply with our sons and guide our boys to stay engaged – and grow into productive, self-reliant, authentic young men.

January 24, 2018
7:00pm
@ Los Altos HS
Eagle Theater

Devorah Heitner, Ph.D.
Raising Digital Natives
Join us as Devorah Heitner shares realistic, “tech-positive” parenting strategies that will help us become an effective role-models and mentors to our kids as they navigate friendship, identity, and other social issues that arise in the digital spaces of their lives.

Audience: K-12 parents, educators, and other caretakers
Admission: Free

January 11, 2018
7:00pm
@ Los Altos HS
Eagle Theater

Dan Siegel, M.D.
Cultivating Resilience from the Inside Out: Developing a Yes Brain in Children and Adolescents
In this presentation Dr. Siegel will explore the nature of the changes in the developing brain and how they set the stage for childhood and adolescent mental, physical, and interpersonal well-being. A Yes-Brain refers to how we can support the receptive brain activation within our families and schools, as opposed to the No-Brain state of reactivity with its fight, flight, freeze, and faint responses to threat. Childhood and adolescence are essential parts of our development and our evolution and how we approach these states with the positive, growth-mindset of a Yes-Brain can cultivate resilience and well-being in youth.

Dr. Siegel illuminates how this “inside out approach” to the first and second dozen years of life gives us an exciting new perspective on the essence of development, including changes in the integrative functioning of the brain. These features of the developing brain set the stage for changes that not only shape our life as adults, but can be seen as essential to how we thrive as a human community.

Audience: K-12 parents, educators, and other caretakers
Admission: Free

November 14, 2017
7:00pm-9:00pm
@ Mountain View HS
Spartan Theatre

Julie Lythcott-Haims
Real American: A Memoir

Julie Lythcott-Haims, author of Real American: A Memoir, joins us to talk about what it means to be a real American, her experiences with racism and micro-aggressions, and what we can do to foster greater understanding and compassion for individual differences in our racially and culturally diverse community.

The only child of a marriage between an African-American father and a white British mother, Lythcott-Haims shares her personal battle with low self-esteem that American racism routinely inflicts on people of color and shows indelibly how micro-aggressions, in addition to blunt force insults, can puncture a persons inner life with a thousand sharp cuts. Her story also expresses her journey toward self-acceptance and the healing power of community in overcoming the hurtful isolation of being incessantly considered “the other.”

Audience: Parents, caretakers, and educators
Admission: Free

October 12, 2017
7:00pm
@ Mountain View HS
Spartan Theatre

Dr. Gabor Mate
Why Parents Matter More Than Peers: Restoring a Healthy Balance in Adult-Child Relationships

More than ever before, children and teens today turn to peers rather than parents and other caring adults for emotional support, values, role models, codes of conduct, and defining their own identity. This overly skewed peer orientation disrupts healthy development, undermines family cohesion, and fosters an aggressive and prematurely sexualized youth culture.

Dr. Gabor Mat will discuss these parenting challenges and provide practical advice on how to nurture and restore stronger, more connected adult-child relationships. Topics covered will include: how peer orientation competes with important adult-child attachments, and how to recognize its signs; how peer orientation can lead to boredom, aggression, bullying, precocious sexuality, drug use, and developmental problems; and how to restore the healthy adult orientation of our children, including methods of discipline that do not alienate them but bring them closer.

Audience: K-12 parents, teachers, and other caretakers
Admission: Free

September 28, 2017
7:00pm
@ Mountain View HS
Spartan Theatre

Sally Springer, Ph. D.
Admission Matters: What Students and Parents Need to Know About Getting into College

College admissions expert and UC Davis Associate Chancellor Emerita, Sally Springer, will talk about Admission Matters: What You REALLY Need to Know About Getting Into College.

Sally is well known for her presentations that help students and families better understand and navigate a process that all too often has become a dreaded ordeal, rather than a journey to be undertaken with excitement. Families will get important insights into the admissions process, whether the student is a senior or one or several years away from applying.

Sally co-authored Admission Matters: What Students and Parents Need to Know About Getting Into College, the 4th edition of which was released in May 2017.

Audience: High School students and parents/guardians
Admission: Free