LIKE: A documentary about the impact of social media in our lives
April 30, 2019 – 6pm and 7:30pm – Los Altos High School
LIKE explores the impact of social media on our lives. Technology is a tool. Its here to stay and social platforms are a place to connect, share and care, but whats really happening? Are we addicted? How do we stop? Where do we start? What do we need to know? By understanding the effects of technology and social media on the brain, on our lives and on our civilization, we can learn how to navigate it more safely together.
There is Life After College: Navigating School to Prepare for the Jobs of Tomorrow
April 9, 2019 7:00pm – Mountain View High School – Spartan Theater
Join us as Jeff Selingo, higher education journalist and author, discusses how to support our college-bound students and help them optimize their college experience, prepare for navigating careers of the 21st century, and transition to post-college life.
Kristin Neff, Ph.D.
Self-Compassion: A Proven Way to Accept Yourself, Build Inner Strength, and Thrive
March 7, 2019 7:00pm – Los Altos High School – Eagle Theater
Join us as Kristin Neff, Associate Professor of Educational Psychology at University of Texas – Austin, explores the surprising power of self-compassion in our lives as parents and in the lives of our families – and offers actionable ways to engage our self-compassion throughout the joys, struggles, and uncertainty of everyday parenting.
Katie Hurley, L.C.S.W.
Raising Resilient Kids in a Stressful World
February 13, 2019 7:00 pm – Mountain View High School – Spartan Theater
Join us as Katie Hurley, child and adolescent psychotherapist, discusses how children respond to parenting in a different ways and shares how to adapt parenting strategies to meet the unique social-emotional needs of our individual children.
Sonja Lyubomirsky, Ph.D.
The Myths of Happiness: The Science and Practice of Increasing Well-being
January 29, 2019 7:00pm – Mountain View High School – Spartan Theater
Join us as Sonja Lyubomirsky, Professor and Vice Chair of the Department of Psychology at UC – Riverside, shares ways to foster increased well-being in our own lives and the lives of our children.
Angst: Raising Awareness Around Anxiety
January 15, 2019 at 6:30 PM – Los Altos High School – Eagle Theater
Join us for a community screening of the film Angst: Raising Awareness Around Anxiety, in collaboration with MVLA High School District, Los Altos School District (LASD), Mountain View Whisman School District (MVWSD), and Community Health Awareness Council (CHAC).
Dr. Rafael Pelayo
Sleep: Crucial Key to Wellness and Success
October 23, 2018 7:00pm – Los Altos High School – Eagle Theater
Join us as Dr. Rafael Pelayo, Clinical Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at Stanford Center for Sleep Sciences and Medicine, explores the crucial role sleep plays in healthy childhood wellness and success and shares the latest on the science of sleep.
Finding the Right Fit College at the Right Price
September 11, 2018 7:00pm – Mountain View High School – Spartan Theater
Join us as Lynn O’Shaughnessy, nationally recognized college expert and author, navigates today’s college search process, focusing on finding the right fit. She shares practical, real-world advice helping both students and parents become smart college shoppers.
April 27, 2017
Girls & Sex: Navigating the Complicated New Landscape
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.
April 4, 2017
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. He will share his judgment that elite institutions should be, but are not, providing insight on leading, thinking, and living.
Victoria Dunckley, M.D.
February 7, 2017
Reset Your Childs 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.
January 31, 2017
SCREENAGERS: Growing Up in the Digital Age
Screenagers is a 68-minute film that probes into the vulnerable corners of family life, including the directors, 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.
Barbara Bradley Hagerty
November 9, 2016
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.
October 18, 2016
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.
September 29, 2016
Turning the Tide: Reshaping the College Admissions Process
Lloyd Thacker will speak 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.
April 19, 2016
The New Science of Stress: How to Make Stress Your Friend
Dr. Kelly McGonigal delivers a startling message: stress isn’t all bad. Through science and stories, Dr. McGonigal teaches us how life’s challenges can be a catalyst for positive action, personal growth, and compassion. She gives us practical strategies for transforming anxiety into courage, isolation into connection, and adversity into meaning.
March 24, 2016
Where You Go is Not Who You’ll Be: An Antidote to the College Admissions Mania
Frank Bruni’s latest book, published in March 2015, is Where You Go Is Not Who You’ll Be: An Antidote to the College Admissions Mania. He explained why “where you go it not who you’ll be” by providing a new perspective on the deeply flawed competition college admissions has turned into and describing a path out of the anxiety that the competition provokes. He illuminated how large public universities and tiny hideaways in the hinterlands serve as ideal springboards. In addition, he spoke to his claim that ultimately what matters are a student’s efforts in and out of the classroom.
November 3, 2015
How to Raise an Adult: Preparing Your Kid for Success
Ms. Lythcott-Haims draws on research and conversations with admissions officers, educators, and employers, as well as her own insights as a mother and former dean of students, to highlight ways in which over-parenting can harm children, parents, and society at large. While empathizing with parental hopes and fears, she offers practical alternative strategies that underline the importance of allowing children to make mistakes and develop resilience, resourcefulness, and inner determination.
October 20, 2015
The Opposite of Worry: How to Deal with Anxiety and Fears
Lawrence J. Cohen, Ph. D. is a licensed psychologist, author, speaker, and consultant. He is the author of the award-winning book Playful Parenting. In his talk, Dr. Cohen spoke on the following topics:
– Teaching the body’s “security system”.
– Finding the balance between avoiding and white-knuckling through a fear.
-Lighthearted and playful ways to release anxiety.
-Tools and strategies to help parents handle their child’s anxiety.
September 10, 2015
The College Solution: Looking for the Right College at the Right Price
Lynn O’Shaughnessy is a nationally recognized college expert who is a higher-education journalist, consultant, and speaker. Her chief goal is to help families with teenagers, as well as high school counselors and college and financial consultants, become smart college shoppers as they search for schools. Lynn is the author of an Amazon bestseller, The College Solution: A Guide for Everyone Looking for the Right School at the Right Price. She is the college columnist for CBS MoneyWatch and she writes regularly for her own blog, TheCollegeSolution.com, which attracts several thousand visitors a day. She also offers an online course “The College Cost Lab” that provides a blueprint for families on how to shrink the cost of a college degree.
SCHOOL YEAR 2018-2019
Film Screening – LIKE
Jeff Selingo – There is Life After College: Navigating School to Prepare for the Jobs of Tomorrow
Kristin Neff – Self-Compassion: A Proven Way to Accept Yourself, Build Inner Strength, and Thrive
Katie Hurley – Raising Resilient Kids in a Stressful World
Sonja Lyubomirsky – The Myths of Happiness: The Science and Practice of Increasing Well-being
Film Screening and Discussion Panel – Angst: Raising Awareness Around Anxiety
Dr. Rafael Pelayo – Sleep: Crucial Key to Wellness and Success
Lynn O’Shaughnessy – Finding the Right Fit College at the Right Price
SCHOOL YEAR 2017-2018
Laura Kastner, Ph.D. – Getting College Ready: 7 Essentials for Raising Children Who Succeed
Leonard Sax, M.D., Ph.D. – Helping Our Boys in School and Life
Devorah Heitner, Ph.D. – Raising Digital Natives
Dan Siegel, M.D. – Cultivating Resilience from the Inside Out: Developing a Yes Brain in Children and Adolescents
Julie Lythcott-Haims – Real American: A Memoir
Dr. Gabor Mate – Why Parents Matter More Than Peers: Restoring a Healthy Balance in Adult-Child Relationships
Sally Springer, Ph. D. – Admission Matters: What Students and Parents Need to Know About Getting into College
SCHOOL YEAR 2016-2017
Lloyd Thacker – Turning the Tide: Reshaping the College Admissions Process
Susan Stiffelman – Parenting with Presence: Raising Confident and Caring Kids
Barbara Bradley Hagerty – Life Reimagined: Redrawing the Map for our Health, Relationships, and Future
Screenagers – Film Showing – Growing Up in the Digital Age
Victoria Dunckley – Reset Your Childs Brain: Reversing the Effects of Electronic Screen-Time
William Deresiewicz – Excellent Sheep: Reframing College as a Time for Self-Discovery
Peggy Orenstein – Girls & Sex: Navigating the Complicated New Landscape
SCHOOL YEAR 2015-2016
Kelly McGonigal – The New Science of Stress: How to Make Stress Your Friend
Frank Bruni – Where You Go is Not Who You’ll Be: An Antidote to the College Admissions Mania
Wellness Panel – The Parent Relationship Your Child Needs
Julie Lythcott-Haims – How to Raise an Adult: Preparing Your Kid for Success
View Video of the Julie Lythcott-Haims Talk
Lynn O’Shaughnessy – The College Solution: Looking for the Right College at the Right Price
Lawrence Cohen – The Opposite of Worry: How to Deal with Anxiety and Fears
SCHOOL YEAR 2014-2015
Sally Springer, Ph.D. – Admission Matters: What Students & Parents Need to Know About Applying to College
Shauna Shapiro, Ph.D. – Mindful Discipline: A Loving Approach to Setting Limits & Raising an Emotionally Intelligent Child
Lynn O’Shaughnessy – The College Solution: Looking for the Right College at the Right Price
Wellness Panel – Helping Your Teen Make Wise Choices
Laura Kastner, Ph.D. – Wise-Minded Parenting: 7 Essentials for Raising Successful Tweens & Teens
Film Screening: The Mask You Live In As a Society, Are We Failing Our Boys?
Moderated by Dr. Jerrold Shapiro
Ryan McKelley – Unmasking Masculinity: Helping Boys Become Connected Men
SCHOOL YEAR 2013-2014
Brad Sachs, Ph.D. – Good Enough Parenting: Creating Conversations that Change Children’s Lives
Jerrold Lee Shapiro, Ph.D. – Preparing For and Surviving the College Application Process
Gloria Moskowitz-Sweet & Erica Pelavin – My Digital TAT2 – Parenting in the Age of Social Media
Jerry Selingo – College Unbound: The Changing Landscape of Higher Education
Madeline Levine, Ph.D. – Teach Your Children Well: Parenting for Authentic Success
Adam Gazzaley, M.D., Ph.D. – Our Distracted Mind: Brain, Memory and Multi-tasking
SCHOOL YEAR 2012-2013
Film Showing: Bully – Moderated by Gloria Moskowitz-Sweet
James Steyer – Talking Back to Facebook
Dean Blumberg Ph.D. – Teen Brains: The Latest Research
Ben Kaplan – How to Go to College for Almost Free
Deborah Gilboa, M.D.– Raising Kids Who Can Launch
Larry Rosen, Ph.D. – Parenting the iGeneration and Generation C: Why Our Kids Love Technology and What it is Doing to Their Brains
Christine VanDeVelde – College Admission: From Application to Acceptance
Jerrold Shapiro, Ph.D. – Surviving Junior & Senior Year: A Parents’ Guide to the Application Process Jerrold Shapiro
SCHOOL YEAR 2011-2012
Film Showing – Miss Representation
Ellen Galinsky – Mind in the Making: The Seven Essential Life Skills
Michael Bradley – Loving Your Teen Without Losing Your Mind
Niobe Way – Boys and the Crisis of Connection
Christine Carter, Ph.D. – Coaching Kids Through Change
Jon Reider – The College Admission Scene Today: Surviving the Frenzy with Style and Humor
Peggy Orenstein – From Princess to Pop-Tarts
Jerrold Shapiro, Ph.D. – Surviving the College Application Process
SCHOOL YEAR 2010-2011
Brenee Brown, Ph.D – The Gifts of Imperfect Parenting: Five Guideposts for Raising Children
Fred Luskin, Ph.D. – Stress Less: The Role of Stress Management in Creating Happiness
Rebecca Randall, Common Sense Media – Digital Citizenship: Raising Kids in Our 24/7 Connected Culture
Lisa Boesky, Ph.D. – Is My Teen Normal: When to Worry and When to Relax
Cliff Nass, Ph.D. – Multitasking and Your Tween/Teen: How Technology Effects Intellectual and Social Growth
John Medina, Ph.D. – Brain Rules: How to Raise Smart and Happy Child
Jon Reider, Ph.D. – The College Admission Scene Today:Surviving the Frenzy with Style and Humor
Teen Justice 101: What parents and teens need to know about drugs, drinking, and driving
In partnership with the League of Women Voters
Jerrold Lee Shapiro, Ph.D. – Surviving the Application Process: A Practical Guide to the College Transition
Po Bronson – NutureShock: New Thinking About Children
SCHOOL YEAR 2009-2010
Kenneth Ginsburg, M.D. – Building Resilience in Our Youth: Raising Healthy Kids
Kenneth Ginsburg, M.D. – Workshop for health professionals, counselors and educators who work with children
Adolescent Health Panel
– Catherine Miller, M.D. (Adolescent Medicine)
– Katherine Sutherland, M.D. (OB/GYN: Teen Sexuality)
– Francis Wren, M.D. (Child & Adolescent Psychiatrist)
– Fred Luskin, Ph.D. (Psychologist)
Guy Kawasaki – The Art of Innovation and How to Nurture It
Film Showing: Race to Nowhere
Annie Fox, M.Ed. – Why 21st Century Kids Need 21st Century Parenting
Frank Carbajal – Building the Latino Future – Success Stories for the Next Generation
Laura Kastner, Ph.D. – Getting to Calm: Parenting Teens and Tweens
Rachel Simmons – The Curse of the Good Girl: Raising Authentic Girls with Courage and Confidence
SCHOOL YEAR 2008-2009
Rachel Simmons – Odd Girl Out
Laura Kastner – The Launching Years
Mike Riera – Staying Connected to Your Teen
Jerrold Shapiro, Ph.D. – Surviving the College Application Process
Dr. B.J. Fogg & Linda Fogg Phillips – Facebook for Parents: What you Need to Know
Leonard Sax – Boys Adrift
SCHOOL YEAR 2007-2008
Madeline Levine, Ph.D. – The Price of Privilege
(Note: Predates official MVLA Series)