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PCN joins Glenbard Parenting Series, announces November lineup

The Parent Community Network has partnered with the Glenbard Parenting Series, an educational consortium dedicated to presenting distinguished, relevant, high-profile authors, clinicians, and educators who share practical research-based knowledge and personal experience to develop social and emotional learning, increase well-being and enhance the positive youth development of students of all ages. The Lyons Township High School community is invited to connect with other high school parents and students for the Series. Workshops are designed to engage top experts, parents and school staff to become proactive and informed in pursuit of the mutual goal to strengthen our communities. Programs are free and open to the public. Below is the lineup of November speakers.

Wednesday, November 3 at Noon & 7pm
Dr. Michaeleen Doucleff - Hunt, Gather, Parent: What Ancient Cultures Can Teach Us
About the Lost Art of Raising Happy Helpful Little Humans

In this presentation and in her bestseller “Hunt, Gather, Parent,” Doucleff shares research conducted with psychologists, neuroscientists, anthropologists and sociologists and explains how parenting strategies built on cooperation instead of control, trust instead of fear and personalized needs instead of standardized development milestones can positively affect children’s mental health and development. Doucleff will discuss a universal parenting paradigm adapted for American families that helps protect young people from stress and anxiety.

Tuesday, November 9 at 7pm 
Dr. Matthew Pietrafetta - Preparing for Success on the SAT

Matthew Pietrafetta, Ph.D., of Academic Approach comes to GPS to educate parents and caregivers about the construct of SAT test. The focus of the presentation will be on the April SAT offered to all juniors, concentrating on the content of the exam, strategy, and when and how to prepare. Participants will have standardized testing myths busted and the opportunity to have their questions answered and engage in challenging (and fun!) quizzes.

Wednesday, November 17 at Noon & 7pm
Dr. William Stixrud & Ned Johnson - What Do You Say? How to Talk with Kids to Build Stress Tolerance, Motivation, and a Happy Home

All caregivers want children who are happy, motivated and stress-free. In their first book The Self-Driven Child, Dr. William Stixrud and Ned Johnson shared the tools needed to enhance a child’s drive, confidence, and healthy decision-making to move children of all ages from powerlessness to purpose. They also provided the action-steps needed to help students improve academic performance, enhance career success, and support positive emotional well-being. Stixrud and Johnson, who have 60 years combined experience talking to young people one-on-one are back to teach us “What Do You Say?” in order to help turn these concepts into action.

Thursday, November 18 at 7pm 
Dr. Ferney Ramirez - Hábitos que forman relaciones familiares saludables/Habits that Form Healthy Family Relationships

La participación de la familia sigue siendo fundamental para el rendimiento estudiantil. Los estudiantes con padres o cuidadores involucrados obtienen calificaciones y puntajes de exámenes más altos, tienen mejores habilidades sociales y muestran un comportamiento mejorado y un ausentismo reducido. El psicólogo Ferney Ramirez discutirá cómo alentar mejor los esfuerzos de los estudiantes para aumentar la motivación, establecer metas para el éxito escolar y lograr esas metas. Ramírez explicará cómo apoyar mejor la participación familiar de manera que se asegure que los estudiantes tengan todas las oportunidades de éxito.

Este evento se presentará virtualmente. El enlace para iniciar sesión en este seminario web desde su computadora, tableta o teléfono es


These events will be presented virtually.  The links will be posted on the Glenbard Parenting Series website to log in to this webinar from your computer, tablet or phone.