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Parent Education

Speakers Series 2017-18

Each year our Parent Speaker Series Committee partners with our Head of School and Division Directors to invite local and nationally recognized thought leaders into our community to share their ideas on the latest cognitive, social-emotional, and physical development research in a range of different fields. We also collaborate with other schools and local organizations to co-sponsor parent events in our community.

Take a look at the sidebar for Parent Coffee and Conversations as well.


Ana Homayoun
Social Media Wellness 

October 18, 2017
7:00-8:30 p.m.

Over the past fifteen years, Ana has traveled the globe inspiring students, educators and administrators to design their own blueprint for success. Her strategies encouraging students to manage distractions and promote personal productivity in both blended learning and personalized learning models have received acclaim from parents, principals and school administrators all over the world. While her tools are pragmatic and prescriptive, she has also been heralded as “approachable, relevant, and engaging with young people and their parents.” Ana is the author of several books including the Just-released Social Media Wellness: Helping Tweens and TeensThrive in an Unbalanced Digital World.


Learn more about Ana at

Get your free ticket:

The first 40 MP&MS parents who sign up will receive a copy of Ana’s new book at the door!!

Ana will be speaking to MP&MS middle school students during school and faculty and staff in the afternoon as well!

Stay tuned for more speakers in the 2017-18 school year!

Recent Past Speakers at MP&MS:

John O’Sullivan
Creating a Player-First Environment in Youth Sports

September 19, 2017
7:00-8:30 p.m.
Hall Middle School Gym 

John O’Sullivan founded Changing the Game Project in 2012 after two decades as a soccer player and coach at youth, high school, college and professional levels. He is the author of the books Changing the Game: The Parents Guide to Raising Happy, High Performing Athletes, and Giving Youth Sports Back to our Kids and Is it Wise to Specialize? John’s work has been featured in The Huffington Post,, Outside Magazine,, Soccer America and numerous other publications. John is an internationally known speaker for coaches, parents and youth sports organizations, and has spoken for TEDx, the National Soccer Coaches Association of America, US Lacrosse, IMG Academy, and at numerous other events throughout the US, Canada, Asia and Europe. Learn more about John and Changing the Game Project at

John O’Sullivan is being brought to us through the collaboration of member schools of PEG Marin.


Michelle Borba
Raising Empathetic Kids for a successful future

Charis Denison - 2 Presentations!
-For 7th & 8th grade parents: How to Navigate Parent-Teen Dynamics
-For 4th-6th grade parents: What’s on the Tween/Teen Horizon for You and Your Child

Dr. Mehrdad Razavi
Get the Sleep You Need for Yourself and Your Entire Family

Dr. Mike Riera
Staying Connected to Your (Emerging) Teenager: How to Keep Them Talking to You and How to Hear What They’re Really Saying

2015-16 Speakers

Michael Thompson
It’s a Boy: Your Son’s Development from Birth to Eighteen

Catherine Steiner-Adair, psychologist, speaker and author
When the Body Speaks: Effective Strategies for Strengthening Girls’ Body Image and Preventing Eating Disorders

Noah Kempler, MFT
Issues that Influence Young Children’s Behavior

Peggy Orenstein
The Kardashianization of Girlhood: Media, Message and Raising Confident Girls 

Katie Greer
Keeping our Children Safe in the Ever-Evolving Technology-Driven World

Jessica Lahey
The Gift of Failure: How the Best Parents Learn to Let Go So Their Children Can Succeed

Dr. Mehrdad Razavi
Sleep for Children, Teens and Adults: What you Probably Don’t Know about Sleep

Todd Wanerman 
Keeping the Brain in Mind: Using Relationships to Promote Thinking and Learning from Birth through Kindergarten

Mike Riera
The Hidden Logic of Teenagers and Children

Dana Blum, Bay Area Director for Common Sense Media
Making Responsible, Respectful and Safe Media Choices

Katherine Ellison
Raising Kids for the Emerging Global Economy

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