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Parent Education

At Marin Primary & Middle School, learning is not only for students but for parents as well! Each year our Parent Speaker Series Committee partners with our Head of School and Division Directors to invite local and dynamic national thought leaders 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.

In addition, our school counselor and division directors host “Coffee and Conversations” throughout the year on a variety of topics relevant to preschool, primary, and middle school students and their families. (see sidebar)

We hope you will join us for the exciting learning opportunities listed below. 

2016-17 Speakers

Michelle Borba
Raising Empathetic Kids for a successful future

November 2, 2016
7:00-8:30 p.m.

Bestselling author of the just released book, Unselfie: Why Empathetic Kids Succeed in our All-About-Me World, Michelle will spend the evening sharing why developing a healthy sense of empathy is a key predictor of which kids will thrive and succeed in the future. She will share her 9-step program to help parents cultivate empathy in children, from birth to young adulthood. This event is brought to you in collaboration with Marin Country Day School. 

Charis Denison - 2 Presentations!
-For 7th & 8th grade parents: How to Navigate Parent-Teen Dynamics
Date: February 7, 2016
6:30-8:00 p.m.

-For 4th-6th grade parents: What’s on the Tween/Teen Horizon for You and Your Child
Date: March 14, 2016
8:30-10:00 a.m.
MP&MS Library

Local tween and teen expert, Charis Denison, will make two presentations to parents which will complement presentations she will make to students earlier in the day. Charis will be focusing on the common landscape our kids are navigating, common issues they are facing (or will face) and concrete tools to best support them through this crucial time of life.


Keep an eye out for opportunities to get your tech questions answered at our Morning Bytes prsentations happening througout the year.

Stay tuned…more Parent Education events to come in 2016-17!


2016-17 Past Speakers:

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

Date: Thursday, September 29, 2016
8:30-9:45 a.m.
Marin Primary & Middle School Library

Quality sleep is right up there with good nutrition and regular exercise to lead a healthy and long life. Returning for a second year at parent request, Dr. Razavi, sleep specialist (as well as MP&MS parent), will update us on the current research about sleep and how most of us are neither sleeping enough nor getting the quality of sleep we need to the point it is seriously jeapardizes our current and future health.


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

Tuesday, October 4, 2016
7:00-8:30 p.m.
College of Marin Auditorium - James Dunn Theater

Please join us for a special parent-education event with Dr. Mike Riera. Sponsored by Tam High PTSA, in colaboration with Redwood High PTSA, The Drake Fund, Mill Valley Middle School PTSA, Reed Union School District, Kentfield Schools PTSA, White Hill PTSA, Hall Middle PTSA, and Marin Primary & Middle School. 

RSVP HERE to get your free tickets to this event.

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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