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AUHSD and APC Presents: Courageous Conversations about Race
April 22, 6-7:30 p.m., Acalanes Library
An Introduction to Courageous Conversation About Race™: A Protocol to Engage with Students and Families around Race, with Dr. Lori Watson, Equity Transformation Specialist.  Why examine and address race? Race matters - in society and in our schools. It is critical for educators to address racial issues in order to uncover personal and institutional biases that prevent all students, and especially students of color, from reaching their fullest potential. COURAGEOUS CONVERSATION™ serves as the essential strategy for school systems, organizations, students, parents and community leaders to address racial disparities through safe, authentic and effective cross-racial dialogue.  Register here to reserve seating.

Senior Parent Workshop - 
Coping with Family Transitions Workshop: When Your Child Leaves Home
April 30, 7-8:30pm, Acalanes Collaboration Center
Whether it’s your first, middle or last child leaving, transition can be difficult for both you and your student. This interactive workshop with Joe Ianora focuses on the issues surrounding your child as they transition to the next phase of their life and how you can prepare for a successful transition. During this workshop, you will have an opportunity to learn, share, discuss, and prepare for this transition, which can include: loss of purpose, anxiety, sadness, and joy.

Joe Ianora is a licensed marriage and family therapist and has been an educational leader for more than 25 years. 

This event is free but seating is limited so please register to reserve seating.  

Student Academic Assessment Results

Results of last year’s assessment results are in. View the results of the District Presentations: Part 1Part 2, Graduation Report

Recommended Reading & Viewing


"Challenge Success’ Say What?" From the Challenge Success Parent Education event. The Power of Communication in Raising Healthy, Engaged Kids video featuring the humorous Dr. Wendy Mogel, a clinical psychologist and author of Voice Lessons for Parents, along with Challenge Success Co-Founders, Dr. Denise Pope and Dr. Madeline Levine, and two youth mental health advocates from the Children’s Health Council Teen Wellness Committee, Meghna Singh and Reneé Remsberg. (For easier navigation of the video, look at the comments section for a detailed outline of timestamps for different segments of the event.)

Dr. Brad Sachs' Challenge Success keynote speech "The Good Enough Parents, Good Enough Child"

"Why We Sleep" by Professor Matthew Walker

Learn to love being bored. Manoush Zomorodi explains the connection between spacing out and creativity.
"How boredom can lead to your most brilliant ideas"

"The Hacking of the American Mind" by Dr. Robert Lustig on our dopamine addiction

Documentary: The Mask You Live In follows boys and young men as they struggle to stay true to themselves while negotiating America’s narrow definition of masculinity. Watch trailer 
Film available on Netflix.

How to Raise An Adult by Julie Lythcott-Haims

Online Resources
A Brighter Day's primary goal is to unite depression and related issues resources with teens through local teenage bands.  The website's Parent Resources page features comprehensive resources on topics ranging from depression and suicide prevention to relationship, nutrition and family life.

What are the risks and warning signs that someone may be contemplating suicide?  How can I help myself or someone else?  Check out NIMH Questions and Answers for information pertaining to children and teens.

Find tons of practical tips and techniques for effectively talking with your teen.

Past Events
March 2018: "Thriving or Barely Surviving?" Panel discussion covering changes being made to develop healthier, happier teens and what parents can do to support these efforts. 
Slides from the presentation:  Powerpoint pptxPDF document.

Marijana & Nicotine Information

Cell Phones

Center for Humane Technology (Take control of your phone)

Challenge Success

The AUHSD District Schools have undertaken work with Challenge Success to reduce student stress and improve school climate. For more information visit the Challenge Success.


If you have any questions or suggestions for Acalanes Parent Education, please contact Mary Kuhn at: parented@acalanesparentsclub.com

Wellness Committee webpage