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Earn the Right to Be Heard, presented by Teen Esteem, Empowering Students for Life
February 20, Acalanes High School Library, 7 to 8:30 p.m.

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The teen years are a time of change and opportunity for both parents and young people. This event is designed for parents or guardians interested in creating positive and productive dialogue with their teens now and for the future.

Topics covered include:
  • Steps to Building a Healthy Relationship
  • Effective Ways to Communicate
  • Current Youth Trends
  • Practical Tools
"Teen Esteem educates and empowers students, parents, educators and the community on challenges young people face. We emphasize the importance of respect for self and others and that your value is based on who you are and not what you do."

The Test and the Art of Thinking
March 28, 7-8:30 p.m., PAC
A documentary about standardized testing and related preparation. Presented by Film Sprout. thetestdoc.org

"Decide for Yourself" for Parents
April 9, 7-8:30 p.m., Acalanes Library
Workshop for Senior Parents. Presented by KeriAnne Hohener and Maria Carson-Breber. decideforyourself.com

"Stressed Out!" for Parents
April 10, 7-8 p.m., PAC
Dr Ben Bernstein, Performance Psychologist, teaches how to be calm, confident, and focused.

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