Starting the Conversation: How to Discuss Race with Your Children

Starting the Conversation: How to Discuss Race with Your Children

Wednesday, July 15, 2020 • 4:00 p.m.

Do you want to talk to your child about race but aren’t sure where or how to start? Denise LaRosa, Director of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion at The Ellis School, is offering a free webinar, Starting the Conversation: How to Discuss Race With Your Children, on Wednesday, July 15 at 4:00 p.m. that will address how parents can begin having these important discussions at home. An educator, parent to two daughters, and Ph.D. candidate in Language, Literacy, and Culture at University of Pittsburgh’s School of Education, Denise will speak to how parents can lead with compassion and develop a sense of empathy in their children as they discuss important issues around identity, race, and equity. 

Designed for parents of children ages 3 to 10, this session will also allow time for parents to ask specific questions and converse with both Denise and each other. Learn more about how your family can participate in the self-reflection and dialogue needed to instill anti-racist beliefs in your children, and how you can model this work in age-appropriate ways for your kids starting now. 

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Little Kids & Big Questions: Introducing Intentional Art Activities at Home

Thursday, July 23, 2020 • 5:00 p.m.

Now more than ever, kids are asking a lot of questions about the world and the future. Why can’t I see my friends? Why did my summer camp plans change? Will I go back to school in the fall? And while these questions are valid, it can be difficult for parents to respond in age-appropriate ways as they contend with the same unknowns themselves. One tangible thing parents can do is introduce thoughtful activities at home to help their children process these complex ideas and emotions. Join Sarah Ceurvorst, Art Educator at The Ellis School, for a free webinar, Little Kids & Big Questions: Introducing Intentional Art Activities at Home, on Thursday, July 23 at 5:00 p.m. to learn more about how you can use the creative process to intentionally address big questions with your kids. 

This free session will provide parents with activities their children can do from their kitchen table to stimulate meaningful play and exploration, sans screens. Designed for parents of children ages 3 to 10, Sarah will cover how art can be used as a catalyst for conversation and provide concrete ways kids can use art to grapple with abstract ideas and express themselves creatively.

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Summer Storytelling: Inspiring Creativity Through Writing & Reading

Monday, July 27, 2020 • 12:00 p.m.

“I’m bored.” These words can be maddening for any parent of a tween or teen to hear, but perhaps even more so this year when kids’ go-to activities and plans have been changed or canceled. During this unusual time, your usual ideas for fighting boredom may no longer be in the cards, so how can you inspire your child to use their imagination and explore new hobbies (so you can get your own work done) this summer? Join Natalie Dixon Bell, English Teacher at The Ellis School, for a free webinar, Summer Storytelling: Inspiring Creativity Through Writing & Reading, on Monday, July 27 at noon to learn how you can foster exploration, inquiry, and curiosity in your child from the safety of home.

An experienced educator with a wealth of experience in creative writing, Natalie will share tools and techniques parents can employ to bolster their child’s love of books, diverse characters and places, and storytelling. From unique writing prompts to online story programs, Natalie will speak to how parents can use digital resources and their own bookshelves to inspire creativity in their teens and tweens. Designed for parents of children ages 11 to 17, this free interactive session will also include book recommendations for middle grade and young adult readers. 

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Ready for the New Normal: How to Prepare for the Coming School Year

Ready for the New Normal: How to Prepare for the Coming School Year

What will school look like this fall? Will we have to continue distance learning from home or will children be able to resume in-person classes? If students are able to return in-person, what types of health and safety changes will be made to protect families? Hear from Head of The Ellis School Macon Finley about how one school is grappling with these questions. 

While there is still much that is uncertain about next school year, with over 20 years of experience in education, Macon brings her unique viewpoint and expertise to this talk meant to provide parents with more information about the decision-making processes and possibilities for how school will resume in the 2020–2021 academic year. 

This interactive webinar took place on Thursday, June 25, 2020, but the session was recorded for anyone unable to watch live. Fill out the form to access the webinar recording.

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Keeping Your Cool: Family Health and Wellness During an Unusual Summer

Keeping Your Cool: Family Health and Wellness During an Unusual Summer

When you’re balancing work, childcare, and household duties, it can be easy for self-care and mindfulness to be the first things cut from your to-do list. And while the exhaustion is real, it’s crucial that families find time within their day to unwind, unplug, and connect with each other. So how can you and your family make space for self-care this summer?

Hear from Licensed Professional Counselor Jamie Rivers about how you can employ wellness and mindfulness strategies at home. A parent herself, Jamie offers information about how you can get into a healthy headspace, prevent burnout, and keep your family safe, cared for, and happy. While this summer may look different for your family, that doesn’t mean it can’t be full of fun, memorable moments, and new traditions.

This interactive webinar for families with school-aged children took place on Wednesday, June 17, 2020, but the session was recorded for anyone unable to watch live. Fill out the form to access the webinar recording and learn more about changes to family dynamics while working from home and tools for helping you cope.

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Sync Up: Cultivating a Continued Sense of Belonging for All Children

Sync Up: Cultivating a Continued Sense of Belonging for All Children

When your child’s typical schedule is suddenly flipped on its head, it can be difficult to find ways for them to socialize and interact with other kids their age. With no playdates or pool days in the near future, you’re probably wondering how your child can stay connected to their community and continue to thrive from the comfort and safety of home. Denise LaRosa, Director of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion at The Ellis School, is here to help.

As an educator, parent to two daughters, and Ph.D. candidate at University of Pittsburgh’s School of Education, Denise brings a variety of perspectives and a depth of expertise to the topics of learning in community, building connections among young children, and inclusive and culturally sustaining learning. She has a wealth of knowledge about how parents can foster a sense of belonging for their children, even during times of social distancing.

This interactive webinar took place on Wednesday, June 3, 2020, but the session was recorded for anyone unable to watch live. Fill out the form to access the webinar recording and learn more about how you can set your child up for success this summer.

 

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