SPEAK Events for Parent Education
CAIS is a member of Speakers for Parent Educators and Knowledge (SPEAK), a coalition of San Francisco K-8 schools that have joined together to enhance parent education. The group’s goal is to enrich the education and learning experience of our families, our children and our communities.
For the 2018 – 2019 school year, SPEAK announces the following speakers:
Tuesday, October 2, 2018 at 7:00 p.m., San Francisco Day School
Dr. Yong Zhao is an expert on the implications of globalization and technology on education. His book, World Class Learners, advocates creativity as well as fostering an entrepreneurial spirit in our students.
Wednesday, February 6, 2019 at 7:00 p.m., Location TBD
Lori Duron is the author of Raising My Rainbow: Adventures in Raising a Fabulous, Gender Creative Son. The first parenting memoir to chronicle the journey of raising a gender nonconforming child, the book is based on her blog of the same name. RaisingMyRainbow.com has more than one million readers in 173 countries, including gender studies students and faculty at more than 50 colleges and universities in the United States, Canada, and the United Kingdom.
SPEAK shares, “We are in the process of booking an exciting speaker for the topic of social justice for late spring. In addition, this season, we are adding a commitment to diversity in our communications and contract with speakers to meet the needs of our member schools’ communities.”
CAIS Parent Representatives
Michelle Kemper Verplaetse and Stephanie Reynaga serve as CAIS parent representatives for the group.
SPEAK pools resources among CAIS and other member schools. Its volunteer board members (typically 2 per school) plan, organize and hold exciting and timely parent education events. Usually this is a talk given by an expert in the field who has recently published a relevant book. Sometimes, it’s a panel discussion around a topic of interest or a screening of a relevant film.
All SPEAK events are free for CAIS parents.