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.
Here is the speaker slate for school year 2019-2020!
Lisa Damour, Ph.D.
December 9, 2019
Hosted at Marin Country Day School
Lisa Damour is a psychologist, the best-selling author of Under Pressure and Untangled, a New York Times columnist and a regular contributor to CBS News. See more at https://www.drlisadamour.com/
Madeline Levine, Ph.D.
February 4, 2020
Hosted at Burke’s
Preparing Our Kids to Thrive in an Uncertain and Rapidly Changing World
Using the latest developments in neuroscience and epigenetics as well as extensive research, Dr. Levine identified the skills that children need to succeed in a tumultuous future. Most important, Dr. Levine offered day-to-day solutions parents can use to raise kids who are prepared, enthusiastic, and ready to face an unknown future with confidence and optimism.
March 16, 2020
Hosted at The San Francisco School
Climate Change and Our Kids: What the Science Tells Us
The Next Few Years Will Be The Most Important In Human History
Dr. Chip Fletcher is the Associate Dean for Academic Affairs and Professor of Earth Sciences at the School of Ocean and Earth Science and Technology (SOEST), University of Hawai‘i at Manoa. He is also Vice-Chair of the Honolulu Climate Change Commission. His research focuses on Climate Change and impacts to island communities.
In his talk, Chip will discuss the current status and how the risk posed by climate change is much greater than generally portrayed by the media. He will make the case that we are facing a future of our own making: heat waves, accelerating sea level rise, superstorms, wildfire, and in all likelihood a global refugee crisis and generates a call to individual, community and policy action. Since the impact of climate change greatly impacts the next generation, he will discuss ways parents can support children to understand, cope with, and take realistic and meaningful action.
To RSVP please visit: https://chip-fletcher.eventbrite.com
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.