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.
SPEAK Events 2021-2022
CAIS parent rep for SPEAK Stephanie Reynaga shares a peek at the SPEAK events being scheduled for this year. Events will be virtual again this year and registration details will be coming closer to each event. Please know that SPEAK events are free to all CAIS families.
Wednesday, October 27, 2021 from 7:00-8:00 p.m.
Featuring Dr. John Medina, a developmental molecular biologist from the University of Washington and author of the New York Times bestseller Brain Rules and the national bestseller Brain Rules for Baby. Drawing from his latest research, he will speak about how to foster resilience in our children at this stage of the pandemic.
Thursday, January 20, 2021 from 5:30-6:30 p.m.
Featuring Ijeoma Oluo, author of So You Want to Talk About Race. This will be the first of a two-part DEI series. Then in late February/early March, SPEAK will partner with Common Sense Media for a presentation on: How Have Online Platforms Contributed to the Rise in Anti-Asian Hate.
SPEAK Presentation from March 24, 2021
Screens During COVID-19:
A Balanced Approach to Kids’ Technology Use
1) Relevant articles, reports, and write-ups about Screen Time and mental health for parents who like to read and learn more:
- Reader Come Home book by Maryanne Wolf: Informative book that considers our capacity for critical thinking, empathy, and reflection as we become increasingly dependent on digital technologies
- Discussing digital technology overuse in children and adolescents during the COVID-19 pandemic and beyond: On the importance of considering Affective Neuroscience Theory
- The effects of social deprivation on adolescent development and mental health
- A nice write-up of Michael Rich’s work and Center related to screentime and the child’s brain
- March 2021 Report from Common Sense Media and Hopelab sharing research on teens, tech, and mental health: Coping with COVID-19: How Young People Use Digital Media to Manage Mental Health
2) Family Wellness Guide: Science-based advice on how to keep your family digitally healthy
3) Parents can ask Michael a question through his “Ask the Mediatrician“ mechanism
4) Two recent blog posts by Dr. Ramo related to teens (note, not younger kids) and screen time:
- 5 Ways Social Media Helps Depressed Teens Cope
- Is Playing Violent Video Games Related to Teens’ Mental Health?
6) The Family Online Safety Institute: Tips on how to talk with children about online safety, how to set rules for screen time, etc.
7) Wait Until 8th: Resource to help you launch a pledge in your community to wait until 8th grade to give your child a smartphone
8) Common Sense Media: Age recommendations for movies / games / books
9) Child Mind Institute: Resource for children’s mental health information for teachers and parents
10) The Social Dilemma documentary on Netflix: Documentary that explores the dangerous human impact of social networking
CAIS Parent Representatives
Stephanie Reynaga serves as CAIS parent representative 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.