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    Join the District for its second annual Parent Speaker Series! The following presentations will take place throughout the 2018-2019 school year. All are welcome to attend these free presentations, but registration is required. Click here to register. Questions? Contact the District's Parenting Education Coordinator, Jani Holyan, at [email protected].

    • The Genius of Play: Learning Through PLAY for Early Childhood and Early Elementary Families
      Wednesday, April 3, 7-8:30 p.m.
      Family Center Multipurpose Room
      Presenter: Tyler Kearns, National Afterschool Association Play Ambassador and Clayton Kid Zone Program Coordinator

      "Can I have more time to play?" If this is something you hear from your child frequently, then this workshop is for you. Join Genius of Play Ambassador Tyler Kearns for an interactive journey on the Importance of Play. Become a kid again and learn how "play" builds 21st century learning skills such as confidence, creativity, critical thinking and collaboration.

    • The Yes Brain: Presentation
      Tuesday, Feb. 12, 7-8:30 p.m.
      Family Center Multipurpose Room
      Presenter: Jani Holyan, District Parenting Education Coordinator

      Every parent wants to raise a strong-minded, resilient, caring child. The Yes Brain: How to Cultivate Courage, Curiosity and Resilience In Your Child, by Daniel Siegel and Tina Payne Bryson, offers clears strategies for fostering balance, empathy and self-regulation in our children to help them manage the bumps and tumbles of life and nurture in them the resources that will allow them to enjoy happy, healthy grown-up lives.

    • Angst Documentary Screening
      Thursday, Feb. 7, 7-8:15 p.m.
      Clayton High School Auditorium
      Screening (43 minutes) is followed by a Q&A session with a panel of CHS counselors and students
      Sponsored by the All In Clayton Coalition

      Angst explores anxiety, its causes, effects and what we can do about it. The filmmakers’ goal is to have a global conversation and raise awareness around anxiety. Angst features candid interviews with kids and young adults, including Olympian Michael Phelps, who suffer, or have suffered, from anxiety and what they’ve learned about it. The film includes discussions with mental health experts about the causes of anxiety and its sociological effects, as well as help, resources and tools.

      The screening is free and open to the public. Parents are encouraged to bring their children ages 10 and older. Is squeezing in dinner a problem? Bring in your own "carryout" dinner to eat during the movie! Movie theater snacks will be available for purchase, with proceeds benefiting CHS Afterprom.

    • The Self-Driven Child: Reflection and Integration
      Tuesday, Jan. 29, 7-8:30 p.m.
      Family Center Multipurpose Room
      Presenter: Jani Holyan, District Parenting Education Coordinator

    • The Self-Driven Child: Presentation
      Tuesday, Jan. 15, 7-8:30 p.m.
      Family Center Multipurpose Room
      Presenter: Jani Holyan, District Parenting Education Coordinator

      The Self-Driven Child: The Science & Sense of Giving Your Kids More Control Over Their Lives, by William Stixrud and Ned Johnson, helps us examine the effects of the stresses of competitive schooling that results in many families and students feeling plagued with anxiety and exhaustion. Sometimes the most helpful thing we can do as parents is to parent a little less so we leave room for our child to take responsibility, learn to think critically and thrive academically, socially and emotionally. Based on the latest brain science, this book offers parents practical advice on how to pull back, when to engage and when to let go.

    • When Your Kids Push Your Buttons!
      Monday, Nov. 5, 6:30-8:30 p.m.
      Clayton High School Auditorium
      Presenter: Bonnie Harris, M.S.Ed., author and parenting specialist

      Nobody can make us see RED faster than our kids! You're left wondering... where is the parent I thought I'd be? Join acclaimed author, international speaker and parenting specialist Bonnie Harris, M.S.Ed., for an evening exploring how to:
      • Get our children to listen... what actually works?
      • Understand our own reactions and gain control o f them.
      • Interpret and reframe our child's behavior so we don't stay stuck in power struggles
      • Set appropriate expectations.
      • Exchange punishment and blame for problem solving.

    • Hidden in Plain View: An Interactive Exhibit to Help Parents Spot Signs of Risky Behavior
      Wednesday, Oct. 17, open from 3:30-8:30 p.m.*
      Clayton High School Auditorium 
      *This event is held during CHS Parent-Teacher Conferences, but all middle and high school parents are encouraged to attend!

      This interactive display of a teenager’s bedroom contains over 70 items that could signal a teen is involved in risky activities. Parents will learn how to spot these warning signs and get tips for talking with their kids about the dangers of alcohol and drug use. Remember: Teens whose parents talk to them regularly about the dangers of drugs are up to 50 percent less likely to try them! Come learn how to get these conversations started.

      Sponsored by the All In Clayton Coalition.