Building Future Leaders

Check out some of the recordings from the days sessions below. Not all are available.

keynote address:

Julie lythcott-haims


Julie Lythcott-Haims believes in humans and is deeply interested in what gets in our way. She is the New York Times bestselling author of the anti-helicopter parenting manifesto How to Raise an Adult. Her TED Talk on the subject has more than 5 million views, and in 2020 she became a regular contributor with CBS This Morning on parenting. Her second book is the critically-acclaimed and award-winning prose poetry memoir Real American, which illustrates her experience as a Black and biracial person in white spaces. A third book, Your Turn: How to Be an Adult, will be out in April 2021.

Julie is a former corporate lawyer and Stanford dean, and she holds a BA from Stanford, a JD from Harvard, and an MFA in Writing from California College of the Arts. She serves on the board of Common Sense Media, and on the advisory board of LeanIn.Org, and she is a former board member at Foundation for a College Education, Global Citizen Year, The Writers Grotto, and Challenge Success. She volunteers with the hospital program No One Dies Alone.

She lives in the San Francisco Bay Area with her partner of over thirty years, their young adults, and her mother.

Building Future Leaders: For the final event of the series, the focus will shift to thinking of the future. Building Future Leaders will engage adults in conversations about college and career, how to support leadership skills in their students, utilizing outside of school support to engage in learning beyond the classroom, and more. We want parents to think about the “What Next?” question.

As we finalize breakout sessions, the drop down menus below will include Session Names, Summary of the Session, and links to Author Bio's. We thank you for your patience!

Keynote address

Hear Julie Lythcott-Haims Kick-Off the day with an amazing speech.

harnessing the positive power of tech to foster youth leadership - Emily Garrison and Blanca Herrera

Technology use by young people can be unnerving and hard to control for parents and adults. Join us to learn more about reframing the tech conversation in our homes and schools. In this session we will explore a number of important questions, such as: How do we build digital citizenship awareness and skills in kids? How can we move children from passive consumers to creators and leaders? What skills can students learn through positive tech use? What are some examples of success stories? How can adults change our perspectives on tech use in order to support changes in our children’s behavior?

Join us to learn more about how we harness the positive power of technology to build youth leaders!

aprovechar el poder positivo de la tecnología para fomentar el liderazgo juvenil - emily garrison y blanca herrera

El uso de la tecnología por parte de los jóvenes puede resultar desconcertante y difícil de controlar para padres y adultos. Asista a esta sesión para aprender más sobre cómo replantear la conversación sobre tecnología en nuestros hogares y escuelas. En esta sesión exploraremos una serie de preguntas importantes, tales como: ¿Cómo desarrollamos la conciencia y las habilidades de ciudadanía digital en los niños? ¿Cómo podemos hacer que los niños pasen de ser consumidores pasivos a ser creadores y líderes? ¿Qué habilidades pueden aprender los estudiantes a través del uso positivo de la tecnología? ¿Cuáles son algunos ejemplos de casos de éxito? ¿Cómo pueden los adultos cambiar nuestras perspectivas sobre el uso de la tecnología para apoyar los cambios en el comportamiento de nuestros hijos?

¡Asista a esta sesión para aprender más sobre cómo podemos aprovechar el poder positivo de la tecnología para formar líderes juveniles!

Supporting Youth: A Call to Action - Jennifer Lee Thuresson

“What can we do to support you(th)?”. High school Peer Leaders from The Youth Connectedness Initiative (YCI) provide answers to this question. Using Search Institute's Developmental Relationship Framework, the YCI Peer Leaders have identified five easy, accessible and immediate action items parents and other adults can do to support and empower youth. The objective of this session is to equip participants with practical and actionable items they can incorporate into their everyday lives.

Minorities in STEM - Nallely Gomez and arturo garrido

Diversity in the workforce, obstacles faced, bias, demographics, achievements, looking to the future.

Latinos en STEM(Ciencia, Tecnología, Ingeniería y Matemáticas) - nallely gomez y arturo garrido

La diversidad en la fuerza laboral, obstáculos a los que nos enfrentamos, prejuicios, demográficos, logros y lo que nos esperamos en el futuro.

stealth dyslexia - Lisa Parnello, M.ed.

Do you see your middle schooler or high schooler frustrated and stressed as they struggle to keep up with the content and workload of school—especially focused on reading? Their reading comprehension has always been good, but you are noticing now that they are not able to read textbooks for understanding. It could be that your child has dyslexia and she was just able to ‘fly under the radar’ until now. Join this Ask an Expert session that features a conversation with an expert on the subject of what is being called ‘stealth’ dyslexia. You’ll hear about signs and what you might observe in your child to help you understand more about this ‘stealth’ dyslexia.

mi nombre, mi identidad - magdalena fittoria

Este taller es basado en una campaña nacional que promueve un auto-concepto positivo a través de la correcta pronunciación de los nombres de alumnos y su relación a su identidad. Compartiremos literatura y poesía sobre el tema de las experiencias que a veces enfrentan a nuestros alumnos con nombres en diferentes idiomas. Exploraremos actividades que nos ayudaran a fomentar un sentido de pertenencia y desarrollar resultados sociales, culturales y educativos saludables.

Neurodivergence through the Female Lens - Callie turk, abby kirigan, and katie coder

Did you know girls are commonly overlooked, undiagnosed, or misdiagnosed when it comes to learning differences such as ADHD, autism, and dyslexia? Join us to learn what the research says about this phenomena, its impact on K12 education, and what career paths might work best to better address the needs of neurodivergent females.

Intro to 2e - Understanding Your Smart & Struggling Student - yael valek and callie turk

Do you have a bright child who struggles to show it at school? Are they doing advanced math at home for fun but won’t fill out a simple worksheet at school? Have they memorized elaborate sequences of historical events but can’t remember to turn in their homework? You may have a twice exceptional (2e) child! Yael Valek and Callie Turk, founders of Resilience and Engagement for Every Learner (REEL) as well as parents of twice exceptional (2e) kids, present an interactive overview of 2e - what it is, why it matters, and effective approaches for supporting 2e learners. 2e students experience both high ability and learning challenges, which presents unique challenges in the classroom, including asynchronous development that may lead to anxiety and behavior issues. Explore strategies to help your child thrive at school.

Finding Your Voices: Strategies and Resources - Adriana flores-ragade

Learn how to advocate for your child every step of the way. Presenter will cover strategies for guiding your child throughout their K-12 education and what to expect at every level as they prepare for college and life beyond PAUSD.

parenting fatigue - kendra fraka, msw and anna ros, phd

You’re a parent living through a pandemic, social unrest, economic uncertainty, wildfires and more. Life is unsettling right now, to say the least. Do you feel drained, overwhelmed and absolutely tired right down to your core? You are confronted every day with the realities of living life in a pandemic and the shifting demands you feel. All of this leads to stress, anxiety, depression and a feeling of always waiting for the other shoe to drop. How can you keep your head above water? Attend this session to learn about some tools to help you during this strange time in which we are living.

Reduce Stress and Increase Motivation.pdf

Reduce Stress and Increase Motivation - sumita vasudeva

As PAUSD families transition back to in-person school, we are grappling with stressed and unmotivated students. Join this session to learn about how stress influences motivation. Take home practical tips that will help enhance your family's wellbeing! Sumita Vasudeva will share her expertise on this subject through her 'Four Pillars of Health' approach that draws from ancient wisdom, as well as evidence-based preventive medicine.