PA Speaker Series

The PA is continuing our popular Speaker Series in 2021 – 2022 on Zoom.   Every General PA Meeting will feature a different expert speaking on important topics we all care about as parents/guardians of high schoolers. The speaker presentation starts at the conclusion of the General Meeting. Look for more details in the monthly PA Newsletter.

Upcoming speakers

November 17, 2021

Special Speaker:  Self Care Through Breath & Expression Workshop with Damasa Doyle 

As you may know, last Spring the DOE created an initiative called the Family and Community Wellness Collective, and as part of it and because ours is one of the communities in NYC most severely impacted by Covid-19, we elected Damasa as the Family Healing Ambassador from our community.  Damasa Doyle is a Brooklyn based Mom and Health & Wellness Practitioner/Consultant with a focus on trauma sensitive energy release, bodywork, meditation and movement.

December 8, 2021

Gender Identity Across the Spectrum with Dr. Monica Rivera Mindt

Dr. Monica Rivera Mindt (she/her(s)/ella), a board-certified neuropsychologist, is Past-President of the Hispanic Neuropsychological Society and a tenured Professor of Psychology and Latinx Studies at Fordham University with a joint appointment in Neurology at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai. Her work primarily focuses on the intersection between cultural neuroscience and health disparities in cognitive aging. Her current studies are examining genetic, cerebrovascular, and sociocultural risk factors for dementia in older Latinx and Black adults, as well as ways to increase Black representation in cognitive aging and AD research.

More speakers to be announced. Check back often!

Past speakers:

October 2021

Everything You Need to Know about College Financial Aid

Financial Aid expert, Matthew Mulhern from College Funding Services spoke with our parent/caregiver community (Introduction provided by our own Director of College Counseling, Kate Beck).

We are including both the recording and the PowerPoint slides.

The above recording is to a webinar that Matthew did on another occasion that discussed all of his slides. It’s about an hour long and will answer many of the questions parents have.

You also have the opportunity to schedule a 30-minute meeting with one of the experts on Matthew’s  team… for free! Ask any and all questions that are keeping you up at night. Mathew has been doing this for almost 20 years, and he has the answers.

What You’ll Learn During Your 30-minute Meeting:

      1. What is your EFC & Are you eligible for need based financial aid?  How Much?  Where?
      2. If you are not eligible for need based financial aid, what strategies should you utilize?
      3. What will particular colleges actually cost your family?
      4. How can you qualify for more financial aid & merit based scholarships?
      5. Which colleges will be most cost-effective for your family?

Please use this link to schedule your meeting.

***If you are underclassmen family, we would be happy to speak with you, however, please do not schedule a meeting until November. We are currently focused on the Class of 2022.

School Year 2020-2021

Fostering diversity, equity, and inclusion with Teens Take Charge

Breaking the bonds of procrastination with Liz Wolfe

Honoring our need for social connection with Marni Amsellem

College support with Kate Beck

Remote learning support with Courtney Harris