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

February 9, 2022

Dr.  Michael Marshall:  Mental Health and the Transition from Hight School to College – Setting your child up for success.   The talk will focus on the potential mental health-related risk factors facing students as they transition to college. This includes prevalence, signs to watch for, and how to speak with your child about his/her/their mental state. It will also touch on preparations prior to and during enrollment that can help ensure that a plan is in place in the event the student needs help.  This includes resources in and out of school.

More speakers to be announced. Check back often!

Past speakers:

January 12, 2022

Dr. Rivera Mindt:   Gender Identity across  the Spectrum.   Rivera Mindt will speak to parents, from the perspective of a scientist and a parent, on how to talk with and support their teens.

December 8, 2021

Special Speaker: Catherine Turso, iSchool Teacher Financial Literacy for Teens.

November 17, 2021

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

Damasa Doyle is a Brooklyn based Mom and Health & Wellness Practitioner/Consultant with a focus on trauma sensitive energy release, bodywork, meditation and movement.

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).

You can view his presentation here.

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:

      • What is your EFC & Are you eligible for need based financial aid?  How Much?  Where?
      • If you are not eligible for need based financial aid, what strategies should you utilize?
      • What will particular colleges actually cost your family?
      • How can you qualify for more financial aid & merit based scholarships?
      • 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