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PLEASE NOTE: The Parent Education News is meant to be an informational service for Piedmont parents.  The page will highlight educational events sponsored by Piedmont Parent Clubs and the various Piedmont support groups.  If reservations are necessary or if a fee is required that information will be noted in the announcement. If a neighboring school or District is sponsoring an educational event that is open to the public, we will try to include it as well.  We are not responsible for the opinions expressed or content of events held outside of Piedmont.



The Education Speaker Series (ESS) returns for the 2014 – 2015 school year with an exciting mix of programs related to raising healthy children and young adults.  The Education Speaker Series is presented by the Piedmont Unified School District with the generous support of the Associated Parent Clubs of Piedmont, Piedmont Educational Foundation, and Piedmont Parents Network.

Registration & Reservations

Register and reserve tickets for the full series through online registration(PUSD parents/guardians only) or contact the Fundraising Office at 653-1816 or . At this time, tickets for individual events cannot be purchased in advance. Tickets may be available at the door for $10. Call the Fundraising Office (653-1816)  for more information.

Times:  All events will be from 7:30 pm to 9:00 pm.

Locations:  All events will be held at Piedmont High School (800 Magnolia Ave, Piedmont) unless otherwise noted.

2014-2015 Series

Preparing Students for the Age of Technology

September 30, 2014
A series of short talks followed by a panel discussion.  Speakers include: Stephanie Griffin, PUSD’s Director of Instructional Technology; serial entrepreneurs Ali Partovi, Co-Founder of, and Dion Lim, CEO of Next Lesson; and Kurt Fleischer, Senior Scientist at Pixar Animation Studios. (Alan Harvey Theater at Piedmont High School)

Nurture Shock:  New Thinking About Parenting
October 21, 2014
Po Bronson, co-author of New York Times best-seller Nurture Shock: New Thinking About Children, explores the science of parenting, contradicting conventional wisdom about parenting practices.

The Physiology of Sleep
November 18, 2014
Nationally-known sleep specialist Dr. Jerold Kram addresses specific, practical ways parents can promote healthy sleep habits, which are critically important for health, development and life-long wellness.

Why We Need to Change the Way We Teach Math
January 27, 2015
Education reform advocate Dan Meyer, one of Tech & Learning‘s “30 Leaders of the Future” and an Apple Distinguished Educator featured on CNN and Good Morning America, discusses Common Core Math, and the importance and method of teaching students to formulate and solve problems rather than memorize and apply formulas.

The Social and Emotional Lives of Boys and Girls
February 24, 2015
Rosalind Wiseman, New York Times best-selling author of Queen Bees & Wannabes (2009) and Masterminds & Wingmen (2013), offers insights and advice about helping girls and boys navigate the realities of girl world and boy world.  Wiseman examines cliques, frenemies, reputation, gossip, rebellion, bullying, crushes, and relationships, and the ways technology and social media have profoundly altered the ways boys and girls communicate.

Effects of Marijuana on the Developing Brain
March 24, 2015
During adolescence, the brain undergoes crucial development associated with judgment, critical thinking, problem solving, and memory.  This program will explore recent studies showing that use of marijuana during adolescence can disrupt this development, with long-term implications.




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