2017-2018 Events

Welcome to Mercer Island Parent Edge. We operate as part of the Mercer Island School District PTSA. For the 2017-2018 school year, we are excited to bring to our Mercer Island community, two films and three speakers. Please see our lineup below. We look forward to seeing you at one or all of the Parent Edge events!


Jasen Frelot
Kids & Race: Changing the Narrative 


How can parents and educators empower their children to be successful participants in an increasingly racialized world? Learn from Jasen how the stories we unintentionally tell our children to have the greatest impact on their racial identity development and steps for empowering families to address racial injustice in a loving, sustainable, humble way. Jasen Frelot is a father, early childhood educator, social justice advocate, and co-founder of Kids and Race Seattle, which has been featured in Parent Map Magazine and on NPR. For parents of preschool through middle school students.

Angst (IndieFlix Film)


Parent Edge in partnership with Mercer Island Library and Youth and Family Services presents ANGST– Breaking the Stigma Around Anxiety. Children and young adults offer intimate, honest and accessible perspectives on suffering from and managing anxiety. Experts highlight research and offer tools and resources that provide hope. There will be a panel discussion post-screening. For parents with students of all ages & students in grades 5-12  www.angstmovie.com

Jessica Lahey
The Gift of Failure


Research has shown that the key to motivating students to own their education and develop resilience is intrinsic motivation. Jessica offers practical advice for fostering intrinsic motivation and weaning kids off of extrinsic motivators such as short-term rewards, bribes, honors, coercion, and yes, even grades while giving kids the support and encouragement they need in order to succeed. Jessica Lahey is the author of the New York Times Best Seller, “The Gift of Failure.” For parents of kids of all ages.www.jessicalahey.com


Ivory Tower (film & panelist session)

6:30 PM, SEPTEMBER 27, Mercer Island Library, Free Event

KCLS Presents the “Life After High School Series” View portions of Ivory Tower, a documentary that looks at the cost and value of a college education. After the film, a panel including college counselors, parents, and a student activist will answer questions about choosing a college and financing a college education. For parents with students in grades 9-12. Sponsored by Friends of the MI Library

Three of the panelists will offer the following in-depth programs in October at the Mercer Island Library:

  • Pros and Cons of Community Colleges: The Last College Bargain – Dr. Jonathan Brown Oct 17, 7 pm
  • The Scoop on Financial Aid – Don’t Pay Full Price – Peg Keough, Way to the Quad, Oct 24, 7 pm

Download event flyer HERE

Teens, Tweens & Tech
Straight Talk with Jo Langford


Do you know what your kids are doing on their phone? Join us for a straightforward conversation with Jo Langford, a Masters-level therapist, a sex educator for tweens, teens, and parents, and author of Spare Me ‘The Talk’! (for boys & girls). Jo will address the most popular apps teens are using; The Good, the Bad and the Ugly – The Three Big Bads; Sexting, Cyberbullying and Porn, and what parents can do about them.

Learn how to help your kids make healthy choices with tips and tools on navigating these difficult topics. Don’t miss what is sure to be a lively and enlightening evening! Find more information about Jo Langford at www.beheroes.net  For parents of middle/high school students. No children; parents only!

Island Books will have Jo Langford’s books available for purchase at the event.

Download event flyer HERE

Parent Edge & the MI Forefront Team present:
Youth Suicide Prevention for Parents


Learn evidence-based prevention strategies to help youth in crisis stay safe and get support. Like first aid and CPR, this valuable knowledge supports healthy families and communities.

FREE event – Register HERE

www.intheforefront.org for more information.

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