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Mercer Island Parent Edge is a non-profit organization which is part of the Mercer Island School District PTSA. We coordinate events and programs for parents, educators and our community. 

In addition to joining us for our 2020-21 line-up of virtual events, don’t miss all of the great resources on this website including:

> 3-2-1 Newsletters
> COVID-19 Parenting Resources
> Talking about Race Resources


2020-21 Events

NOTE: Due to the virtual format of these presentations, pre-registration is required for all programs. You will be sent a Zoom link the day prior to the event. Questions? Contact miparentedge@gmail.com.


Youth Suicide Prevention for Parents

Presented by MI Parent Edge & the MI Forefront Team
April 20, 2021 • 7PM • Virtual Presentation

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. Visit www.intheforefront.org for more information.

FREE EVENT.  For Adults/Parents ONLY!   

Register

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FOREFRONT | 青少年自杀预防
2021 4 20 •晚上7点•

学习以证据为基础的预防策略,帮助危机中的青少年保持安全并获得所需要的支持。 就像急救和抢救一样, 获取宝贵的知识将有助于家庭和社区的健康发展。 这个活动适合中学和高中学生的家长。(只适于家长)

www.intheforefront.org



PAST PROGRAMS

DEVORAH HEITNER, PhD
#Pandemic Parenting:
How to Help our Kids Thrive in a Digital World

Wednesday, October 14, 2020 • 7:00-8:30 PM • Virtual Presentation

This fall, back-to-school is anything but normal. Distance learning is a huge adjustment for everyone. Devorah Heitner, PhD, an expert on young people’s relationship with digital media and technology, will share practical advice and tips to help your kids succeed in this new digital classroom. She’ll also discuss how parents can make this all a little easier on ourselves, too.

Devorah Heitner, author of Screenwise, explains the importance of “mentoring over monitoring” when it comes to kids’ tech use and gives advice on how to encourage a healthy relationship with media and technology – and set kids up for success, not stress, in the digital age.

Join us to learn…

  • How parents can support their children’s uses of technology to connect, create, and learn
  • A framework for deciding what digital platforms and apps are appropriate (or not) for elementary aged kids, tweens, and teens
  • Tips for teaching kids how to self-regulate their screentime
  • How to empower kids to use technology and digital media for social good
  • How to help kids through a virtual school day (brain breaks, physical activity, snacks and high fives!)

Dr. Devorah Heitner is an expert on young people’s relationship with digital media and technology. She is the author of Screenwise: Helping Kids Thrive (and Survive) in Their Digital World and the Connecting Wisely Curriculum for grade 4-8 and founder of Raising Digital Natives. Her mission is to cultivate a culture of empathy and social/emotional literacy. Dr. Heitner’s work has appeared in the New York Times, the Washington Post, Fast Company, The Wall Street Journal, TIME magazine and Education Week. She has a Ph.D. in Media/Technology & Society from Northwestern University and has taught at DePaul and Northwestern. She is delighted to be raising her own digital native.


ROSETTA LEE – 2 programs
Diversity Speaker & Trainer

What I Said and What I Meant: Improving Cross Cultural Communication 
October 29, 2020 • 4:30-6:00 PM • Virtual Presentation

Humans communicate on many levels: spoken language, tone, body language, style and personality. The fact that we have complex cultural identities and a host of differing past experiences increases the probability of cross-cultural miscommunications. This workshop presents major cross-cultural communication theories, ways that cultural values, power, privilege and differences affect the way we communicate, tools for questioning assumptions, and ways to improve cross-cultural communications skills. 

>>> Did you miss the presentation? Watch a recording HERE!


Navigating Microaggressions 
October 29, 2020 • 7:00-8:30 PM • Virtual Presentation

How do you navigate microaggressions – those words and actions that offend or hurt, even though they may be unintended? Learn some of the obstacles of authentic conversations, as well as practical strategies for what to do or say when you are the target of, witness to, and agents of microaggressions.

>>> Did you miss the presentation? Watch a recording HERE!


Rosetta Lee is a highly regarded local and national expert in diversity, inclusion and equity. She is a faculty member at Seattle Girls School teaching science, math, technology, art, ethics and social justice. For over 10 years, Rosetta has been a diversity speaker and trainer on a variety of topics including cross-cultural communication, identity, and gender and sexual diversity.

www.seattlegirlsschool.org/outreach/ • Rosetta Lee (@rosettalee) Twitter


LIFE AFTER HIGH SCHOOL SERIES | A Four-Part Virtual Series

Sponsored by KCLS and Friends of the Mercer Island Library
Parents/adults and high school students welcome

> Please register by at least 5PM the day prior to each program to receive a Zoom link. For more information, contact Carrie Bowman.

Character Counts – College Admissions Beyond Grades and Test Scores
Tuesday, October 6, 2020 • 6:30-7:30pm • Virtual Presentation
Presented by Tom Barry and Veronica Leyva, Collegewise
> Click HERE for more information and to register for this program.

Conducting a College Search in the Time of COVID-19
Tuesday, October 13, 2020 • 6:30-7:30PM • Virtual Presentation
Presented by Claire Nold-Glaser
> Click HERE for more information and to register for this program.

All About Financial Aid for College
Tuesday, October 20, 2020 • 6:30-7:30PM • Virtual Presentation
Presented by David Aramaki, Financial Advisor
> Click HERE for more information and to register for this program.

Navigating American Education with your Child
Tuesday, November 3, 2020 • 7:30-8:30PM • Virtual Presentation
Presented by Kate Wang, VP of International Partnerships at MyCOS.
NOTE: This program is presented in Mandarin with slides in English and Mandarin.
>Click HERE for more information and to register for this program.


Parent Support Series

With MIYFS Elementary School Counselors & MI Pediatrics 

Presented by MI Parent Edge & MIYFS

Program #1
A Conversation about Our Kids” Mental Health
November 17, 2020 – 7PM

  • Gather mental health tips for your family to help reduce and/or better manage anxiety, stress, and depression.
  • Ask questions that are on your mind.
  • Connect with other parents of elementary kids.

FREE EVENT! For parents of elementary-aged children.

This program is designed for parents of elementary students.  Additional programs are being planned for parents of preschool, middle school and high school students.  Stay tuned!

>>> Did you miss this program? Watch a recording and view the presentation slides.


Youth Suicide Prevention for Parents

Presented by MI Parent Edge & the MI Forefront Team
November 19, 2020 • 7PM • Virtual Presentation

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. Visit www.intheforefront.org for more information.

www.intheforefront.org

FREE EVENT.  For Adults/Parents ONLY!  

>>> Did you miss the presentation? Watch a recording and access resources HERE!