PAIS/ISACS Parent Series

The Independent Schools Association of the Central States (ISACS) is an association representing over 240 schools across 13 states. PAIS is happy to announce that we are joining the ISACS’ Parent Series for 2023-24, a hallmark program of this fine association. The topics in the series are significantly important and led by leading experts in the fields of education, parents, and child development.

ISACS has planned SIX one-hour webinars for parents and caregivers, all organized in a series. PAIS member schools can register for the 2023-24 ISACS Parent Series at the ISACS member rate. Your school will register for the Parent Series via PAIS and PAIS staff will be your main point of contact for all questions related to the Series. The benefits to PAIS go beyond the exposure for our members to excellent programming that builds community and broadens awareness of issues that matter to our families and our schools; the series also supports the PAIS program budget as we will receive a portion of each school’s registration. PAIS appreciates the camaraderie and generosity of ISACS.

Only ONE person from each school needs to register the school via PAIS to provide the entire school community to the Series. Each school will identify an Administrator as the contact person on the registration page and this Administrator will distribute the information for each program as it is announced. This designated contact person will be the only contact to receive communications from PAIS regarding Zoom pre-registration links, important reminders to encourage your school community to pre-register on Zoom, Zoom recordings, and post webinar resources. This person will share all details with their school community, as needed. Recordings and resources will be sent via email 48-72 hours after the program.

A Google doc of all recordings and materials will be created and shared with the contact person, and they are in control of sharing this document. Recordings must only be accessed by schools that registered for the 2023-24 Parent Series. Please do not share the recording links with others outside your school community.

All parents, caregivers, faculty, and staff who plan to attend the live presentations MUST pre-register on Zoom for each webinar in the series. These Zoom registration links will be delivered to the contact person for each school. As noted above, that person will distribute the information to their school community.

$650 per PAIS member school for full community access to 6 one-hour webinars, open to parents, caregivers, faculty, and staff.
Payment can be made at the time of registration or a “Pay Later” option is available for schools that wish to be invoiced. Payment is expected prior to the start of the Parent Series Season on September 28, 2023. No refunds will be provided for the Parent Series.



Voice Lessons for Parents & Caregivers: What to Say, When to Say It & How to Listen
Thursday, September 28, 2023, 7:30-8:30pm

Most parents are adept and savvy communicators, even when mild tensions arise in relationships—until they’re talking to their children. Addressing this growing challenge for families, Dr. Mogel developed a series of specific “voice lessons” for parents. Using humor and act outs she’ll share how a shift in vocal style, verbal content and timing will lead children to listen more attentively, communicate with more enthusiasm, respect, and sincerity and cooperate with more alacrity. She’ll reveal how each age and stage of a child’s life brings novel opportunities to connect. And the heartening news is that parents can model and teach the foundational skills of communication starting at birth…or anytime beyond. Participants will leave with specific skills and strategies to use with children of diverse temperaments and across the span of childhood and adolescence. The recording of this webinar will be available until December 31, 2023.

Meet the Presenter: Wendy Mogel
Wendy Mogel, PhD is a practicing social-clinical psychologist, international public speaker and New York Times bestselling author. Her parenting books include The Blessing of a Skinned Knee, The Blessing of a B Minus, and Voice Lessons for Parents. She specializes in the protection and promotion of self-reliance, resilience, accountability, and exuberance in children and hosts the popular podcast Nurture vs Nurture with Dr. Wendy Mogel. Her think pieces have appeared in publications including Independent School Magazine, Parents Magazine, Camping Magazine, and the New York Times and she is frequently invited to weigh in on issues of the day by television and press including The Today Show, The Chicago Tribune, The Wall Street Journal, Forbes, Newsweek, CNN, and NPR. She has served on the scientific advisory boards of child-centered nonprofits and Parents Magazine. A graduate of Middlebury College, Mogel completed an internship and post-doctoral fellowship in psychology at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles.

How to Raise a Self-Driven Child
Thursday, November 30, 2023, 7:30-8:30pm
Join author and expert Ned Johnson to learn why fostering a healthy sense of control is so important for childrens' intrinsic motivation, success, mental health, and happiness. Parents and caregivers will learn how to pivot from manager to parent consultant, how to be a non-anxious presence and will leave with effective strategies to use with children raging in age from tots to teens.

Meet the Presenter: Ned Johnson
Ned Johnson is the founder of PrepMatters, an educational company that helps succeed in high school and get into college. A professional “tutor-geek” since 1993 has spent nearly 50,000 one-on-one hours helping students conquer an alphabet of standardized tests, learn to manage their anxiety, and develop their own motivation to succeed. With Dr. William Stixrud, Johnson co-authored The Self-Driven Child: The Science and Sense of Giving Your Kids More Control Over Their Lives and What Do You Say? How To Talk With Kids To Build Motivation, Stress Tolerance, and a Happy Home. He is the host of the The Self-Driven Child podcast and his work has been featured in The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Wall Street Journal, NPR, BBC, and many others.

A Tour Through Your Child's Brain: Development, Technology & Learning
Wednesday, January 17, 2024, 7:30-8:30pm
From birth to adulthood, our children undergo many changes which can impact their behavior, cognition, and emotions. During this webinar, we will journey through the developing brain and track how it changes across the lifespan (with a special look at the teenage years). Participants will gain a better understanding of why our children act as they do and consider concrete ways to support them cognitively and behaviorally at home. We will explore the impact of technology on development and learning and we’ll learn three principles of learning to support our children as they study and learn at home. This webinar is for school-aged children, grades 1-12.

Meet the Presenter: Jared Horvath
Jared Cooney Horvath, PhD, MEd is a neuroscientist, educator, and author of the best-selling book Stop Talking, Start Influencing: 12 Insights from Brain Science to Make Your Message Stick. He has conducted research and lectured at Harvard University, Harvard Medical School, the University of Melbourne, and over 750 schools internationally. Horvath has published six books, over 50 research articles, and his work has been featured in The New Yorker, The Atlantic, The Economist, and PBS’s NOVA. He currently serves as director of LME Global, a team dedicated to bringing the latest brain and behavioral research to teachers, students, and parents.

Talking to Youth About Heated Topics
Tuesday, February 13, 2024, 7:30-8:30pm
Young people bear witness to challenging or traumatic events in current events, media, and our local communities. They are often trying to process thoughts, feelings, and reactions without our explicit help and guidance – thereby increasing their confusion and anxiety. We adults have a natural instinct to protect our children from harsh realities while also preparing them to navigate this complex world – is it possible to do both? What are ways to talk about identity, difference, and justice in age-appropriate ways? How do you reinforce your family's values without instilling disrespect for other perspectives? How do you coach them toward authentic and respectful dialogue across difference? Engage in these questions and more. There will be time for Q&A. This webinar will focus on grade k-8 but will be applicable to all.

Meet the Presenter: Rosetta Lee
Rosetta Lee is an outreach specialist at Seattle Girls' School (WA), in which role she designs and delivers training for all constituencies of the school community, as well as schools, nonprofits, and businesses throughout the world. She has been a diversity speaker and trainer on topics, including cross-cultural communication, identity development, implicit and unconscious bias, gender and sexuality diversity, facilitation skills, and bullying in schools. Lee has presented at conferences and has worked with over 450 organizations throughout the country. She has served on the faculty of the National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS) Diversity Leadership Institute, as well as NAIS' diversity think-tank cadre, Call to Action. She has a BA from Harvard University.

Growing Up in Public: Milestones of Growing Up in the Digital Age
Tuesday, March 5, 2024, 7:30-8:30pm
How can we help our kids navigate coming of age in a world where nearly every moment of their lives can be shared and compared? How can we help them navigate all the firsts? First Roblox playdate? First social media account? First phone? We can track our childrens’ every move with apps, see their grades within minutes of them being posted, and fixate on their digital footprint, anxious that a misstep could cause them to be ostracized or even jeopardize their admission to college. How can they figure out who they really are with zero privacy and constant judgment? Heitner shows us that mentoring and not just monitoring kids will help us understand and support our kids, building our relationships with them, AND helping them be successful in digital spaces. This webinar is for parents and caregivers of elementary through high school children.

Meet the Presenter: Devorah Heitner
Devorah Heitner, PhD offers empowering advice on mentoring resilient and kind kids in our always-connected world. Her new book about navigating privacy and reputation, Growing Up in Public investigates how we can help young people figure out who they are in a world where everyone is watching. Her previous book, Screenwise: Helping Kids Thrive (and Survive) in Their Digital World, was an Amazon bestseller and widely praised. Her writing has appeared in The New York Times, The Washington Post, CNN Opinion, and Fast Company, among others. Heitner earned a PhD from Northwestern University and has taught at DePaul University and Northwestern.

Raising Resilient Children
Monday, April 15, 2024, 7:30-8:30pm
The messages parents give their kids in everyday interactions shape their children’s confidence and resilience. Parents often underestimate how patterns of homelife influence the ways their children handle the challenges that come their way– both big and small. The exchanges you have, routines you establish, and values you convey in your everyday parenting offer daily opportunities to support children’s self-assurance and confidence. By recognizing those moments and making the most of them, you help your kids build resilience. This webinar based on the authors’ new book – Raising Kids: Your Essential Guide to Everyday Parenting – will provide tools for parents with children of all ages (it’s never too late!) to help them more effectively manage disappointment and limits, develop self-esteem, and navigate their social world. There will be time for Q&A.

Meet the Presenters: 
Sheri Glucoft Wong
Sheri Glucoft Wong, LCSW is a family therapist and school consultant who counsels and speaks nationally to parents, both in her own practice and at schools, medical and mental health centers, businesses, nonprofits, and religious organizations. She served as the resident parenting coach for Apple, Gymboree, and Genentech, and has trained health care professionals at the Stanford Medical Center and UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospital. Wong lectures at universities including Stanford, U.C. Berkeley, and U.C. San Francisco, and has consulted with faculty at Yale University’s Center for Emotional Intelligence. Her parenting advice has been showcased in the media, including The Wall Street Journal, The San Francisco Chronicle, and The Huffington Post and on a televised national satellite media tour on best parenting practices that reached over two million people across the country. She is the co-author of a newly released book Raising Kids: Your Essential Guide to Everyday Parenting.

Olaf “Ole” Jorgenson
Olaf “Ole” Jorgenson, EdD serves as head of school at Almaden Country Day School (CA) where he works with parents and is attuned to the prevailing needs, anxieties, and concerns challenging them today. He speaks and publishes widely, including dozens of conference presentations, journal articles and three books, across a range of subjects in education and educational leadership. His recent work concerns the impact of excessive academic demands on student wellness. He is a field instructor for the Klingenstein Center for Independent School Leadership at Teachers College, Columbia. His parenting expertise was included in The New York Times bestselling parenting book, How to Raise an Adult: Break Free from the Overparenting Trap and Prepare Your Kid for Success, by Julie Lythcott-Haims.

Please contact Deb Borden with any questions. Please do not contact ISACS staff.


Community of Learners

We are delighted you will be joining this ISACS learning community. We ask everyone to enter each session as listeners, learners, and thoughtful contributors. We welcome a variety of perspectives with a focus on understanding as opposed to debating. Our hope is for each session to serve as a springboard to additional conversations. At ISACS, our goal is to create, support, and protect a trusting community of learners where it is safe to share with each other. To that end, ISACS prohibits the recording of any portion of this event as well as the unapproved posting of presenter or participant comments or resources from ISACS events. We thank you in advance for your willingness to respectfully listen and learn along with us.

Acknowledgement of Intellectual Property
Participants expressly acknowledge the intellectual property of the presenters of this event and the following conditions of attendance. This acknowledgement includes the understanding that creating any form of recording or copying, including but not limited to video, audio, or photography is a violation of the intellectual property of the speakers as well as a violation of the terms of participation in this event. Participants expressly agree not to independently record/copy, or knowingly let anyone else record/copy, any part of the conference sessions in which they participate. Participants will not share the event or recorded links, resources, or content. The links must be used solely by the registrant.

Media Release
Registration, attendance at, or participation in ISACS events constitutes an agreement by the registrant to ISACS’s use and distribution (both now and in the future) of the registrant or attendee’s image or voice in photographs, videos, electronic reproductions, and audio of such events and activities. 

ISACS Recording & Resources Disclaimer
Series recordings and presenter resources are provided only to those schools that have registered for the Series. By accessing the recording and resources, you are notified that these links and its contents should not be copied or distributed to those outside of your school community. The recording and resources are provided solely for the use of the registered school entity for the purpose of professional development for that specific school community and should not be shared with those outside your school community. Copies of the recording or the resources must not be made or distributed. Adhering to this disclaimer allows ISACS to offer this extended listening opportunity to facilitate a more flexible schedule in support of our member schools. Failure to do so would constitute a breach with our contracted presenters. PAIS will contact any non-registrant who completes the online form and will require a registration fee.