Welcome to It Takes A Village!It Takes A Village (ITAV) promotes the academic success of all students in Mill Valley schools who learn differently through parent education and advocacy.
ITAV First Friday Connect Series
Matrix Parent Network and Resource Center Presentation
Matrix shares how you can access individual support to help you understand your child's educational plan and access the systems that serve students in our public schools.
ITAV Student Perspectives Presentations
Kai Bernstein-Lawler, Jewish Community High School
MVSD graduate and podcast creator Kai Bernstein-Lawler (currently a senior at Jewish Community High School of the Bay) documents his day-to-day experiences of living with ADHD and some of his takeaways from his interviews (with an expert and adults living with ADHD) in the hopes of helping to create a deeper understanding of people with ADHD.
Local high school student and MVSD alum Zach B. discusses his poignant journey through his diagnosis of, and what it's like to live with, PANDAS (Pediatric Autoimmune Neuropsychiatric Disorders Associated with Streptococcal Infections), and how he came to be a PANDAS Advocate.
Parent Education - Podcasts
Oh, That Explains a Lot! – ADHD Diagnosis as an Adult and How ADHD Can Hide in Plain Sight
Oh, That Explains a Lot! – ADHD Diagnosis as an Adult and How ADHD Can Hide in Plain Sight. Amanda was diagnosed recently with ADHD, primarily inattentive presentation. In this podcast, Kai Bernstein-Lawler speaks with her about her experience before, during, and after diagnosis and how her ADHD symptoms appear in her daily life.
“What Do You Spend a Lot of Time Doing That You Hate?” – An Expert Speaks About Diagnosing ADHD in Children and Her Observations
Dr. Lisa White, Ph.D., has worked for the Summit Center since it was founded in 2009. She is a licensed psychologist who provides evaluations for youth and consults with families about the best schooling options for their children. Dr. White has given numerous talks and seminars to schools and parent groups, including It Takes A Village. In this podcast, Kai Bernstein-Lawler speaks with her about how she diagnoses children with ADHD and her observations about children with ADHD and their families.
We’ve had countless requests to dive into the topic of neurodiversity, and we’re thrilled to start here with podcaster, author, and founder/CEO of Tilt Parenting Debbie Reber. It’s a conversation about puberty plus ADHD, autism, and so much more.
Disability rights activist Emily Ladau describes her experience through puberty with a physical disability, sharing her own story in the most eye-opening, heartwarming conversation. If you’ve never thought about what it’s like to transform physically and emotionally while managing physical limitations, this episode will open your mind.
This is Part 2 of our series with disability rights activist Emily Ladau. In this conversation, Emily up-ends the wide-ranging assumptions many people make about disabled people and sexuality.
It Takes A Village, Mill Valley School District's Special Education PTA, recognizes and supports challenges in parenting and educating children with learning differences. Membership dues are $20 per person. Students can be members. (ITAV provides free memberships to MVSD teachers, administrators and other service providers.)
Additional donations will help fund educational seminars for parents, professional development for teachers and programs for students.
Join our mailing list!It Takes a Village maintains an e-mail list of parents who would like to be reminded of the monthly meetings and are interested in occasionally receiving notice of educational events and opportunities offered by other similar organizations.
Announcing- ITAV Mini-Grants!OPEN TO MVSD GENERAL ED TEACHERS, SPECIAL ED TEACHERS, SLPS, OTS, PSYCHS AND COUNSELORSRolling Application DeadlineITAV will consider all requests for materials, training, and curriculum related to MVSD students. This means anything from a professional development opportunity to curriculum to books and materials & supplies. Visit the ITAV Mini-Grant online form for more details and to apply!
FIRST FRIDAY CONNECT SERIES:
ITAV welcomes you to join other MVSD parents for our FIRST FRIDAY CONNECT series. First Friday Connect parent group, held the first Friday of each month (currently via Zoom), offers an informal community where talking about the challenges of parenting and academics is welcome!
FIRST FRIDAY CONNECT via Zoom (Zoom link here)
Join us for one of our favorite ways of gathering community! Hikes are scheduled throughout the school year. Keep an eye out on your school newsletter and ParentSquare for upcoming dates!