• Parent Ed Resources
    Browse this page for a variety of websites, articles and recommended books on parenting and kids.
    Scroll to the bottom of this page for a list of events that happen outside the MVSD, but are open to the public. 

    Links to Videos & Powerpoint Presentations of Past Events:

    Information about The Well Balanced Student (K-8) with Mary Hofstedt, from the Challenge Success organization and the parent education night can be accessed in the links below. The first is a video about the well-balanced child with Denise Pope, the second is the Challenge Success website, and the third is information from the National Sleep Foundation about bluelight.

    The Well Balanced Student video with Denise Pope will be available through 2/7 (access code: millvalley)

    Challenge Success website 

    National Sleep Foundation website and information on bluelight






    How to have an imperfect family and be perfectly satisfied with Brad Sachs, MD, PhD

    Staying Connected to your Teenager with Mike Riera, PhD

    How to Raise an Adult with Julie Lythcott-Haims
    Executive Functioning
    Weed 101: Smart Approaches to Marijauna

    It Takes A Village (ITAV PTA) promotes the academic success of ALL students in Mill Valley schools who learn differently through parent education and advocacy. 
    Common Sense is dedicated to helping kids thrive in a world of media and technology.  We empower parents, teachers, and policymakers by providing unbiased information, trusted advice, and innovative tools to help them harness the power of media and technology as a positive force in all kids’ lives.
    Understood is a well funded ($25+million), online, free resource for parents of kids age 3-20 with learning and attention issues. For the first time ever, 15 nonprofit organizations have joined forces to support parents throughout their journey. With state-of-the-art technology, personalized resources, free daily access to experts, a secure online community, practical tips and more. (Click on the " You and Your Family" tab.)
    The Greater Good Science Center studies the psychology, sociology, and neuroscience of well-being, and teaches skills that foster a thriving, resilient, and compassionate society. Take a FREE on-line course The Science of Happiness, and/or subscribe to their newsletter and view all their tabs; tons of great info.
    Positive Discipline is a program designed to teach young people to become responsible, respectful and resourceful members of their communities. Based on the best selling Positive Discipline books by Dr. Jane Nelsen, it teaches important social and life skills in a manner that is deeply respectful and encouraging for both children and adults. (Sign-up for their free newsletter, it's great.)
    Mindset Works® strives to enable a world in which people seek and are fulfilled by ongoing learning and growth.The Company translates lessons from leading universities into programs that schools can use to increase student motivation and learning. (See interviews with Dr. Dweck, as well as "In the News" articles.)     
    Katherine Ellison is a Pulitzer-Prize winning investigative journalist, former foreign correspondent, writing consultant, author of four books, and mother of two sons. (View her "Environmental News" and "Recent ADHD Coverage" tabs.)
    Parent Education Group of Marin's mission is to provide a forum for Marin County public and independent schools to collaborate on parent education topics. They promote parent education events throughout our community. (To find local parent-ed events in Marin, available to the community, check out the "Events Month-At-A-Glance.)
    Dr. Christine Carter is a leading happiness expert and an inspiring speaker. She offers important insights about the ways that families, schools, and businesses can structure themselves to promote well-being, emotional intelligence, and happiness. A sociologist at UC Berkeley’s Greater Good Science Center and the author of Raising Happiness (sign-up for her free newsletters, and check-out her Blog and "free updates" tabs.)
    Technology Resource Center of Marin. Their mission is to inform, evaluate, provide, and maintain appropriate Assistive Technology and Augmentative Alternative Communication (AT/AAC) tools, services, and opportunities for all students and their families in Marin County. They serve students with any type of disability throughout their educational experience.
    A community of individuals and institutions dedicated to building a future in which every child masters empathy. (Explore the “Download our tool kit” button.)
    Miles To Go began nineteen years ago as a lecture series in California. They continue to expand with new programs and opportunities. Each presentation leaves old style lecturing behind and tells a story using science, humor and a multi-sensory approach to teaching.

    Taking Five - How to Talk To Teens and Pre-teens
    ‘It’s not complicated, just hard,’ says youth advocate Charis Denison. Known for her talent for getting pre-teens and teens to talk, and for parents to ask the right questions and listen, she shares advice here.
    Challenge Success Parenting Guidelines
    10 Parenting Tools for Every Parent's Toolbox
    First and foremost, children want and need a sense of connection. This allows the mind to work. When children feel connected, they are fully alive. Children who feel connected feel safer, which leads to better judgment and decision making. Click here for the full article.
    How Do You Motivate a Teen?
    Encouragement is the key to motivation. Every parenting tool we are sharing in this Positive Discipline for Teeanagers book is designed to encourage and motivate teens. In this article we’ll cover Six Sure Fire Teen Motivators: compliments, humor, let’s make a deal/collateral, motivation through involvement, joint problem-solving and follow-through. Click here for the full article. 
    Eighteen Ways to Avoid Power Struggles
    Power struggles create distance and hostility instead of closeness and trust. Distance and hostility create resentment, resistance, rebellion (or compliance with lowered self-esteem.) Closeness and trust create a safe learning environment. You have a positive influence only in an atmosphere of closeness and trust where there is no fear of blame, shame or pain. Click here for the full article. 
    Homework Overwhelm with Torri Chappell
    This is a podcast click here to listen

    Recommended Reading: 
    Uncommon Sense for Parents with Teenagers by Michael Riera
    The Power of Play, by David Elkind
    Nurture Schock; New Thinking About Children, by Po Bronson & Ashley Merryman

    Parent With Love and Logic : Teaching Children Responsibility, By Jim Fay    

    Best Friends, Worst Enemies: Understanding the Social Lives of Children, By Michael Thompson, Ph.D, Catherine O’Neill Grace and Lawrence J. Cohen    
    Blessings Of A Skinned Knee, By Wendy Mogel    
    It’s a Boy! Understanding Your Son’s Development from Birth to Age 18, By Michael Thompson, Ph.D and Teresa Barker    
    Alpha Girls, By Dan Kindlon    
    Positive Disciple for Teenagers, By Jane Nelsen, Ed.D.
Last Modified on March 23, 2020