Community Parent Education Events & Resources

Parent Education Opportunities

The KSPTA is working on bringing some great parenting education events to Kentfield this school year. There are also lots of great resources, often free, in our community. On this page, you will find information on parent education events and resources.

Information is added as new opportunities arise.

Please note that some of these events and resources are not sponsored by the Kentfield School District or KSPTA. Information, events, and resources provided from community organizations are offered as service to our community. Placement does not represent an endorsement.

September 2022

September 19, 7-9 p.m. PST

No-Drama Discipline with Best Selling Author Tina Payne Bryson

Join us for an engaging workshop with renowned author and child development expert Dr. Tina Payne Bryson, based on No-Drama Discipline, her bestselling book, co-authored with Dr. Dan Siegel.

Complete with candid parenting stories and plenty of humor, Dr. Bryson will explore the whole-brain approach to discipline and offer parents an effective, compassionate roadmap for dealing with tantrums, tensions, and tears.

Registration is free. Donations are suggested to ensure families and children in need receive counseling services and to support public policy advocacy for systemic change.

Dr. Tina Payne Bryson is the Founder and Executive Director of The Center for Connection, a multidisciplinary clinical practice in Southern California. Dr. Bryson keynotes conferences and conducts workshops for parents, educators, and clinicians all over the world, and she frequently consults with schools, businesses, and other organizations. The most important part of her bio, she says, is that she’s a mom to her three boys. You can learn more about Dr. Bryson at TinaBryson.com.


September 29, 2022, 5:30-6:30 p.m. PST

How to Help Kids Develop Their Emotional Vocabulary

We all want to raise kind and thoughtful kids – children who can reach out with compassion and bounce back from challenges.

That’s why we need to attend to their emotional development. Students who are emotionally literate are better equipped to learn in school, deal with difficulties, form healthy relationships, and make responsible choices.

Join Deborah Farmer Kris – educator, child development expert, and author of the new children’s book “You Have Feelings All the Time” – to learn more about the science of emotion and how everyone benefits when we learn how to name, normalize, and navigate our feelings.

Deborah Farmer Kris is a parenting columnist for PBS KIDS, an educational correspondent for NPR's Mind/Shift, and the founder of Parenthood365, an organization dedicated to helping children and teens thrive.

Parents/caregivers, students, educators, mental health professionals, and community members welcome! Free admission. Simultaneous Spanish interpretation will be available.

This presentation is sponsored by Redwood City School District, Sequoia Union High School District, Sequoia Healthcare District, Peninsula Health Care District, and The Parent Venture.

Questions? Contact Charlene Margot, MA, Co-Founder and CEO, The Parent Venture, at cmargot@parentventure.org. The Parent Education Series is a program of The Parent Venture, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization.


September 30, 2022, 12-1 p.m. PDT

How to Support your Upset Child

Join us for an all-new Parent Forum (English) with Eran Magen, PhD, founder of Parenting for Humans.

Trying to offer support when your child or teen seems upset or stressed can feel like tiptoeing through a minefield. Learn how you can support your upset child, especially during moments of emotional intensity (e.g., anger, fear, anxiety, frustration).

In this discussion group, you will have the opportunity to interact with other parents like yourself, as well as hear from parent-child communication expert Eran Magen.

Eran Magen holds a Ph.D. in Psychology from Stanford University. He is the founder and CEO of Parenting for Humans, an organization that supports relationship-first, trauma-informed parenting.

Parents/caregivers, educators, mental health professionals, and community members welcome! Free admission.

The Parent Forum is an initiative of the Sequoia Healthcare District, in partnership with The Parent Venture. Parent Forums, offered in English and Spanish, focus on parent-child communication and strengthening relationships with your child or teen.

Questions? Contact Charlene Margot, MA, Co-Founder and CEO, The Parent Venture (The Parent Education Series), at cmargot@parentventure.org.


October 2022

October 5, 2022, 7 p.m. PST (part of the regular KSPTA meeting)

Let's Talk Series: Just Say No

In the first community discussion of 2022-23, we’ll discuss what to know about today's current drug trends among local youth.

Guest Speakers:

ED TERNAN has a BS in Political Science from Santa Clara University and an MBA from Pepperdine University. His professional background includes marketing communications, product development and project management. After his son’s death, Ed dedicated himself to informing young people about new risks of self-medication and recreational drug use in the age of synthetic drugs like fentanyl.

Ed and his wife Mary have formed a nonprofit charity called Song for Charlie, where they create and distribute social media campaigns and educational materials. Their programs provide fact-based resources directly to young people in plain language and encourage healthier alternatives for managing stress.

DR. JEFFERY DEVIDO is Board certified in adult and addiction psychiatry and specializes in the evaluation and treatment of addictive disorders as well as general psychiatric conditions in the context of co-occurring medical illness.

He maintains a teaching faculty appointment at UCSF's Department of Psychiatry and continues to teach, lecture, and publish on a wide array of psychiatric conditions. Dr. Devido earned a Masters in Theological Studies at Harvard Divinity School before entering medical school at Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons. He went on to complete adult psychiatry and addiction psychiatry training at Massachusetts General and McLean Hospitals at Harvard Medical School.

HENRY PRATT is a senior at Archie Williams high school. He is in his third year of journalism and the Editor-in-Chief of the school newspaper. Henry was nationally recognized for his article on fentanyl.


October 19, 2022, 12-1 p.m. PST

Fentanyl Prevention Education: How to Help Teens Make Healthy Decisions

All student alcohol and drug use during the developmental years comes with risk. In 2022, one of these risks is exposure to fentanyl and fentanyl analogs – synthetic opioids vastly more potent than heroin in dramatically smaller quantities.

Fentanyl and its analogs are most often unintentionally ingested by youth when mixed with other substances, including prescription stimulant medicines, cocaine, and marijuana.

Join Stacey Wisniewski, Senior Prevention Specialist, Prevention Solutions, Hazeldon Betty Ford Foundation, to understand the risks of intentional and unintentional fentanyl use among adolescents.

The Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation is an international leader in prevention science, education, and practices. Its research-informed programs and services are designed to keep healthy kids healthy.

Parents/caregivers, students, educators, mental health professionals, and community members welcome! Free admission. Simultaneous Spanish interpretation will be available.

This presentation is sponsored by Woodside PTSA, Sequoia Union High School District, Sequoia Healthcare District, Peninsula Health Care District, and The Parent Venture.

Questions? Contact Charlene Margot, MA, Co-Founder and CEO, The Parent Venture, at cmargot@parentventure.org. The Parent Education Series is a program of The Parent Venture, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization.


December 2022

December 7, 2022, 7 p.m. PST

Let's Talk Series: The Adolescent Brain

In the second community discussion of 2022-2023, we’ll discuss the adolescent brain and substance use.


February 2023

February 1, 2023, 7 p.m. PST

Let's Talk Series: Parenting to Support our Teens

In the third community discussion of 2022-23, we’ll discuss "Parenting to Support our Teens."


May 2023

May 3, 2023, 7 p.m. PST

Let's Talk Series: Mental Health & Underage Substance Use

In the final community discussion of 2022-23, we’ll discuss Mental Health and Underage Substance Use.