On March 30, Mahtomedi Public Schools transformed the way teaching and learning looks in the school district and launched Distance Learning. Our students, teachers, and families are at home trying to learn and work simultaneously. It is a stressful and uncertain time, however, there are important things we can do to support both our kids and families as we transform our work in a digital context. Discover with author and speaker Dr. Devorah Heitner, the essential considerations for families to help kids thrive during this unprecedented digital time.
This session will give you the tools and strategies to support your kids and family to thrive during Distance Learning. Dr. Heitner will also answer questions from the audience. This session includes:
Tuesday, April 7, 2020
Online Live Event-A link to the event with be sent to participants who RSVP.
E-21 parents, caregivers, and educators are welcome to attend this online event.
Continuing Education Credit available
RSVP required (a link for the live event will be sent to those who RSVP): https://forms.gle/AU4d6y7itoX3CjwRA
About the Presenter
An expert on young people’s relationship with digital media and technology, Dr. Devorah Heitner is the author of Screenwise: Helping Kids Thrive (and Survive) in Their Digital World 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, 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.
Explore the value of empathy and kindness with educator and 2011 Minnesota Teacher of the Year Katy Smith. Discover how nurturing these abilities and actions impact a child’s wellness, development, and personal excellence throughout their E-21 education and beyond. Katy makes use of current research and combines her educational experience with humor to keep audiences engaged.
Tuesday, March 31, 6:30-8:30 PM (canceled, will reschedule)
RSVP required: https://forms.gle/AEV98Q4ZyiAqDg3r6
About the Presenter: Katy Smith has spent a career engaging communities in transformative conversations. She is a keynote speaker, an educator, a trainer, and a valued resource for parents and educators. Katy is the 2011 Minnesota Teacher of the Year, the first early childhood teacher in Minnesota, and the first parent educator nationally, to be honored with the award.
The Key Ingredient to Your Child’s Emotional Well-Being
This session will give you the tools and strategies to grow and support your child’s emotional well-being. This session included:
Resources from the Presentation:
Resources from the event: Vaping Presentation, Article, "How Vaping Causes Serious Lung Disorders."
Handout: How to Talk to Your Kids About Vaping
This event explored the connection between engaging in at-risk behaviors and wellness. At the event, educators and families will learned about vaping and the impact on student wellness. Presenters reviewed common questions, what to do if you think your child is engaging in the behavior, and how to seek support.
October 15, 2019: Mental Health Overview
Close to 100 families and staff members from Mahtomedi Public Schools gathered on October 15 to discuss mental health. The conversation is part of the Zephyr Wellness series and is an opportunity for families and staff to earn, grow, and support each other on wellness issues. Presenters discussed the difference between age-appropriate expected behaviors and common behavioral signs that may benefit from professional mental health support. The presenters also gave an overview involving how to access mental health supports in Washington County and at Mahtomedi Public Schools. Members of the Mahtomedi High School Student Leadership Council assisted in the free childcare program so parents could attend the event.
September 10, 2019: Community Connection Night