The Speaker Circle is a group of individuals who contribute $1,000 to help underwrite the Series.
Parent education is an important part of fostering a healthy learning environment for students. The year-long Education Speaker Series features a mix of local and nationally-known speakers, addressing a range of topics related to raising healthy children and young adults, and promoting collaboration between parents and educators. To the extent possible, the speakers also offer professional development workshops for educators and student assemblies that dovetail with the parent education programs.
Dr. Michael Riera, the former Head of School at Redwood Day School, and author of Field Guide to the American Teenager, Uncommon Sense For Parents With Teenagers, and Surviving High School, commended the Series. Riera wrote:
In my experience the Piedmont Education Speaker Series is one of those institutions that creates the kind of community parents and guardians need. These are opportunities to hear national thought leaders on a range of topics pertinent to all parents. Best of all, it gives everyone a common experience and language to further discussion on the topics presented. And yes, this means disagreeing with speakers in ways that deepen one’s own understanding of the issues and their own values.
Although the Series raises money through ticket subscriptions and individual ticket sales, these funds do not cover the speaker fees. Each year, funding from private donors makes up the difference.
Please consider making a $1,000 contribution toward this year’s Series. By joining the Speaker Circle, you will receive two tickets to each program in the Series and a signed copy of How to Raise An Adult by Julie Lythcott-Haims, one of the featured speakers in this year’s Series.
Contributions should be made payable to the Piedmont Unified School District/EducationSpeaker