Thursday, October 20, 2016

AB Families Learning Together

It seems truer than ever that it does take a village to raise a child. Families are navigating through the complexities of social media, adolescent development, health and wellbeing, relationships, school, and the balance of other activities in our students' lives.

We continue to look for ways for our community to learn together. Last year, our district developed the Family Learning Series. The series was created by Assistant Superintendent for Teaching and Learning Deborah Bookis in partnership with district and school leaders and with generous support from community organizations including ABRSD PTOs, PTF, PTSO, AB Special Education Parent Advisory Council, Danny's Place Youth Services, and AB United Way (essential members of our "village"). This year, the series is designed to support our district's work in the areas of Social and Emotional Learning (SEL), health and wellness.

Upcoming topics include Dr. Denise Pope's "The Well-Balanced Student" (November 8th), as well as Pamela Katz Ressner on Mindfulness (January 25th), and Chris Herren on Substance Abuse (February 13th). A complete schedule can be found here. I hope that you are able to take the opportunity to attend one or more of these events.

As we further our Challenge Success partnership across the district in helping our students to have more balanced, healthy lives, the Family Learning Series presents another opportunity to learn and grow together in our efforts.