Parent Education Committee


The purpose of the Parent Education Committee is to provide speakers, educational programs and resources to HPISD families concerning topics relevant to raising our children to become healthy and responsible young adults.


Upcoming Events



SCREENAGERS - Second Showing


SOLD OUT! We are delighted by our community's interest which is at our 350 capacity.  

If you would like to join our waiting list, please email HPISD.PEC@gmail.com with your request and cell number. 

If you rsvp'd and are unable to attend, please email HPISD.PEC@gmail.com and update us so we can pull another guest from our wait list.

Adults & Students invited - Tickets Required for Entry

Wednesday, Feb. 22, 2017

7 p.m. - Screenagers Filming

8:15-8:45 p.m. - Q&A with Miki Johnston, LCSW, MSW

Bradfield Elementary School Auditorium, 4300 Southern Avenue, Dallas, TX

Kindly plan for parking on surrounding streets an in the lighted parking lot 

on the northeast corner of Mockingbird and Douglas


Screenagers probes into the vulnerable corners of family life, including the director's own, and depicts messy struggles, over social media, video games, academics and internet addiction. Through surprising insights from authors and brain scientists solutions emerge on how we can empower kids to best navigate the digital world. View the trailer at http://www.screenagersmovie.com/ 

Film to be followed by a brief discussion with Miki Johnston, LCSW, MSW.  With more than 20 years of experience, Miki Johnston, is a therapist in private practice and a dynamic public speaker. Her specializations include  supporting teens and families facing issues related to adolescence, parent-child conflicts, anxiety, social media, healthy teen relationships, resilience, and sexual health.




6:30 p.m., Wednesday, March 1

Highland Park United Methodist Church, Wesley Hall

3300 Mockingbird Lane

SHAWN ACHOR, author of The Happiness Advantage, 

Before Happiness and The Ripple Effect

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At schools and companies alike, we are sometimes taught to think: “if I work harder, then I will be successful, and then I will be happy.” This formula–which undergirds much of our educational and professional world–is scientifically backwards. Achor will explain how positive brains reap a unique advantage raising nearly every educational and business outcome–but only if we get the formula right. By demonstrating how happiness is a choice, we can help students not only cultivate positive habits and mindsets, but achieve higher levels of success as a result. 

Achor has lectured or worked with over a third of the Fortune 100 companies, as well as the NFL, the NBA, the Pentagon and the White House. His research has been published in the top psychology journal for work he did at UBS in partnership with Yale University to transform how stress impacts the body, and he recently did a two-hour interview with Oprah at her house to discuss his mission to bring positive psychology to the world. To view Shawn Achor’s TED Talk, click here.




6:30 p.m., Wednesday, April 26

Highland Park United Methodist Church, Wesley Hall

3300 Mockingbird Lane

AMY BLANKSON, author of Parenting The Future Of Happiness


Technology—at least in theory—is improving our productivity, efficiency, and communication. Yet the proliferation of smartphones and Internet access also coincides with historically high levels of depression and life dissatisfaction. As the speed of innovation increases, researchers are turning attention to a crucial question: Will we continue to see declines in physical, emotional, and mental health due to our current use of technology, or can we use new strategies to harness technology and improve happiness and wellbeing?  In this talk, Amy Blankson shares simple, scientifically-proven, and practical lifehacks to increase performance and wellbeing in the Digital Era.  

Blankson is the only person to be named a Point of Light by two Presidents (President Bush and President Clinton).  She received a Presidential appointment to serve a five-year term on the Board of Directors of the Corporation for National Service, and was one of the youngest delegates to the Presidents’ Summit for America’s Future.  Amy received her BA from Harvard and MBA from Yale School of Management. View Amy Blankson’s recent presentation at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z-52HLrFPwY