Parent Education Committee


Ashley Merryman

7 P.M. THURSDAY, OCT. 12

McCulloch Intermediate School

3555 Granda Avenue Dallas, TX 75205


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Highland Park ISD Parent Education Committee is honored to host Ashley Merryman. Ashley Merryman's insights change the world's dialogue. Co-author of two New York Times bestsellers NurtureShock: New Thinking About Children and Top Dog: The Science of Winning and Losing – Merryman has had enormous critical and commercial acclaim. 

Merryman's genius is that she finds the best science to explain our world, and, having done so, she transforms our lives. With Po Bronson, it was Merryman who introduced the world to Carol Dweck and her now famous concept of growth mindset. Then Merryman brought the science of creativity to the public's attention. And now it's a stunningly new perspective on what it takes to become the world's best. 

Merryman's taught Olympians how to better perform under pressure; she's advised executives on building a winning culture. From keynotes to conference rooms, Merryman has appeared at 180 venues.  In addition to cover stories for Newsweek and New York, Merryman has written for New York Times Magazine,Time,Washington Post, the Guardian, Huffington Post, the Daily Beast, and many others. Her media appearances include: Charlie RoseTavis SmileyFox and Friends; @KatieCouric; John Stossel; CNN's Anderson Cooper 360 and CNN Newsroom; HBO's Real Sports with Bryant GumbelCanada AM; BBC'sWorld News and Sports Hour; and NPR's On Point. She once delighted "Mr. Wonderful" Kevin O'Leary with an on-air explanation of how science could predict his entrepreneurial success; Stephen Colbert devoted an entire segment of The Colbert Report to her take on kids and competition. Her mastery of psychology, neuroscience, and more, is so authoritative her work's been cited in 130 academic journals and 417 books to date. And Merryman's won nine awards for her work, including: PEN Center USA Literary Award; AAAS Award for Science Journalism; an “Audie”; and two Clarions. 

Merryman has a Bachelor of Fine Arts from the USC School of Cinematic Arts and a Juris Doctorate from Georgetown University. An attorney, Merryman previously served as a speechwriter and in other positions in the Clinton Administration. She lives in Los Angeles, directing a small all-volunteer tutoring program for inner-city kids since 1999. 

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Scott Kelly

7 P.M. MONDAY, NOV. 6

WESLEY HALL AT HIGHLAND PARK UNITED METHODIST CHURCH

3300 MOCKINGBIRD LN, DALLAS, TX 75205

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Highland Park ISD Parent Education Committee and Highland Park United Methodist Church are honored to host Scott Kelly.  A stunning memoir from the astronaut who spent a record-breaking year aboard the International Space Station--a candid account of his remarkable voyage, of the journeys off the planet that preceded it, and of his colorful formative years.

The veteran of four space flights and the American record holder for consecutive days spent in space, Scott Kelly has experienced things very few have. Now, he takes us inside a sphere utterly inimical to human life. He describes navigating the extreme challenge of long-term spaceflight, both existential and banal: the devastating effects on the body; the isolation from everyone he loves and the comforts of Earth; the pressures of constant close cohabitation; the catastrophic risks of depressurization or colliding with space junk, and the still more haunting threat of being unable to help should tragedy strike at home--an agonizing situation Kelly faced when, on another mission, his twin brother's wife, Gabrielle Giffords, was shot while he still had two months in space. 

Kelly's humanity, compassion, humor, and passion resonate throughout, as he recalls his rough-and-tumble New Jersey childhood and the youthful inspiration that sparked his astounding career, and as he makes clear his belief that Mars will be the next, ultimately challenging step in American spaceflight. A natural storyteller and modern-day hero, Kelly has a message of hope for the future that will inspire for generations to come. Here, in his personal story, we see the triumph of the human imagination, the strength of the human will, and the boundless wonder of the galaxy.

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Ana Homayoun

7 P.M. Thursday, April 19

WESLEY HALL AT HIGHLAND PARK UNITED METHODIST CHURCH

3300 MOCKINGBIRD LN, DALLAS, TX 75205


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Highland Park ISD Parent Education Committee and Highland Park United Methodist Church are honored to host Ana Homayoun.  In today’s always-on digital culture, many of today’s students face a challenging paradox: the tools they need to use to get their work done – tablets and computers – often provide their biggest distraction from getting work done. As a result, students quickly become overwhelmed and stressed out trying to manage the daily confluence of online interactions with schoolwork, extracurricular activities, and family life. In this insightful new book, noted author and educator Ana Homayoun translates the new language of social media, and provides pragmatic, prescriptive advice on how to help students manage distractions, become more organized, improve time-management, boost productivity, and relieve stress.

With fresh insights and a solutions-oriented perspective, Homayoun explains how social media has created a new language of communication that parents and educators need to understand, and shows how parents, educators and students can work together to promote healthy socialization, effective self-regulation, and overall safety and wellness.

Ana is the author of three books, and her relaxed yet effective approach to encouraging personal excellence has motivated tens of thousands of tweens, teens and young adults. Her first book, That Crumpled Paper Was Due Last Week: Helping Disorganized and Distracted Boys Succeed in School and Life, provides practical solutions to the common organization, time-management and motivation challenges facing many tween and teen boys. The Myth of the Perfect Girl: Helping Our Daughters Find Authentic Success and Happiness in School and Life explores the real-life dilemmas faced by so many girls and young women stuck in the quest to find success amid a culture of perfectionism, and offers simple, implementable strategies for overcoming the need to live up to others’ standards of success. Her latest book, Social Media Wellness: Helping Tweens and Teens Thrive in an Unbalanced Digital World, explains the new language of social media socialization, and details ways parents and educators can successfully work with students to promote self-regulation, safety, and well-being in an always-on digital culture.

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