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Upcoming Educational Programs

Challenge Success: The Well-Balanced Student 

Tuesday, February 20th, 6:00 p.m.- 8:00 p.m.

McCulloch Intermediate School
This hour and a half parent presentation will explore society’s focus on grades, test scores and performance which leaves little time and energy for our kids to become resilient, successful, meaningful contributors for the 21st century. Based on sound educational research, Challenge Success provides strategies and tools that can be used immediately to help reduce stress in your family and help your child develop the strengths and skills he/she needs now and in the future. In this presentation, Margaret Dunlap, M.A., School Program Director for Challenge Success, will share how you can establish a healthier home environment for your school-aged child, reduce academic stress without sacrificing achievement, and increase your child’s resilience, creativity, and well-being. Margaret had held roles in education leadership and program management for over 25 years serving as a teacher and leadership specialist. She has coordinated National Board Certification, new teacher support programs for districts, and speaks nationally to faculty and parents on the topic of student well-being. The parent presentation follows the HPISD professional development day workshop which examines the tension that parents, students, and teachers often experience over issues such as homework, grades, and the culture of competition, and offers tools for creating a healthier school climate. 
To learn more about Challenge Success please visit their website
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Ana Homayoun
7 P.M. Thursday, April 19

Kindly RSVP plan time for parking (Meadows Museum Parking Garage)

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.

Kindly contact with questions.