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New School Year Off to a Running Start Sherine Smith, the superintendent of the Laguna Beach school district, along with principals and administrators explained how staff is preparing students for the future, at the school year’s first Coffee Break, the monthly parent education...

Parents Receive a Pep Talk

By Kate Rogers, Special to the Independent Award-winning speaker and therapist Liz Jorgensen urged parents of teens to revive the collaborative and collective parenting environment that began when their children were young when they shared tips and strategies. This open,...

Unlocking Children’s Desire to Excel

By Kate Rogers, Special to the Independent The most recent Coffee Break provided parents a simple and powerful tool for transforming their children’s learning experience from one of anxiety to one of excitement and success. Emily Diehl, of Mindset Works, described the...

The Next Coffee Break Addresses Entitlement

Linda and Richard Eyre will speak about entitlement at next week’s Coffee Break from 8 a.m. to 10 a.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 20, at the Aliso Creek Inn and Golf Course. Their talk will center on the contents of their latest book, “The Entitlement Trap,” in which...

Unlocking Children’s Desire to Excel

By Kate Rogers, Special to the Independent The most recent Coffee Break provided parents a simple and powerful tool for transforming their children’s learning experience from one of anxiety to one of excitement and success. Emily Diehl, of Mindworks, described the research-based...

Brain Power, Like Brawn, Requires a Workout

By Kate Rogers, Special to the Independent   Clinical neurologist and educator Dr. Judy Willis discussed the application of neuroscience to practical aspects of child rearing during a recent PTA Coffee Break workshop. As Dr. Willis unbundled her concepts, listeners realized that...

Coffee Break Explores Parent Effectiveness Training

By Kate Rogers, Special to the Independent Meike Lemmens, certified in parent effectiveness training, helped parents understand the impact of their communications with children during last week’s Coffee Break parent-education talk at the Aliso Creek Inn. About 75 parents and...

Taking Up Teen Talk At Coffee Break

As part of the Coffee Break series on Wednesday, Nov. 28, Dr. Jerry Weichman, a clinical psychologist and adolescent specialist, will be speaking on parenting today’s teens and pre-teens at the Aliso Creek Inn and Golf Course from 8:30-10:30 a.m. The presentation will include the...

Coffee Break Welcomes School Leaders

By Kate Rogers, Special to the Independent PTA’s Coffee Break kicked-off the season last week by welcoming leaders and catching up parents on the latest district developments. Welcomed were Supt. Sherine Smith and new Asst. Supt. Deni Christiansen. Also present were high school...

Coffee Break: Sexes Differ in How They Learn

By Kate Rogers, Special to the Independent PTA’s Coffee Break speaker Michael Gurian’s topic of gender differences provoked many “a ha” moments for the audience during the school year’s final workshop, which was held last month. Gurian, co-founder of the Gurian Institute, focused...

Coffee Break

His Insights Reveal Differences in Children’s Natures Bestselling author Michael Gurian, an advocate for applying brain research about gender differences to learning in homes, schools, the work place and public policy, speaks Wednesday, May 23, at 8:30 a.m. at Aliso Creek Inn,...

Class Notes

Top Employee Also a County Finalist School district technology technician Long Le, selected as classified employee of the year, is also one of six finalists for a similar award by the county’s Education Department. The award pays tribute to the efforts of non-teaching school...

Coffee Break

Arming Kids to Resist Pressure to Drink By Kate Rogers, Special to the Independent   Brenda Conlan acted as a lightning rod for community angst around “social host” drinking by teens at last week’s PTA-sponsored Coffee Break talk at Aliso Creek Inn. School district...

Coffee Break Hosts Drug and Alcohol Prevention Expert

Brenda Conlan’s truthful account of her own adolescence, derailed by early addiction to drugs, gives special credibility to her presentation as the featured speaker in PTA’s Coffee Break education series on Wednesday, March 21.   The talk about the myths about drug and...

Coffee Break Addresses Discipline

Local psychologist and family therapist Thomas Habib of Mission Psychological Consultants spoke on “Love, Discipline and Achievement” in Coffee Break’s evening forum last week. Habib focuses on developing practical skills for disciplining and emphasizes that the goal of...
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