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Coffee Break Snaphot

Coffee Break Snaphot

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 program organized by the PTA Council. Smith described how schools are integrating […]

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Parents Receive a Pep Talk

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, supportive environment is missing during the teen years when the stakes are so much higher, […]

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Unlocking Children’s Desire to Excel

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 research-based thesis of Stanford psychologist Carol Dweck, which holds that children enjoy learning […]

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The Next Coffee Break Addresses Entitlement

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 the Eyres detail a solution to the sense […]

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Unlocking Children’s Desire to Excel

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 thesis of Stanford psychologist Carol Dweck, which holds that children enjoy learning when […]

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Brain Power, Like Brawn, Requires a Workout

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 in simple and easy-to-apply techniques parents really could make a difference in unlocking […]

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Coffee Break Explores Parent Effectiveness Training

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 educators actively participated during a lively session where Lemmons  defined behaviors parents try to influence. […]

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Taking Up Teen Talk At Coffee Break

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 latest trends in the teen environment, how to parent more […]

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Coffee Break Welcomes School Leaders

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 Principal Joanne Culverhouse, Thurston Principal Jenny Salberg, El Morro Principal Chris Duddy, […]

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Coffee Break: Sexes Differ in How They Learn

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 on describing differences that are based on “nature” vs. “nurture.” While nature-based […]

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Coffee Break

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, the final Coffee Break parent-education workshop of the school year. A $10 donation […]

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Class Notes

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 employees. Supt. Sherine Smith said “Long provides technical help and assistance […]

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Coffee Break

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 Superintendent Sherine Smith and City Council member Verna Rollinger were also […]

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Coffee Break Hosts Drug and Alcohol Prevention Expert

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 alcohol use takes place at the Aliso Creek Inn and Golf Course […]

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Coffee Break Addresses Discipline

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 maintaining a solid discipline in the family is to develop the valuable skill of a kid’s own […]