Here is a list of Past Events offered by CPT (to show you what we have done and what you can look forward to more of!):
Talking with Your Children About Diversity:
Building Bridges of Understanding, Appreciation and Respect
Presented by esteemed educator and nationally-renowned public
speaker, Principal Baruti Kafele.
The larger world we live in is dynamic, challenging and often filled with a lot of tension. As parents, we encounter opportunities to discuss with our children the differences between people, whether those differences are racial, ethnic, sexual
identity, gender issues or other. Our children look to us for help in sorting out the complexity of the world they are just beginning to discover. The news we and our children are exposed to regularly prompts tough questions. At times we are
at a loss: how can we frame our family discussions to help build our children's understanding of the world they live in, allowing them to be more civil and inclusive citizens? What if they are the ones feeling misunderstood or excluded?
How do we help them sort through instances of injustice? How can we prepare them to respond wisely and compassionately in challenging situations? Can we frame our discussions at home so children develop an appreciation for the
richness of diversity? Recognizing the need to prepare our children for life in an increasingly interactive global society, can we as parents cultivate a robust civility in our children, instilling in them the values of inclusivity, flexibility in thinking and
respect for differences? Come join us for a community program that will touch upon these complex questions, facilitated by the esteemed educator and nationally-renowned public speaker, Principal Baruti Kafele.
"Clearing Away the Smoke: How to Talk with Teens about Today's Marijuana"
presented by Dr. Sion Harris. Free and open to all.
Tuesday, December 11th, 7:30 PM Concord-Carlisle High School in auditorium
Offered in collaboration with the CCHS Parents Association.
Ever get stumped when trying to talk with your child about marijuana -- yet feel the urgency to give them good guidance -- especially since it has been legalized (for adults, anyway)? Today's teens are exposed to a lot of misinformation on the Internet and social media. Come and learn the facts about today's marijuana and the risks for adolescents that are grounded in the latest scientific research. This will help you to have more confident and effective conversations about marijuana with your teen.
Fall 2018 Saturday Seminar
Techniques and Tips for Your Sensory Tool Kit
Featuring Lisa van Gorder, OTR/L, CEIS
November 10, 2018 10 AM to 3 PM
Location: Harvey Wheeler Community Center, 1276 Main Street, Concord MA
Certificate of Attendance: 5 PDPs awarded to participants
This workshop gave early childhood teachers an understanding of sensory processing disorders. Focus was on the ability to identify what may or may not be sensory issues, giving strategies on how to treat issues in the preschool classroom, and how to use those strategies. Additionally, this workshop addressed topics on how to use sensory activities to increase attention and how to create a functional sensory diet.
“Starting the Conversation: Talking to Your Children About Drugs”
presented by Jon Cohan, CADC
In this 2-part workshop for adults, participants learned:
Smoothing the Transition to Kindergarten: Ways Families Can Best Support School Readiness
A special program for incoming Kindergarten Parents featuring Jeanine Fitzgerald, Parenting Educator, Teacher Trainer,
founder of the Better Behavior Institute and author of The Dance of Interaction.
“Social Host Liability: As Prom Season Approaches and Parties Gear Up, What You Need to Know About Your Liability for Alcohol & Marijuana At Home”
A Free program presented by
John Sofis Scheft, Esq.
There is so much misinformation about criminal and civil liability associated with youth alcohol and marijuana use in Massachusetts. Come and learn the facts from a former prosecutor and defense attorney who specializes in these issues. What is the “social host” law? What are consequences for youth possession? How about for marijuana cultivation and in-home possession? How about operating under the influence? What are the rules for “gifting” marijuana? What are police allowed to do when they arrive at a home in response to a party? Get these and your own questions answered.
Vaping: How do we talk with kids about this emerging trend?
Presented by Mary Cole, MPH, CHES
In Massachusetts almost 24% of high school students reported u sing e-cigarette, and nearly half had tried them at least once. More high school youth e-cigarettes than all all other tobacco products combined, AND they use them nine times more often than adults.Join us in a discussion to learn more. Vaping devices, including a juul and e-liquids, will be available so parents can see them, along with other materials.
Marijuana, Adolescent Brain Development and Teen Risk-Taking: What Parents Need to Know
This power-packed talk covered normal risk taking behaviors of the developing teen brain. Dr. Potee focused on the impact of marijuana on the adolescent brain, acutely and long term. Equipped with these facts, adults in the lives of teenagers will
be better able to discuss issues about substance use and risky behaviors with competence and clarity.
This talk was a collaboration between the Center for Parents and Teachers, the Concord Health Department and Concord Youth Services through generous funding by Healthy Concord.
May Saturday Seminar: Teaching Young Children Self-Regulation
Featuring Jeanine Fitzgerald
Gaining self-regulation is a long, gradual process that depends on children internalizing the expectations of society. Without these skills, children may challenge authority, display explosiveness that harms others or destroy property, or remain incapable of delaying gratification, following through on instructions or effectively resolving conflicts. Anyone working with children today has experienced the results of not supporting the development of self-regulation. Now, it is time to discover the solutions. [EEC Core Comp Area 2]
For parents of children from very young through high school age. Today’s busier, faster, supersized society is waging an undeclared war . . . on childhood. Reclaim for your children – for your whole family – the space and freedom we all need. The Simplicity Parenting approach is based on over thirty years’ experience successfully supporting busy families. It helps you in making small doable changes, worry less – and enjoy more. For those who want to balance their children’s lives down but don’t know where to start, Simplicity Parenting offers both inspiration and a blueprint for change.
16th Annual Conference for Early Childhood Educators!
Exploring Ways to Ease Children’s Anxiety, Worry and “Overwhelm” Through the Simplified Classroom
with internationally renowned presenter Kim John Payne, M.Ed.
Many children come into our classrooms from home feeling stressed and, often, a bit “overwhelmed”.
What can we as educators do to reduce their anxiety … and the behavioral challenges they exhibit?
As it turns out there is quite a lot we can do that will have a positive impact!
Today’s busier, faster, supersized society is waging an undeclared war . . . on childhood. As the pace of life accelerates to hyperspeed – with too much stuff, too many choices, and too little time – children feel the pressure. They can become anxious, have trouble with friends and school, or may even be diagnosed with behavioral problems. During our day with international expert Kim John Payne we will explore the benefits of “The Simplified Classroom”. You will learn ideas on how to create a more calm and predictable environment that offers the space, simplicity and freedom children need, allowing the child’s individuality to shine and their attention to flourish.
Our presenter, Kim John Payne, has been quietly and passionately working to help tens of thousands of people, from Asia to Europe to the Americas, give voice to the feeling that something is not okay about the new normal of overwhelm that so many are now experiencing. He offers do-able ways to realize the hopes we all have for the children in our care, by building deep connections, fostering resiliency and experiencing the joys of simplicity.
An Australian, Kim was originally trained as an Early Childhood Educator. He has, for 24 years, worked throughout the world as a counselor, consultant/researcher and educator of both children and adults. The author of many books, including the #1 best-selling parenting book Simplicity Parenting, he has been helping families and educators explore issues such as social difficulties with classmates, attention and behavioral issues at home and school, and emotional issues such as defiance, aggression, and low self-esteem. Soon to be published: his new book The Simplified Classroom.
*This conference includes material applicable to the needs of diverse learners and children with special needs. EEC Core Competency Areas 1, 2, 5.
8:30 - 9:00 AM Registration and coffee at theater of Middlesex School
9:00 - Noon Morning Session with Kim John Payne, M.Ed.
Noon to 1 PM Catered lunch
1:00 – 3:00 PM Afternoon Session continues with Kim
January 2018 Saturday Seminar for Teachers
Nature-Based Curriculum Using Loose Parts: Ideas on How to Take Learning Outdoors!*
Presented by Victoria Hackett, M.Ed.
Not sure what to do with the kids once you get outdoors? Want to bring the outdoors inside? Explore the magic of nature's loose parts and discover how you can instantly create "pop-up" outdoor classroom curriculum. This workshop will demonstrate how to take learning outdoors and explore how to use sticks, stones, feathers, and shells as curriculum tools. Learn a range of activities in different curriculum tools. This jam-packed workshop offers hands-on ideas, resources and playful learning.
Opiates, Addiction, and Our Kids: A Primer For Parents”
In this program for adults, participants learned:
About our presenter: Jon Cohan CADC has over 10 years years of experience in the substance use disorder and mental health fields. He practices addiction treatment and family therapy in Concord and also works at Right Turn in Watertown as a Family Addictions counselor. There he conducts workshops to help family members begin their own recovery.
“The Pressured Child: Helping Your Child Find Success in School and Life”
In collaboration with, and funded by, the CCHS Parents Association,
The Center for Parents and Teachers invite parents to hear internationally acclaimed presenter, Dr. Michael Thompson
"The Pressured Child" is, in fact, a presentation for "pressured parents" who have forgotten what school is actually like. It is a talk for parents who are gripped by worries and misapprehensions about their children’s life in school. In the presentation, Dr. Thompson describes the psychological journey that children experience during their thirteen years in school. He reminds parents that children are almost never judging themselves by grades: they are always monitoring their own development and constantly searching for three things: connection, recognition and a sense of power.
“Raising Safe and Confident Teenagers in These Turbulent Times”
-a free three part workshop series presented by Rick Irving, MSW
A significant number of teenagers report feeling stressed and anxious, certainly more so than we did when we were growing up. As parents, we sometimes struggle on a daily, if not hourly, basis with how best to support our kids while also increasing their resilience and sense of self-management. This workshop/discussion focused on specific ways to help teens, language to use, words to avoid, and skills to model and teach.
“Raising a Student-Athlete: Sports Parenting in the 21st Century”
Presented by Adam H. Naylor, EdD, CC-AASP
A discussion focused on supporting your child’s health and thriving throughout their sporting experiences. Consideration was given to the parent’s role in developing confident and resilient young athletes and how to manage the stress of increasingly complicated sporting decisions which families face.
“De-stressing Parents: Raising Kids with Less Stress and More Success”
Presented by Robert Evans, Ed.D. There is no harder job than being a parent. Nothing else touches so much of a person so deeply—or so unpredictably—and there is no training for it. As the pace of life accelerates, media influences intensify, and the future grows less predictable, parents find it harder to be confident—harder to know how to raise competent, caring children, how reduce their children’s stress—and their own. Rob Evans will outline these dilemmas and offer concrete suggestions for successful coping at home and school.
Empty Nest (or Almost!): A Discussion Group for Parents of Young Adults
Who: Parents who have a child that has graduated high school
It’s an exciting time, but also one that comes with change. This 4-week discussion group will explore many of these changes by addressing the core concept of “Who am I? As a parent? As a partner? As a person?”
Creating Early Childhood Environments that Welcome and Support Children with Gender Expansive Behavior and Children and Families with Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Parents/Guardians". Interactive workshop presented by Dr. Ellie Friedland, Associate Professor and Co-Chair, Early Childhood Education at Wheelock College.
Join the Conversation -
Developing a School & Family Partnership Around Technology and the Digital World
A Collaboration between the Concord Public Schools/Concord-Carlisle Regional School District and the Center for Parents and Teachers.
Parents were invited to join a conversation about developing a partnership related to technology and digital literacy in our K-12 schools. Parents brought their “wish list” of resources and opportunities that would be helpful to them and their family to support healthy, mindful use of technology as a learning tool, or simply to feel informed. Resources developed took the form of go-to web pages, blog series, workshops, study groups, and more.
Competence, Confidence and the Building of Resiliency in Our Children”
A series presented by Rick Irving, MSW
This series focused on ways to help our children develop an inner core of resilience as they grow up. How children see their world was covered and, from that base, we looked at how you as parents can support a sense of competence. With ever-present electronics, lack of sufficient sleep, world news, and increasing academic output demands, children often feel more anxious and less secure in how to manage the natural demands of their world. Our presenter covered specific language and techniques you can use—and those NOT to use—to build your children into caring, balanced young people who can handle the stresses of the world they live in and become happy, confident and resilient adults.
a 6-week Parent Support Group Program for parents of children with special needs (4-9 years old).
The group consisted of 12 members. Each member was asked to make a 6 week commitment to the group. There were three different sets of dates to choose from. All series were held at the Ripley Administrative Building in Concord.
Members of this group met other parents who offered immediate empathy for the unique challenges they face on a daily basis and for the long haul. The group came up with meaningful topics to them which may include how to:
15th Annual Conference for Early Childhood Educators: Friday, March 17, 2017
A Day About Science and Play.....the Lisa Murphy Way!* Schedule
Featuring nationally renowned presenter Lisa Murphy, M.Ed.
6 Professional Development Hours awarded in a Certificate of Attendance.
8:30-9:00 Registration and coffee at theater of Middlesex School
Keynote Address: WHAT IF TODAY WAS THEIR ONLY DAY?
Through active and engaging storytelling Lisa brings you back to her first day of school, taking you on a grand tour of Miss Mary’s Nursery School. And, in the style she has become famous for, she shares many observations, lessons and anecdotes about how early childhood has changed along the way. Lisa will share the sights sounds and smells of the place where, at the young age of three, she decided to become a teacher and identifies the how, and why, that one day solidified her decision to become an educator. This inspiring keynote gets participants back in touch with their personal how and why. It gets them excited and gets them thinking: If it WAS their only day, what will they remember?
Late Morning Session: FIZZLE BUBBLE POP AND WOW! Simple Science for Young Children!
Often our own experience has led us to think that science is hard, difficult and complicated. This workshop will reassure you that you do not need a degree in biology or chemistry to have an engaging science program in your classroom as Lisa demonstrates 6 tables of age-appropriate science activities for young children. Participants will be invited to come up on stage and play with the experiences at the end of the demonstration.
12:15 – 1 PM Catered Lunch
1:00-3:00 Afternoon Session: THE IMPORTANCE OF EARLY EXPERIENCES: How Playing IS Kindergarten Readiness!
During this session Lisa will identify the seven things we need to do with children each day. These seven things make up the foundation that supports the house of higher learning. There is nothing wrong with the “academic” expectations within this house: reading, writing, math… the trouble is that many early childhood educators are being pressured to build a house where there is no foundation. And you do not need to be an architect to know that if you build where there is no foundation, the house will come crashing down! Playing is “getting them ready” and through an investigation of each of the “seven things,” Lisa shows you how. This session has become one of Lisa Murphy’s most popular and oft requested workshops. By making time to create, move, sing, discuss, observe, read and play we are getting children ready not just for kindergarten, but for life!
About our Presenter:
LISA MURPHY, M.Ed., Early Childhood Specialist • Founder and CEO, Ooey Gooey, Inc. • Presents over 100 (per year) seminars and workshops on various topics related to play and early childhood education in various domestic & international (Canada, West Indies, Japan) venues • Author of Lisa Murphy on PLAY: the foundation of children’s learning; The Ooey Gooey® Handbook Ooey Gooey® Tooey: 140 activities for young children; Even More Fizzle Bubble Pop and WOW! Simple science for young children• Co-coordinator of an annual international early childhood related UN Conference, Lisa Murphy has been involved with early childhood education for over 20 years: teaching and working with children in various environments including Head Start, kindergarten, private preschools, family childcare, park and rec centers, group homes and many child care centers.
MANY KINDS OF SMART! Understanding the Theory of Multiple Intelligences
The incidence of childhood anxiety and depression is rising at an alarming rate. Children and youth are feeling incredible pressure to perform. Yet this pressure is having a negative impact on their ability to be successful in school and in other activities in their life. By focusing solely on a one or two ways of learning, and ignoring other forms of intelligence, our culture puts in jeopardy the students who do not flourish in those domains. They are not only at risk of not meeting their potential, they often perceive themselves to be a “failure” and give up or suffer through a mental health crisis.
But there is another way! Come learn empowering information first outlined by the esteemed educator Howard Gardner. He examined the numerous ways that individuals learn. If looking at academic success through only one “lens”, parents and children feel incredible stress, especially if the way the child learns differs from the approach taken in the classroom. But when understanding expands to include multiple ways of learning, new possibilities open up.
Our presenter, Lisa Murphy M.Ed., puts her own spin on Howard Gardner’s classic theory.
Nurturing the Well-balanced Student, Debunking the College Myth
with Denise Pope, PhD
Dr. Denise Pope, of Stanford University, examines the tension that students, teachers, and families often experience surrounding the culture of competition and offers research-based tools for creating a healthier community of learners. We all want our kids to do well in school and to master specific skills and concepts, but our largely singular focus on academic achievement has resulted in a lack of attention to other components of a successful life—the ability to be independent, adaptable, ethical, and engaged critical thinkers.
Talk Saves Lives* a FREE one-hour workshop and light lunch - community based presentation that covers the general scope of suicide, the research on prevention, and what people can do to fight suicide. Attendees will learn the risk factors and warning signs of suicide and how together, we can help prevent it!
SATURDAY SEMINAR : Brain Gym®:The Essential Role of Movement to Stimulate Learning & Focus*
Professional Development Seminar
This 5-hour introduction provides opportunities to move, explore and play with Brain Gym®. Participants will leave this Brain Gym® Introduction with:
These simple Brain Gym® movements have been shown to prepare children with the physical skills needed to function successfully in the classroom. This worldwide program is used to enhance learning and performance with all ages. You will undoubtedly find it can improve your day to day function as well as that of the children in your care!
ABOUT OUR FACILITATOR: Bonnie Hershey, M.Ed., is the owner and director of The Kinesiology Connection in Lexington, MA.
Special showing of the powerful movie Screenagers! This movie is appropriate & encouraged for both adults and kids. To see the trailer visit screenagersmovie.com. Screenagers is brought to you by CMS PTG, Center for Parents and Teachers, Healthy Concord and Concord-Carlisle Youth Services.
Middle Schoolers and the Internet
Guiding Our Children in Safe Use of Social Media and the Internet: come learn from Internet Safety Expert Katie Greer on Thursday, December 8th at 7PM at CMS Sanborn Auditorium
How do you make the best decisions for technology and your family?
One way is to be informed, educated and equipped with useful tools and strategies.
The Concord Middle School PTG along with Concord-Carlisle Youth Services, Healthy Concord and CPT invite you to "Middle Schoolers and the Internet: An Evening with Katie Greer".
Topics covered included:
Interactive games trends and rules
Applications - trends, appropriateness, usefulness
Positive Ways to Parent Your Teen: Transitioning From Manager to Consultant
A three-session workshop series presented by Susan Lerner, MSW, LICSW
Susan's presentation helped parents recognize that as children move into the developmental stage of adolescence, their parental roles need to change as well. This interactive presentation helped parents understand that while they may have been fired as managers, they are still very much wanted and needed in their role of consultant. Susan's presentation focused on identifying goals for parenting through the teen years, understanding the developmental tasks of adolescence and provide strategies for parenting teens.
Susan is a clinical social worker specializing in attachment, parenting and psychological trauma. She graduated from Boston University School of Social Work in 1988 and has spent the last 25 years working with children, adolescents, adults and families. Susan's area of interest is parenting and fostering life-long healthy family relationships. Susan is the Assistant Director at Metrowest Behavioral Health Center in Acton providing individual and family therapy as well as parent coaching and consultation. Drawing upon several evidence-based therapies, her clinical practice and at-home "laboratory" with her own three children, Susan presents practical strategies that are effective and help parents navigate the ups and downs of the teen years with insight, patience and humor.
Concord Carlisle High School Auditorium
Tuesday, November 1st from 7:00 PM to 8:30 PM
Concord Carlisle Regional High School partnered with CC Youth Services, Concord and Carlisle Police Departments, Eliot of Middlesex Partnership and the Center for Parents and Teachers to host a community viewing of “If Only,” a short film co-written and produced by James Wahlberg. The film was created to initiate a meaningful dialogue between parents and children, and within communities, about prescription drug misuse and opiate addiction.
The film was made possible in part by:
Recovery Centers of America
The Mark Wahlberg Youth Foundation
Strategies for Reducing Academic Stress & Creating Successful Students: Understanding Executive Function
Hosted by Concord SEPAC
Dan Levine and Melissa Wilson of Engaging Minds, an after school learning center with locations in Newton and Wayland, presented a workshop designed specifically for parents. It covered:
• Strategies to help your child better manage his/her nightly homework
• Planning and time management strategies for both short-term and long-term assignments – and for life!
• Strategies to help your child get “unstuck” when he/she has trouble initiating tasks
• Organizational strategies to help your child keep track of his/her papers, assignments, and belongings
• And more!
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Dr. Stuart Ablon presented a three hour professional development training on Tuesday October 18 from 4 to 7PM at a Concord MA elementary school. This was a special opportunity to learn from Dr. Stuart Ablon on the topic of "Rethinking Challenging Behavior: The Collaborative Problem Solving Approach". Teachers received 3 PDPs in the area of “Special Needs/working with diverse learners”. The workshop applied to EEC Core Competency Areas 1, 2 and 8.
An Evening of Mindfulness for Parents
Weds Nov 2, 2016
Mindfulness has been transforming lives, for centuries. It’s not about clearing our minds, although it brings clarity. It’s not about blissing out, though practice creates contentment. And it’s not about stress reduction, though it can significantly reduce stress.
Sit down, wake up.
- Jon Kabat-Zinn
Evening is sponsored by the Willard Elementary School PTG.
Presentation offered by Dr. Mary Ann Christie Burnside, contemplative
Saturday Seminar: Growing Up Wild
Professional Development Seminar
Date: Saturday, September 24, 2016
Time: 10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Location: Convenient Concord MA Location - directions provided on registration
Exploring Nature with Young Children is a training for early childhood educators, complete with activity guide, that builds on children’s sense of wonder about nature and invites them to explore wildlife and the world around them. Through a wide range of activities and experiences, it provides a foundation for developing positive impressions about nature while also building lifelong social and cognitive skills.
Supports developmentally appropriate practice allowing children to learn at levels that are individually, socially, and culturally appropriate. Is correlated to the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) Standards and the Head Start Domains.
Ways to Help Your Family Be Healthier and More Resilient
(an 8 session workshop series starting on Wed evenings in September)
This series is offered to parents who have at least one child between the ages of 3 and 6 years old.
There’s a lot coming at families these days: many stresses and lots of expectations. Anxiety can run high as we all aim to meet pressing deadlines. Sometimes the communication we use with each other as parents and with our children does not lead to what we are aiming for. It may become frustrating and lead to more tension. We all seem to struggle with the hectic pace of life and look for ways to bring more balance and health to our families.
Would you have an interest in learning new skills and gaining insights that would ease transitions and bring smoothness to your routines with your young child? Would you like to learn how to deal more effectively when tempers flare? If so, please register for this 8 week evening series. You can expect to come away with strengthened family relationships and greater understanding of child development.
The series was highly interactive, allowing you time to confidentially share your own concerns within the small group setting. Trying out new techniques in between sessions and returning for feedback at the following class is a vital component of the program.
January 30, 2016 Saturday Seminar
Making Something Better Happen: The Negotiation of Power and Control in Schools and Families
Facilitated by Barney Brawer of Tufts and Harvard
Professional Development Workshops for Early Childhood Educators, 2015 – 2016
Nov. 4, 2015, The Art of Communicating with Parents
Dec, 2, 2015, Anxiety in Young Children: What Teachers Can Look For and How they Can Help
Jan. 13, 2016,Supporting Positive Behavior in the Early Childhood Classroom
Feb. 10, 2016,Come Play Yoga: An Exploration in Movement and Mindfulness…
Mar. 23, 2016,Increasing Your Cultural Competency: Valuing Diversity, Bridging Differences
Apr. 13, 2016, Self Care for Educators: Mindfulness Practices as An Antidote to Stress
May 4, 2016, STEM in the Block Corner
March 25, 2015 Food for Thought Series
Finnish Lessons: What can the U.S. learn from educational change in Finland?
Featuring Dr. Pasi Sahlberg, international expert in education, renowned for his understanding of ways to improve education.
High Schoolers and Snooze Buttons: The New Public Health Crisis
Concord-Carlisle High School Auditorium
Wednesday, October 19, 2016, 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM
An esteemed panel of speakers led by Dr. Judith Owens from Boston Children's Sleep Center reviewed current research on sleep patterns in adolescents, factors contributing to chronic sleep loss, and health-related consequences, such as depression, risky behaviors, increased obesity risk, and higher rates of drowsy driving accidents. The panel also discussed the potential role of policy changes such as reduced homework and later school start times as a means of reducing the adolescent sleep crisis.