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Celebrating the acts of seeking, inquiring, and investigating with a day-long parent education event. Join us as we engage with real-time cultural, developmental and social issues while fostering a lifelong love of learning.

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Sunday, February 10
 

8:30am

9:00am

Fab Lab - Nothing is Better Than a Hand-Made Gift
Limited Capacity seats available

Let's make something that you can give as a gift! A bowl that stores flat; a Wine-o-saur; a scarf organizer; toys of many shapes and sizes! Bring your ideas and we'll show you how easy it is to make.

Speakers
avatar for Deborah Orlik

Deborah Orlik

Milken Community Schools


Sunday February 10, 2019 9:00am - 10:00am
The Guerin Institute for Advanced Sciences

9:00am

Yoga for Peace of Mind, Body and Spirit
Limited Capacity seats available

As part of the health and wellness program at Milken, we teach our students to attend to their stress in a variety of ways on campus. One wonderful tool for addressing the fast pace of our lives is to connect breath to movement in order to bring peace to the mind. Cheryl Cohen leads yoga sessions for teachers and students throughout the year. Now is your chance to experience the gift of this yoga practice. This will be a mixed level flow class, so no prior experience is necessary. Just come in comfortable exercise clothing and breathe. We will provide the rest. Hope to see you on the mat.

Speakers
avatar for Cheryl Cohen

Cheryl Cohen

Milken Community Schools
Cheryl Cohen is a native of Los Angeles. She trained as a yoga instructor at Black Dog Yoga in Sherman Oaks and has been teaching yoga at Milken for over a decade for various constituents.  Cheryl's main focus is on Hatha yoga and recently she expanded her expertise to include yin... Read More →


Sunday February 10, 2019 9:00am - 10:00am
Building 3, Room 105

9:00am

Zionist Thought and American Judaism: Challenges and Opportunities
Limited Capacity filling up

In this session, we will investigate three major Zionist thinkers and the profound challenges they present to American Jewish identity and American Judaism. We will then explore responses to these thinkers and conclude with models for thinking about our relationship as American Jews to Israel.

Speakers
avatar for Rabbi Gordon Bernat-Kunin

Rabbi Gordon Bernat-Kunin

Milken Community Schools
Rabbi Gordon Bernat-Kunin, PhD, serves as Rabbinic Director at MCS where he shares the privilege, with his colleagues, of watching students grow.  He was a Wexner fellow, founder of Makor, a Lecturer in Rabbinics at the Ziegler School, and received a fellowship in educational leadership... Read More →


Sunday February 10, 2019 9:00am - 10:00am
Building 2, Room 201

9:30am

Thrive! Positive Psychology and You
Limited Capacity filling up

Positive Psychology and similar courses are now among the most popular offered at some of the most elite academic institutions in the world including Harvard, Yale, Penn and more. Attendees will get a brief introduction to the academic field of positive psychology, which is the study of optimal human functioning and well-being. While the field of psychology has traditionally focused on fixing what is wrong by understanding the roots of human suffering, positive psychology concentrates on building what is right. This rapidly growing field represents the scientific study of what makes us happy, healthy, and content in our lives as well as variables that lead to meaningful personal growth and allow us to become the very best versions of ourselves.

Speakers
avatar for Nick Holton, PhD

Nick Holton, PhD

Positive Education Chair, Milken Community Schools
Dr. Holton completed his Ph.D. in Educational Psychology in 2016 and developed his primary research focuses within the sub-field of Positive Psychology. Since then he has been teaching Milken's popular Positive Psychology elective course at the Upper School and coordinating Milken's... Read More →


Sunday February 10, 2019 9:30am - 11:00am
Library

10:00am

Hashtag Torah: What can the Rabbis Tell us about Social Media
Limited Capacity seats available

Rabbi Jonathan Saks wrote, "Technology gives us power, but it does not tell us how to use that power." We will explore texts from throughout Rabbinic tradition to see if they offer us and our children guidance in using social media ethically and safely.

Speakers
avatar for Rabbi Neal Scheindlin

Rabbi Neal Scheindlin

Milken Community Schools
Rabbi Neal Scheindlin has taught at Milken since 2002. He developed advanced curriculum materials for students in the Integrated American Experience and for the Beit Midrash Fellowship. Rabbi Scheindlin has a special interest in exploring how classical Jewish values inform ethical... Read More →


Sunday February 10, 2019 10:00am - 11:00am
Building 2, Room 203

10:00am

Beyond the Birds and the Bees: Reinventing "The Talk" for Teens and Tweens
Limited Capacity seats available

Parents will learn how to navigate conversations about puberty and sexual health in an intuitive, values-driven, developmentally-appropriate way through discussion, role-plays, and reflection.

Speakers
avatar for Hannah Kessel

Hannah Kessel

Milken Community Schools
Hannah has been the Upper School Health Educator at Milken for 3 years. She's helped middle and high schoolers and their parents talk about puberty and sexuality in a variety of settings. Hannah also teaches sexual assault workshops all over Los Angeles as a volunteer for Peace Over... Read More →


Sunday February 10, 2019 10:00am - 11:00am
Building 2, Room 204

10:00am

Loving the Wayward and Defiant Child
Limited Capacity seats available

This session will explore one of the most fascinating pieces of Talmudic debate--how to deal with the rebellious child. We'll be weaving texts from the tradition into a discussion that touches on our own experiences and modern approaches to parenting.

Speakers
avatar for Whitney Fisch, MSW

Whitney Fisch, MSW

Director of Counseling, Milken Community Schools
Whitney received her Master's degree in Social Work, with a concentration in Community Organizing, at the University of Michigan where she was a National Communal Scholar.  Her work at Michigan took her to Detroit where she created a health and wellness curriculum for a youth center... Read More →
avatar for Rabbi David Saiger

Rabbi David Saiger

Upper School Rabbi, Milken Community School
Rabbi David Saiger is the Upper School Rabbi at Milken. Born and raised in LA, he earned a BA in philosophy from Emory University and Rabbinic Ordination from the Jewish Theological Seminary. In addition to studying and teaching Jewish texts, "RD" loves finding the intersection between... Read More →


Sunday February 10, 2019 10:00am - 11:00am
Building 2, Room 201

11:00am

12:00pm

Ceramic Pinch Pot Making
Limited Capacity filling up

A pinch pot is a simple form that is created using hands. Placing pressure with the fingers enables you to create the size and shape of the pinch pot. The pot can be decorative or functional. Decorative techniques of adding on, carving out and applying surface texture will be used on this project.


Speakers
avatar for Mary Ellen Mortimer

Mary Ellen Mortimer

Milken Community Schools
Mary Ellen Mortimer - Mary Ellen Mortimer received her Bachelor's of Fine Arts Degree in Art Education from the University of Cincinnati. Her ongoing education took place at the Brentwood Art Center and UCLA Extension where she took painting classes and workshops. She is celebrating... Read More →


Sunday February 10, 2019 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Building 4, Room 308

12:00pm

Developing Internal Resources in Adolescents - A discussion about how culture has reshaped adolescent development.
Limited Capacity full

Dr. Blake Brisbois and Max Greenberg will present a workshop on concrete strategies you can implement today that will help you build a better connection with your teen. Including, implementing and modeling self-compassion and vulnerability, as well as how to participate in active listening with your teen. If you are tired of feeling like you are always working to pry information about the most mundane things or feel like you would like to work on establishing deeper emotional bonds with your teen; bring your notebook and questions and join us for this conversation.

Speakers
avatar for Max Greenberg

Max Greenberg

Milken Community Schools
As an LA native, Max graduated the University of California, Irvine with a bachelor of arts in psychology with an emphasis in cognitive science and a master of arts in clinical psychology from Antioch University, Los Angeles. Max completed a two-year graduate practicum in community... Read More →
avatar for Blake Brisbois, Psy.D.

Blake Brisbois, Psy.D.

Engage Therapy
Blake holds a doctorate in clinical psychology. He is registered with the California Board of Psychology as a Psychological Assistant under the supervision of Jesse Esqueda, Psy.D. Dr. Brisbois grew up in the Conejo Valley and attended the public schools of the Las Virgenes Unified... Read More →


Sunday February 10, 2019 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Building 2, Room 201

12:00pm

Master Class in the Science of Resilience
Limited Capacity full

This two-hour session will guide participants through the scientific underpinnings of resilience, the ability to bounce back from and persist through negative experiences and events. Participants will also be exposed to critical skills that help students become more resilient and allow them to grow from the various challenges life has to offer. Whether you're interested in resilience for personal, professional or parental reasons, participants will gain tangible takeaways, backed by empirical science from some of the world's most renowned scholars.

Speakers
avatar for Nick Holton, PhD

Nick Holton, PhD

Positive Education Chair, Milken Community Schools
Dr. Holton completed his Ph.D. in Educational Psychology in 2016 and developed his primary research focuses within the sub-field of Positive Psychology. Since then he has been teaching Milken's popular Positive Psychology elective course at the Upper School and coordinating Milken's... Read More →


Sunday February 10, 2019 12:00pm - 2:00pm
Library

1:00pm

Teen Parties: Parent Obligations, Liability, and Love
Limited Capacity seats available

Please note: this session is only open to current Milken Upper School parents. 
In this session, parents will learn about what happens at teen parties, develop a concrete understanding of new and current laws and issues of liability surrounding drug and alcohol use by minors, and engage in direct communication and discussion with other parents in our community about strategies for loving our kids and keeping them safe. We will discuss how the school can support parents in this challenging area, and most importantly, how you as parents work together to ensure the safety of our children.

Speakers
avatar for Steve Foonberg

Steve Foonberg

Reserve Deputy Sheriff, LASD/Westside Realty Group – Beverly Glen Realty
Steven Foonberg has over two decades of Law Enforcement experience as a Reserve Deputy Sheriff with the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department (LASD) and previously as a Reserve Police Officer with the Beverly Hills Police Department. Steven is currently assigned to the LASD Malibu/Lost... Read More →
avatar for Dr. Kimberly Schwartz

Dr. Kimberly Schwartz

Upper School Principal, Milken Community Schools
Dr. Kimberly Schwartz is the Upper School Principal at Milken Community Schools. Joining Milken in 2008, Dr. Schwartz previously served in the role of Dean of Students, Assistant Principal, and Director of Curriculum. In addition to her administrative work, she has taught courses... Read More →


Sunday February 10, 2019 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Building 2, Room 202

1:00pm

Screens & Teens: Video Games, Social Media and Other Electronic Obsessions
Limited Capacity filling up

Kent will be leading this interactive, informative and humorous workshop to address the following questions:
How much is too much video game time for my kids?
Is my teen able to handle the stress of social media?
How do I set limits on screens for my kids when it seems that no other parent is doing it?
These and many other questions about parenting adolescents in this digital world will be explored. Please bring your questions, as this workshop will be very interactive.  

Speakers
avatar for Kent Toussaint, M.A

Kent Toussaint, M.A

Founder / Clinical Director, Teen Therapy Center
Kent Toussaint, M.A. is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist and is the Founder / Clinical Director of www.TeenTherapyCenter.com along with the Chairman of the Board and Executive Director of the non-profit organization, www.ChildTeenCounseling.org — both in Woodland Hills... Read More →


Sunday February 10, 2019 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Building 2, Room 203

1:30pm

Sexual Assault and Title IX on College Campuses
Limited Capacity seats available

The issue of sexual assault, both on college campuses and beyond, has become a topic of national discussion in recent years. Parents and other adults play a primary role in educating and supporting young people who may be impacted. Participants in this workshop will learn about forms of sexual assault, affirmative consent and responses to sexual assault on college campuses. Participants will leave this workshop with a better understanding of the issue of sexual assault, and how it is managed, on college campuses today.

Speakers
avatar for Anna Stroman, L.C.S.W

Anna Stroman, L.C.S.W

Anna is the High School Program Coordinator and a Crisis Counselor at the UCLA Santa Monica Rape Treatment Center. Prior to her work at UCLA Health, Anna completed a post-graduate fellowship at Boston Children’s Hospital where she worked as an outpatient therapist for the Adolescent... Read More →
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Aaron Lopez

Mr. Lopez is the Associate Response Team Coordinator for UCLA’s Title IX office. In his role, he’s the lead educator for the office, manages training compliance, and also supports with case management. Before joining the Title IX team, Mr. Lopez was a Fulbright scholar, working... Read More →


Sunday February 10, 2019 1:30pm - 3:00pm
Building 2, Room 204

2:00pm

Finding Another's Light, Understanding Another's Struggle: Developing Empathy Through Literature
Limited Capacity filling up


Empathy is about understanding, not necessarily agreeing with, someone else's actions. it's a critical thinking skill, not just socio-emotional one. In this session, parents will be introduced to concepts relating to empathy and how it is applied in their children’s English classes. 

Speakers
avatar for Gabe Bitto

Gabe Bitto

Milken Community Schools
 Gabe Bitto has taught English and humanities courses in Catholic and independent schools in Chicago and Los Angeles for the last 11 years. He completed his undergraduate degree in English and Secondary Education at Northwestern University and his Master's of English at Loyola Marymount... Read More →


Sunday February 10, 2019 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Building 2, Room 203

2:00pm

The Parent Freedom Workshop
Limited Capacity full

Do you want a greater sense of flow and ease while riding the roller coaster of being a parent? It is so easy to become frustrated and worried. How to stay aligned with our values and compassion towards our children can be a real challenge! Explore techniques that allow us greater access to flow states, playfulness, flexibility and ease while parenting when we are able to connect our spiritual lives with our own inner-child.

Speakers
avatar for Adrienne Glasser

Adrienne Glasser

Adrienne Glasser has been a practicing psychotherapist over the past 15 years, a speaker and a life coach that facilitates various transformational workshops for parents, leaders, and healers. She is passionate about getting her clients to connect with their innate confidence, wisdom... Read More →


Sunday February 10, 2019 2:00pm - 3:30pm
Building 2, Room 201