Wise Parents Association Presents

Parent Wise – A Parent Education Series


The Wise Parents Association (WPA) is proud to announce Parent Wise – our Parent Education series for the 2018-2019 school year. Morning speakers will follow regularly-scheduled WPA Meetings beginning at 8 a.m. Evening events will feature our guest speakers only, and we hope will be an opportunity to welcome all parents in our community.

Overloaded and Underprepared: Strategies for Healthy, Successful Kids
Dr. Denise Clark Pope
Monday, August 27 – Parent Academy (1st day of school) – 8:15 a.m.

While your kids begin their first day of school, you’re invited to the kick-off of our parent education series with guest speaker, author, and Stanford lecturer, Denise Clark Pope. Dr. Pope will be talking about our theme for the year – generosity of heart – as well as providing strategies and exercises to offer greater balance in your life. Learn about the importance of “PDF” time (play, downtime, and family time) for your children!

Denise Pope, Ph.D., is a Senior Lecturer at the Stanford University Graduate School of Education, and founded Challenge Success, a company that promotes a broad definition of success so that all kids are healthy and engaged with learning. She is the author of, “Doing School”: How We Are Creating a Generation of Stressed Out, Materialistic, and Miseducated Students. Dr. Pope lectures nationally on parenting techniques and pedagogical strategies to increase student health, engagement with learning, and integrity.

Texting, Posting, Snapping, Oh My! Dos and Don’ts for Keeping Your Kids Safe Online
Lori Getz
Tuesday, September 4 – 8:15 a.m.

Our kids are growing up in a digital world – with social media, texting, and internet at their fingertips!  Learn how to manage your children’s internet usage and social media accounts through new technology created for parents, as well as how to keep them safer, rules and guidelines worth implementing, and a new way of discussing privacy, friendship, predators, and overall online health. This is a mandatory lecture for all parents of 4th, 5th, and 6th graders. However, given the prevalence of this issue, all parents are invited to attend.

Lori Getz, M.A. is the founder of Cyber Education Consultants and speaks to students, parents, and educators about Internet safety, security, and ethics. Her mission is simple – to help bridge the gap between a young generation of digital natives and their parents and teachers.

Connectivity, Compassion, and the Classroom
Lou Cozolino, Ph.D.
Thursday, September 27 – 8:15 a.m.

Join us as Dr. Cozolino shares cutting-edge research on security, attachment theory, altruism, and how the human connection – for both parents and children – relates to learning.

Louis Cozolino, PhD, is a professor of psychology at Pepperdine University and in private practice in Beverly Hills. He is the author of The Healthy Aging Brain, The Neuroscience of Human Relationships, The Neuroscience of Psychotherapy, and The Making of a Therapist.

The Opposite of Spoiled: Raising Kids Who Are Grounded and Generous
Ron Lieber
Tuesday, October 16 – 7 p.m.

Do you shy away from the topic of money when talking to your kids? Or, do you find yourself stumped about some of the questions they ask? Hear from New York Times bestseller and financial columnist, Ron Lieber about how, when, and why to talk to kids about money, whether they are three years old or teenagers. Ron will offer both a practical and values-based philosophy for the best ways to handle the basics: the tooth fairy, allowance, chores, charity, saving, birthdays, holidays, and cell phones. He will help us identify a set of traits and virtues that embody the opposite of spoiled, and will share how to embrace the topic of money to help parents impart lessons about what the family truly values.

Ron Lieber is the author of The Opposite of Spoiled: Raising Kids Who Are Grounded, Generous, and Smart About Money, which was an instant New York Times and Wall Street Journal bestseller when it was released in 2015. Ron has been the “Your Money” columnist for The New York Times since 2008.

We are pleased to welcome all guests from throughout our Los Angeles community. Tickets: $15 per person

This event is free of charge to all Wise School parents.


Multiply Your Knowledge of Our Math Curriculum
Speaker from Envision Math
Tuesday, November 27 – 8:15 a.m.

Feeling stumped about how to help your children with their math homework? Have you ever found yourself saying to yourself, “I never learned math this way”? Join us as we answer these questions and more with an expert from Envision Math (our Wise math curriculum). Our special guest will delve more deeply into our math curriculum and will offer tips for how to support your children as they acquire the skills they need at every grade level.

The Power of Sleep and Why Your Family Can’t Live Without It
Dr. Marc Milstein
Tuesday, January 15 – 8:15 a.m.

We are thrilled to welcome back Dr. Milstein for a fascinating new discussion that will put you to sleep – in the best way possible! Dr. Milstein will teach us how to help our kids and ourselves get the best night’s sleep based on brain science. We will learn about what happens in our brains while we sleep and the crucial impact of sleep on learning and memory.

Marc Milstein earned both his PhD in Biological Chemistry and his Bachelor of Science degree in Molecular, Cellular and Developmental Biology from UCLA.  Dr. Milstein specializes in connecting the latest research from multiple science disciplines and integrating this complex information into a clear, accurate picture for physicians, therapists, companies, and anyone who is looking for clear solutions to improve our health and happiness.

Love After Little Ones: Child-Proofing Your Marriage
Wednesday, March 6 – 7 p.m.
Dr. Jeffrey Marsh

You have child-proofed your house, but did you ever think you needed to child-proof your marriage, too? The hectic pace of life with children can take its toll on your relationship, yet it needs more love and attention than ever before! Dr. Marsh will share his insight and tips on how to prioritize love, sex, and intimacy for your benefit and your family’s.

Dr. Jeffrey Marsh is a psychologist in private practice in Beverly Hills, and specializes in working with men. He is also a corporate consultant, lecturer, and educator having taught undergraduate and graduate level psychology classes for over 30 years.

Rethinking Ugly Thoughts: Parents, Kids, and Body Image
Eve Lahijani
Tuesday, April 2 – 8:15 a.m.

Join us as we tackle another challenging parenting topic – nutrition and body image. Learn from a nutrition expert how to avoid parenting pitfalls in teaching your kids about healthy body image and proper nutrition. Eve will also focus on how parents can create a healthier relationship to their own bodies as a way to transmit positive messages to their children.

Eve Lahijani, M.S. is the founder of Vitamineve, a nutrition counseling service.  Eve has a Bachelor’s degree from UCLA and a Masters of Science in Nutritional Science from CSULA. She is a Registered Dietitian and has experience as a certified personal trainer, medical nutrition therapist, and clinical educator. She currently teaches nutrition, body image, and other wellness classes at UCLA.