Special Topics Series: Cultivating Community Resilience & Belonging
Mount Vernon has refocused the 2020-21 Parent University series to provide specific parent programs for inclusion, diversity, and equity, as one of the Next 100 Days IDEA Action Steps.
Mentoring and Monitoring Children’s Online Presence
View the recorded session.
Online Community Screening of The Upstanders, followed by a panel discussion hosted by Mount Vernon’s Counseling Team: Dr. Kelli Bynum, Keri Walton, & Stephanie Corbett
Wednesday, October 28
Resilience and the Power of Inclusion and Connection to End Bullying
The Upstanders is a documentary film about resilience and the power of inclusion and connection to end bullying. This independent film explores various types of bullying and the brain science behind it all. The film explores the need for inclusive behaviors and calls for a change in how we act as humans to stand up and make a difference together to create systemic change. The film follows the story of David Molak who was literally cyber-bullied to death and the aftermath of how his family has created change to address this epidemic.
Attendees will explore inclusive behaviors that can strengthen a community where all members feel valued and safe. RSVP: Register to receive the Zoom link to participate.
Tuesday, November 17
Talking to Your Kids about Race and Racism
Hosted by Holy Innocents’ Episcopal School, The Galloway School, The Mount Vernon School
Talking to Your Kids about Race and Racism with Julie Lythcott-Haims, New York Times best-selling author, former Stanford University Dean, and former corporate lawyer with a JD from Harvard Law
On November 17, three school communities will come together for one special night for a virtual learning experience with Julie Lythcott-Haims. Discussing “Talking to Your Kids about Race and Racism,” Julie draws upon her own experiences as a biracial woman to inform and illustrate raising her own children in different ways. Believing in humans and deeply interested in what gets in our way, Julie will spend the evening with parents, engaging in courageous conversations about race and racism while removing the stigma of saying the wrong thing or not having the right answers.
While being a regular contributor to CBS This Morning, Julie is the author of the New York Times bestselling author of How to Raise an Adult along with her award-winning memoir, Real American. Her third book, Your Turn: How to be an Adult, will be released in April 2021. Additionally, Julie is a former corporate lawyer and Stanford dean with a BA from Stanford, a JD from Harvard, and MFA in Writing from California College of the Arts.
Julie Lythcott-Haims’ TED Talk on How to Raise Successful Kids - without Over-parenting
Wednesday, January 13
Raising Awareness and Identifying and Understanding Anxiety
Angst is an original documentary and virtual reality experience that explores anxiety, its causes, effects, and what we can do about it. The film was designed to raise awareness around anxiety by identifying and understanding the symptoms while breaking the stigma. Angst features candid interviews with kids, teens, educators, experts, parents, and Michael Phelps who suffer, or have suffered, from anxiety and what they’ve learned about it.
Attendees will explore the causes of anxiety and its sociological effects with a panel of experts, and receive several resources and tools to better understand anxiety. RSVP: Registration coming soon to receive the Zoom link to participate.
Tuesday, February 9
Managing Stress, Anxiety, and Parenting Under COVID-19 with Dr. Lisa Damour
Dr. Lisa Damour explains the psychological science key to understanding how stress and anxiety operate, both under everyday conditions and at times of heightened concern and disruption. Join us to learn more about:
- how to keep pressure and tension from reaching toxic levels
- how to parent effectively in the current circumstances
- the most reliable strategies for managing ongoing stress
Recognized as a thought leader by the American Psychological Association for her work on stress and anxiety, Dr. Lisa Damour is the author of two New York Times best-selling books, Untangled: Guiding Teenage Girls Through the Seven Transitions into Adulthood and Under Pressure: Confronting the Epidemic of Stress and Anxiety in Girls. Dr. Damour also writes the monthly Adolescence column for the New York Times, serves as a regular contributor to CBS News, is a Senior Advisor to the Schubert Center for Child Studies at Case Western Reserve University, and co-hosts the podcast ASK LISA: The Psychology of Parenting.
Dr. Damour has developed a series of free resources to support families at this difficult time. Please share them as widely as you'd like.
#1: Ask Lisa: The Psychology of Parenting
- Dr. Damour's new podcast gives parents the tools they need to navigate parenting in a pandemic. Along with co-host Reena Ninan, she tackles parents' timely and timeless questions about the challenges that come with raising children and teenagers. Ask Lisa is available at Apple, Spotify, and most podcast platforms. New episodes release each Tuesday.
#2: Downloadable Mental Health one-sheets
- These guides can be found here or shared via the individual links below.
- How to Manage Stress Under COVID-19, by Lisa Damour, PhD (ENGLISH)
- How to Manage Stress Under COVID-19, by Lisa Damour, PhD (SPANISH)
- How to Manage Anxiety Under COVID-19, by Lisa Damour, PhD (ENGLISH)
- How to Manage Anxiety Under COVID-19, by Lisa Damour, PhD (SPANISH)
- When a Teenager’s Friend Is in Crisis, by Lisa Damour, PhD (ENGLISH)
- When a Teenager’s Friend Is in Crisis, by Lisa Damour, PhD (SPANISH)
- How to Manage a Meltdown, by Lisa Damour, PhD (ENGLISH)
- How to Manage a Meltdown, by Lisa Damour, PhD (SPANISH)
#3 Articles and Interviews
- Dr. Damour's articles and interviews related to COVID-19 can be found at this link, which is constantly updated.
Wednesday, April 14
Exploring Identity and Self-Reflection
Furthering the School’s commitment to IDEA and through the lens of identity exploration and self-reflection, the MV Community is invited to an online Community Screening of American Promise, followed by a panel discussion hosted by Director of Inclusion, Diversity, Equity & Action Brandi Hoyos, MV’s Counseling Team, Samantha Flowers, Division Leadership and Coordinators
The Mount Vernon community is invited to screen American Promise, a film that spans 13 years as Joe Brewster and Michèle Stephenson, middle-class African-American parents in Brooklyn, N.Y., turn their cameras on their son, Idris, and his best friend, Seun, who make their way through Dalton, one of the most prestigious private schools in the country. Chronicling the boys' divergent paths from kindergarten through high school graduation, this provocative, intimate documentary presents complicated truths about America's struggle to come of age on issues of race, class and opportunity.
Attendees will explore internalized racism, why children might want to adjust their behavior to fit in with others, and how adults can lessen children’s anxiety and fears. RSVP: Register to receive the Zoom link to participate.