GPS- Todd Fink: Generation Worry: Managing Stress Through Mindfulness
Dec
11
12:00 PM12:00

GPS- Todd Fink: Generation Worry: Managing Stress Through Mindfulness

Stressors from the social web, and society are clearly on the rise for teens, and adults. Todd Fink CADC,behavioral health associate for Linden Oaks Behavioral Health is here with techniques to cultivate contemplative concentration to bring greater peace of mind . What we focus on, think about, and repeatedly do can literally change the structure of our brain, and mindfulness is a way to self-direct our own brain development. Mindfulness involves paying attention in the present moment without judgment. It is about awareness as opposed to thinking. This evidenced-based and therapeutic practice has many benefits for our physical and emotional well-being, with an abundance of new research showing that people can reduce stress despite outer circumstances. Attendees will learn about the basics of the mindful brain and have the opportunity to experience simple, effective techniques for mind-body wellness. Three mindful qualities will be discussed: 1) intention 2) non-judgment and 3) acceptance. These qualities can be utilized to connect more deeply with the present moment, ourselves and each other in order to enhance self-awareness, empathy, and inner calm.

Fink is a certified mindfulness teacher and addiction counselor, as well as the co-founder of the internationally-acclaimed music group The Giving Tree Band, and creator of the “Kind Mind” podcast. His music, lectures and scientific articles on health and harmony have inspired millions of people around the world. He has served as a consultant and mentor for thousands of individuals as well as Fortune 500 companies, universities, governments, and non-profits. As a counselor at Linden Oaks, writer, speaker and life-long student of meditation, Fink works fervently to help people, organizations and communities enjoy the benefits of balance and create the conditions for inner and outer harmony to bridge cultures and point the way to a brighter future.

The event is free and open to the public

Continuing professional development units are available.

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GPS Spanish- Dr. Ferny Ramirez: Recursos, habilidades y estrategias para lograr y reunión de vacaciones/Resources to Achieve & Holiday Gathering
Dec
13
6:00 PM18:00

GPS Spanish- Dr. Ferny Ramirez: Recursos, habilidades y estrategias para lograr y reunión de vacaciones/Resources to Achieve & Holiday Gathering

Esta presentación proporcionará información para que los padres las empoderen, a medida que aprenden sobre los recursos disponibles para los estudiantes de secundaria.  Además, se compartirán las habilidades académicas y las estrategias para los estudiantes, junto con las técnicas que los padres pueden utilizar para alentar a los niños a sobresalir en la escuela y el aprendizaje permanente.

Dr. Ramirez es un licenciado en psicologia que posee una experiencia amplia trabajando con familias, niños, y adolescentes

No te pierdas esta reunión de vacaciones de la comunidad y todos son bienvenidos.  6 p.m. 13 de diciembre Glenbard North

This presentation will provide information for parents to empower them, as they learn about resources available for high school students. Also, academic skills and strategies for students will be shared, along with techniques parents may use to encourage children to excel in school and lifelong learning.

Dr. Ramirez is a licensed psychologist with extensive experience working with families, children, and adolescents

Don’t miss this community Holiday gathering and all are welcome.

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GPS- Jodi Norgarrd: Persistence, Passion, Grit: Finding Your Unique Talent
Jan
15
12:00 PM12:00

GPS- Jodi Norgarrd: Persistence, Passion, Grit: Finding Your Unique Talent

Jodi Bondi Norgaard is the founder of “Dream Big Toy Company” and the creator of the award-winning “Go! Go! Sports Girls” line. She is regularly featured on national media to discuss the need to close the gaps in our workforce by providing children with diverse role models and eliminating the stereotypes that hold them back. In 2016, Jodi was invited by The White House to participate in a conference on breaking down gender stereotypes in media and toys.

In this presentation Ms. Norgaard shares her entrepreneurial journey – in which she has achieved great success while challenging the status quo. Join us as Ms. Norgaard discusses her journey to launch a socially responsible product. Learn about the hard battles she fought, and how her persistence, determination, passion, and resilience – qualities all parents can nurture in their children — ultimately leading to a very successful and satisfying outcome, and changed an entire industry.

CPDU’s are available

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GPS- Rachel Simmons: Enough as They Are: Helping Teens Move Beyond the Impossible Standards of Success
Jan
29
7:00 PM19:00

GPS- Rachel Simmons: Enough as They Are: Helping Teens Move Beyond the Impossible Standards of Success

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Today’s teens may seem more successful yet they’ve also never struggled more with anxiety, stress and depression. Rachel Simmons translates the toxic messages about achievement that teens have internalized, and teaches parents the tools to help young people practice self-compassion, redefine success, pursue purpose, and—most importantly—let them know they are enough as they are.

Rachel Simmons has been researching young woman for two decades and is the author of Enough As She Is and the New York Times bestsellers Odd Girl Out and The Curse of the Good Girl. Here Simmons will share the strategies to help girls and boys overcome brutal self-criticism, an acute fear of failure and feelings that they will never be smart enough, successful enough, attractive enough, thin enough, popular enough, or sexy enough. Join us and learn practical parenting advice—including teaching teens how to manage overthinking, resist the constant urge to compare themselves to peers, take healthy risks, navigate negative elements of social media, prioritize self-care, and seek support when needed to not just survive but thrive.

The public is invited to this free event which will take place at 7p.m. on Tuesday, Jan. 29 at the College of DuPage McAninch Arts Center in Glen Ellyn.

This presentation will be repeated at 12 p.m. on Wednesday, Jan. 30 at the Marquardt School District 15 administration center, 1860 Glen Ellyn Rd. in Glendale Heights.

Continuing professional development units are available

 

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GPS- Dr. Jason Washburn: Beyond the Blues: Understanding Youth Depression
Feb
8
12:00 PM12:00

GPS- Dr. Jason Washburn: Beyond the Blues: Understanding Youth Depression

Teenage depression is more common than people may realize. It’s more than feeling sad, and it isn’t just a bad mood. It can alter every aspect of an adolescent’s life.This presentation will focus on how parents and professionals can help identify and respond to teenage depression. Attendees will learn how teen depression is different from the normal ups and downs of adolescence as we separate warning signs of real concern from the erratic behavior so typical of the teen years. Learn how adults can intervene as well as the treatment options for teens when depression is identified.

Dr. Jason J. Washburn is a licensed clinical psychologist and board-certified specialist in clinical child and adolescent psychology. Washburn earned his Ph.D. in clinical psychology from DePaul University and completed a clinical internship at the University of Washington School of Medicine, and a fellowship at the University of Michigan. In addition to being the Director of Evidence- Based Practice at the Amita Behavioral Medicine Institute he is also an Assistant Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, and the Director of Education and Clinical Training for Clinical Psychology at Northwestern University.

The event is free and open to the public

Continuing professional development units are available.

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GPS Early Childhood- Good News About Bad Behavior & Why Don't Kids Do What You Want
Feb
12
9:30 AM09:30

GPS Early Childhood- Good News About Bad Behavior & Why Don't Kids Do What You Want

Today’s young children and teens seem to be less disciplined that ever. Spanking is out, yelling can be harmful and timeouts/ grounding may not improve behavior. Drawing on her personal experience, and the latest research on play, technology, and failure, Katherine Reynolds will share a new model of discipline for a generation of children who are out of control.

Here Reynolds outlines a theory which centers on listening and building a child’s skills to address the root causes of misbehavior.

Join us and learn how we can help teens develop their inner motivation to behave well, encourage their independence, and support good mental health. Parents will learn to respond to their kids’ misbehavior instead of reacting to it so that they get the results they want -children who are self-disciplined, confident, and better equipped to handle life’s challenges.

The Good News About Bad Behavior /Early Childhood Event 9:30 a.m. Marquardt District 15 administration center, 1860 Glen Ellyn Road in Glendale Heights.

For this presentation Reynolds will address her remarks to parents and caregivers of our youngest children, 3-10 years of age.

Katherine Reynolds Lewis is an award-winning independent journalist, author and speaker based in the Washington D.C. area. Her just released book, “The Good News About Bad Behavior”, explains why modern kids are so undisciplined and tells the stories of innovators who are rebuilding lost self-control, resolving family conflict and changing the trajectory of young lives.

These events are free and open to the public

Continuing professional development units are available.

Reynolds will provide the following two presentations:

The Good News About Bad Behavior
(for parents of children ages 3 to 7)
Tuesday, February 12 at 9:30 am
District #15 Marquardt Administration Center
1860 Glen Ellyn Road
Glendale Heights IL

Why Don’t Kids Do What Your Want?
Tuesday, February 12 at 7:00 pm
Glenbard West High School
670 Crescent Blvd
Glen Ellyn IL

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GPS- Manny Scott: Even On Your Worst Day You Can Be Someone's Best Hope
Feb
20
7:00 PM19:00

GPS- Manny Scott: Even On Your Worst Day You Can Be Someone's Best Hope

All parents want to help their child succeed in school and in life. But how can adults effectively balance the demands of their own lives with the challenges of raising well-adjusted children? Manny Scott joins us to provide proven practices and principles that engage, equip, and empower parents everywhere to wake up connect with their teen.

Manny Scott touches hearts, informs minds, and empowers parents everywhere to do four things that will absolutely position parents to successfully reach their kids. Sharing insights based on his doctoral research and life experiences, Mr. Scott will provide real-world tools that parents can use to encourage every member of the family to thrive.

The founder of Ink International, an education-consulting firm that has empowered nearly two million people to improve the quality of not only their own lives, but also the lives of those around them — Mr. Scott has helped hundreds of organizations raise student achievement and leader effectiveness and he has helped prevent thousands of dropouts and suicides as one of the nation’s most sought-after speakers. An original Freedom Writer as told in the hit movie, Freedom Writers, Manny shares how he went from a a high school dropout to a Ph.D. student, husband, father, and public servant. This presentation reminds adults that even on their worst days, they can be someone’s best hope.

The event is free and open to the public

Continuing professional development units are available.

At the conclusion of  Scott’s remarks please join your neighbors for a COMMUNITY CONVERSATION in the school auditorium. This event is open to the public.

This event is part of Glenbard’s Live Life Well Week. Manny Scott  will address all Glenbard students during the day.

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GPS Spanish- Saraliz Jimenez Prioritizing for Your Child's Success
Feb
21
6:00 PM18:00

GPS Spanish- Saraliz Jimenez Prioritizing for Your Child's Success

Programas B-PAC / GPS en español :  Priorizar para el éxito de su hijo
Saraliz Jiménez, 21 de febrero, 6 p.m. Glenbard North

A pesar del reciente crecimiento dramático en la población latina en los Estados Unidos,
todavía existen desafíos para su inscripción y finalización en la universidad.
La falta de finanzas, las dificultades de transición entre el hogar y la escuela y las
responsabilidades familiares son algunas de las razones.

Todos los padres quieren que sus hijos crezcan y sean exitosos y bien educados.
Puede ser difícil para los padres saber cómo priorizar sus valores para que los jóvenes puedan
lograr esa importante meta. Únase a Saraliz Jiménez, Gerente del Centro Latino de Extensión en College of DuPage.
Aprenda cómo enfocar sus metas y valores para que su estudiante pueda
disfrute de empleos mejor pagados y mejor calificados, y felicidad y estabilidad en general.

B-PAC/GPS Programs in Spanish; Prioritizing for Your Child’s Success
Saraliz Jimenez ON Thursday, Feb 21 6pm Glenbard North

Despite the recent dramatic growth in the Latino population in the United States challenges to their college enrollment and completion still exist. A lack of finances, home-to-school transition difficulties, and family responsibilities are among the reasons.

All parents want their children to grow up to be successful and well educated. It can be difficult for parents to know how to prioritize their values so young people can accomplish that important goal. Join Saraliz Jimenez, Manager of the Latino Outreach Center at the College of DuPage.and learn how to focus your goals and values so that your student can enjoy better paying and higher skilled jobs, and overall happiness and stability.

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GPS- Jessica Minahan: Stop Shouting and Start Understanding Children Who Challenge Us
Feb
28
7:00 PM19:00

GPS- Jessica Minahan: Stop Shouting and Start Understanding Children Who Challenge Us

nternationally celebrated author and speaker, Jessica Minahan will discuss approaches to understanding and intervening in patterns of problem behavior. Through the use of humorous stories, and examples of common challenging situations, participants will learn easy to implement interventions for reducing anxiety, increasing self-regulation, enhancing executive functioning and strengthening self- monitoring skills. Here is a systematic approach for enhancing coping skills, deciphering causes and patterns of difficult behaviors, and a real-world approach that matches teens with proven strategies on the path to success.

Jessica Minaha is a licensed and board-certified  behavior analyst (BCBA), author, special educator, and consultant to schools internationally. She has worked with students who struggle with mental health issues and students who have emotional and behavioral disabilities, anxiety disorders, or high-functioning Autism.. She is the author of The Behavior Code: A Practical Guide to Understanding and Teaching the Most Challenging Students and author of The Behavior Code Companion: Strategies, Tools, and Interventions for Supporting Students with Anxiety-Related or Oppositional Behaviors

CPDUs are available at these free events and no registration is required.

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GPS Early Childhood- Joyful Children: Peaceful Families
Mar
13
9:30 AM09:30

GPS Early Childhood- Joyful Children: Peaceful Families

Glenbard Parent Series will present a day with Katie Hurley author of “The Happy Kid Handbook: Joyful Teens in Stressful Times “and “No More Mean Girls: The Secret to Raising Strong, Confident, and Compassionate Girls” on Wednesday, March 13 with three presentations by Katie Hurley.

Joyful Children: Peaceful Families/Early Childhood Event (children 3-10)

9:30am Marquardt District 15 Administration Center, 1860 Glen Ellyn Road, Glendale Heights IL
For this presentation Hurley will address her remarks to parents and caregivers of our youngest children, 3-10 years of age
Katie Hurley LCSW, is a therapist, speaker, and author of several well regarded books. She maintains a private practice in Los Angeles specializing in anxiety disorders and learning differences and runs a girl empowerment program called, Girls Can

The event is free and open to the public

Continuing professional development units are available.

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GPS Spanish- Dr. Ferney Ramirez: Criando niños y adolescentes resilientes y seguros
Mar
21
6:00 PM18:00

GPS Spanish- Dr. Ferney Ramirez: Criando niños y adolescentes resilientes y seguros

B-PAC / GPS en español –  Taller para padres y alumnos: Criando niños y adolescentes resilientes y seguros.  Jueves 21 de marzo, 6 p.m. Glenbard North

Todos los padres quieren criar niños exitosos, felices, trabajadores y seguros.  Los psicólogos coinciden en que la inteligencia emocional tiene mucha más influencia en el éxito de toda
la vida de un niño que su coeficiente de inteligencia La inteligencia emocional ayuda a fomentar la felicidad, la determinación y la autoestima.  Es la capacidad de manejar las emociones para llegar a ser consciente de sí mismo, formar relaciones más sanas, superar los desafíos y aliviar el estrés. Únase a nosotros cuando el psicólogo popular  Dr. Ferney Ramirez compartirá estrategias para que los padres y sus alumnos formenten las habilidades que son un componente esencial del aprendizaje

B-PAC/GPS in Spanish – Student and Parent Workshop: Raising Resilient and Confident Children and Teens

Every parent wants to raise children who are successful, happy, hard working, and confident.  Psychologists agree that emotional intelligence has much more influence on a child’s lifelong success than their IQ Emotional intelligence helps foster happiness, grit and self-esteem. It is the ability to manage emotions to become self-aware, form healthier relationships, overcome challenges and relieve stress. Join us when popular psychologist Dr Ferney Ramirez will share strategies for parents and their students to foster the skills that are an essential component of every teen’s learning and lead to a more fulfilling life.

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GPS-High Society/Straight Facts: Community Conversation on Teen Drug Abuse
Apr
4
7:00 PM19:00

GPS-High Society/Straight Facts: Community Conversation on Teen Drug Abuse

Distinguished Panel: Robert Berlin, Matt Quinn, Tim Ryan and Dr. Aaron Weiner

High Society/Straight Facts: Community Conversation on Teen Drug Abuse and What to Do About It

Substance abuse is a major public health crisis that effects everyone and the teen years pose some of the most difficult challenges. Teens may feel angry, anxious, or moody and test personal boundaries like trying potentially harmful substances due to a need to relieve stress, peer pressure, curiosity, trying to emulate adult behavior, because it feels good, or because it is easy to obtain. It is difficult to know which teens will merely try alcohol ,marijuana, tobacco and other drugs and which teens may potentially develop a dependency. Help lower the chances of putting your teen in potentially harmful situations by getting educated. We have gathered a distinguished panel who will provide accurate information to break through the awareness and communication gap. How parents respond can make all the difference in having a healthy or destructive relationship. Be a part of this important community conversation when we welcome:

Attorney General DuPage County Robert Berlin (right) serves as the Chief Law Enforcement Officer for the second largest county in Illinois. Mr. Berlin has earned numerous awards and accolades throughout his career including the Illinois State Crime Commission’s State’s Attorney of the Year Award.

Matt Quinn Rosecrance Treament Center. Matthew Quinn is a Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor (LCPC) and Certified Alcohol and Drug Counselor (CADC) providing community relations for Rosecrance. Recently Mr. Quinn addressed a GPS audience with a program on concerns about vaping /e-cigarette use by youth in our community.

Tim Ryan, a former addict, is known as “The Hope Dealer” for his gift of inspiring change in the hearts of others suffering with addictions, and speaks to the real solutions in the current opioid epidemic. Mr. Ryan works tirelessly to bring lasting change to every group touched by addiction

Dr Aaron Weiner, Director of Addictions Linden Oaks at Edward-Elmhurst Health, is a licensed clinical psychologist with a postdoctoral fellowship in Addiction Psychology. Dr. Weiner supports evidence-based care in treating chemical dependency and behavioral addictions, and the integration pf behavioral health services into medical settings. Dr. Weiner regularly addresses community groups on the signs, symptoms and solutions for various addiction issues.

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GPS- The Brain Science and Problem Solving Strategies to Handle High Stakes Testing
Apr
17
7:00 PM19:00

GPS- The Brain Science and Problem Solving Strategies to Handle High Stakes Testing

High-stakes testing has become the norm in schools. Between mandated tests to pass particular classes and entrance tests for college, much about students future is determined by their ability to succeed with tests. In this important talk psychologist Dr Art Markman will explore motivational issues that affect performance on tests including test anxiety, and stereotype threat. Additionally Dr. Markman will examine some of the core aspects of effective problem solving which students can develop to improve their performance on tests. The aim is to develop strategies that work not only for high-stakes tests, but for effective thinking in general.

Art Markman, PhD is the Anabel Irion Worsham Centennial Professor of Psychology and Marketing at the University of Texas at Austin and Founding Director of the Program in the Human Dimensions of Organizations. He has written over 150 papers on topics including reasoning, decision making, motivation and executive education. Dr Markman brings insights from cognitive science to a broader audience through his blogs at Psychology Today and Fast Company as well as his radio show and podcast Two Guys on Your Head. He is the author of many books including Smart Thinking, Smart Change, and Brain Briefs. Dr Markman will address members of the Glenbard teaching staff during the day as part of D87 Fest.

The 7 p.m. event is free and open to the public

Continuing professional development units are available.

 

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GPS- The Good, the Bad and the Confusing: Today's Teen Social Media Landscape
May
2
7:00 PM19:00

GPS- The Good, the Bad and the Confusing: Today's Teen Social Media Landscape

Digital and social media create many opportunities and challenges for children and adolescents. The same is true for parents and caregivers who are tasked with guiding them through adolescence in a mediated world; a world most of us never experienced until adulthood. We cannot pretend that digital technology does not impact teens, but in what ways and to what effects? Why are they always on their phones? And exactly what is going on with Fortnite?

Dr. Walsh’s talk will outline the landscape of tween/teen digital media use and provide insights for caregivers trying to navigate this world with them. Particular emphasis will be placed on what draws them to the digital space and how to engage in positive and productive conversations about their technology consumption. Using examples from her research, she will discuss the good, the bad, and the just plain confusing in their mediated experiences.

Dr. Jill Wash is a researcher and lecturer at Boston University, and an advocate for our children. She studies their world, learns from their perspective, and translates that on a global scale to help close the generational gap. So that parents and educators are able to make informed decisions around the digital, social and emotional health of our kids.

Dr Walsh obtained a PhD in Sociology from Boston University, and earlier earned a Masters in Public Policy from Brown University and a B.A. from Harvard University.

Her recent work examines the way that social media, and the need to document the self online, has altered the paths to adolescent development.

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GPS, GPS FUSE & GPS Spanish- Dr. Raquel Wilson and Distinguished Panel
Dec
6
6:00 PM18:00

GPS, GPS FUSE & GPS Spanish- Dr. Raquel Wilson and Distinguished Panel

The Equity Student Achievement Committee (ESAC), Families of African American Students United for Excellence (FUSE), and the Glenbard Parent Series will present Find Your Future at College Night at 6 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 7 at the District 15 Marquardt Administration Center.

High school is a crucial time for students to grow intellectually and personally and to prepare for college and career. This presentation will assist both students and their parents in this important journey. Specialists in the field will discuss what you can expect from each stage of the college admissions process. Panelists will discuss the role of grades, test scores, work experience, and financial aid and talk about the significance of an upward trajectory. Dr. Raquel Wilson, Equity Coordinator, joins a panel of stimulating educational leaders and students who will empower all students to succeed.

A light dinner will be served.

Babysitting will be provided, as well as translation for Spanish speaking families. All family members are invited!

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GPS- Dr. Peter Hall: Self-Care to Foster Resilience in Yourself and Others
Dec
5
7:00 PM19:00

GPS- Dr. Peter Hall: Self-Care to Foster Resilience in Yourself and Others

We all know the importance of taking care of ourselves, yet many of us struggle to do so.

Come talk and learn with Pete Hall, former school principal and co-author of the educational best-seller “Fostering Resilient Learners,” and explore ways to support yourself, your children and their success at school.

Participants will learn how stress impacts the brain, effective communication strategies, and how to get the brain “learning-ready” — supporting learning both in and out of school.

Head off frustration and burnout with essential self-care techniques that will help you and your student flourish.

Hall is an award winning administrator who consults internationally for school leaders, teachers, parents, professional athletes, stand-up comedians, firefighters, and business executives, He passionately advocates for education that address the whole child.and trauma sensitive learning environments.

This free events is open to the public.

Continuing Professional development units are available.

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GPS Spanish- Dr. Lourdes Ferrer: En la Silla del Conductor: Una Academia de Liderazgo para Padres Hispanos
Nov
15
6:00 PM18:00

GPS Spanish- Dr. Lourdes Ferrer: En la Silla del Conductor: Una Academia de Liderazgo para Padres Hispanos

El involucramiento de los padres en la educación de sus hijos es el primer indicador del triunfo académico de los estudiantes. Fortaleciendo a los padres para juegan un papel importante en la vida de los hijos es la llave al triunfo académico. La Dra. Ferrer, reconocida nacionalmente como experta en asuntos académicos e involucramiento de los padres, los enseñará a los padres las competencias que deben demonstrar para – sentarse en la silla del conductor en cuanto a la educación de los hijos se refiere. Los padres aprenden estrategias para asegurarse que sus hijos estén bien preparados para sacar, libre de deudas, carreras postsecundarias que estén en demanda y pague bien. Los padres además aprenden como cómo apoyar el potencial de los hijos, interpretar las pruebas estandarizadas y estrategias para crear en el hogar un ambiente que conduzca al triunfo académico.

La Dra. Ferrer es autora de varios libros incluyendo, Hispanic Parental Involvement: Ten Competencies Schools Must Teach Hispanic Parents. Ella es además la autora del libro, Siéntese en la Silla del Conductor: Las Diez Competencias Para Conducir a Sus Hijos al Triunfo Académico y co-autora de Voices: African American and Hispanic Students’ Perceptions Regarding the Academic Achievement Gap.

Estos seminarios se llevarán a cabo den la biblioteca de Glenbard North, localizada en la 990 Kuhn Road. en la ciudad de Carol Stream. Se proveerá gratis refrigerios y cuidado de niños.

"The Driver’s Seat” Parent Empowerment Program” provides Spanish-speaking parents with the motivationknowledge and skills they need to successfully navigate the culture of American education. Dr Ferrer is a gifted Hispanic parental involvement specialist able to inspire participants to become self advocates and role models, prepared to assume leadership roles in the community. Through this academy, parents will learn the resources formacademic success, how to increase students’ college readiness and gain information on the skills necessary for today’s careers. Here are the character traits and the protective factors that will guide families to healthy children who thrive.

Ferrer is the author of the books “Hispanic Parental Involvement,” “Siéntese en la Silla del Conductor: Las DiezCompetencias Para Conducir a Sus Hijos al Triunfo Académico” (“The TenCompetencies to Drive Your Children to Academic Success”), and co-authored“Voices: African American and Hispanic Students’ Perceptions Regarding the AcademicAchievement Gap.”

Ferrer is an award-winning Hispanic academic achievement and parental involvement specialist who has developed numerous programs designed to increase all students’ academic achievement.

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GPS- Dr. William Stixrud and Ned Johnson: The Self Driven Child: The Science and Sense of Giving Your Kids More Control Over Their Lives
Nov
14
7:00 PM19:00

GPS- Dr. William Stixrud and Ned Johnson: The Self Driven Child: The Science and Sense of Giving Your Kids More Control Over Their Lives

All parents want children who are confident, motivated and goal-driven.

From different vantage points Dr. Stixrud and Johnson saw kids struggling with a lack of enthusiasm and toxic stress. Stixrud is a clinical neuropsychologist who helps kids gripped by anxiety or struggling to learn. Johnson is an educational coach, founder of an elite tutoring company and author of “Conquering the SAT — How Parents Can Help Teens Overcome the Pressure and Succeed”. In this important presentation drawn from their real-life case studies, the authors distill the latest research and share the tools parent’s can use to enhance a child’s drive and healthy decision-making. Join us and learn about today’s common stressors and how to move children of all ages from powerlessness to purpose, ready to take on new challenges on the real road to success.

Dr. William R. Stixrud and Ned Johnson are the co-authors of the just released, ground breaking “The Self Driven Child “ offering parents common sense action-steps to help students improve academic performance, enhance career success and positive emotional well-being.

This program also will be presented at noon on Nov. 14 at the Marquardt School District 15 administration center 1860 Glen Ellyn Road in Glendale Heights.

Continuing professional development units are available.

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GPS Early Childhood- Dana Suskind, M.D.: Thirty Million Words: Building a Child's Brain
Nov
13
7:00 PM19:00

GPS Early Childhood- Dana Suskind, M.D.: Thirty Million Words: Building a Child's Brain

What nurtures the brain of our youngest to optimum intelligence, stability and future success in life? Answers will be provided by Dana Suskind MD — a pediatric otolaryngologist who specializes in hearing loss and cochlea implantation as the director of Pediatric Hearing Loss and Cochlear Implant program at the University of Chicago.

Dr. Suskind is the author of “Thirty Million Words” and is director/founder of the Thirty Million Words Initiative, based research that demonstrates the critical importance of early language exposure on the developing child. Dr. Suskind’s ultimate goal is to help all children reach their full potentials and to close the ever-widening achievement gap.

In this important presentation Professor Suskind will reveals the recent science supporting her important work, and outline how parents can best put this science into practice. Participants will learn how to enhance their home language environment in order to optimize their child’s brain development and, therefore, his/her ability to learn.

This free event is open to the public

Continuing professional development units are available.

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GPS Spanish- Dr. Ferney Ramirez: Estrategias para estudiantes exitosos/Strategies for Successful Students
Oct
18
6:00 PM18:00

GPS Spanish- Dr. Ferney Ramirez: Estrategias para estudiantes exitosos/Strategies for Successful Students

¿Qué tipo de estilo de crianza es más propicio para el aprendizaje y el éxito en la vida? El psicólogo popular Dr. Ferney Ramirez compartirá las estrategias de crianza que ayudarán a los estudiantes a desarrollar la responsabilidad y tomar decisiones positivas en torno a su educación. Los participantes aprenderán las habilidades para promover hábitos saludables y crear un entorno que mejor apoye el éxito escolar de sus hijos.

Todos son bienvenidos a este evento gratuito presentado en español que comenzará a las 6:00 p.m. el jueves, 18 de octubre en Glenbard North. Se proporcionará una cena ligera Se invita a los padres y estudiantes a asistir.

B-PAC / GPS en español  Dr. Ferney Ramirez

What kind of parenting style is most conducive to learning and success in life? Popular psychologist Dr. Ferney Ramirez will share the parenting strategies that will assist students to develop responsibility and make positive choices around their education. Participants will learn the skills to promote healthy habits and create a environment that will best support their child’s school success.

All are welcome to this free event presented in Spanish that will begin at 6:00pm on Thursday, Oct. 18 at Glenbard North. A light dinner will be provided Parents and students are encouraged to attend.

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GPS- Dr. John Medina: Surprising Brain Principles to Thrive and Survive at Work, School and Home & Health Expo
Oct
17
6:15 PM18:15

GPS- Dr. John Medina: Surprising Brain Principles to Thrive and Survive at Work, School and Home & Health Expo

John Medina begins at 7pm -8:30pm
Health Fair is 6:15pm-7pm

Most of us have no idea what’s really going on inside our heads. Yet brain scientists have uncovered details every business leader, parent, and teacher should know—like the need for physical activity to get your brain working its best.

What exactly do sleep and stress do to our brains?

In this important discussion, Dr. John Medina, a molecular biologist, shares his lifelong interest in how the brain sciences might influence the way we teach our children and the way we work. Here are brain rules about what scientists know for sure about how our brains work—and then offers transformative ideas for our daily lives.

Medina’s fascinating stories and infectious sense of humor breathe life into brain science. .

Participants will discover how:

Every brain is wired differently
Exercise improves cognition
Sleep is powerfully linked with the ability to learn
Stress changes the way we learn
In the end, you’ll understand how your brain really works—and how to get the most out of it.

Dr. John Medina is a developmental molecular biologist focused on the genes involved in human brain development and the genetics of psychiatric disorders. He has spent most of his professional life as a private research consultant, working primarily in the biotechnology and pharmaceutical industries on research related to mental health. Medina is an affiliate Professor of Bioengineering at the University of Washington School of Medicine.

In 2004, Medina was appointed to the rank of affiliate scholar at the National Academy of Engineering. He has been named Outstanding Faculty of the Year at the College of Engineering at the University of Washington; the Merrill Dow/Continuing Medical Education National Teacher of the Year; and, twice, the Bioengineering Student Association Teacher of the Year. Medina has been a consultant to the Education Commission of the States and a regular speaker on the relationship between neurology and education. He also writes the “Molecules of the Mind” column for the Psychiatric Times.

Medina’s books include: Brain Rules (New York Times Bestseller), Brain Rules for Baby, Brain Rules for Aging Well, As the father of two boys, he has an interest in how the brain sciences might influence the way we teach our children and In addition to his research, consulting, and teaching, Medina speaks regularly to public officials, business and medical professionals, school boards, and nonprofit leaders. Medina lives in Seattle with his wife and two sons.

Health Expo 6:15p.m. to 7:00p.m.
Arrive early at Glenbard North High School, and receive free heath assessments and giveaways from over 20 organizations.

Also on Wednesday, Oct. 17 the Glenbard Parent Series will host a wellness expo at 6:15p.m. at Glenbard North.

From 6:15 p.m. to 7 p.m. area health vendors and organizations will showcase their services. The expo will include free health assessments, prizes, giveaways, tastes of healthy food and more. Flu Shots will be available for a reduced price of $25.00 and free for Medicare B and some insurance plans.

A community conversation will follow this discussion.

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GPS Spanish - Sara Espinosa: El desafío de los costos de la universidad/The Challenge of College Costs and FAFSA Completion
Oct
1
6:00 PM18:00

GPS Spanish - Sara Espinosa: El desafío de los costos de la universidad/The Challenge of College Costs and FAFSA Completion

Como padre, probablemente no haya nada más que desee para su hijo que verlos triunfar. Una educación universitaria es un paso más cerca de ese objetivo. Este taller aumentará su conocimiento sobre el proceso de ayuda financiera, las opciones disponibles para ayudar a pagar la universidad y aclarará cualquier duda que pueda tener con respecto a la aplicación FAFSA importante.

Este programa será presentado por Sara Espinsa quien es Coordinadora del Programa de Alcance en la Comisión de Asistencia Estudiantil de Illinois (ISAC). Su función principal es crear conciencia entre los estudiantes y los padres sobre el proceso de planificación de la universidad y sobre los programas de ayuda financiera disponibles a nivel federal y estatal.

También el lunes, 1 de octubre, las personas mayores y sus familias están invitadas a un Taller de asistencia para completar la FAFSA.  El taller de FAFSA comenzará a las 6 p.m. en el laboratorio de Northcomputer.  Los participantes recibirán asistencia personalizada de especialistas en ayuda financiera de la Asistencia de Illinois Corps para presentar el formulario FAFSA (Solicitud Gratuita de Ayuda Federal para Estudiantes) en línea.  Por favor traiga la siguiente documentación necesaria: 2017 declaraciones de impuestos federales,  2017 formulario W2 y registro de ingresos no gravados e inversión / activos / valor comercial.  Asistencia estará disponible en español e inglés.

As a parent, there’s likely nothing more you want for your child than to see them succeed. A college education is one step closer to that goal. This workshop will increase your knowledge about the financial aid process, the options available to help pay for college and clarify any doubts you may have in regards to the important FAFSA application.

This program will be presented by Sara Espinsa who is an Outreach Program Coordinator at the Illinois Student Assistance Commission (ISAC). Her primary role is to raise awareness among students and parents about the college planning process, and about financial aid programs available at the federal and state levels.

Also on Monday, Oct .1, seniors and their families are invited to a FAFSA Completion Assistance Workshop.  The FAFSA Workshop will begin at 6 p.m. in the Northcomputer lab. Participants will receive one-on-one assistance from financial aid specialists at the Illinois Assistance Corps to file the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) form online. Please bring the following necessary documentation: 2017 Federal tax returns, 2017 W2 forms and record of untaxed income and investment/asset /business value. Assistance will be available in Spanish and English.

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GPS Early Childhood- Dr. Tina Payne Bryson: The Whole Brain Child/No Drama Dicipline
Sep
26
9:30 AM09:30

GPS Early Childhood- Dr. Tina Payne Bryson: The Whole Brain Child/No Drama Dicipline

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Be a part of a special two day appearance with international speaker and psychotherapist Tina Payne Bryson PhD focusing on brain informed parenting to develop a student’s “yes brain” for nurturing successful children who thrive. Here are the strategies to strengthen emotional, academic and social skills, helping to move teens from negative emotions like stress and disappointment to positivity and an engaged approach to life.

No Drama Discipline/The Whole Brain Child (3-10 years of age)
9:30 am Wednesday, Sept. 26 Marquardt School District 15 administration center 1860 Glen Ellyn Road in Glendale Heights

Your toddler throws a tantrum in the middle of a store. Your preschooler refuses to get dressed. Your fifth-grader sulks on the bench instead of playing on the field. Do children conspire to make their parents’ lives endlessly challenging? No – it’s just their developing brain calling the shots! Using stories and humor Dr. Bryson demystifies the meltdowns and aggravation, to explain in a clear and practical way the new science of how a child’s brain is wired and how it matures. Turn outbursts, arguments and fears into opportunities to integrate a child’s brain and foster vital growth.

Dr Bryson is the co-author (with Dan Siegel) of the New York Times bestsellers “The Whole Brain Child” and “No-Drama Discipline” each of which has been translated into over twenty languages. Join us when Dr. Bryson will apply scientific insights offered it in a way that’s clear, realistic, and immediately helpful so adults can better connect with the children they care about. Participants will learn about how kids’ (and their own) brains work informing how they help youth deal with everyday struggles, balance their emotions, make good choices and enjoy better relationships on the path to a more successful and rewarding life.

The Yes Brain: How to Raise Resilient, Positive and Successful Students in Negative Times 7 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 25 Glenbard South 23W200 Butterfield Road. in Glen Ellyn

When facing challenges, unpleasant tasks, and the resolution of issues such as homework, and screen-time limits, teens often act out or shut down, responding with negativity instead of receptivity. One constructive approach is for parents to guide their children to a “yes brain” mindset which will lead to desirable characteristics such as emotional regulation, resilience, personal insight, curiosity, independence, and empathy. Based on her new book (co-authored with Dan Siegel), Dr. Bryson will discuss ways to encourage positive thinking. Using her trademark warmth and humor Dr.Bryson will discuss specific strategies for creating “yes brain” opportunities that allow our students to succeed — both now and as they grow into adulthood.

These events are free and open to the public

Continuing professional development units are available.

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GPS- Tina Bryson: The Yes Brain: How to Raise Resilient, Positive and Successful Students in Negative Times
Sep
25
7:00 PM19:00

GPS- Tina Bryson: The Yes Brain: How to Raise Resilient, Positive and Successful Students in Negative Times

Be a part of a special two day appearance with international speaker and psychotherapist Tina Payne Bryson PhD focusing on brain informed parenting to develop a student’s “yes brain” for nurturing successful children who thrive. Here are the strategies to strengthen emotional, academic and social skills, helping to move teens from negative emotions like stress and disappointment to positivity and an engaged approach to life.

When facing challenges, unpleasant tasks, and contentious issues such as homework, screen time, food choices, and bedtime, children often act out or shut down, responding with reactivity instead of receptivity. This is a No Brain response. But our kids can be taught to approach life with openness and curiosity. Parents can foster their children’s ability to say yes to the world and welcome all that life has to offer, even during difficult times. This is what it means to cultivate a Yes Brain, and it leads to the characteristics we want to nurture in them: emotional regulation, resilience, personal insight, and empathy. In this presentation based on her new book (co-authored with Dan Siegel), Dr. Tina Payne Bryson discusses ways to encourage in our kids this positive, engaged approach to life. Using her trademark warmth and humor, she will discuss specific strategies for creating Yes Brain opportunities that allow your kids to thrive—both now and as they grow intoadulthood.

Dr. Tina Payne Bryson is the co-author (with Dan Siegel) of two New York Times bestsellers — THE WHOLE-BRAIN CHILD and NO-DRAMA DISCIPLINE — each of which has been translated into over twenty languages. She is a psychotherapist who keynotes conferences for parents, educators, and clinicians all over the world.

Tina emphasizes that before she’s a parenting educator, or a researcher, she’s a mom. As I’ve studied attachment and child -rearing theory and the science of how brains work, I’ve been able to apply that knowledge and let it help me parent more the way I want: lovingly, intentionally, and effectively.”

Tina’s professional life now focuses on taking research and theory from various fields of science, and offering it in a way that’s clear, realistic, humorous, and immediately helpful. As she puts it, “For parents, clinicians, and teachers, learning about how kids’ (and their own) brains work is surprisingly practical, informing how they approach discipline, how they help kids deal with everyday struggles, and ultimately how they connect with the children they care about.”

The Yes Brain: How to Raise Resilient, Positive and Successful Students in Negative Times 9/25 at 7pm and repeated at noon 9/26 (at Marquardt).  Bryson will also present “No Drama Discipline/The Whole Brain Child (3-10 years of age) on 9/26 at 9:30am at Marquardt School Distrtict 15 Administration Center.

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GPS Frank Palmasani: Conquering the Challenges of College Costs
Sep
15
10:30 AM10:30

GPS Frank Palmasani: Conquering the Challenges of College Costs

We have all heard about rising college tuition costs, the student debt crisis, poor graduation rates and how families are struggling to pay for college.Frank Palmasani, author of “Right College, Right Price” and creator of the financial fit online program, will highlight 30 steps you can take to save thousands of dollars in college costs and pay for college without excessive debt. This seminar will combine the latest information about scholarships, financial aid, student loans and the college search process when financial issues are a factor.

Following the presentation with Frank Palmasani, Kiril Spasovski, will present The Early Grad Club: Ways to Complete College Quickly at 11:30 am

Today’s cost to attend the University of Illinois for four years is $125,760. The average on-time graduation rate stands at 36%. What if you could cut the cost and time in half, and receive that important degree? Want to stay the full four years? Kiril Spasovski author and founder of the Early Grad Club will share his insights of how help students graduate with higher distinctions.

Kiril Spasovski, is a Glenbard South Alumnus who has proven that it is possible to shorten the time to earn a typical four-year degree. He attended Purdue University beginning in August 2013 and graduated two years later in August 2015.

Join us and learn the secrets of how to graduate university early and the action plan to maximum the college experience. Participants will also discover an understanding of current college challenges and how to create a differentiating factor for their student.

At 6p.m. on October 1, Sara Espinosa of the Illinois Student Assistance Commission will present a financial aid workshop in Spanish, The Challenge of College Costs.

These free events are open to the public and all parents and students are encouraged to attend.

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GPS Spanish- Sara Espinosa and Dr. Ferney Ramirez: El proceso de admisión a la universidad paso a paso/Making College Possible Step-by-Step
Sep
13
6:00 PM18:00

GPS Spanish- Sara Espinosa and Dr. Ferney Ramirez: El proceso de admisión a la universidad paso a paso/Making College Possible Step-by-Step

El proceso de admisión a la universidad paso a paso/Making College Possible Step-by-Step

Prepararse para los costos y desafíos académicos de la educación superior es un proceso que debe comenzar temprano. Los padres desempeñan un papel clave en el futuro de sus hijos y necesitan educarse sobre todos los pasos necesarios en el proceso de admisión a la universidad. Obtenga información sobre lo que usted y su hijo deben tener en cuenta al seleccionar una universidad o una universidad y familiarizarse con los recursos útiles disponibles para su estudiante cuando considere la educación superior. Este programa será presentado por Sara Espinsa quien es Coordinadora del Programa de Alcance en la Comisión de Asistencia Estudiantil de Illinois (ISAC). Su función principal es crear conciencia entre los estudiantes y los padres sobre el proceso de planificación de la universidad y sobre los programas de ayuda financiera disponibles a nivel federal y estatal.

Preparing for the costs and academic challenges of higher education is a process that needs to begin early. Parents play a key role in their child’s future and need to becoming educated about all of the necessary steps in the college admission process. Learn about what you and your student should take into consideration when selecting a college or a university and become familiar with useful resources available to your student when considering higher education. This program will be presented by Sara Espinsa who is an Outreach Program Coordinator at the Illinois Student Assistance Commission (ISAC). Her primary role is to raise awareness among students and parents about the college planning process, and about financial aid programs available at the federal and state levels.

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GPS Dr. Michael Duggan: First Class Support for Students on the Autism Spectrum
Sep
11
7:00 PM19:00

GPS Dr. Michael Duggan: First Class Support for Students on the Autism Spectrum

College students with autism can face many difficulties in adult life that can be overlooked as they strive for academic success. This presentation shows how educators of young adults and parents alike can best support students with autism in their everyday life, taking into consideration relationships, mental health, and independent living skills.

Dr. Michael Duggan—Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor (LCPC) and Certified Rehabilitation Counselor (CRC) is a Professor/Counselor for Students with Disabilities at COD where he has helped establish the Project COACH, a vocational skills training program for students with developmental disabilities, Autismerica, a social/support group for students on the autism spectrum and a chapter of Best Buddies for student to student mentoring. He has also been awarded COD’s Outstanding Divisional Faculty of the Year, Outstanding Academic Advisor of the Year, and Outstanding Club Advisor of the Year.

Dr. Duggan’s experience, passion, and wisdom for working with high school students on the Autism spectrum, will be invaluable to educators and parents alike.

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GPS Spanish- Susanna Melon: La tecnología y la capacitación para ayudar a su hijo prosperan
Aug
23
6:00 PM18:00

GPS Spanish- Susanna Melon: La tecnología y la capacitación para ayudar a su hijo prosperan

La tecnología y la capacitación para ayudar a su hijo prosperan/The Technology and Training to Help Your Child Thrive

Es claro, los padres son esenciales para el éxito de sus hijos en el aula.  Cuando los cuidadores están bien informados sobre las tareas asignadas, hablen con sus hijos sobre la escuela y establezcan altas expectativas académicas para que los alumnos obtengan mejores calificaciones y tengan una mejor asistencia escolar.  También está claro que las aulas de hoy son muy diferentes a cuando la mayoría de nosotros estábamos en la escuela. La tecnología y la Internet han creado innumerables oportunidades nuevas para la educación.

Las computadoras y la tecnología de Internet también brindan oportunidades importantes para que las familias participen mejor en la educación de sus hijos.  Al comenzar el nuevo año escolar, únase a nosotros para esta importante capacitación en español sobre las herramientas digitales, las habilidades y los recursos que puede usar para convertirse en socios efectivos en la educación de su hijo.

Este taller será presentado por Susanna Melon B-PAC Coordinadora de las Escuelas de Glenbard.    Programas B-PAC / GPS en Español

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GPS Community Read: Tim O'Brien The Things They Carried
Aug
22
7:00 PM19:00

GPS Community Read: Tim O'Brien The Things They Carried

The Glenbard Parent Series has selected the critically acclaimed novel, The Things They Carriedas it’s 2018 ONE BOOK GPS Community Read. Please join us when we will welcome Pulitzer Prize finalist author Tim O’Brien as the kick-off speaker for the 2018-19 year of programming.

This special event will take place on Wednesday, August 22, 2018 at 7:00 pm in the Glenbard West auditorium. Students, parents and community members alike are invited to become acquainted with this distinguished piece of American literature that fictionalizes O’Brien’s experiences surrounding the Vietnam War.

The Things They Carried has become a reading staple for high-school level students across the country and includes aspects of memoir, novel, and short story.   Here is a compelling book that displays intense sensitivity and insight into courage and fear and brings into question the way that subsequent generations will view the war.  This international award winning novel has been translated in twenty languages and was selected in Amazon’s list of 100 Books to Read in a Lifetime

Mr. O’Brien and his insights into the Vietnam conflict were showcased on the 2018 Ken Burns PBS Documentary on the Vietnam War. Both The Things They Carried and Mr. O’Brien’s work Going After Cacciato are powerful and compelling stories of war.

This award winning written novel has been translated in twenty languages and was selected in Amazon’s list of 100 Books to Read in a Lifetime.

In 2005 The Things They Carried was named by the New York Times as one of the twenty-two best books of the last quarter century. It received the Chicago Tribune Heartland Award in fiction and was a finalist for both the Pulitzer Prize and the National Book Critics Circle Award. The French edition of The Things They Carried received one of France’s most prestigious literary awards, the Prix du Meilleur Livre Etranger. The title story from The Things They Carried received the National Magazine Award and was selected by John Updike for inclusion in The Best American Short Stories of the Century. In the Lake of the Woods, published in 1994, was chosen by Time magazine as the best novel of that year. The book also received the James Fenimore Cooper Prize from the Society of American Historians and was selected as one of the ten best books of the year by The New York Times. In 2010, O’Brien received the Katherine Anne Porter Award, presented by the American Academy of Arts and Letters for a distinguished lifetime body of work. In November 2012, O’Brien received the Richard C. Holbrooke Distinguished Achievement Award from the Dayton Literary Peace Prize Foundation. In 2013, O’Brien received the Lifetime Achievement award from the Pritzker Military Library. O’Brien’s short fiction has appeared in The New Yorker, Atlantic, Esquire, Playboy, Harper’s, and numerous editions of The O. Henry Prize Stories and The Best American Short Stories. His novels have sold more than six million copies and have been translated into more than 20 languages.

CPDUs are available.

GPS is generously sponsored by CASE, Cebrin Goodman Center, College of DuPage, DuPage Medical Group, Emmy Gaffey Foundation, Glenbard Early Childhood Collaborative, DuPage County Health Department/PLT, Holiday Inn of Carol Stream and the Trust Company of Illinois, with additional support from public libraries: Bloomingdale, Glen Ellyn, Carol Stream, Glenside, Lombard, and Wheaton.

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GPS Doug Petit: One Father's Story
Aug
14
6:00 PM18:00

GPS Doug Petit: One Father's Story

Former Glenbard North parent Doug Petit, President of Parents and Teens Together returns to share the story of his son Jonathan lost to poor choices regarding alcohol. For the past nine years Doug has spoken to over 80,000 middle school students, high school students, as well as their parents about the perils of underage drinking. Doug shares his family’s story of loss and the impact it had on all who knew his son. Doug’s message comes from the heart and the center of his story is that the choices we make are the choices we live by. This presentation will take place at 6:00pm in the Auditorium at Glenbard North. North athletes and their parents are required to attend this presentation which is open to the public.

Parents and Teens Together web site here

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