Viewpoint's School Service Association (VSSA)

Parent Education Speaker Series

The VSSA Parent Education Series features guest speakers who focus on themes relating to child and adolescent development in the context of the challenging issues and choices young people face in our complex society.


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  • Vicki Hoefle - The Pressure to be Perfect

    Vicki Hoefle
    Professional Parenting Educator and Author
    September 20, 2017 at 8:30 a.m.
    Carlson Family Theater
    Vicki Hoefle, a professional parent educator, is the founder of the renowned Parenting on Track Program. She has 25 years of experience teaching parents, educators and caregivers how to raise respectful, responsible and resilient children. She combines her expertise in Adlerian psychology with an International Coaching Federation certification to bring parents sustainable, proactive strategies for nurturing happy families. Vicki encourages parents to stop helicoptering and instead enable their kids to develop confidence through solving their own problems. Vicki is the author of Duct Tape Parenting, Straight Talk on Parenting, Parenting as Partners, and Real Parents. Real Progress.
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  • Mitch Prinstein Ph.D. - Popularity in School: How LIkeability, Not Status, Can Provide a Lifetime Advantage

    Mitch Prinstein, Ph.D.
    Clinician in Child and Adolescent Psychology

    October 10, 2017 at 6:00 p.m.                          October 11, 2017 AT 6:00 p.m.
    Oakwood Secondary School                              Harvard-Westlake Middle School
    Sponsored in conjunction with SSALA (School Speaker Alliance of Los Angeles), Mitch Prinstein, Ph.D. currently serves as the John Van Seters Distinguished Professor of Psychology and Neuroscience and the Director of Clinical Psychology at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.  Dr. Prinstein is the author of Popular, the Power of Likability in a Status-Obsessed World.
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  • Cindy Pierce - Helping Kids Navigate Social Media and Peer Pressure to Develop Healthy Relationships

    Cindy Pierce
    Educational Speaker and Author
                                                                                                                          HELPING KIDS NAVIGATE SOCIAL MEDIA AND PEER PRESSURE TO DEVELOP HEALTHY RELATIONSHIPS
    November 8, 2017 at 8:30 a.m.
    Carlson Family Theater
    Cindy Pierce is an author, educational speaker, storyteller, innkeeper, and mother of three teenagers. She was a teacher for ten years. She has spent years researching the various cultural pressures kids experience and how children should navigate through them in order to make healthy choices. Cindy and her family live in Aetna, NH where they own and run Pierce’s Inn.  Cindy is the author of Sexploitation: Helping Kids Develop Healthy Sexuality in a Porn-Driven World and Sex, College and Social Media: A Commonsense Guide to Navigating the Hookup Culture.
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  • Dr. Patrick Hunt - The Hannibal Expedition

    Dr. Patrick Hunt
    Stanford Professor, Archaeologist and Author                                                                                                                           
    November 14, 2017 at 10:35 a.m.
    Fletcher Family Library
    Dr. Patrick Hunt believes the perceived boundaries between academic subjects are too often arbitrary and artificial, and thus explores junctions between many intersecting areas of interest across the broader Humanities, sciences and the arts. Dr. Hunt directed Stanford’s Alpine Archaeology Project between 1994-2012, continuing as the Hannibal Expedition. Along with monographs, novellas, and other writings, Dr. Hunt wrote the historical biography Caravaggio, Ten Discoveries that Rewrote History, Rembrandt: His art and Life, Renaissance Visions: Myth and Art, Cloud Shadows of Olympus: Collected Poems from 2006-2009, Myth and Art in Ekphrasis, Critical Insights: Inferno, and Puer Natus Est: Art of Christmas.
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  • Betsy Brown Braun - "Cultivating Resilience"

    Author, Child Development, and Behavior Specialist 
  • Brad Friedel - "How To Achieve Balance With Competitive Sports"

    Professional Soccer Player 
  • Film: Miss Representation

    Summary: Explores the under-representation of women in positions of power and influence in America, and challenges the media's limited portrayal of what it means to be a powerful woman. Katie Couric, Rachel Maddow, Condoleeza Rice, Gloria Steinem and others discuss sexism in American society and the media
  • Film: Most Likely to Succeed

    Summary: Sundance documentary examines how many American educational methods have remained in place for far too long, as well as how the problems in the system are having a profound impact on the U.S. economy.
  • Film: Screenagers

    Summary: SCREENAGERS probes into the vulnerable corners of family life, including the director's own, and depicts messy struggles, over social media, video games, academics and internet addiction. Through surprising insights from authors and brain scientists’ solutions emerge on how we can empower kids to best navigate the digital world. 
  • Film: The Mask You Live In

    Summary: Boys and young men struggle to stay true to themselves while negotiating America's narrow definition of masculinity.


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  • Betsy Brown Braun - “Cultivating Gratitude”

    Betsy Brown Braun is the best selling author of Just Tell Me What to Say: Sensible Tips and Scripts for Perplexed Parents and You’re Not The Boss Of Me: Bratproofing Your Four To Twelve Year Old. Betsy is a child development and behavior specialist, parent educator, multiple birth parenting consultant, and 2001 founder of Parenting Pathways®, Inc. She has over 40 years of experience in the education sector, in addition to holding a masters degree in Human Development, and not to forget a mother of adult triplets. Her parenting expertise has been featured in the The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, USA Today, U.S. News & World Report and national magazines such as Family Circle, Good Housekeeping, and Parents among countless others. She has appeared on the Today Show multiple times as well as Dr. Phil, Good Morning America, Fox News LA, national radio programs and so many others.
  • Dr. David Swanson - “Positive Peer Interaction”

    Dr. David Swanson is a licensed clinical psychologist and award-winning author of Help - My Kid is Driving Me Crazy: The 17 Ways Kids Manipulate Their Parents and What You Can Do About It. As a married father of three boys, Dr. Swanson has a wealth of hands-on experience, and he has gained national attention for his highly effective approach with children, teens, adults and families. He frequently appears on local and national television programs including NBC'S TODAY, CBS' The Early Show, NBC'S EXTRA, KCBS/KCAL, KTTV'S Studio 11 LA, and the KTLA Morning News.

    Topics Included:
    • Learn effective strategies for parents K-12 to help your children find workable solutions to navigate social problems as they arise
    • Understand what you as a parent can do to teach your children tools for resolving conflict and finding social success
    • Hear the keys to friendship
  • Jonathan Scott - “Where’s the Party? Party Protocol for Parents”

    Combined with his newest book Where’s the Party and the section “Everything I Ever Learned About Parenting I Learned at Disneyland” Jonathan covers alcohol prevention, education, asking the right questions, as well as latest developments, and the like; All to help lessen the likelihood of kids becoming victims of substance abuse.
    • Everything I ever learned about parenting I learned at Disneyland
    • How your social drinking behavior is interpreted by your kids
    • How to overpower social and peer pressure
    • Tips for making a family mission statement
    • Top trending recreation drugs and current issues
    • What to do when your kids go to a party
    • Asking the right questions and getting truthful answers
    • You’re leaving home, but your kids aren’t, now what?
    • Consequences when your kids mess up
    • Parental power and how to use it correctly
    • Becoming familiar with the social host laws
  • Martha Tessmer and Officer Leland Tang - “Adults as Role Models”

    Ms. Tessmer, a Teen Safe Driving Advocate, partnered with Impact Teen Drivers to help spread the message about the very real dangers of reckless and distracted driving. Officer Tang is a CHP officer in the West Valley area.

    How to exhibit positive role model behavior for our children
    • What is distracted driving? Learn what you can do to prevent it
    • Learn the new texting and distracted driving laws
    • How your child can become a safer driver
    • Parents’ role and responsibilities for teen drivers
    • Keeping Viewpoint’s parking lot safe
    • Teaching our children to have confidence in stepping up and speaking out