Parent Education

On February 11, 1974, the day the school was officially announced, Krishnamurti said:

“And this school here, we have been discussing with the teachers, with the parents, and with the architects for the last two years. This school is entirely different from the other schools in India and England. Here the parents are involved in it, which is a new kind of experiment because if the children are going to be different then parents must also be different, otherwise there is a contradiction between the child and the parents, and there will be conflict between them. So to avoid all that we thought it would be right that the parents as well as the teachers and the students work together as a family unit.”

Mission of the Program:

In order to help our parents, students and teachers work together as a “family unit,” we offer a parent education program that spans the entire Oak Grove experience from Pre-kindergarten to Twelfth Grade.

Elementary and Secondary Parent Ed Schedule
Grades 1-12

Description: Our parent education program takes a two-pronged approach. First, the program is designed to support parents in raising children and adolescents through workshops on subjects such as child development, communication strategies, harm prevention, and academic support. As students advance to the secondary level, we also include sessions on college readiness and the transition into adulthood. The second goal of the program is to build relationships and support networks between parents, teachers and community members. Oak Grove is a close knit community and we seek to create a healthy dialogue between staff and families in order to best serve the needs of our students.

RSVPs and Snacks:
While RSVPs are not required, we always appreciate knowing who is planning on attending. Please email willhornblower@oakgroveschool.org if you are coming. This workshop is adults-only. We also need a few volunteers who would like to bring some tasty snacks. Please email Will if you are interested.

ECP and Early Elementary Parent Education/Family Partnership
Preschool -3rd grade

Gathering in the Main House, Parent Ed begins just after you’ve said good-bye to your child (anytime after 8:00am) and continues until 10:30am.

The goal of Parent Ed is to support both parenting and teaching by building pathways between home and school. We place high value on this aspect of our program and urge families to attend. Parent Ed is your time, an opportunity for families to share the complexity and similarity of their experiences during the young family years. We want parents to feel comfortable bringing their comments and questions to our morning discussions. These meetings offer a chance to wonder out loud, deepen understanding of our individual children, their relationships and growth and of child development in general. The goal is to increase self-understanding, balance, and joy in family life.

Each month a different teacher from the early elementary program will join us in Parent Ed for the first hour, 8:00-9:00am. Parents of OGS students from Preschool through 3rd grade are welcome to join.

Parent Education Schedule
First Semester

Unless otherwise announced, evening and morning sessions are in the Student Center in the High School. The schedule is subject to change so please see the OGS website or This Week At Oak Grove for the latest information.

Date and Time Topic Suggested Grade Level Description
Tuesday

9/24/2019

(6:30 pm)

The Self-Driven Child

(Evening Session)

PK-12 Please join us for our first parent education event as we discuss William Stixrud’s book: The Self Driven Child. Please come even if you didn’t have a chance to read the book over the summer.
Thursday
9/26/19
(8:00-10:30 am)
Open Discussion PK-3 Parent Ed with Adrienne, Laurie, and Hope in Main House.
Tuesday

10/1/2019

(8:00 am)

The Self-Driven Child (Morning Session) PK-12 Please join us as we discuss William Stixrud’s book: The Self Driven Child. Please come even if you didn’t have a chance to read the book over the summer.
Tuesday

10/8/2019

(6:30 pm)

A Preventative Approach to Drug and Alcohol Use

(Evening Session)

5-8 A Preventative Approach to Drug and Alcohol Use: Early Adolescence on 10/8: As children begin adolescence, it is an important time to begin a dialogue with your child about making healthy choices regarding drug and alcohol use. We will review some best practices around prevention and harm reduction. We will meet in the Student Center.
Thursday
10/17/19
(8:00-10:30 am)
Open Discussion PK-3 Parent Ed with Adrienne, Laurie, and Carole in Main House.
Tuesday

10/29/2019

(6:30 pm)

How to Help a Teenager Be College-Ready

(Evening Session)

7-12 What does “college readiness” mean? Oak Grove’s college counselor Jennifer Thompson will discuss the latest research on the best ways to ensure that children are ready to take on the rigors of college as well as the challenges of living on their own.
Tuesday

11/5/2019

(8:00 am)

Morning Parent Education: Topic to be announced.

(Morning Session)

K-12 Join us for snacks, beverages and a discussion on challenges currently facing parents.
Wednesday

11/13/2019

(6:30 pm)

A Discussion on Inclusion with The Pacific Pride Foundation

(Evening Session)

PK-12 Educators and activists from The Pacific Pride Foundation, a LGBTQ+ advocacy group, will discuss how to create a more inclusive environment for children who are exploring their gender and sexuality. 
Tuesday

11/19/2019

(6:30 pm)

Discussing Sexuality with Elementary Students

(Evening Session)

K-5 What is the best way to initiate conversations about sexuality with a younger child? At what age should these conversations happen? Educators will answer these questions and more during our workshop.
Thursday
11/21/19
(8:00-10:30 am)
Open Discussion PK-3 Parent Ed with Adrienne, Laurie, and Chris in Main House.
Wednesday12/4/2018

(6:30 pm)

Jay Fields: Teaching Your Child Resilience and Self-Awareness

(Evening Session)

PK-12 Somatic Educator Jay Fields will share some strategies to help children (and parents) become more resilient, connected, and self-aware.
Thursday
12/12/19
(8:00-10:30 am)
Open Discussion PK-3 Parent Ed with Adrienne, Laurie, and Serra in Main House.