Behavior in Young Children
March 23 and 30 from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m., Bananas, Oakland
Play therapist and child care expert Madeline Meyer Riley explores how to respond to challenging behavior among babies, toddlers and young kids who have been labeled “difficult” in this two-part workshop for child care providers and families.
Talking with Teens
March 28 from 7 to 8 a.m. on 98.1 KISS-FM and streamed live on Childhoodmatters.org.
The final episode in the “Your Teen Matters” series features Nurse Rona and Beth Samuelson, MA, of Student Organizational Services, discussing practical and effective communication techniques for parents of teens. Read the rest of this entry »
If you’ve got a high schooler, you’ve probably got college application anxiety on the brain – so you’ll want to know about this. The Princeton Review is hosting a couple of “Getting Into College” seminars next week. Learn about the admissions and financial aid process, ask questions, and discuss how to find, get into and pay for a college that fits your child’s interests and skills. The seminars are Oct. 6 from 7 to 9 p.m. at the Danville Library, 400 Front St., Danville; Oct. 8 from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at the Four Points Sheraton, 5115 Hopyard Rd., Pleasanton; and Oct. 14 from 7 to 9 p.m. at the Sierra 2 Center, 2791 24th St., Sacramento. It’s free, but they want you to reserve seats for you and your high school soph, junior or senior. Call 1-800-2REVIEW or visit www.PrincetonReview.com.
Fascinating story in Sunday’s Times and Trib about the rise of college cheating. Cheating is so much on the rise, universities have enlisted the help of Web sites, such as turnitin.com, to sniff out plagiarism – meanwhile, other web sites offer essays-for-hire. The story calls it a “technology war.”
Experts blame increased competition to get into colleges and grad schools for the spike in cheating cases. At UC Berkeley, for example, there were were 91 cases of academic dishonesty in 1998-99, and 236 in 2007-08. UC Davis had 286 in 1998-99 and 393 in 2007-08. Fascinating, disturbing stuff – although we can’t help thinking that the 236 cases isn’t quite as horrifying when one puts it into the perspective of Cal’s 35,000 students. Read the story and see what you think. Then punch a button on the poll and tell us, have you ever cheated?
Saint Mary’s College is hosting the 18th annual East Bay Connection College Fair this Saturday, April 25 from 1 to 4:30 p.m. Chat with reps from 150 private and public universities from across the country, hear workshops on financial aid, applications and advice for first-generation college students, and get a jump start on the college search process. The fair is free, and a free shuttle runs from the Orinda BART station every 20 minutes, so you don’t have to hassle with parking. Click here for info on the college fair and a list of participating schools. And click here for advice on getting the most out of a college fair.
“Living with Ones and Twos”
Feb. 10 at 7 p.m., Bananas, Oakland
A Bananas, Inc. workshop for parents of babies and toddlers, led by Meg Zweiback, nurse practitioner. Free.
“Keys to Cultivating Trust, Respect and Openness with your Teenager”
Feb. 11 at 7 p.m. at Miramonte High School Theater, Orinda. An interactive workshop on family communication, led by David Heckenlively, founder of Integrated Teen Services in Walnut Creek, and Ricardo Murguia, executive director of Coyote Coast. Sponsored by Acalanes Adult Ed. Free.
“Ask the Expert: Autism, ADHD & Other Issues”
Feb. 12 at 7 p.m., Danville
Diablo Behavioral Healthcare’s new free, monthly “Ask the Expert” series addresses the more difficult issues in parenting – ADHD, Obsessive Compulsive Disorder, phobias, anxiety, school refusal, tantrums, autistic spectrum questions and more. (Free, but reservations required. Call 925-648-4800.) Read the rest of this entry »
Feb 5 at Seven Hills School, Walnut Creek. Speaker: Dr. William Pollack, founder and director of the “Real Boys” educational programs, and youth violence prevention expert. http://www.sevenhillsschool.org“>Tickets are $15, teachers are free.
Feb. 7 from 9 to 10 a.m. on Green 960 AM and streamed live on www.childhoodmatters.org. Rona Renner, RN and panelists discuss parenting issues.
“Living in the World of iPhone, Wii & MySpace”
Jan. 15 at 7 p.m. at Walnut Creek Intermediate. Sponsored by Acalanes Adult Ed Free.
“Living with Ones and Twos”
Jan. 15 at 7 p.m. at Bananas, Oakland. Meg Zweiback, RN, offers practical advice on parenting babies and toddlers. (Free. Child care available for $5 by reservation only.)
“Childhood Matters: Teaching Children About Different Cultures”
Jan. 17 from 9 to 10 a.m. on Green 960 AM and streamed live on www.childhoodmatters.org. Rona Renner, RN and Leslie Hites, founder of The Renaissance School, discuss the value of introducing different cultures at home. Read the rest of this entry »
Oh, ouch! Over the last 25 years, college costs rose at triple the rate of family incomes. Between 1982 and 2007, college tuition went up 439 percent, while the average family saw its income rise a measly 147 percent. And it’s not going to get any better. According to the latest report out of the National Center for Public Policy and Higher Education, those rising costs are going to make college an impossibility for most Americans in the coming years. And that’s not even counting the current recession’s impact on family pocketbooks. Already, the middle class is financing their children’s college educations by going into debt. According to a New York Times piece this morning on the “Measuring Up 2008″ report, the average family with a child at a public university spent 28 percent of its income putting one kid through college, including tuition, fees, dorms and dining halls. A year at private school? That was 76 percent of the average middle class family’s income. And the numbers for California families were even worse. Even community colleges may soon be beyond most working class families’ capacity to pay. Read the rest of this entry »
This should be chilling news for any teen. According to Kaplan, the test prep folks, one in ten college admissions officers check out their applicants’ Facebook and MySpace pages as part of their applicant vetting process. And some 38 percent found information that reflected poorly on the applicant. It wasn’t necessarily because they’d posted pictures from the teen kegger, either. In one case, an applicant bragged about having aced his application, even though he didn’t want to go to that school. So the school didn’t put him in that situation – they rejected him first.
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