From San Leandro Unified:
SAN LEANDRO – Every parent has experienced the discomfort—and possibly avoidance—of discussing sensitive issues and having difficult conversations with their child.
San Leandro parent Rebecca Day-Rodriguez, a trainer and facilitator with twenty years’ experience, will be presenting a workshop titled “From Challenges to Connection: Strategies for Tackling Difficult Conversations with Our Children” at 10 a.m., at the School Readiness/Early Learning Forum, on Saturday, March 28, at Jefferson Elementary School, 14300 Bancroft Ave.
Day-Rodriguez, the parent of three children in San Leandro schools, has extensive experience running support groups and training youth and providers on subjects ranging from reproductive health and substance use to sexual assault prevention and meeting the needs of LGBTQ and people of color communities.
“As a parent,” Day-Rodriguez said, “I have found this experience only moderately prepared me for the anxiety and pressure of answering my own children’s questions.”
Also newly added is a workshop for Spanish speaking parents, “Ideas: Como ayudar a su hijo(a) a tener exito en Kindergarten,” presented by preschool teacher and parent educator Gloria Bustamante.
Other workshops at the forum include:
• Building Strong Foundations: Making the Connections between Play and Later Academic Success, presented by Julie Nicholson, Mills College, Center for Play Research; and Michelle Grant-Groves, founding director, Inquiry, Intention and Innovation Institute
• Cardboard Creations: STEM Activities to Spark Creativity and Learning, presented by Bobby Hawke, Lakeshore Learning
• Cracking the Communication Code: the brain puzzle, presented by Dale Gregory, co-director, Broadmoor Parent Cooperative Preschool
• Exciting, Engaging, and Interactive Reading with JaNay Brown-Wood, presented by the children’s author and professor of early child development.
• Is Your Child a Fern or a Cactus? presented by Colleen Trujillo, co-director, Broadmoor Parent Cooperative Preschool
• Safe, Strong, & Free, presented by Claudia Arce, Child Assault Prevention Center
• Yoga in the Classroom, and The Yoga of Parenting, presented by Christina Robohm
The day will feature remarks by Alameda County Office of Education Superintendent of Schools L. Karen Monroe and San Leandro Mayor Pauline Cutter, strong advocates of early learning.
Lunch will include a panel discussion featuring educators Victoria Forrester, Rachelle Parham, Sonal Patel and Christie Anderson, moderated by Linda Olivenbaum, director of the California Early Childhood Mentor Program at Chabot College, and the vice chair of the California Association for the Education of Young Children Public Policy Committee.
This event is free, with child care available. It is funded through the generosity of First 5 Alameda County, and supported by Davis Street Family Resource Center and Primary Care Clinic, East Bay Agency for Children, Lakeshore Learning, Kenneth Pon, CPA, Kidango, and the San Leandro Education Foundation.
To register, visit www.slusd.us, and click on the link under announcements.