Cascades Academy Independent School PK-12

Education Series

All events are free, open to the public, and held on the Cascades Academy campus. Free childcare provided during evening presentations for ages 3+. RSVP required; complete the form at the bottom of the page to reserve your seats!

The Magic of Mistakes - Embracing Failure as Part of the Learning Journey, 5.19.17

The Magic of Mistakes - Embracing Failure as Part of the Learning Journey

with Amy Howell, Ph.D.

May 19, 2017


Our culture has a fascination with perfectionism, increasingly high expectations, and “getting it right.” As we learn about current educational research, including growth mindset, we have the opportunity to begin to ask ourselves and one another how to better understand the role of “not getting it right” as a crucial part of the learning journey.

As a parent and an educator, I also grapple with the often conflicting drives of wanting to support my children’s happiness while also realizing that successfully navigating challenges, frustrations, and failures are lifelong skills. As individuals in the lives of children with a shared commitment to their wellbeing and right to thrive, I look forward to this opportunity to share ideas together.

Bring your brown bag lunch and enjoy this in-depth presentation and Q&A with Amy Howell in the Cascades Academy library. This presentation is tailored for parents and caregivers of preschool and elementary aged children.

Past Presentation: Maker Documentary, 4.19.17

Maker Documentary

in collaboration with BendFilm

April 19, 2017 at 6:00pm

"Maker" is a feature-length documentary on the Maker Movement and its impact on society, culture and economy in the U.S. From the producers of the internationally acclaimed “Design & Thinking,” “Maker” looks into the current Maker Movement in America – a new wave of Do-It-Yourself and Do-It-Together culture fueled by passion and powered by the advent of new technologies.

Be sure to join us for a panel discussion with local experts following the screening:

Moderated by Todd Looby of BendFilm

Free childcare provided for ages 3+. RSVP required.

Past Presentation: Birds + Bees + Kids, 2.8.17

Birds + Bees + Kids

with Amy Lang, MA

February 8, 2017

11:30am - 1:00pm For parents of kids ages 10 and under

6:00pm - 7:30pm For parents of kids ages 11 and older

The birds and the bees can be tough to talk about but with a little information, some careful thought and planning it’s possible to have comfortable and effective conversations that help your kids make good decisions.


  • Why you need to start the conversation way earlier than you think
  • Who has the most influence over your kids’ decision making
  • The number one way to keep your kids healthy + safe
  • The best way to start the conversations
  • Why knowing your values is key to talking to your kids
  • Tips for making the talks easy, fun and actually happen!

  • Free childcare for ages 3+ provided during the evening presentation only. RSVP required.

    Past Presentation: Keeping Your Kids Safe Online, 1.18.17

    Keeping Your Kids Safe Online

    with the Deschutes County Sheriff

    January 18, 2017 at 6:00pm

    We will share strategies for keeping your kids safe while using the internet and mobile devices including setting ground rules for usage, cyber-bullying, mobile apps, and knowing the risks of social media.

    Free childcare provided for ages 3+. RSVP required.