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Education Series

Cascades Academy presents an annual Education Series focused on bringing the community together to enhance lifelong learning, provide an opportunity to connect with experts and hear tips for joyful parenting. All events are open to the public, registration is required. Unless otherwise noted, events take place at Cascades Academy. We hope you'll join us!

2023-2024 Upcoming Events

Finding the Magic in Middle School Talk and Book Signing with Chris Balme

Tuesday, October 10, 7 - 8:30 PM
Light Refreshments, 6:30 - 7 PM

Unitarian Universalist Fellowship
61980 Skyline Ranch Road
Bend, OR 97703


In this talk, author and acclaimed educator Chris Balme shows how to tap into the positive potential of middle school. It begins with understanding what's going on inside the middle school brain. Balme introduces three key developmental needs for middle schoolers, offering practical tips to support them at each step of the way. Drawing on his experience as a middle school founder and principal, as well as the latest neuroscience, he offers a fresh and uplifting take on the transformative years of middle school.

This talk is based on Balme's book, Finding the Magic in Middle School, which was published in 2022 and quickly became an Amazon bestseller for adolescent psychology. Renowned adolescent psychologist and author Madeline Levine called it "a must-read for anyone who has a tween or works with tweens."

This evening community gathering is intended to support the wellbeing and growth of parents, adolescents, educators and mental health professionals. Interconnected Diversity in the lead organizer in collaboration with Cascades Academy and Seven Peaks.

Past Events