All events are free, open to the public, and held on the Cascades Academy campus. Free childcare provided during evening presentations for ages 3+. Please complete the form below to reserve your seats and childcare, sign up for our email list, and stay tuned for updates about additions to our 2017-18 series.
- Birds + Bees + Kids, 3.1.18
- Past Presentation: Empowering Ourselves to Raise Culturally Competent Children in an Age of Indifference, 2.7.18
- Past Presentation: Is It Rude, Mean, or Bullying? 12.6.17
Birds + Bees + Kids
with Amy Lang, MA
March 1, 2018
8:15am - 9:45am - The Birds + Bees for Elementary Parents
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.
You will discover:
6:00pm - 7:30pm - The Birds + Bees for the 21st Century: Raising Kids in the Age of Technology
Your child will be online — sometimes safely and, frankly, sometimes not. This will influence how they think and learn about sex, love and relationships. In this class you will learn how to make sure you (and not the internet!) are their go-to birds and the bees expert!
You will discover:
About Amy Lang, MA
Since 2005, award-winning parenting expert, speaker and author Amy Lang, MA, has been helping parents of all beliefs turn conversations they dread into a regular (and fun) part of their family lives.
Empowering Ourselves to Raise Culturally Competent Children in an Age of Indifference
with Bryan K. Hotchkins, Ph.D.
February 7, 2018
If you missed Dr. Hotchkins' talk, you can watch it in its entirety on our Youtube channel.
Often parents feel like they are raising their children within a cultural bubble where a lack of exposure to diversity makes it difﬁcult to prepare them holistically for global citizenry. This realization often confuses, frustrates and stiﬂes parents who are uncertain about how to educate not only their children, but themselves. We know households often serve as the gateway to how children are empowered to navigate heterogeneous environments, but what happens when parents lack the experiential reference points to teach? This lecture is intended to help parents understand how to raise the cultural competency of children while providing them with useful introspective strategies and resources.
- How should parents prepare to have the RACE TALK with their children
- How to create holistic, introspective environments within your homes
- What to do (or not) if your child feels unable to engage in difﬁcult discussions about difference
- How to talk to educators at your child’s school about creating safe spaces in class(es)
- Tips for children and parents about how to be an ally on the periphery of discussions
- How to help your child understand racist, sexist and heterosexist behaviors
Free childcare for ages 3+ provided. RSVP required
About Bryan K. Hotchkins, Ph.D.
Dr. Hotchkins is an Assistant Professor of Higher Education in the department of Educational Psychology and Leadership and a Faculty Fellow for the Institute for Inclusive Excellence at Texas Tech University in Lubbock, TX.
A critical race pedagogue, Dr. Hotchkins studies the relationship between student identity development, organization climates, contexts and climate. More specifically, his research problematizes issues pertaining to the intersection of leadership, activism and access of students across K-20 educational contexts. Dr. Hotchkins’ research is guided by questions related to how institutional environments and racial constructions influence student, faculty and administrator involvement on campus. With nearly 12 publications, twenty-six academic paper presentations and invited lectures to his credit since 2014, he is actively committed to using qualitative research to amplify the voices of marginalized people while validating their experiential knowledge(s). Dr. Hotchkins holds a PhD in Educational Leadership and Policy from the University of Utah and degrees at University of Oklahoma and Southern Methodist University. Ultimately, Dr. Hotchkins strives to utilize his research expertise to further inform K-20 administrators about the needs of diverse student populations. His https://www.thinkpositionality.org/curriculum leadership bridge program is a prime example of his work in the field concerning how to prepare students to traverse institutions of higher education and the real world at large.
Is It Rude, Mean, or Bullying?
with Dawn Betts, Cascades Academy Director of Counseling
December 6, 2017
Download Dawn's presentation here.
Often parents feel powerless and frustrated when their child is being bullied and sometimes parents don’t know it’s happening. We know that parents play a vital role in helping their child navigate behavioral aggression and yet they don’t often know how to help. This workshop is intended to help parents understand behavioral aggression and provide them with useful prevention and intervention strategies and resources on how to help their child or teen.
What are the signs parents should look for.
- Create healthy anti-behavioral aggression and bullying habits early
- What to do (or not) if your child is being bullied
- How to talk to educators at your child’s school about bullying
- Tips for children and teens on how to stand up to the bully
- Tips for parents: What to do if your child bullies others
- What parents can do to prevent and address cyber-bullying
- How to help your child/teen understand the bully and passive aggressive behaviors
Free childcare for ages 3+ provided. RSVP required.
About Dawn Betts
A native Oregonian, Dawn joined Cascades Academy after spending 25 years working and raising a family abroad. For sixteen years Dawn worked as a high school counselor at Singapore American School, the largest international school in the world. Prior to Singapore. Dawn and her husband Steve worked in Bangkok, Kuwait, and Brazil. Dawn graduated from Willamette University with a Bachelor's degree in Education and later earned an Master's degree in Education and a Master's degree in School Counseling.