Conversations in Education

From teacher book groups to conversations in the faculty lounge, Prep faculty and administrators think all the time about how we support our students. In this space each month we’ll provide links, resources and inspiration about teaching at Prep and education in general.

From teacher book groups to conversations in the faculty lounge, Prep faculty read and talk a lot about education. Each month we highlight a few memorable pieces or videos. Our goal is to make the process of parenting, learning and living a little saner, to put things a little more in perspective. These articles will be chosen by Prep teachers and administrators.  If you want to share your ideas, feel free to comment on an individual post or contact Dean of Studies Sarah Cooper.


Common-Sense Advice from Susan Stiffelman

What: "Strengthening Connection and Avoiding Conflict in the Teen Years"
When: April 12, 2016 at 6:45 pm; a cocktail reception will follow in the Chandramohan Library
Where: Prep’s Norris Auditorium

On April 10, Flintridge Prep will present the last of four events in its annual Speaker Series for parents: Strengthening Connection and Avoiding Conflict in the Teen Years by Susan Stiffelman, MFT. 

Susan will discuss how parents can maintain connection with their kids, especially as kids pull away and seek more independence during the teen years. She’ll also discuss methods and strategies to help kids and parents effectively communicate with each other—focusing on the unique challenges that face this generation of teens due to the sea change in technology and societal pressures to succeed. 

Susan is a parent coach for the Huffington Post, a marriage and family therapist, a credentialed teacher and a licensed psychotherapist. For over 30 years, Susan has worked with families to create greater harmony and deeper connections between parents and children. Susan is the author of the bestselling books, Parenting Without Power Struggles: Raising Joyful, Resilient Kids While Staying Cool, Calm and Connected and Parenting With Presence: Practices for Raising Conscious, Confident, Caring Kids.

Take a look at Susan’s compelling Huffington Post columns to hear more about her practical and common-sense parenting philosophy. A few of our favorites include:

There Is No Cure for the 7th Grade

Phoebe was in the 7th grade when her mom brought her to my office to help with issues adjusting after moving to California from the East Coast. 

Parenting in the Digital Age

An email arrives in my inbox almost every day with some version of the following: “I’m losing my kids to their smartphones/video games/internet.” 

My Heart Is Breaking as Daughter Heads Off to College!

I still remember days just before my son Ari went off to college. In my mind, I knew that it was time for him to step into his adult life. I was excited for him to begin having new adventures. And...the whole thing seemed utterly surreal. I couldn’t remember life without my son in it. 

Posted by rfeliciano on Wednesday March, 28, 2018


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