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Adult and Community Education

Reading Public Schools 1st Annual Parent University

Saturday, October 21st from 8:00am-12:15pm

Reading Parent University sponsored by the Reading Cooperative Bank.


Parent University
Workshop Session 1
9:40am - 10:30am
Title Presenter
Is There an App for That?  Raising Kids in the Digital Age Erin Walsh, M.A.
Navigating the Cyber World Camila Barrera, Middlesex Partnerships for Youth, Inc.
Intentional Parenting Theresa Wiggins
2017 Youth Risk Survey Behavior Results Erica McNamara, M.P.H.
Facing History and Ourselves Richelle Shankland, Principal at Walter S. Parker Middle School & Sarah Marchant, Principal at Arthur S. Coolidge Middle School
Preventative Bio-Mechanics for Tackling in Football Timothy B. Bodzioch, D.C., M.Ed., Atlantic Chiropractic Center
A.L.I.C.E. Informational Workshop John F. Doherty, Ed.D., Superintendent of Schools, & Brian Lewis, School Resource Officer
Anxiety in Elementary Aged Children:  What Parents Should Know Dr. Ilana Blatt-Eisengart, Clinical Psychologist
Parent University
Workshop Session 2
11:00am - 11:50am
Title Presenter
Mindfulness and Parenting Theresa Wiggins
Raising Hardy and Resilient Children and Youth David Walsh, Ph.D.
Managing Transitions Brendan Norton, Assistant Principal Walter S. Parker Middle School & Brienne Karow, Assistant Principal Arthur S. Coolidge Middle School
School Budget 101 John F. Doherty, Ed.D., Superintendent of Schools, & Gail Dowd, Director of Finance
PlusPortal:  The Communication Pipeline to Your Child’s School Meg Powers, Kathleen Santilli & Marcia Grant, Technology Integration Specialists, Walter S. Parker Middle School, Elementary Schools, and Arthur S. Coolidge Middle School 
College Process – Round Table Discussions with Parents Sarah Fennelly, RMHS Parent & PTO Co-President, Amy Staffier, Walter S. Parker Middle School Parent & Associate Director of Financial Aid for the Federal Work Study Program and an Admissions Counselor at Harvard
Starting the School Day Later:  Why and how communities are changing Frank Brincheiro MD & Nancy Brincheiro
Anxiety in Adolescents:  What Parents Should Know Dr. Ilana Blatt-Eisengart, Clinical Psychologist

Schedule of Events



Childcare Check-in Begins

RMHS Field House


Parent University Check-In

RMHS Main Entrance/Lobby


Keynote Address

Performing Arts Center (PAC)


Workshop Session 1

RMHS Classrooms


Coffee Break & Vendor Reception

Main Street


Workshop Session 2

RMHS Classrooms



Performing Arts Center (PAC)


Presentation materials will be available on the day of Parent University.

Sandy Calandrella, M.Ed.

Director of Adult & Community Education

Reading Public Schools

82 Oakland Road

Reading, MA 01867


The evaluation form will be available on the day of Parent University.

David Walsh, Ph.D.

Keynote:  Connection Unleashes Children’s Potential

Children’s brains are unleashed for maximum performance when they feel connected to their families, peers, and teachers. Safe, secure and supportive relationships are not just “nice”—they’re essential for learning and well-being. Combining the latest discoveries in brain science with stories from home and school, Dr. Dave and Erin Walsh will explore why connection is the key ingredient for child and teen development, school performance and happiness.  They will share practical strategies that will leave you feeling affirmed, inspired and equipped. 

Presenter:  David Walsh, Ph.D. and Erin Walsh, M.A.

David Walsh, Ph.D. is an award winning psychologist, best selling author, and international speaker. In 1995, he founded the internationally renowned National Institute on Media and the Family, which he led until 2010. In 2011 he founded Mind Positive Parenting to translate cutting edge brain science to everyday practice for parents, teachers and other professionals.

Dr. Walsh has written ten books including the national best sellers Why Do They Act That Way? A Survival Guide to the Adolescent Brain for You and Your Teen and No: Why Kids – of All Ages – Need to Hear It and Ways Parents Can Say It. His books have been translated into eight languages. He has also authored scores of papers for professional and general publications. His newest book is Smart Parenting, Smarter Kids.

He has been a frequent guest on national radio and television programs including NBC’s Today Show, Good Morning America, The CBS Early Show, The News Hour with Jim Lehrer, Dateline NBC, ABC’s 20/20, National Public Radio’s All Things Considered and Morning Edition, He has testified numerous times before Congress, presented workshops throughout the world, and served as a consultant to the World Health Organization and the Ministries of Education in Japan, South Korea, Portugal and Singapore.

He received his B.A. degree from Mt. Carmel College, his M.A. degree from the University of St. Thomas in St. Paul, and his Ph.D. in educational psychology from the University of Minnesota.

He and his wife Monica have three adult children and seven grandchildren.

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Sandy Calandrella
Director of Extended Day & Community Education
(781) 942-9136
(781) 942-9149
Rich Belmonte
Community Services Coordinator
(781) 670-2899
(781) 942-9149
Ann Marie Johnson
Community Education Registration Coordinator
(781) 670-2248
(781) 942-9149
Vivian Tringale
Community Education Billing Specialist
(781) 670-2247
(781) 942-9149

Reading Community Education

82 Oakland Road

Reading, MA 01867

(781)942-9136 - Phone

(781)942-9149 - FAX


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