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Free Parenting Lectures 

In addition to instructing her Enrichment Classes and teaching children to love books through her Early Bird Reading Programs, Cathy Cummins is on a mission to help inspire and educate parents in the community by presenting free parenting lectures, which focus on timely and popular topics by authors in the education field.

Due to the ongoing pandemic, the Parenting Lectures have been postponed.  We will update the community as soon as we are able to resume this program.


By Amanda Ripley
Join us this evening for a fascinating review of Amanda Ripley’s bestseller THE SMARTEST KIDS IN THE WORLD: And How They Got That Way, and a discussion of differences among schools in America and abroad. Ms. Ripley states that it’s a 21st Century mystery: America’s most privileged students have high-tech schools and well-educated parents and teachers. We even spend more on each student than any other nation. Yet, our students perform lower in reading than affluent kids in 17 other countries, and lower in math than children in 27 other countries! To discover why, Ms. Ripley decided to spend a year traveling in the “smart-kid” countries. She followed three American teenagers, each visiting a country whose students have demonstrated remarkably improved academic success in recent years: Finland, Poland and South Korea. Her findings detail the similarities and differences in educational practice, ideology and curriculum. The book is an essential read for anyone interested in the future of American education. Participants will receive additional reviews and related articles, plus examples of standardized tests used to assess skill levels in essential subjects. 
By John Rosemond
This evening, Cathy Cummins leads a discussion of the book by John Rosemond, a family psychologist and nationally recognized parenting authority. In Ending the Homework Hassle, Rosemond guides parents through a practical, time saving program that will put an end to their over-involvement in what should be primarily a student’s responsibility. Discover step-by-step methods for implementing a successful homework management system, one that strengthens responsibility, self-sufficiency and self-esteem. The author also addresses just about every school performance problem imaginable, including when to seek remedial help, how to motivate the underachiever, and what parents should know about home schedules and establishing family values. Participants will have an opportunity to analyze their current management style and how to improve monitoring techniques
By Po Bronson and Ashley Merryman
This evening, we welcome San Antonio Academy’s Associate Head of School, Kimberly Dunn, who will guide our conversation centering on Po Bronson and Ashley Merryman’s New York Times bestseller Nurture Shock. In this popular book, the authors point out how our instincts about children can be off-the-mark. One of the most important chapters, “The Inverse Power of Praise,” says some research suggests if you tell your children they’re special, you can actually ruin them! Other chapters discuss sibling rivalry, bullying, jump-starting children’s language skills, why kids lie, and teaching children about race issues. This book is an eye-opener, so come ready to join the discussion. Participants will receive hand-outs containing pertinent articles.
By Michael Gurian and Kathy Stevens
Tonight’s discussion centers on the understanding of gender differences in the area of academics. Michael Gurian’s highly acclaimed book clearly demonstrates how “hard wiring” and socialized gender differences affect how boys and girls learn. In the 10th Anniversary edition, the author added new information on a wealth of topics, including the latest research in brain science and leading-edge practical strategies. Parents and teachers will learn specifically how the brains in the sexes differ; the effects of nutrition on brain function; and, how to innovate with single-sex education options. We’ll look at developmental, chemical, hormonal and functional differences. Then, participants will discover how those dissimilarities affect the learning of mathematics, science, technology and reading throughout the school-age years. Another important topic is the approach to standardized testing. Gurian paints a picture of successful learning environments for girls and boys at each age, and we’ll explore thought-provoking study guide questions, too.