Seattle Parents Came Together at The Bush School’s Fourth Annual Parent University

Katie Walker

In its fourth year, Parent University is gaining a following. “This event gets better every year. This year's vision and intentionality was superb,” said one educator attendee in the follow-up survey. As a community event, the workshop brings in parents from across the region. One parent of adolescents in Seattle Public Schools responded with, “This was a truly well put together and informative event. All the speakers I heard were excellent, engaging, and inspiring.”
The organizing committee went into the planning process with a goal to increase community attendance. Their work paid off, with the final attendance at nearly 60% Seattle parents or educators not affiliated with The Bush School. Among those attendees, most heard about the event from a friend. The committee also found success with the goal to give parents actionable insights, with attendees reporting learning at least one practical takeaway 97% of the time.

Parent University is a one-day workshop hosted by The Bush School, connecting families with professionals working in the areas of childhood and adolescent development. Parent University provides resources that will help families nurture and develop their children's strengths. This year’s event was held on Saturday, April 27, 2019 on The Bush School campus.

The conference kicked off with keynote speaker Julie Lythcott-Haims, New York Times bestselling author of How to Raise An Adult and Real American: A Memoir. As Stanford University’s Dean of Freshmen, she was known for her fierce advocacy for young adults and her fierce critique of the growing trend of parental involvement in the day-to-day lives of college students. The day concluded with keynote speaker Dr. John Medina, New York Times bestselling author of the Brain Rules series. He is a developmental molecular biologist focused on the genes involved in human brain development and the genetics of psychiatric disorders. The event also included breakout speaker sessions on resilience, learning differences, race in America, anxiety, friendships, grief, and more.

Read Lower School Director Pri Alahendra's recap of the event here.

Thank you to the volunteers that made this event possible. Thank you for your dedication to parent education and volunteerism at Bush!
Laurie Bernbaum
Sally Brunsman
Jessica Carr
Deb Chickadel
Cam Clemmons
Diana Cohen
Kelly Evans
Margaret Faucher
Krista Fleming
Kelly Forebaugh
Kate Gardner
Gail Borod Giacobbe
Allison Halpern
George Hawkey
Adrien Hefta-Gaub
Keiko Hikino
Kate Hinely
Urs Koenig
Angela Miksovsky
Christine Miller
Kimberly Mitchell
Julia Morse
jillian nicks
Maria Teresa Oneto
Kathi Rosen
Maggie Savarino
Becky Sherman
Manrita Sidhu
Laura Souyoultzis
Kira Streets
Judi Yates
Heidi Zhang

Student Volunteers
Abby ’19
Julia ’21
Kenta ’19
Lili ’19
Tara ’19