• Parent U 2017
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Parent University

Saturday, April 29, 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

Parent University, hosted by The Bush School Families Association, connects families with experts in child/adolescent development. The workshop features acclaimed speakers on a wide range of topics about how to raise healthy, engaged, and purposeful children and provides resources to help nurture and develop our children's strengths.

Keynote Speaker: Marc Brackett

"Emotional Intelligence: The Key to Raising Happy, Healthy, and Successful Children"
Marc Brackett, Ph.D., Director of the Yale Center for Emotional Intelligence
Emotions Matter. They inform our thinking and decisions, the quality of our relationships, our physical and mental health, and everyday performance. The skills of emotional intelligence, including the ability to recognize, label, and regulate emotions, are especially important for both healthy development and parent-child relations.  Please join us to hear Dr. Marc Brackett discuss his research on emotional intelligence and “RULER,” his Center’s approach to teaching emotional intelligence which has been adopted by the Bush School. In the presentation, family members will learn: the science of emotions, the skills of emotional intelligence, and practical strategies and tools to develop their emotional intelligence. 

About Marc: Marc Brackett, Ph.D., is Director of the Yale Center for Emotional Intelligence and Professor in the Yale Child Study Center. His research focuses on the role of emotional intelligence in learning, decision making, relationship quality, well-being, performance, and school climate. He is the lead developer of RULER, an evidence-based approach to social and emotional learning that has been adopted by over 1200 public, charter, and private schools across the world. For the last five years he has worked with Facebook to develop tools that help adults and children develop emotional intelligence and prevent bullying.


8:00 to 9:00 a.m.

Continental Breakfast (optional) and Registration in the Mag Gym

9:00 to 10:00 a.m.

Keynote Address by Marc Brackett

10:00 to 11:00 a.m.

Break-Out Session One

11:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

Break-Out Session Two

12:00 to 1:00 p.m.

Catered Box Lunch—Choose one of two lunch panels

1:00 p.m.

Speaker Q&A and Book Signing

Breakout Session #1

List of 4 news stories.

  • Chris McCurry

    Clinical Child Psychologist at Associates in Behavior and Child Development (ABCD, Inc.)
    SessionAnxiety's Impact on Learning
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  • Marc Brackett

    Keynote Speaker
    Emotional Intelligence: The Key to Raising Happy, Healthy, and Successful Children
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  • Steve Hawes

    Former NBA Player, Bush Coach
    Session: Raising Confident, Empowered Athletes 
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  • Yoshiko Harden

    Vice President, Student Services Seattle Central College 
    Session: Intention Not Required:The Damaging Effects of Racial Microaggressions
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Breakout Session #2

List of 4 news stories.

  • Dimitri A. Christakis

    George Adkins Professor of Pediatrics 
    Adjunct Professor of Psychiatry 
    Adjunct Professor of Health Services 
    Director, Center for Child Health, Behavior, & Development 
    Session: Making Media Work For Your Kids
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  • Laura Kastner

    Clinical Professor, Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, University of Washington 
    Session: Cultivating Lifelong Strengths for Your Child's Health, Well-Being and Sucess
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  • Lisa Davidson

    Manager of Prevention & Intervention Seattle Public Schools 
    Session: Marijuana and Other Drug Prevention
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  • Melissa Benaroya

    LICSW Family Coaching and Education  Founder of Childproof Parenting and Mommy Matters Seattle 
    Session: Intro to Emotion Coaching: An Essential Part of Your Parenting Toolbox
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Lunch Panels

List of 2 news stories.

  • Life at Bush

    Moderated by Director of Enrollment Management and Communications Polly Fredlund
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  • Parenting Today

    Moderated by Percy L. Abram, Head of The Bush School
    Read More

Location and Other Details

3400 East Harrison Street
Seattle, Washington 98112
Phone: (206) 326-7736
Fax: (206) 860-3876

Main Office Hours: 7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.

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