Parent Education Series Preview
Parent Education Series Preview

The school-home partnership is incredibly important in educating our Laurence students. To strengthen that partnership, we strive to bring you interesting authors and experts to speak about the latest and most important topics in parenting and raising children. Our PA Parent Education Committee and Administrative Team have been planning a great lineup of speakers for the 2018-19 school year. This year's series will include evening events, which we hope will make our speaker series accessible to more of our parent body. Here is a preview of this year's speakers.

Katie Hurley, LCSW

Author of "No More Mean Girls: The Secret to Raising Strong, Confident and Compassionate Girls" and "The Happy Kid Handbook: How to Raise Joyful Children in a Stressful World"

Thursday, October 25, 2018 at 8:00 a.m.

Katie Hurley, LCSW, is a child and adolescent psychotherapist, writer and speaker in Los Angeles, CA. Katie earned her BA in psychology and women's studies from Boston College and her MSW from the University of Pennsylvania. Katie has extensive experience treating children and adolescents with learning differences, anxiety and low self-esteem. She is also trained in Play Therapy. Katie's work can be found in several online publications, including The Washington Post, PBS Parents, and US News and World Report.

Jared Grusd

CEO of HuffPost and the Global Head of News & Information at Oath

Wednesday, February 6, 2019 at 6:30 p.m.

Jared leads Oath's news and information businesses, including HuffPost, Yahoo News, Newsroom, and the Yahoo and AOL portals. Prior to Oath, Jared oversaw all of AOL's media brands, including, the Huffington Post, TechCrunch, Engadget, Ryot, Autoblog, Moviefone, and Build. He is an adjunct professor at Columbia Business School specializing in the technology and media sectors. He serves on the board of Newsela, named by Fast Company as one of the most innovative education technology companies, and as a mentor at Techstars. He is an angel investor in several start-ups and a member of the Board of Directors of SoulCycle. 

Previously, Jared held top leadership positions at several of the world's most innovative companies. He was General Counsel and Global Head of Corporate Development of Spotify, Chief Strategy and Business Development officer of AOL, and a key member of the executive team of Google's multi-billion dollar advertising business in the Americas. Jared also co-founded Shake, a venture-backed legal technology company that was sold to Legal Shield in 2015. Jared has earned several notable industry accolades. He was named as one of Adweek's 2015 Class of Young Influentials, which honors 27 individuals who are remaking "business and culture." He was thrice included in Business Insider's Silicon Alley 100 List, an annual list of the 100 "Coolest and Most Influential" people in NY tech. He was included in TechWeek's Top 100 List for his "significant impact on the technology and innovation ecosystem." Jared was named as one of the five most powerful technology lawyers by Fortune. Jared spent the early part of his career specializing in strategic corporate and technology transactions at Capgemini North America and at Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom. He received an MBA from Columbia Business School, a JD, with Honors, from the University of Chicago Law School, and a BA from the University of Pennsylvania.

Claude M. Steele

Author of "Whistling Vivaldi: How Stereotypes Affect Us and What We Can Do"

Monday, March 11, 2019

Claude M. Steele is an American social psychologist and a Professor of Psychology at Stanford University. He is best known for his work on stereotype threat and its application to minority student academic performance. His earlier work dealt with research on the self (e.g., self-image, self-affirmation) as well as the role of self-regulation in addictive behaviors. In 2010, he released his book, Whistling Vivaldi, summarizing years of research on stereotype threat and the underperformance of minority students in higher education.

He holds a B.A. in Psychology from Hiram College, an M.A. in Social Psychology from Ohio State University, and a Ph.D. in Social Psychology and Statistical Psychology from Ohio State University. He is elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, the National Academy of Sciences, the National Science Board, the National Academy of Education, and the American Philosophical Society. He currently serves as a trustee of the Russell Sage Foundation and the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, and as a Fellow for both the American Institutes for Research and the American Academy of Political and Social Science. He has served in several major academic leadership positions as the Executive Vice Chancellor and Provost at UC Berkeley, the I. James Quillen Dean for the School of Education at Stanford University, and as the 21st Provost of Columbia University. Past roles also include serving as the President of the Society for Personality and Social Psychology, as the President of the Western Psychological Association, and as a member of the Board of Directors of the American Psychological Society. Professor Steele holds Honorary Doctorates from Yale University, Northwestern University, University of Chicago, University of Michigan, DePaul University and Claremont Graduate University.

Betsy Brown Braun

Author of "Just Tell Me What to Say: Sensible Tips and Scripts for Perplexed Parents" and "You're Not The Boss Of Me: Bratproofing Your Four To Twelve Year Old"

Tuesday, April 9, 2019

Betsy Brown Braun, a beloved speaker at Laurence, will be back this year to talk about "The Birds and The Bees," and how you can talk to your children about this topic! She is a child development and behavior specialist, parent educator, multiple birth parenting consultant, and founder of Parenting Pathways®, Inc.  Betsy brings her vast knowledge, sensitivity, and special brand of humor to her presentations. 

Her parenting expertise has been featured in The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, USA Today, Real Simple, In Style, and Parents, among other publications. She has also appeared on the Today Show, Dr. Phil, Rachael Ray, The Early Show, and Good Morning America. She contributes to KNX news radio on child development, and has been a guest on countless radio programs nationwide, including NPR.

With more than 40 years of experience in public and private early childhood and elementary education, Betsy has directed and founded school programs, taught in both public and private schools, has been a school director, and was the founding director of Wilshire Boulevard Temple's Early Childhood Center. She holds an MA in Human Development and teaching credentials from Pacific Oaks College. Betsy and her husband Ray Braun are parents of adult triplets and grandparents of four, so far.