Free Webinars for Parents and Guardians

Our district is excited to support the parents and guardians in our school community during the 2023-2024 school year with a series of free webinars. This webinar series, offered through Zoom, will focus on various aspects of health and wellness. Each live webinar will start at 6:30 p.m.
Please register in advance for each webinar. Each session will be recorded and available for 30 days after the live webinar. If you cannot attend the “live” event, we encourage you to still register to get the link to access the recording.

February 8, 2024: Avoiding Power Struggles, Angry Outbursts, and Other Challenging Behaviors

Presenters: Dr. Jennifer Bashant and Kristen Pidgeon

Collaboration can be a powerful tool to overcome defiance and reduce the fighting and behavioral challenges in your household. In this webinar, participants will learn how to:

  • Identify and address the root cause of challenging behavior, while allowing your positive relationship with your child to serve as the foundation for change.
  • Teach your child how to recognize the physical warning signs and knowing how to regulate the body and manage strong emotions such as anger, guilt, sadness and even elation.
  • Use mindfulness, art, soothing music and physical activity to help your child develop a toolbox of strategies that help them feel calm

    Register in advance for this webinar:
    https://us06web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_xpxxZwu3TO2dag7RDHM1uQ

    February 27, 2024: Making Friends and Keeping Them: 10 Social Skills to Teach Your Child

    Presenter: Dr. Jennifer Bashant

    Loneliness is an epidemic in this country, and one which puts people at risk for
    depression, anxiety and even a shortened lifespan. Making friends comes fairly naturally for some children, while others need more support in developing social skills. The ability to have empathy, or identify with the feelings of another, is an important skill for making and keeping friends, but it can be difficult to know exactly how to develop this trait in another person. During this webinar, participants will learn how to model and teach empathy and nine other crucial social skills that will make it easier to connect with others in a meaningful way.

    Register in advance for this webinar:
    https://us06web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_E55dS1s_Rk6ar-D-o5WxIg

    March 21, 2024: It’s an Inside Job: Knowing and Communicating Feelings and Needs

    Presenter: Beth DeAngelis, Professor of Social and Emotional Intelligence, Siena College

    Having a good understanding of emotions and what they feel like in the body is an important part of self-regulation. Does your child (and do you) have a well-developed vocabulary of emotion words, and are they (and you) able to use “I statements” to express those emotions? During this webinar, participants will learn how to develop for themselves and teach their children these important social and emotional skills. It is this emotional granularity that increases self awareness, improves communication and deepens social connections.

    Register in advance for this webinar:
    https://us06web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_mliZPT3YShKfIgt5sHS1sQ

    Past Webinars

    You can still sign-up to get a  link to view the recording

    October 5, 2023: Skills for a Successful School Year: Organize, Prioritize, and Manage Time.

    Presenter: Dr. Jennifer Bashant, Founder of Building Better Futures.

    Register to watch the recording

    October 24, 2023: Special Education: The Basics  Principal

    Presenter: Colleen Lester, Educational Consultant and Former Elementary Principal

    Register to watch the recording.

    November 9, 2023: Avoidance, Obsessions, Perfectionism, and Other Expressions of Anxiety

    Presenter: Dr. Jennifer Bashant

    Register to watch the recording.

    November 28, 2023: Navigating Difficult Conversations with Your Pre/Young Teen

    Presenter: Renee Beaulieu, School Improvement Specialist and Parent

    Register to watch the recording.

    December 7, 2023: Mindfulness-Informed Parenting: Learn the Basics for Introducing Mindfulness Practices to Your Child

    Moderator: Dr. Paul Piniero, Assistant Superintendent of Westfield Public Schools, New Jersey

    Register to watch the recording.

    January 11, 2024: Depression and Suicide: Warning Signs and What You Can Do to Help

    Presenter: Dr. Jennifer Bashant

    Register to watch the recording.

    January 23, 2024: Managing Social Media in Our Lives

    Presenter: Dr. Jennifer Bashant

    Register to watch the recording.