The Common Ground Speaker Series, which celebrated its tenth anniversary in 2012, is the brainchild of Nueva's Head of School Diane Rosenberg. Each school year, Common Ground proudly presents some of the nation's most compelling thought leaders in parenting, education and health at venues on the peninsula. All Common Ground Speaker Series events are free of charge to parents, faculty and staff of member schools.
Upon arriving at our school, Diane saw a need for a speaker series, after helping assemble a smaller version of Common Ground at Princeton Day School in New Jersey. So she and former Nueva parent Faye Star (along with many parent volunteers from Nueva and other schools) worked tirelessly to launch Common Ground. That inaugural year, speaker events had audiences of fifty to one-hundred parents from about six independent schools. Word quickly spread about this wonderful new series and now about twenty-four independent schools along the Peninsula and South Bay are part of the Common Ground consortium. In fall 2011, author Sir Ken Robinson drew in a record audience of nearly 1,000 parents!
You can find more information about the Common Ground Speaker Series here.
March 19-20, 2013: Leonard Sax, MD, PhD -- Yes! Gender Matters
As one of the nation's foremost authorities on gender differences, Dr. Leonard Sax examines the role gender plays in how we learn and how we handle stress and anxiety. He clarifies the distinction between self-esteem and resilience, examines the lost virtue of humility and explains why today's social media is anything but gender neutral. Parents and educators will learn about his practical strategies for building resiliency and coping mechanisms in both children and teens. Dr. Sax's books include Why Gender Matters, Boys Adrift, and Girls on the Edge.
Tuesday, March 19, at 7 pm
1310 Bryant Street, Palo Alto
Wednesday, March 20, at 9 am
The Nueva School
6565 Skyline Blvd, Hillsborough
Wednesday, March 20, at 7 pm
Yavneh Day School
APJCC Auditorium, 14855 Oka Road, Los Gatos
April 23-24, 2013: Brad Sachs, PhD -- Good Enough Teens: Promoting Self-Reliance
With compassion and intelligence, Brad Sachs, PhD, returns to our stage to explore the physical and psychological challenges of adolescence. He shares insights and practical guidance to help us enjoy, appreciate ,and better understand our teens. Dr. Sachs' books include The Good Enough Teen: How To Raise Adolescents with Love and Acceptance and Emptying the Nest: Launching Your Young Adult Towards Success and Self-Reliance. On April 24, he will devote his evening talk to parents of juniors and seniors and present strategies for guiding young adults toward independence.
Tuesday, April 23, at 7 pm
Crystal Springs Uplands School
400 Uplands Drive, Hillsborough
Wednesday, April 24, at 9 am
Harker Lower School
4300 Bucknall Road, San Jose
Wednesday, April 24, at 7 pm
The Priory School
302 Portola Road, Portola Valley