Parent Education Series 

3.8.2021: Evidence-Based Strategies to Make School Reopening Safe for Children, Teachers, Families, and our Community.

Watch the recorded meeting here>


10.21.2020: Parent Strategies for Distance Learning

Parent Strategies for Distance Learning (PDF)


10.14.2020: Child Mental Health During the COVID-19 Pandemic with Michal Rokach Shamay 

Back by popular demand! When the Marin Elementary School IDEA Committee hosted Michal Rokach Shamay for a parent education program on Child Mental Health last spring, we found that there simply was not enough time to answer parents' many questions. Today, in addition to those same questions, we may be facing new challenges as parents.


Join us for a conversation with Michal Rokach Shamay. We will gather on Zoom to learn from her expertise, answer your questions, and support one another.


How is your family navigating the start of the new school year, amidst the many other challenges of our time? What can we do to support positive growth in our children right now? When you Sign-up, please include your specific questions so that Michal can meet the needs of our community.


Michal Rokach Shamay is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist and a Registered Dance and Movement Therapist. She has experience treating a wide variety of psychological and emotional difficulties in adults, teenagers, and children. She is particularly interested in working with those seeking a greater sense of well-being, satisfaction in relationships, and understanding of self.




Host by the Marin PTA Inclusion, Diversity, Equity, and Access (IDEA) Committee. The IDEA Committee fosters compassion for, and awareness, understanding and acceptance of, the varied array of cultures, ethnicities, religions, sexual orientations, genders, abilities, learning differences and socioeconomic backgrounds of our families and the broader community. We believe having a diverse community can be a strength for a school in shaping young minds to be good global citizens. Contact us at 


2.28.2019: Parenting for Respect: How to Raise Kids to be Allies and Challenge Bullying Behavior   

How we react to bullying creates a culture that can either challenge this behavior or allow it to grow. Supporting our kids, and teaching them how to foster respectful relationships is key to addressing bullying, whether kids are the source, target and/or observer.

This engaging, interactive workshop will be co-facilitated by Dr. Amy Scharf and Susie Jordan, MPA. They will share insights on how to strengthen a culture of respect as a tool to address bullying. Amy has more than 20 years experience in educational equity and diversity leadership, including directing state and national training initiatives on cultural competence, multicultural education, bias-based harassment, racial justice, LGBTQ and gender equity, and organizational transformation. Susie is a Marin parent and has 7 years experience in multicultural programming/facilitation.   

Past Parent Ed Topics and Events Sponsored by the PTA

Even in Albany? Racism and Engaged Parenting 

Wednesday, December 12 


Marin MPR

Dr. A. Breeze Harper


Despite the SF Bay area's rich history of social and economic justice and diverse population, it is not untouched by racism, in particular anti-blackness in predominantly white "liberal" communities which often operates at unconscious levels and impacts parents, teachers, and most importantly, the ways in which children see themselves and treat everyone. In this workshop, Dr. A Breeze Harper, an Albany parent and national speaker and consultant on systemic racism and white supremacy, will provide an introductory talk and an interactive workshop about engaged and mindful parenting regarding racism power, and anti-Blackness.

If you have questions, email

Sign up for childcare in the Marin office


Imagine a World Without Hate - An Anti-Defamation League Event  

Wednesday, March 7, from 6:30-8pm 
at Cornell Elementary MPR
"Imagine a World Without Hate - An Anti-Defamation League event."
Join us for a thoughtful discussion on how to disrupt bigotry, bullying and hate incidents in our community, and how to help ourselves and our children be strong allies. 
Participants will:
·       Learn easy strategies to respond to stereotypes and prejudice
·      Practice skills to confront bias and discrimination in themselves and others 
We would love to have parents from our three schools represented in this important event!  
Presented to you by the Cornell, Ocean View and Marin PTA's
Free Child care for school aged children will be provided - for Marin parents, please sign up in the office.

Race and Bias: Continuing the Conversation 

Professor Rudy Mendoza-Denton
Tuesday, February 13th from 7-8:30 pm 
Ocean View Multipurpose Room 
In a workshop format we will continue to explore how we, as a community, come together around issues of equity and inclusion for all of our students. Special emphasis will be placed on reaching out across our three school sites and strengthening ties. Parents from all three schools are urged to attend. 
Child care for school aged children will be provided-please sign up in the Marin office or directly at:



Nurturing Sibling Relationships with Parenting Coach Rebecah Freeling

 Please join us for a PARENT EDUCATION event at Cornell
Thursday, January 25, 2018 from 7:00-8:30 pm
Parenting Coach Rebecah Freeling: 
Nurturing Sibling Relationships
Would you like to help your children get along better and become better friends to each other? If so, this workshop is for you! 
In Nurturing Sibling Relationships, Rebecah Freeling will show you how to help your kids 
1) Relate to each other with respect and empathy 2) Listen to each other 3) Support each other and honor each other’s needs without feeling like they’re losing something when they do this 4) Resolve conflict in a way that leaves all parties feeling heard and empowered.  
Rebecah Freeling, author of Your Rules Are Dumb: How to Maintain Your Parental Authority While Creating a Partnership With Your Spirited Child, is a child behavior expert specializing in strong-willed, “spirited” children. Rebecah is a master at channeling their incredible potential toward social responsibility, empathy, and leadership, and one of her greatest joys is to help parents and teachers create environments that turn children’s weaknesses into strengths. 
Presented to you by the Oceanview, Cornell and Marin PTA's. 
Free child care for school-age children available for Cornell, Marin & Ocean View families.
Register here:


Are we Born Racist? How We Can Come Together to Talk to our Children about Discrimination & Inequality 

Please join us for a PARENT EDUCATION event at Marin

Wednesday, January 17, 2018 from 7:00-8:30 pm
Professor Dr. Rodolfo Mendoza-Denton: 
Are we really born racist?
How we can come together to talk to our children about discrimination & inequality.
Based on insights from my co-edited book Are We Born Racist? and three decades of work on discrimination, I hope to engage fellow parents in a conversation about race, discrimination, and inequality in our schools. These conversations can be difficult to have with each other and with our children as well. In the first part of the talk, I will cover the latest research on implicit bias and stereotype threat, and review a developmental literature to answer the question of whether we are in fact born with a penchant to discriminate against others. The second half of the talk will be a workshop-style discussion where we gain insight into how to talk to our children around racism and other -isms, and what we can do as a community to address these issues."
Presented to you by the Oceanview, Cornell and Marin PTA's. 
Free child care for school-age children available for Cornell, Marin & Ocean View families.
Email to reserve.
Presented to you by the Oceanview, Cornell, and Marin PTA's