Community Education

You can find a complete listing of Community Education offerings for current school year here.

For more information, contact Margie Schwartz.

Upcoming Community Education Events

The House That Tech Built: Staying Attached With Tech All Around
Polly Ely, therapist and founder of The LAB Method
Tuesday, January 23
7:00-9:00 p.m.

This event will be recorded

Technology doesn't have to divide you and your kids. It can actually bring you closer. Learn how to cultivate trust and raise accountability around screen-time at home while building closeness. Learn how to design some clear boundaries around phone time that serves your relationship and are easy to implement.

Polly is a therapist with a private practice in Corte Madera. In response to skyrocketing rates of depression, anxiety and addiction, she formed the LAB method – an experiential method of teaching families & parents how to connect, heal and grow – leaving behind outdated shame tactics that cause division and separateness at home. She works to foster healthy family relationships, communities and parent partnerships.

Free PM childcare is available; email to reserve a space for your child.

Tools For Open Interactions: Exploring Difference Part II
Mohammed Soriano-Bilal
Tuesday, January 30
7:00-8:30 pm (MP2)

This event will be recorded.

How do we have meaningful conversations with people who are different from us? How do we move through the archetypes and caricatures of others and find commonalities? In Part I (held on 10/18/17) Mohammed introduced us to the first 4 of the 12 tools needed for open interaction. In this session, Mohammed will teach us tools 5-8. Everyone is welcome to join us for part II of exploration and skill-building as Mohammed offers simple tools for opening up to difference at MCDS.

Mohammed is a diversity and inclusion consultant, a strategist, a poet, and an award-winning producer of both music and film. As facilitator of hundreds of Diversity & Inclusion presentations and trainings – with clients that include Alcatel Technologies, John Hopkins University and the US treasury – Mohammed is one of today's top Diversity & Inclusion consultants.

Free PM childcare is available; email to reserve a space for your child.

Julie Lythcott-Haims
Wednesday, February 7 (7:00pm)
San Francisco Friends School (250 Valencia Street, San Francisco)

Limited neighborhood parking

Sponsored by

Julie Lythcott Haims, the New York Times bestselling author of How to Raise an Adult, has written a different kids of book this time out – a deeply personal, biting, and affecting account of her life growing up a biracial Black woman in America in Real American: A Memoir.

Julie served as the dean of freshmen and undergraduate advising at Stanford University, where she received the Dinkelspiel Award for her contributions to the undergraduate experience. She holds a BA from Stanford, a JD from Harvard Law, and an MFA in writing from the California College of the Arts.

To RSVP for this free event, please visit Seating will be first come, first served. The doors will open at 6:30pm.

Rachel Simmons, author and girl expert
Wednesday, March 21
College of Marin; James Dunn Auditorium
835 College Avenue Kentfield
7:00 p.m.

Bestselling author Rachel Simmons will share strategies to help girls move beyond impossible standards of success to live healthy, happy and fulfilling lives. Join us for a talk followed by a Q&A and book signing.

Rachel Simmons is the author of Enough As She Is: How to Help Girls Move Beyond Impossible Standards of Success to Live Healthy, Happy and Fulfilling Lives, and the New York Times bestsellers Odd Girl Out and The Curse of the Good Girl. As an educator, Rachel teaches girls and women skills to build their resilience, amplify their voices, and own their courage so that they—and their relationships—live with integrity and health. The co-founder of national nonprofit Girls Leadership, she is an experienced curriculum writer and educator. She is currently the leadership development specialist at the Wurtele Center for Leadership at Smith College, and is Girls Research Scholar in Residence at the Hewitt School in New York.

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