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

Documentary screening and discussion with Dr. Elaine Aron, psychologist and author
Thursday, March 1
7:00-8:30pm (PA)

Are you or your child considered "shy" or "sensitive" by others? Do noise and confusion quickly overwhelm you? Do you notice or enjoy delicate scents, tastes, sounds or works of art? Does your child seem sensitive, easily over-stimulated, or have inexplicable meltdowns?

You or your child may be a Highly Sensitive Person, like 20% of the entire human population. Being highly sensitive is a character trait, discovered in 1991 by Elaine Aron, and has changed the lives of many people around the world. The trait typically manifests in people being creative, intelligent, empathetic and wise. About 1 in 5 people are highly sensitive – but most don't know it. To learn about being highly sensitive and what you can do to thrive successfully in the world, please join us for this documentary screening followed by a Q & A with Dr. Elaine Aron and the filmmakers.

Elaine Aron began the study of the innate temperament trait of high sensitivity in 1991. She is one of the leading scientists studying the psychology of love and close relationships and the author of several books, including, The Highly Sensitive Person: How To Thrive When The World Overwhelms You and The Highly Sensitive Child.

Free PM childcare is available; email afterschool@mcds.org to reserve a space for your child.

Spencer Robert, MCDS Director of School Safety
Tuesday, March 13
6:30-8:00pm (MP2)

This class will cover the fundamentals of being prepared: be informed, have a plan, and have an emergency kit. Participants will learn all about home preparedness including: safeguarding homes from non-structural hazards, turning off water and gas lines, disaster sanitation, water sources following an earthquake, a breakdown of various emergency food options, and more. Participants will also see various types of emergency kits from home kits to "go bags."


Shafia Zaloom, Health Educator
Tuesday, March 20
7:00-8:30pm (MP1)

This event will be recorded.

Parents need to be talking to their kids comprehensively about sex. Not just the mechanics of sexuality, but how to treat people, how to take care of themselves, and how to have healthy, happy and rich relationships throughout their lives. Parents are the most influential people in terms of instilling values and beliefs in their children – and that means talking with them honestly about sex.

Shafia Zaloom is a Health Educator at the Urban School in San Francisco. A teacher, former coach, certified outdoor educator and administrator in the Bay Area for 25 years, she has worked with thousands of teenagers.


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.

This free event will "sell out." Reserve your tickets now, click here.