Resources from 2018-2019 Speaker Series Events

  • Dialogues about Diversity: Part One
    Understanding Demographics and Their Impact on How We Build School Culture
    Structured as a panel discussion, this event was the first in a planned effort to engage in community conversations around how we can nurture relationships, lead classrooms, and build schools that are successful, thriving, and stronger because of their diversity. Attendees learned about the changing demographics of the Great Valley School District, what student experiences and survey data tells us about student belonging and engagement, and how Great Valley is working to meet the needs of a diverse population of learners.

    Learn more about the Council for Diversity and Inclusion here

     Raising Children and Teens to Thrive in a Challenging World
    Join us for a special parenting evening with Dr. Ken Ginsburg as he speaks on “Raising Children & Teens to Thrive in a Challenging World.” Dr. Ginsburg is a pediatrician specializing in Adolescent Medicine at The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia and a Professor of Pediatrics at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine. He also serves Philadelphia’s homeless youth as Director of Health Services at Covenant House Pennsylvania. The theme that ties together his clinical practice, teaching, research, and advocacy efforts is that of building on the strength of teenagers by fostering their internal resilience. His goal is to translate the best of what is known from research and practice into practical approaches parents, professionals and communities can use to prepare children and teens to thrive.

    For more info, please see Dr. Ginsburg's website.

    Addiction 101:
    Addiction Can Happen to Anyone. Let’s Talk About It.
    Hosted by community partner Be a Part of the Conversation, this event addressed: why is it that some people become addicted, while others do not; what puts us at risk, and what might protect us or our loved ones; how to respond when we are concerned about someone’s substance use; and how we find recovery as individuals, as professionals, and as a community.

    See resources from this event.

    Keeping Our Children Safe: Learn How to End Child Sexual Abuse
    Child sexual abuse is one of the most prevalent health problems children face with the most serious array of consequences. Presented by the Crime Victims’ Center of Chester County, Inc., Stewards of Children® is a prevention training that teaches adults how to prevent, recognize, and react responsibly to child sexual abuse. The program is designed for parents, mandated reporters, organizations that serve youth, and individuals concerned about the safety of children. It is the only nationally distributed, evidence-informed program proven to increase knowledge, improve attitudes, and change child protective behaviors. One of the goals of the program is to educate/train all public school employees.


    Taking off the Mask: An Inside Look at Mental Health
    Emily Torchiana educates the public around the country about mental health and suicide prevention by sharing about her personal journey with mental illnesses, a suicide attempt, and eventual recovery. Emily gives hope to individuals who are silently struggling to know they are not alone and that it gets better. As suicide is the current second leading cause of death in 15 to 24-year-olds in the United States, Emily provides positive ways for parents and guardians to discuss these important topics with their children. 


    Lost Got Found: Lost Got Found is dedicated to eliminating the negative stigma surrounding mental health. The organization exists to educate and inform students about mental illness and suicide prevention. We encourage individuals who have been affected by mental illness and suicide to share their stories and connect with others.

    Emily Torchiana (official website)

    Have You Had the Conversation? 
    This presentation by Be a Part of the Conversation included special sensitivity toward young children and emphasizes how the elementary school years are an ideal time for families to begin important conversations about substance abuse.


    A Parent’s Guide to Teenagers and Substance Use 
    Presented by Be a Part of the Conversation and designed for parents of middle & high school students. What are some of the most effective ways to keep our kids from using alcohol or other drugs? What are some signs that they might be drinking or experimenting with drugs? There are important biological reasons that our children take risks. We’ll talk about how as parents, we can help to shape our children’s choices and raise successful young adults.


    Media, Messaging and Youth 
    This program will help parents and educators to navigate the over-exposure to media and technology, as well as encouraging a healthy balance. A counselor specializing in adolescents and young adults will discuss ways that our children are being impacted by social media, the “misinformation highway,” the access to substances online, and more. Presented by Be a Part of the Conversation.