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Ideas@TheWillows Speaker Series

Learning in Action!

Ideas@TheWillows is a collaborative community generating and exchanging ideas to enhance the knowledge of parents, extend the vision of educators, engage life-long learners, enlighten our community, and enrich the classroom experience.

Our speaker events, workshops, film screenings, panels, partnerships, blogs, and mentoring opportunities are intentionally designed to continue the education and empower the growth of great minds. We open our events to all of Los Angeles and beyond to share wisdom and build partnerships with our larger community. Our events open to all extend our mission to build bridges culturally and educationally by seeking ways to partner with our neighbors and engage locally and globally.

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Supporting Kids

Wednesday, December 13 @ 12 PM (Virtual)

Lisa Damour book cover speaking to The Willows Community School

Special Lunchtime Zoom Session (Zoom link sent the week prior to the event)
Dr. Lisa Damour, Clinical Psychologist, New York Times Bestselling Author of The Emotional lives of Teenagers, New York Times Columnist and CBS-TV News Contributor.
Dr. Damour discusses the mental health crisis impacting tweens and teens and offers strategies for parents to embrace adolescent emotions.
“Mental Health is not about feeling good. It’s about having the feelings that fit their context and being able to manage those emotions effectively.” – Dr. Damour
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The Pressured Child: Helping Your Child Find Success in School and Life

Monday, January 22 @ 7 PM

Michael Thompson Ph.D., The Willows Community School, LA school

Michael Thompson, Ph.D., Internationally Acclaimed Psychologist, Speaker, Consultant, and New York Times Bestselling Author.

Are you gripped by worries and misapprehensions about your child’s life in school? This talk is, in fact, for “pressured parents.” Dr. Thompson will describe the psychological journey that children experience during their school years. He will remind parents what school is actually like and that students are always searching for 3 things: connection, recognition, and a sense of power. Each child’s journey has its different pressures. Dr. Thompson will help parents develop strategies for both parent and child to cope with the pressures they face.

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Master Slave Husband Wife: An Epic Journey from Slavery to Freedom

Thursday, February 8 @ 7 PM

Ilyon Woo at The Willows, Speaker Series, private school Los Angeles

Talk followed by Q & A and Book Signing

Ilyon Woo, New York Times Bestselling Author of Master Slave Husband Wife: An Epic Journey from Slavery to Freedom and contributor to The Boston Globe and The Wall Street Journal.

Her writing has appeared in The Boston Globe, The Wall Street Journal, Time Magazine, and The New York Times, and she has received support for her research from the Whiting Foundation, and National Endowment for the Humanities and the American Antiquarian Society, among other institutions. She holds a BA in the Humanities from Yale College and a PhD in English from Columbia University.

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Dr. Lisa Damour Speaks to parents in the gym at The Willows, a private school in Los Angeles