Speaker Series

PTSO Speaker Series 2018 - 2019

January 8, 2019: Discover Gap Years

Title: Discover Gap Years

Time: 7.00 pm - 8.30 pm

Location: BHS Little Theater

Description: Ever wondered if taking a Gap Year is right for you? Katherine Stievater, a Gap Year Advisor, and founder of Gap Year Solutions, will explain why Gap Years for recent high school grads are growing in popularity and how any student can benefit from a Gap Year. She will explain different Gap Year options and the Gap Year planning process, including how it relates to college planning.

Along with the Presentation, there will also be a panel of post BHS Gappers to share their experiences and answer questions.

Presenter:  Katherine Stievater, a Gap Year Advisor, and founder of Gap Year Solutions

Topic: Growing up in a Hypersexualized Culture

Date and Time: Thursday, February 7, 2018, 7:30 - 9:00 pm

Location: Belmont High School, Room 105

Audience: Parents of middle and high school students; high school students

Description: Learn how porn harms young people, and what parents can do to help.

Presenter: Gail Dines, PhD, professor emerita, Wheelock College; CEO Culture Reframed

Topic: What We Know About the Teenage Brain

Date and Time: Thursday, March 7, 2018, 7:30 - 9:00 pm

Location: Belmont High School Library

Audience: Parents of all grade levels

Description: Learn how the teenage brain works, and how it influences learning and life. The panel will also discuss substance abuse, parenting skills, and prevention to promote good physical and mental health strategies.

Presenter: Lisa Gibaleiro, MPH, Wendy Conroy, MPH

Topic: College Admissions: Essential Questions And Answers

Date and Time: Thursday, October 11, 2018, 7:30 - 9:00 pm

Location: BHS Room 105

Audience: Parents and students who are preparing for the college application process. All grades levels are encouraged to attend.

Description: Learn about issues that applicants and families should be thinking about when preparing for college. This program will address topics such as determining the fitness of a particular school, admissions strategies, and tuition affordability.

Presenter: Rachel Katzman, Katzman Advising, a local private practice specializing in college admissions

www.katzmanadvising.com | info@katzmanadvising.com

Topic: Fostering self-management skills in children to build confidence, competence, and independence

Date and Time: Thursday, November 1, 2018, 7:30 - 9:00 pm

Location: Belmont High School Little Theater

Audience: Parents and students of all grade levels.

Description: Gain insights and learn the tools that parents need to help students succeed in school and beyond.

Presenter: Michael Delman, CEO Beyond BookSmart. jstachel@beyondbooksmart.com - 508-353-2047 -  www.beyondbooksmart.com

Topic: Understanding Sexual Assault on Campus: Students’ Rights and Schools’ Obligations

Date and Time: Thursday, December 6, 2018, 7:30 - 9:00 pm

Location: Belmont Public Library Assembly Room

Audience: Parents and students; subject matter may not be appropriate for grade school students.

Description: Learn about civil rights laws, such as Title IX, and how they relate to offensive language, bullying, and assaults. What rights do students have, and what obligations do schools have, under state and federal law?

Presenter: Wendy Murphy, JD. New England Law|Boston



Past Speaker Series Events 2017-2018

Missed a presentation? Visit the Belmont Media Center website for recordings.



Thu, Sept 14

Navigating the Road to College

Thu, Sept 28

The Keys to Developing Organized, Confident, and Effective Students

Tue, Oct 3

You Can Afford College

Tue, Nov 14

Sexual Assault and Title IX: What Every Student and Parent Needs to Know

Clickherefor the Powerpoint.

Thu, Jan 11

Is A Gap Year A Fit For Your Student Before College?

Thu, Feb 15

“Steps to Staying Organized” by Signet Education

Tue, Mar 20

“Growing up in a Hyper-Sexualized Culture” by Gail Dines

Thu, Apr 12