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NESA Webinars


Parents as Partners 2020-2021

A Webinar Series for School Parents



Join with parents across the NESA region to hear from distinguished specialists and to explore and learn new strategies in support of your child as a learner. Years of research reveal that schools that partner with parents positively impact student growth and achievement. This series will address child development within the context of family and school.




Clinical Psychologist, School Consultant, Author


Michael Thompson is a clinical psychologist, school consultant and author based in Boston. He is the author or coauthor of nine books, including the New York Times bestseller Raising Cain: Protecting the Emotional Life of Boys. He has consulted to or given presentations at over 700 schools in the United States and in international schools around the world, speaking to students, teachers and parents.

Founder & Director

Positive Discipline UK


Joy Marchese is a mother, educator, author, and well-being advocate. For over 20 years, she has worked with thousands of children, parents, teachers, and professionals to help foster a happy and flourishing environment in the home, in schools, and in the workplace. Ms Marchese is the Founder of Positive Discipline UK and Co-founder of iGROWco. She runs a successful coaching practice and offers seminars and workshops to various schools and organizations globally.

Communications Consultant & Author

Jennifer Abrams Consulting


A former English teacher and new teacher coach, Jennifer Abrams is a communications consultant who works with educators, health care personnel and others on new employee support, being generationally savvy, effective collaboration skills, having hard conversations and creating identity safe workplaces.

Her publications include Having Hard Conversations, Swimming in the Deep End: Four Foundational Skills for Leading Successful School Initiatives, and The Multigenerational Workplace: Communicate, Collaborate & Create Community.

Chief Medical Officer

Truman Group


Sean Truman spent the majority of his childhood in Nairobi, Kenya, where his father worked for the United Nations and his mother taught at the International School of Kenya. He attended college in the US and received a Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from the University of Connecticut. He was a National Institute of Mental Health Fellow at the Yale University School of Medicine, where he worked both at the Child Study Center and in the Department of Psychiatry.


Big Questions Institute & Oneness Lab


Homa Tavangar is the author of best-selling Growing Up Global: Raising Children to Be At Home in the World (Random House), co-author of five books for educators, and most recently, Global Kids, a colorful activity deck exposing children to world cultures and global mindsets. She coaches heads of schools and education leaders around the world on accountability for equity and leading through crisis, and works with parent groups around the world.


Oneness Lab


Eric Dozier is a musician, cultural activist, and anti-racism educator who uses music to engage communities in dialogue about racism. He is a founding faculty member at the Episcopal School of Nashville. Mr Dozier serves as a Museum Educator for the forthcoming National Museum of African American Music to be built in Nashville, TN, and has recently launched the Young People's Freedom Song Initiative.

Science & Mathematics Consultant, including with the U.S. State Department's Office of Overseas Schools


Erma Anderson is a former high school physics and mathematics teacher and Albert Einstein Distinguished Fellow in the US Senate. She was a Senior Program Officer with the National Research Council assisting in the development of the National Science Education Standards and a Christa McAuliffe Fellow with the National Foundation for the Improvement of Education.

She has worked with the National Science Teachers Association on several projects including the Mentoring Initiative e-Mentoring for Student Success (eMSS), development of sciLINKS (, and Project Manager of Scope, Sequence and Coordination of Secondary School Science.

Steve Barkley

Executive Vice President

PLS 3rd Learning


For the past 35 years, Steve Barkley has served as an educational consultant to school districts, teacher organizations, state departments of education, and colleges and universities nationally and internationally, facilitating the changes necessary for them to reach students and successfully prepare them for the 21st century. A prolific published author, his weekly blog, Steve Barkley Ponders Out Loud, has evolved into a go-to resource for teachers and administrators all over the world. |

Steve Barkley

Professor of Communication & Director

Media Education Lab,
University of Rhode Island


Renee Hobbs is an expert on integrating digital and media literacy education into elementary and secondary schools. She is a Professor of Communication and Director of the Media Education Lab at the University of Rhode Island, where she co-directs the Graduate Certificate in Digital Literacy. She has a special interest in professional development for online learning and created Virtually Viral Hangouts, a daily gathering space for educators to develop digital literacy skills during the coronavirus pandemic. Professor Hobbs is the author of numerous books including Mind Over Media, Create to Learn, The Library Screen Scene, and Copyright Clarity.

Steve Barkley

Founder & Executive Director

Institute for the Future of Learning


Julie M. Wilson is the founder and executive director of the Institute for the Future of Learning, a nonprofit organization dedicated to helping transform the 'one size does not fit all' model of education. She has over fifteen years' experience building effective learning environments that unlock human potential and enable organizational culture to adapt and grow during times of change. Julie graduated from Harvard's Graduate School of Education with a master's degree in technology, innovation, and education. Her book, The Human Side of Changing Education, was published by Corwin Press.


Owning Up Programs, Cultures of Dignity


Carey Goldstein was a school counselor for 15 years in the middle and upper school at a small independent school in Louisville, Kentucky. She earned a bachelor’s degree from American University in Washington, DC, and a master’s degree in Education from Old Dominion University in Norfolk, Virginia. In 2018, Carey joined the Cultures of Dignity team as the Director of Owning Up Programs after using their Owning Up curriculum in her classroom and contributing content for many years. The Cultures of Dignity team works with parents, educators and young people to successfully navigate the challenges of young adulthood.


Fees quoted are per semester per school, and include unlimited parent and educator attendance for all 8 webinars.

All fees quoted are in US Dollars (USD).
An invoice will be sent following registration.

  • NESA Member & Affiliate Schools: $500/school/semester
  • Non-Member Schools: $650/school/semester

Please review the Cancellation Notice before registering.