Parent Education

Upcoming Parent Ed events:

Paul Kanarak

Thursday, October 24 6:30 pm
Gunn Spangenburg Auditorium
Register for this event here!

Separating Fact from Fiction in College Admissions

The mythology that surrounds admissions is both pervasive and frequently painfully wrong. The good news is that it’s incorrect in a way that is fundamentally good news for families. This session led by our guest presenter – Paul Kanarek – will discuss both the accuracies and inaccuracies that lead to erroneous assumptions about college affordability and admissibility. Mr. Kanarek will also substantiate the rumors about admissions in 2019 and beyond that are, in fact, correct. As he showed last year when he was part of our college event, Mr. Kanarek is an informed, articulate and entertaining speaker who possesses both knowledge and insight on this subject, a set of skills that he developed first as the co-founder of The Princeton Review in California and then as the CEO of Collegewise.

Carl Honore

Monday, November 4 7:00 pm
Paly Haymarket Theater

Slow Parenting

Childhood has come to resemble a race to perfection. Result: children and parents are frazzled and unfulfilled. But change is coming. A global movement (think Slow Education, Slow Families, Slow Parenting, Slow Kids, etc) is finding ways to give children the time and space to explore the world on their own terms, take reasonable risks, play freely, get bored, be children again. In this keynote, Carl explores this powerful drive to reinvent childhood for the 21st century, touching on themes ranging from technology and extracurricular activities to education, safety and consumerism. He shows how to strike the right balance between doing too much and doing too little for children, and how slowing down can help them reach their full potential (as well as making family life a lot more fun!).

Past Parent Ed events:

College Planning with Syrous Parsay

May 12, 2019 The Self Driven Child: The Science and Sense of Giving Your Kids More Control Over Their Lives, by William Stixrud, PhD, and Ned Johnson

Vaping Presentation and Resources

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Gunn Parent Education Mission Statement:  We strive to create forums that support vibrant learning communities and collaboration among Gunn High School parents and families.

For every forum we offer or sponsor, we aim to:

  • provide opportunities for greater understanding and reflection
  • communicate with all appropriate stakeholders
  • minimize scheduling conflicts with other school events
  • actively increase efforts to reach families in our Chinese and Hispanic communities, as well as parents new to our Gunn High School community
  • limit events to support overall balance and wellness of our parent community


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