Parent Education

Upcoming Gunn High School Parent Ed events

Caring Presence- Supporting Our Children in Their Grief
September 28 7:00 p.m
While Gunn teachers, staff and students have been heroically working to make remote learning a success, students are also mourning the school experience they expected to have. In this educational talk, Jaymie Byron of KARA will help parents look at grief in the social context, understand how to recognize symptoms of grief, and develop a compassionate presence to sit with our student’s grief and tools to support them. The conversation will be about an hour with 15 minutes for questions afterwards. 

Jaymie Byron is the Director of Community Outreach and Crisis Response for KARA. As a nonprofit organization serving the San Francisco Bay Area since 1976. KARA provides comprehensive grief support, crisis intervention and education to individuals and communities facing the difficult realities of grief and loss.

This event is being cohosted by Gunn Parent Education, the Gunn Wellness Center, and the Palo Alto Chinese Parents Club. Interpretation in Mandarin and Spanish will be available as options on sign-in. For questions, contact

Topic: Caring Presence: Supporting our Children in their Grief
Time: Sep 28, 2020 07:00 PM Pacific Time (US and Canada)
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If you have ideas for upcoming Parent Ed events, please contact the Parent Ed Chair.


Past Parent Ed events

Screenagers Next Chapter:
Uncovering Skills for Stress Resilience

Thursday, January 23rd, 2020, 6:30-8:00pm
Filmmaker and physician Dr. Delaney Ruston takes the conversation around screens and teens to the next level with Screenagers NEXT CHAPTER: Uncovering Skills for Stress Resilience, a film that examines the science behind teens’ emotional challenges, the interplay of social media, and most importantly, what can be done in our schools and homes to help teens build crucial skills to navigate stress, anxiety, and depression in our digital age. Please join us! All are welcome.

The handout with tips is here.
The Spanish handout is here.
Additional materials on resources for developing resilience can be found here on the Screenagers site.

Carl Honore: Slow Parenting

Monday, November 4, 2019, 7:00 pm
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!).

Paul Kanarak: Separating Fact from Fiction
in College Admissions

Thursday, October 24, 2019
Slides from the talk are here.
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.

William Stixrud and Ned Johnson: The Self Driven Child: The Science and Sense of Giving Your Kids More Control Over Their Lives

May 12, 2019
Information is here.

Syrous Parsay: College Planning

May 21, 2018
Information is here.

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

For questions or comments, contact