The Brookline Parents Organization seeks to give voice to parents in the governance of the Public Schools of Brookline. Its mission is to provide parents with the information and the platform they need to participate actively in the formation of school policy and the election of town officials. The BPO is committed to excellence in education, creativity in learning, and transparency in school administration. It is open to all of those with an interest in public education in Brookline.
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Some of our past events:
Sunday, December 13: Getting through the pandemic winter with your family
A daunting challenge, yet it is the reality we face... and help is here! On Sunday, December 13th, from 7:00 - 8:30 pm, the Brookline Parents Organization and moderator Steven Ehrenberg hosted a conversation with three members of Brookline's Expert Advisory Panel 2 – who also happen to be Brookline parents: Amanda Tarullo, Lindsay Fallon and Sanjli Gidwaney.
Amanda, Lindsay and Sanjli - along with the other parents and members of Panel 2, have focused on support for “the whole child experience.” Specifically, the Brookline School Committee and Superintendent have charged Panel 2 to examine and discuss the social and emotional impact of what our kids may be going through during this stressful and unsteady time of living and learning during a pandemic and make recommendations. (Click here for Panel 2's recommendations.)
Some of the questions we will explore Sunday evening include:
- How will we manage feelings of isolation during a chilly New England winter while social distancing?
- How has almost a year's worth of lockdowns, quarantines, and shifting school schedules (remote and hybrid) impacted our children?
- How can we help our children manage the winter as they spend more time at home and on screens, and less time in school and other social situations?
- How have all “the unknowns” affected our children’s sense of security and well-being?
- How can we manage constantly changing circumstances and achieve balance when home, work and school become blended?
The panelists will also suggest tips - both as experts and as fellow parents - for how to keep our children and indeed the whole family “sane” over the course of the coming months. Please join us for this important and enlightening conversation!
Lauren Bernard and Benjamin Kelley, BPO Co-Presidents
About our panelists
Amanda Tarullo is an Associate Professor of Psychological and Brain Sciences and Director of the Graduate Program in Developmental Science at Boston University. She directs the Brain and Early ExperiencesLab (http://www.bu.edu/cdl/bee/) researching how chronic stress, sleep, and family experiences shape children’s biological stress systems and brain development. One aim of her research is to identify protective factors that promote resilience in children who experience chronic stress, in order to enhance intervention and prevention approaches to help all children thrive.
Lindsay Fallon is an Assistant Professor in School Psychology at University of Massachusetts Boston. She is a Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA-D) and licensed psychologist in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. She also holds a master's degree in Special Education. Her research focuses on feasible, effective support for families and teachers to promote behavioral health and wellness for youth. She partners with several school districts in the Boston area (e.g., Brockton Public Schools, Somerville Public Schools), and is a trainer with the Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports Academy funded by the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education. Click here for Lindsay's remote home and school learning matrix.
Sanjli Gidwaney is the Director of Design for Change USA and sits on the Board of Directors for Design for Change Global. She manages a national team of designers, educators and technologists, partners, and advises schools and organizations on how to leverage the power of design-thinking to engage young people in serving their communities. Sanjli has been a guest speaker at the National Association of Independent Schools, Yale, Harvard, Ashoka, SXSWEdu and the United Nations International School. She is a mother, a baker and a hip hop dancer, and when she’s not working you’ll find her doing all three at the same time!
October 18th at 7:00 pm: An online forum with education journalist Emily Hanford
On Sunday, October 18th at 7:00 pm, award-winning education journalist Emily Hanford gave a live virtual presentation to the Brookline community about what she has learned in her extensive reporting on reading instruction. This presentation was followed by a Q&A session moderated by Brookline parent Miriam Fein.
Emily has been working in public media for over two decades and is currently a senior education correspondent at APM reports, part of American Public Media. Emily is a graduate of the Public Schools of Brookline.
You can read read more about Emily Hanford here.
And you can check out her audio documentaries about reading here.
This event was co-sponsored by Brookline parents Miriam Fein and Meghna Chakrabarti together with the Brookline Parents Organization.
You can view at our conversation from July with interim Superintendent James Marini:
In late May and early June the BPO hosted conversations with School Committee members and with the Brookline Educators Union. You can watch those as well: