Parent Education

Parent seminars

A year-long list of parent seminars and workshops will be updated regularly by the PTSA and posted here so that anyone interested can see the programs being organized this year to help parents be even stronger partners and "first teachers" of their students. Each seminar lists a contact person who has answers to questions and more details about the seminar. To learn more about the Issaquah PTSA Council, please visit:

Screenagers, Growing Up in the Digital Age

Screenagers, Growing Up in the Digital Age 
Film documentary followed by expert panelists Q&A
Monday, Oct 17, 2016 at 7:00pm-9:00pm
Issaquah High School Theater

For parents and students, ages K-12
Free for PTSA members, $5 donation requested for non-members
Sponsored by Parentwiser of Issaquah PTSA Council, Issaquah Schools Foundation, & Swedish Medical of Issaquah

Pre-register at:

SCREENAGERS probes into the vulnerable corners of family life to explore struggles over social media, video games, academics and internet addiction. Through poignant, and unexpectedly funny stories, along with surprising insights from authors, psychologists, and brain scientists, SCREENAGERS reveals how tech time impacts kids’ development and offers solutions on how adults can empower kids to best navigate the digital world and find balance. Watch the trailer at:, and a few additional insights:

Additional district events sponsored by Parentwiser* and/or partners this year:

  • October 19, 2016 – “Positive Parenting”, by Issaquah School District and Brooks Powers, 7-8:30pm Issaquah High Theater
    This training focuses on how to reframe and shift our thinking about kids and parenting by using key strategies and skills based in positive reinforcement and how to set firm, consistent, and kind limits; while understanding the stages of the developing brain. 
  • October 29, 2016 – “The Power of Me, Power of We” conference sponsored by Influence the Choice (Issaquah Schools Foundation) and Friends of Youth, 9am-4pm (
  • November 7, 2016 – “Parenting the Developing Mind”, by Issaquah School District and Brooks Powers, 7-8:30pm Issaquah High Theater
    This training is a culmination of brain science and research for parents about how and when children’s minds/brains develop and how they can "follow, shape, and guide” the needs of their child's developing mind from kindergarten to adolescents. We discuss key components in knowing what we can expect from our children at various stages in their development. In addition, you will learn how to identify when or if your child needs additional support to manage life’s hurdles. 
  • November 21, 2016 – “Run/Hide/Fight Parent Training” by Police Officer Diego Zanella, Issaquah High Black Box Theater
  • February 28, 2017* – keynote John O’Sullivan, author of “Changing the Game”, Issaquah High Theater
  • March 2, 2017 – “Helping or Hindering”, by Issaquah School District and Brooks Powers, 7-8:30pm Issaquah High Theater
    This training focuses on understanding our own caretaking and parenting styles (permissive, authoritative, authoritarian, etc.) and how they affect a child's developing mind and their behaviors. We will introduce and explore several ways of problem solving with children, by using different parenting techniques, styles, and approaches.
  • April 25, 2017* – keynote Jessica Lahey, author of “Gift of Failure”, Issaquah High Theater (preceded by a community book read/review 1 month prior, date/location tbd)

Other Dates:

  • TBD* – speaker Amy Lang about  “Birds & Bees”
  • TBD – State of Mind Mini-Conferences (Saturdays, Jan, Feb, April one each at Liberty High, Skyline High, Issaquah High)

Please contact to join our committee to help plan and promote additional speakers/topics.  And stay tuned for our new website launching soon.