Davis Parent University Lecture Series - The Whole Child

*Scroll down for Videos and PDF summaries of previous DPU Lectures*

Have a Great Summer Everyone!
The DVD of Jennifer Senior's recent lecture will be made available at the library in September.

Community-Wide K-12 Parent Education Collaborative Mission Statement

The Community-wide K-12  Parent Education  Collaborative is composed of representatives from the DJUSD (K-12). Our mission is to provide high-caliber events and programs to our community’s parents, caregivers, teachers, and administrators. The committee’s scope of work includes the annual Parent University Lecture Series. We strive to assist our PTA’s/PTO’s in achieving their most important goal, to be a strong advocate for the education and well-being of every child.

Davis Parent University would like to thank this year's generous sponsors:
Chad Demasi - The DeMasi Group/Coldwell Banker Doug Arnold Real Estate
Dr. Richard Mandelaris, D.M.D. 
Ashley & Nancy Yudin
Baciarini's Martial Arts

Avid Reader Davis
Hallmark Inn UC Davis
As well as our community partners, the DJUSD Climate Committee and K-12 PTAs and PTOs, the Davis Enterprise, Davis Media Access, and the Center for Families.


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Representatives for 2014-15 Chair: Christy Freese; Treasurer: Michelle Dowling; Outreach Coordinator: Jodi Liederman; Elementary Schools Pioneer: Lisa Patterson; Willett: Beth McMullen; Patwin: Shelley Dowling; North Davis: Emily Ault & Michelle Buzbee; Korematsu: Diana Johnson & Jackie Legg; Fairfield: open; Cesar Chavez: Christy Freese; Margarite Montgomery: Sandy Myler; Birch Lane: Allison Chilcott; St. James: Laura Burmester; Secondary schools: Harper: Sandy Pellegrini; Holmes: Emily Ault; Emerson & Da Vinci Charter Academy 7-12: Jodi Liederman; Davis High School: Sue Emam;

Parent University 2014 - 2015 - Jennifer Senior

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Davis Parent University presents

Jennifer Senior

All Joy and No Fun - The Paradox of Modern Parenthood

recorded Wednesday, April 29th, 2015, 7-9pm, Brunelle Theatre

A DVD of this lecture will be made available for checkout at the public library in September.

Parent University 2014 - John O'Sullivan and Youth Sports Panel Discussion

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Best selling author John O’Sullivan speaks about 'The Psychology of High-Performance.'

Author of the bestselling book "Changing the Game: The Parents Guide to Raising Happy, High-Performing Athletes and Giving Youth Sports Back to Our Kids," and founder of the Changing the Game Project, John travels around the country speaking to schools and youth sports organizations about developing more competitive, high-achieving athletes through environments of love and respect, rather than fear and pressure.

Parent University 2013-14 - Mike Riera

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Davis Parent University presents 'An Evening with Mike Riera, PhD.'

Moderated by Pamela Wu, recorded on December 6th, Brunelle Theatre, Davis High School.

Mike's latest book "Staying Connected To Your Teen" is a follow up to "Uncommon Sense For Parents With Teenagers." Mike's philosophy is, "parents need to shift from being managers, to being consultants with their teens."

Parent University 2014 - 2015 Dr. Shimi K. Kang, MD

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Dr. Shimi K. Kang, MD discusses "The Dolphin Way" - A Parent's Guide to Raising Healthy, Happy and Motivated Kids- Without Turning into A Tiger.

Moderated by Pamela Wu.

Recorded December 3rd, 7-9pm at the Brunelle Theater, Davis High School, by Davis Media Access.

Parent University 2013: Setting Limitations, The Brain, How Drugs and Alcohol Affect the Growth of Your Child

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Parent University concludes this year with "Setting Limitations, The Brain, How Drugs and Alcohol Effect the Growth of Your Child."

The presentations include Dean Blumberg, PhD, LMFT and Jon Daily, LCSW, CADC II followed by a moderated roundtable discussion and question and answer period.  Moderated by Pamela Wu of KCRA.

Recorded March 9, 2013 at the Brunelle Theater at Davis High School by Davis Media Access.

Parent University 2013 - Madeline Levine, PhD

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"While we all hope that our children will do well in school, we hope with even greater fervor that they will do well in life. Our job is to help them know and appreciate themselves deeply, to be resilient in the face of adversity, to approach the world with zest, to find work that is satisfying, friends and spouses who are loving and loyal, and to hold a deep belief that they have something meaningful to contribute to the world."

-Madeline Levine, PhD

Parent University 2012 - Robert Emmons

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Robert Emmons, PhD  Author of the book “Thanks”  - how can you make your kids more grateful

Parent University 2011 - Ashley Merryman

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The Davis Parent University Lecture Series presents The Whole Child, A Morning with Ashley Merryman, JD, co-author of 'NutureShock.'

moderated by Pallas Hupe, news anchor.

recorded Sat, Feb.12th, Brunelle Theatre, Davis High School.

presented by Davis K-12 Community-Wide Parent Education Collaborative.

supported by Davis K-12 PTA/O's, DJUSD Climate Committee, Hyatt Place UC Davis, Institute of Restorative Health, Carli & Bob Traverso/Lyon's Real Estate, Nugget, Trader Joe's, Peet's Coffee, Noah's Bagels, Farm Fresh To You, H2O to Go.

Parent University 2012 - Parenting In the Information Age

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Featuring excerpts from the award winning "PBS Frontline" documentary Digital Nation followed by a panel discussion on the developmental, behavioral, social and legal implications of kids on technology.

Facilitated by Pamela Wu, former anchor for KCRA.

Panelists include: 

Mary Kay Hoal- President of Yoursphere Media Inc., ABC 20/20 Contributor, Family internet and social networking safety expert.

Stephen Nowicki, MD, PhD, FAAP - Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrician

Parent University 2010 - Raising Healthy, Happy, Well-Balanced Kids - Mitchel Adler

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Davis Parent University 2010

Raising Healthy, Happy, Well-Balanced Kids

Recorded February 6, 2010 by Davis Media Access at the Brunelle Theater, Davis High School.

Featuring: Pallus Hupe, News Anchor, Master of Ceremonies