Academy Parents Mission Statement
The mission of Academy Parents is to build community and enhance the educational and social experience of each SMA student.
By promoting and encouraging cooperation, communication and participation among faculty, students and parents, Academy Parents reinforces SMA’s delivery of an excellent education in a nurturing, spiritual environment. Academy Parents’ leadership sets the example.
Academy Parents sponsors events and programs that will assist parents and teachers in their efforts to develop life-long learners while providing opportunities for social interaction.
Academy Parents Speakers
January 27, 2015 - Milton Chen is the Senior Fellow and Executive Director Emeritus of The George Lucas Educational Foundation. Dr. Chen has been a leading figure in educational media for more than 20 years. He will be on campus to discuss Educating the Whole Child: The Role of the Arts, Nature & Place-Based Learning. The George Lucas Educational Foundation works to gather and disseminate the most innovative models of K-12 teaching and learning in the Digital Age. Dr. Chen has also been a director of research at the Children’s Television Workshop in New York, and a director of research at Sesame Workshop where he worked on Sesame Street, The Electric Company, and 3-2-1 Contact. Dr. Chen has served as an assistant professor at the Harvard Graduate School of Education, and as a consultant to Children Now, Educational Development Center, The Foundation for Advancements in Science and Education, and Scholastic. Click here for more information and to RSVP!
January 14, 2014 - John-Michael Keyes is the founder and Executive Director of the I Love U Guys Foundation and a leading expert on school security. John-Michael Keyes is also a security consultant for a number of school systems, and is one of the authors of the Standard Response Protocol, the security procedures that we follow at St. Mary’s Academy. Sadly, John-Michael became an expert on school security after his daughter was killed at the Platte Canyon School shooting in 2006. He has met with our security committee here on campus as well as reviewed our procedures. His presentation was personal, informative and thoughtful.
November 20, 2013 - Dr. Carl Pickhardt is a psychologist and has more than twenty-five years in private counseling, lecturing and writing on the topic of adolescence, including his book Surviving Your Child's Adolescence: How to Understand and Even Enjoy the Rocky Road to Independence. Dr. Pickhardt has been on ABC, NBC, CNN and NPR, as well as sourcing major articles forTime Magazine and the Wall Street Journal. Dr. Pickhardt writes a blog for Psychology Today that highlights his wisdom and insight to adolescence. Click here to keep up with Dr. Pickhardt's blog.
October 2, 2013 - Kelley King is a 27-year educator, international speaker, author and mother. A high energy, humorous and fast-paced presenter, Kelley provided an introduction to the brain science of the difference between boys and girls. As a leading expert in gender-based brain research, Kelley shared the science behind instructional strategies for the classroom and tips for parenting. In particular, Kelley's research and recommendations are focused on how boys learn. Kelley is open, honest and funny about the differences she has experienced in parenting her son versus parenting her daughter. Attendees gained key strategies to engage and motivate both girls and boys with a renewed sense of empowerment.
January 13, 2013 - Paul Tough, author of best selling book How Children Succeed, shared his insights and research about non-cognitive skills in adolescents. How Children Succeed was ranked as one of the top notable books by The New York Times and one of the top 10 books of 2012 by People Magazine.
February 6, 2012 - Dr. Madeline Levine, author of The Price of Privilege, is a practicing psychologist from Marin County, California. She is a frequent lecturer on child and adolescent issues. In her book The Price of Privilege, Levine offers thoughtful, practical advice as she explodes one child-rearing myth after another. With empathy and candor, she identifies parenting practices that are toxic to healthy self-development and that have contributed to epidemic levels of depression, anxiety, and substance abuse in the most unlikely place -- the affluent family.
October 26, 2011 - Linda Fogg Phillips, author of Facebook for Parents, is the world-wide recognized expert on Facebook and families. She is the mother of eight children. She knows the challenges of raising children who are immersed with technology. She is the author of two books about Facebook and parents. Linda co-authored The Facebook Guide for Educators and is currently writing the curriculum addressing social media and families for the International Online Psychology Institute. She empowers parents with the ability to better understand, communicate with and protect their children.
October 6, 2011 - Simone Marean, Executive Director and Co-Founder of the internationally recognized Girls Leadership Institute (GLI), shared with parents and teachers how to help girls practice assertive self-expression, emotional intelligence and healthy relationships, preparing them for a life of personal and societal leadership. Her engaging presentation covered the development of girl dynamics from preschool through high school.
We have an amazing year of events Academy Parents is involved with: festivals, guest speakers, dances, continuation ceremonies and graduation!