2024-25 Parent Series

The Parent Series is a year-long program offering 6 exceptional webinars designed for independent school parents & caregivers in all stages of their children's growth.

School Leaders, the ISACS Parent Series has become a hallmark ISACS program for independent schools, designed to strengthen partnerships with parents in support of essential school/home relationships. ISACS has created another exceptional series of six one-hour webinars for parents in all stages of their children’s growth. We know you will find these new topics to be compelling and significantly important to your school and to parents and caregivers as they learn from leading experts in the fields of education, parenting, and child development. We hope your school’s parents see this resource as one of the many benefits of belonging to your school community and that each session serves as a springboard to energizing conversations. Many educators also have participated!

Parents & Caregivers, we hope you will join other independent school parents for the six evening webinars led by a celebrated team of experts to help you support and guide your children in all areas of their development. We look forward to learning right along with you!

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6:30–7:30 p.m. CT / 7:30–8:30 p.m. ET on the following days:

September 25, 2024Lynn Lyons
Back-To-School Momentum: Prepping Children of All Ages for the Challenges (& Successes) of a New School Year

November 19, 2024  |  Jennifer Wallace
Never Enough: When Achievement Pressure Becomes Toxic—And What We Can Do About It

January 15, 2025  |  Phyllis L. Fagell
How to Raise Socially Skilled Tweens & Teens Who Can Navigate Friendship Challenges

February 12, 2025  |  Hasan Merali
Squish the Peas: Life Lessons from Toddlers on How to Live a Happier, Healthier Life

March 11, 2025  |  Ken Ginsburg
Raise Your Children & Adolescents to be Authentically Successful, Emotionally Healthy & Prepared to Thrive

April 9, 2025  |  Michael Thompson
Planning for Summers of Growth & Joy

Webinar recordings will be available through December 31, 2024 for webinars in 2024, and through June 30, 2025 for webinars in 2025.

Independent school parents and caregivers

Email programinfo@isacs.org


Lynn Lyons

Lynn Lyons, LICSW is an internationally recognized psychotherapist, author, and speaker with a special interest in interrupting the generational patterns of anxiety in families. Lyons is the co-author with Reid Wilson of Anxious Kids, Anxious Parents and the companion book for kids Playing with Anxiety: Casey’s Guide for Teens and Kids. Her latest book for teens and adults is The Anxiety Audit. She co-hosts the popular podcast Flusterclux and is a featured expert in the 2023 documentary Anxious Nation.

Jennifer Wallace

Jennifer Wallace is an award-winning journalist and author of the New York Times bestselling book Never Enough: When Achievement Pressure Becomes Toxic – and What We Can Do About It. She contributes to The Wall Street Journal and The Washington Post and appears frequently on television to discuss her articles and relevant topics. Wallace is a BCG BrightHouse Luminary and consultant with The LEGO Group. She began her journalism career at CBS 60 Minutes and is a journalism fellow at The Center for Parent and Teen Communication at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia.

Phyllis L. Fagell

Phyllis L. Fagell is a licensed mental health therapist at Chrysalis Group, Inc. and certified school counselor at Landon School. She is the author of Middle School Matters, The 10 Key Skills Kids Need to Thrive in Middle School and Beyond – and How Parents Can Help, and Middle School Superpowers, Raising Resilient Tweens in Turbulent Times. Fagell also is a contributor to The Washington Post CNN, U.S. News & World Report, and her ideas have been shared in The New York Times, The Atlantic, The New Yorker, The Chicago Tribune, and NPR.

Hasan Merali

Hasan Merali, MD, MPH is an associate professor in the department of pediatrics at McMaster University, and a pediatric emergency medicine physician at McMaster Children’s Hospital. He has published more than 25 peer-reviewed journal articles, and his work has been featured in The New York Times, BBC, Science, Medium, The Boston Globe, NBC, CBC, and Popular Science. His first book, Sleep Well, Take Risks, Squish the Peas: Secrets from the Science of Toddlers for a Happier, More Successful Way of Life, was published in March 2024. He received his medical degree from Harvard Medical School and master of public health degree from Johns Hopkins University.

Ken Ginsburg

Ken Ginsburg, MD, MSEd is a pediatrician specializing in adolescent medicine at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP), professor of pediatrics at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine and the founding director of The Center for Parent and Teen Communication at CHOP. His mission is to prepare adults to be the kind of people that adolescents need and deserve in their lives. He has more than 150 publications, including research and clinical practice articles, books, and chapters. His books include Building Resilience in Children and Teens: Giving Kids Roots and Wings, Congrats-You’re Having a Teen!: Strengthen Your Family, and Raise a Good Person. He has appeared on CNN, NPR, The Today Show, Good Morning America, The CBS Morning Show, FOX and Friends, and ABC, NBC, and CBS Nightly News.

Michael Thompson

Michael Thompson, PhD is a clinical psychologist, author, and school consultant. He has worked in schools for 50 years, starting out as a middle school teacher and later training as a counselor and psychologist. Now the supervising psychologist for the Belmont Hill School (MA), he has worked with more than 700 schools in the US and internationally. Thompson is the author or co-author of nine books. His newest book Hopes and Fears: Working with Today’s Independent School Parents, co-written with Rob Evans, was published by the National Association of Independent Schools in February 2021 and the second edition was released in 2024.