Dec
4
7:00 PM19:00

UnSelfie: Why Empathetic Kids Succeed in Our All-About-Me World

Bestselling author Michele Borba, Ed.D. offers a nine-step program to help parents cultivate empathy in children from birth to young adulthood and explains why developing a healthy sense of empathy is a key predictor of which kids will thrive and succeed in the future. In our hyper-connected, social media-saturated society, many of us are so obsessed with snapping “selfies” and living a virtual life online that we’re forgetting how to care for the people right in front of us IRL (that’s “in real life”). The resulting Selfie Syndrome is leading to an empathy crisis among today’s youth – teens today are 40 percent less empathetic than they were just a generation ago and narcissism has increased 58 percent during that same period. But there is a solution: Studies show the antidote to Selfie Syndrome is empathy. And the good news is empathy can actually be cultivated in children, starting even before they can talk.

Forest View Educational Center, Theater

Register at ce.d214.org or 847-718-7700. Space limited; registration required.

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Oct
16
7:00 PM19:00

Facts Matter: Fake or Real? How to Know What to Trust in Campaign Season

Robocalls, direct mail and TV and radio ads aim to influence your vote but sometimes stretch the truth or disseminate outright lies. Social media spreads misinformation like wildfire. Propaganda poses as real news. Learn how to identify lies, spin and bias and how to find accurate information as you decide who you will support in the upcoming election. (Daily Herald, Senior Deputy Managing Editor Diane Dungey and Deputy Managing Editor Pete Nenni)

Forest View Educational Center Theater, Enter through Door 1

This is a free event.

Registration is required. Please register at Facts Matter Registration

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Oct
9
7:00 PM19:00

Facts Matter: Editing for Politics

National and political news comes to the Daily Herald from a variety of news organizations and wire services in addition to our own reporting. We’ll show how headlines, story choice and presentation influence the message and tell how the Daily Herald monitors its coverage to avoid bias. (Daily Herald, Assistant Managing Editor/Copy Desk Neil Holdway and News Editor Michelle Holdway)

Forest View Educational Center Theater, Enter through Door 1

This is a free event.

Registration is required. Please register at Facts Matter Registration

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Sep
25
7:00 PM19:00

Facts Matter: Drones offer a new way to cover news

A house explosion that damages an entire neighborhood. A river flood. A tornado’s path. The full scope of some news events can best be viewed from above. That’s where the Daily Herald’s six drones and six licensed drone pilots come in. Learn about rules for using our news drones, FAA licensing requirements and how we get the best photos. Gather in the parking lot for a demonstration if weather allows.  

(Daily Herald, Senior Director of Visual Journalism Jeff Knox)

Forest View Educational Center Theater, Enter through Door 1

This is a free event.

Registration is required. Please register at Facts Matter Registration

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Sep
11
7:00 PM19:00

Facts Matter: The Threat to Local Media

The last 15 years have been pivotal to newspapers, with 1,800 metro and community newspapers closing or merging during that time. One recent study found government spending rises in areas that have lost a newspaper. What is at stake for these public watchdogs that also connect our communities and reflect our shared experiences? (Daily Herald, Editor John Lampinen and Assistant Managing Editor for Opinion Jim Slusher)

Forest View Educational Center Theater, Enter through Door 1

This is a free event.

Registration is required. Please register at Facts Matter Registration

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May
2
1:00 PM13:00

Educator Prep Signing Event

Educator Prep is a sequence of courses and experiences developed in cooperation with community partners across primary, secondary and post-secondary education, with the goal of developing the next generation of future accomplished educators in our community. High school experiences in Educator Prep start as early as freshmen year and can span college graduation and employment as a teacher in a primary or secondary school.

On May 2, Educator Prep's elementary, secondary, and post-secondary partners will come together at Forest View Education Center for a celebration of the commitment of current and new students in the program.

At this event students will be asked to sign a letter of intent for the Educator Prep program. The letter states that the student is aware of the opportunities the program provides and is dedicated to pursuing his or her ambitions in education. By signing it, they are taking a step on their path with the program's partners to becoming an accomplished educator within their community. Over the past three years, nearly 300 District 214 students have previously taken part in this event indicating their commitment to the field of education.

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Apr
29
8:00 AM08:00

High Mileage Vehicle Event at the Autobahn

District 214, in collaboration with Challenge USA, annually hosts teams from schools across the Midwest for the Illinois Energy Efficient Vehicle Competition (IEEVC), a 21st century STEM competition in which students design, build and test a small, one-person vehicle with a focus on energy efficiency. Teams compete at the Autobahn Country Club in Joliet, Illinois.

IEEVC has two main events — the Supermileage competition and the Electrathon competition. In Supermileage, teams compete to achieve the highest average miles per gallon (mpg). New teams generally hit 100 to 200 mpg, while veteran teams can reach 500-plus mpg. In Electrathon, teams compete to achieve the longest distance traveled on one battery charge. New teams generally reach 20 miles, while veteran teams achieve 25 to 30 miles.

District 214 students prepare and build their vehicles through engineering, manufacturing and automotive technology courses in addition to after-school clubs and activities. Students interested in participating can contact their counselor an engineering or technology instructor.

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Apr
16
6:30 PM18:30

AP Ready Night!

This event is designed for first time AP students and parents. This district-wide event will highlight the advantages of enrolling in a rigorous course load and the role of Advanced Placement classes in the college admissions process. AP teachers will offer informational sessions about getting AP Ready!. Options for achieving early college credit through District 214’s dual credit program will also be discussed. This evening will provide valuable information to help AP students and their parents maximize academic success in Advanced Placement and dual credit classes.

Forest View Educational Center, Enter through Door 1

No registration necessary to attend this event.

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Apr
15
7:00 PM19:00

Future Ready Parent Series: Making Good Choices: Underage Drinking - A Father’s Story

Doug Petit is the father of three sons: two on Earth, and one in heaven. He lives in the western suburbs of Chicago and began public speaking after the loss of his son in June 2005. He will share his story about underage drinking, how the choices we make impact lives, and the importance of making smart decisions and working together to understand actions truly do matter.

(Douglas Pettit – speaker, parent educator)

Forest View Educational Center Theater, Enter through Door 1

Register online at http://bit.ly/parentready or call 847-718-7700 to secure your spot. Registration not required to attend this event.

NOTE: This is a free event.

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Feb
27
7:00 PM19:00

Future Ready Parent Series: Understanding Teen Stress & Anxiety: How to Raise a Healthy, Confident & Successful Adult

Teen anxiety is at an all-time high, and arming kids with healthy coping strategies is more important than ever. Is it alright to be an average teen in today’s world? What is the difference between success and perfection? Are your teens focused on avoiding failure or are they operating out of a place of achieving to their greatest ability, based on their individual strengths and weaknesses. This presentation will review specific interventions designed to assist children in managing their anxiety, as well as promote increased motivation, healthy goals setting and active school engagement. Factors that contribute to avoidant behaviors, as well as ways to early identify maladaptive coping responses will be explored. Attendees leaving the presentation will have learned how to develop parenting strategies to assist their children with healthy coping responses and engage them in effective communication and language that promotes self-advocacy and independence.

(Jacqueline A. Rhew, Author, Keynote Speaker, Clinical Consultant & Liaison for Amita Health, Co-founder Center for Emotional Wellness, Co-founder Successful Parenting)

John Hersey High School, Enter through Door 32

Register online at http://bit.ly/parentready or call 847-718-7700 to secure your spot. Registration not required to attend this event.

NOTE: This is a free event.

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Feb
23
9:00 AM09:00

Robot Rumble

The Robot Rumble is a regional robotics competition, during which robots fight one another until one can no longer function or until two minutes has elapsed. A panel of three judges determine the winner based on aggressiveness, as well as damage inflicted and incurred on the robots. The Robot Rumble hosts hundreds of high school students from all District 214 schools, as well as schools in Township High School District 211 and Leyden High School District 211.

Hosted at Prospect High School

This event will be live-streamed at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MuWssKF0zmU

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Feb
22
9:00 AM09:00

Robot Rumble

9:00 am - 11:30 pm and 12:30-1:45 pm

The Robot Rumble is a regional robotics competition, during which robots fight one another until one can no longer function or until two minutes has elapsed. A panel of three judges determine the winner based on aggressiveness, as well as damage inflicted and incurred on the robots. The Robot Rumble hosts hundreds of high school students from all District 214 schools, as well as schools in Township High School District 211 and Leyden High School District 211.

Hosted at Prospect High School

This event will be live-streamed at: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Qd9TKKjpDo8

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Feb
11
7:00 PM19:00

Future Ready Parent Series: The Successful Parent: The Good News About Bad Behavior

Our time-honored methods of punishments and rewards haven’t taught discipline; they’ve undermined it. Journalist Katherine Reynolds Lewis spent five years investigating this crisis: observing families at the dinner table, meeting educators who are transforming the school experience for kids with attention and mood disorders, studying psychological research, and looking introspectively at her own parenting habits. In her book, she documents a new theory of discipline that could reverse the trend: “The Apprenticeship Model,” which centers on listening and building children’s skills to address the root causes of misbehavior, rather than reactionary incentives and consequences.

(Katherine Reynolds Lewis, journalist, author, certified parent trainer)

Forest View Educational Center Theater, Enter through Door 1

Register online at http://bit.ly/parentready or call 847-718-7700 to secure your spot. Registration not required to attend this event.

NOTE: This is a free event.

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Jan
16
to Feb 20

Future Ready Parent Series: What Every Parent Needs to Know

  • Buffalo Grove High School (map)
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These sessions help parents navigate and respond appropriately to their children’s growth and development, anticipate and prevent behavioral problems proactively, develop mutually respectful relationships, explore fair discipline, maintain effective communication and use productive problem-solving methods. This program is presented in partnership with Link Together Coalition.

(Bob Leece, trainer, counselor, teacher, student and parent advocate)

Buffalo Grove High School Library, Enter through Door 7

NOTE: There is a $30 cost for this session which runs on Wednesday nights from 7:00-9:00 pm from January 16th through February 20th.

Register online at http://bit.ly/parentready or call 847-718-7700 to secure your spot.

Registration is required to attend this event.


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Dec
3
7:00 PM19:00

Future Ready Parent Series: Behavioral Health and Your Teenager

This presentation will focus on teenage anxiety, depression and substance use disorders. The signs and symptoms of each illness will be discussed, as well as, helpful interventions and resources for support.

(Cathreen Fay, MSN RN Clinical Nursing Transformation Leader Behavioral Health Professional Practice Northwest Community Healthcare)

Forest View Educational Center Theater, Enter through Door 1

Register online at http://bit.ly/parentready or call 847-718-7700 to secure your spot. Registration not required to attend this event.

NOTE: This is a free event.

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