Future Ready Parent Series

New parent series teaches readiness for tomorrow’s challenges.

District 214 Future Ready Parent is an engagement series dedicated to providing comprehensive community topics and education to ensure parent readiness for tomorrow's challenges. Our goal is to provide relevant topics that can enrich and engage our community.

Register for any of the Future Ready Parent seminars here or visit the Events page for detailed information on each seminar, including the time and location. Unless otherwise noted, these seminars are free; registration is encouraged but not required to attend the event.

Upcoming seminars include:

UnSelfie: Why Empathetic Kids Succeed in Our All-About-Me World, presented by bestselling author Michele Borba, Ed.D.
December 4, 2019
Forest View Educational Center, Theater

Dr. Borba 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.