Family Enrichment Speaker Series

AUSD and Alameda PTA Council are jointly presenting a number of events for families this spring. Parents/guardians, students in 5th grade and above, and educators are ALL welcome.

Wednesday, March 21, 7 – 8:30 p.m.


An IndieFlix original documentary

Alameda High School, Little Theater, 2200 Central Ave, Alameda

Anxiety isn’t cool, but talking about it is.

Angst is a 56-minute film that explores anxiety, its causes, effects and what we can do about it. The filmmakers’ goal is to have a global conversation and raise awareness around anxiety. Angst features candid interviews with kids and young adults who suffer, or have suffered, from anxiety and what they’ve learned about it.  The film includes discussions with mental health experts about the causes of anxiety, its sociological effects and how to get help.

Families, educators, students, employees and members of any community will benefit from this film.

For parents, caregivers, educators and students 11 years+ (Appropriate for age 11 years+. Under age 11 viewer discretion advised.)

Angst website and trailer:

Free ($10 suggested donation). Flier here.

Wednesday, March 28, 7 – 8:30 p.m.

Taming Your Inner Procrastinator

Improve your focus and studying strategies.

Lincoln Middle School, Media Center, 1250 Fernside Blvd, Alameda

Join us for this interactive workshop designed for students and their parents. You’ll walk away with brain-based strategies to improve focus, lessen procrastination, and support rock-solid studying. Specifically, you will learn:

  • A simple brain-based formula for learning anything
  • Two life changing routines for students that lessen the urge to procrastinate
  • How parents can help students implement these new habits without resorting to nagging
  • And more

Gretchen Wegner is an academic life coach who inspires students to uncover their true identities as capable, creative learners in school and life. She is an internationally recognized expert in how to destressify school, teaching teens a unique system called The Anti-Boring Approach to Powerful Studying™ and training educators as coaches. A former Fulbright Fellow and credentialed middle and high school teacher, Gretchen has a Masters in Curriculum and Instruction. More info:

For parents, caregivers, educators and students in 5th grade+

Free ($10 suggested donation)  Flier here.

Thursday, April 26, 7 – 8:30 p.m.

Adolescent Sleep and Mindfulness

Benefits and best practices for healthy sleep

Wood Middle School, Multi-Purpose Room, 420 Grand St, Alameda

The final event in our Spring 2018 Wellness Series, this workshop covers:

  • Basics of sleep science (e.g., mechanisms of sleep-wake, normal sleep, etc.)
  • Adolescent sleep vs. adult sleep
  • Downsides of sleep loss
  • Mindfulness and sleep
  • Strategies for healthy sleep
  • When to seek sleep support and resources
  • Q&A

Dr. Blum is a sleep psychologist and on the Adjunct Clinical Faculty at Stanford, where he provides trainings on behavioral sleep medicine. An expert in cognitive behavioral therapy for insomnia, Dr. Blum trained at UC Berkeley’s Sleep & Mood Research Clinic as well as Stanford’s Center for Sleep Sciences & Medicine. He received his BA in Psychology from University of Colorado Boulder and his PhD in Clinical Psychology from CSPP. More info:

For parents, caregivers, educators and students in 5th grade+

Free ($10 suggested donation)  Flier here.

If you can attend any of the events, you are encouraged to RSVP (click on URL on bottom-right corner of flyer), or click here.