February 11, 2019

This spring, the Roaring Fork Schools are offering a free family education event in each community on positive parenting solutions and essential brain science every parent should know.

“Advances in neuroscience in the past decade have really opened up a new understanding of how to support students’ brain development and encourage cooperation over power struggles,” said Lindsay Hentschel, the district’s Professional Development & Curriculum Coordinator. “Positive parenting strategies help parents to feel connected to their child while still holding high behavioral expectations.”

This event series is being offered by the Roaring Fork Schools in an effort to partner with parents in supporting student success.  

“Families will leave with new positive parenting knowledge and tools to use right away to support the developing child's brain chemistry,” said Grace Tennant, the district’s Responsive Services Coordinator.

Tennant works with schools in the district to increase student and family engagement, sense of belonging, and voice. One way schools are doing this work is through these family education events. Last semester, over 100 families attended self-regulation events that were held across the district. The feedback from those that attended was very positive, and the school district hopes to increase the number of attendees at each event. Next year, the team will offer parent events on restorative practices and collaborative and proactive problem-solving methods. These events are aligned with the content and practices that students see in their classrooms throughout all of our schools.  

The upcoming events on positive parenting solutions build on elements of the Nurturing Parenting Program, which is an evidence-based and trauma-informed parent education curriculum for families with children of all ages. The events will be presented by two local counselors, Janet Earley and Mary Bowles. Earley has been working in educational and therapeutic settings for over 26 years. Bowles is a Gottman Institute trained family therapist and neurotherapist.

These events are relevant to families with children of all ages. Events will be held in Carbondale on Thursday, February 21 at Carbondale Middle School; in Glenwood Springs on Thursday, April 11 at the Glenwood Springs Recreation Center; and in Basalt on Thursday, May 2 at Basalt Elementary School. Events will begin at 5:30 and will be offered in both English and Spanish. Free dinner and childcare will be provided. For more information, contact Angela Fullerton at (970) 384- 5691 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., or Grace Tennant at (970) 384- 5697 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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