From grandparents and teachers to coaches and neighbors, it takes a village to raise a child. This phrase rings especially true today as parents grapple with new challenges and turn to their peers, both in-person and online, for support and guidance. For parents of school-aged daughters, The Ellis School is proud to provide a new digital meeting space that will expand your village, Girl Talk: Conversations with Parents.

Every month, Girl Talk invites a panel of voices to explore issues and ideas related to raising daughters. These educators and experts are versed in supporting girls to become bold, authentic, and intellectually vibrant changemakers and will speak to how parents can raise girls who work collaboratively, ask questions, and pursue their dreams.

The free virtual webinars will cover a range of topics and categories, ranging from community engagement and STEM to social media use and relationship building. 

The first session, Change Starts Where You Are: Engaging in Your Community, will take place on Thursday, January 21 at 6 p.m. and is geared towards families with children of all ages. During the discussion, panelists will reflect on the ways they support girls of all ages in taking an active role in their community to create positive change. 

Panelists include: Rick Malmstrom, History Teacher, Jackie Prepelka, Spanish Teacher, Ja’Sonta Roberts, Off-Site Programs Manager and Teacher at Assemble, Rebecca Sufrin, Digital Marketing Specialist at Community Kitchen Pittsburgh, and Sofia Mancing, Ellis student and community service club president.

The second session, Wintertime Wonder: Finding Creativity and Joy in the Everyday on Thursday, February 18 at 6 p.m. is geared toward parents of daughters in elementary and middle school and focuses on ways parents can foster imagination and creative expression at home.

And the third session, Close Connection in Distant Times: Fostering Strong Relationships on Thursday, March 18 at 6 p.m., will delve into how girls can deepen existing relationships with friends and family after social distancing.

Looking ahead to the spring and summer, Girl Talk will host conversations on responsible digital use, cultivating a sense of purpose, global learning, and closing the gap for girls in STEM. 

All Girl Talk webinars are free and open to the public and will be recorded so parents can easily access them live or on-demand. Tune out the noise and tune in to Girl Talk: Conversations for Parents to gain practical skills that will make you feel more confident and engaged as a parent. Your daughter will thank you later.  

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