PS 29 John M. Harrigan School | 425 Henry St | Brooklyn, NY 11201 | (718) 330-9277800-123-456

Seminar Series


February 26th
INCLUDEnyc – Understanding Your Child’s IEP, Register here
PS29 auditorium, 6:30 PM – 8:30 PM
Educator: Ruth DiRoma
INCLUDEnyc Family Educators will help you better understand your child’s IEP and answer your questions. Bring your child’s IEP!

March 6th
Starting Conversations with Your Children About Healthy Relationships
8:35 AM, PS 29 Auditorium, Register Here
This seminar will address:
*Why starting these conversations at a young age is important
*What these conversations look like
*How adults can intervene in negative messages children are already receiving about relationships
*Modeling healthy relationships for children

March 20th

Getting (and keeping) Young Girls Interested in STEM

6:30 PM, PS 58 Auditorium, Register Here

Event Description:

Interested in how you can foster your daughter’s or other young girl’s interest in science, technology engineering and math (STEM)?  You are invited to a panel discussion about how to actively support school-age girls in becoming interested –and staying interested – in STEM.  Hear from experts in the field about how to engage girls in STEM activities and learn from STEM practitioners about how their parents and mentors kept them interested in STEM in high-school, college and beyond.

Opening Remarks: Lori Silverstein, PS 58 parent and SLT member

Moderator: Rachael McDonald, PS 58 parent and SLT member


  • Dr. Karin Ezbiansky Pavese, Chemist, Founder and Principal, KEP Consulting
  • Dr. Jon Freeman, Founder, The Brooklyn Strategist, Clinical Psychologist and Neuroscientist  Researcher
  • Emily Giurleo, Software Engineer, Codeacademy
  • Kim Van Duzer, PS 29 Math Coach & Intervention/Enrichment Teacher

Past Seminars:

January 18th
Coffee & Conversation 
Cafeteria, 8:35 AM
Speaker: Paula Heitman, from
“What do you think about when you hear “learning and attention issues”?
Dyslexia, ADHD? How about Dyscalculia or Dysgraphia?  Learn ways to recognize these issues and support your child in this workshop presented by, a free, on-line resource for parents.

January 23rd

Raising Children in the Digital Age

PS261, 6:30 PM

This talk will discuss screen time research and danger signs to watch out for.

Managing Student Behaviors and Experiences with the Digital World

Led by Susannah Sperry and Dr. Fagin

Friday, January 25th at 8:35 a.m. | Cafeteria (Pre-K, 1st and 2nd Grade families and caregivers)
Friday, February 8th at 8:35 a.m. | Cafeteria (3rd grade families and caregivers)
Friday, February 15th at 8:35 a.m. | Cafeteria (4th and 5th grade families and caregivers)

November 20th, 6:30 PM, PS29 Auditorium, Register Here

INCLUDE NYC’s workshop on Intro to Special Education

Speaker: Ruth DiRoma

Learn the New York City special education process, including timelines for referral, evaluation, services, placement, and parent rights and role.

November 28th, 8:35 AM, PS29 Auditorium, Register Here

Social Media and Digital Communication

Speaker: Dr. Alexandra Hamlet

Setting limits and keeping your kids safe.

October 23rd (6:30 PM, PS261 Auditorium): NAVIGATING BOYS’ EMOTIONAL DEVELOPMENT

Learn to raise emotionally strong big-hearted boys!

Wonder how to help your boy navigate the elementary school years? How to talk about issues such as anger, aggression, shame, and anxiety? Join Dr. Adam Price, a clinical psychologist with more than 25 years of experience working with children and teens, and author of the book He’s Not Lazy: Empowering Your Son to Believe in Himself, on Tuesday Oct. 23rd for a FREE workshop for parents.

Dr. Price will talk about how to nurture healthy emotional development in boys. He will address specific issues such as aggression, anger, anxiety, fear, and shame. Dr. Price will offer concrete tips to help you navigate the elementary school years, and to raise boys who are big-hearted, brave and self-reliant.

October 29th (8:30 AM, PS29 Auditorium): Shaking the World Gently:  Nurturing Quiet Kids

Our goal as a community is to set the stage so that all of our students can thrive. How can we best support our introverted children to harness their natural strengths, take calculated risks, and replenish their energy?  Through this talk, you’ll learn about the power of temperament and the ways in which we can work together to broaden ideas about participation and leadership.

Heidi Kasevich, PhD, designs and delivers programs nationwide that focus on guiding school and workplace communities to foster inclusive cultures where people of all temperaments thrive.  A specialist in educating quiet and women leaders, she is passionate about helping students and adults alike to use self-awareness to optimize their ability to lead in today’s world. Kasevich’s work as Educational Director at Quiet Revolution has been featured on NPR and in numerous publications, including Huffington Post, New York Magazine, and Harvard Magazine. Her proficiency is grounded in over 20 years of experience as educator and history department chair at schools in New York City, including Nightingale-Bamford, Dalton, Berkeley Carroll, NYU and Cooper Union. Kasevich has served as Director of Académie de Paris, an Oxbridge Academic Program, and is Program Director at the Hotchkiss Student Leadership Institute.



Girls Leadership is a national non-profit organization that equips girls with the skills to exercise the power of their voice. Since 1999, the organization has awakened thousands of girls to a new, bold definition of leadership. Co-founded by bestselling author Rachel Simmons, Girls Leadership believes that leadership is a way of life, which begins in girlhood. We define leadership as a girl’s ability to know how she feels, say what she needs, and respond courageously to her mistakes. Girls graduate from our programs more emotionally intelligent, resilient, and confident.This presentation speaks to parents, caregivers, and teachers about the challenges girls face today, the reasons why they struggle, and what we can do to help them.

This talk concentrates on practical advice that can be executed in a real-life setting, such as:

  • Talking about your own not-so-happy feelings;
  • Sharing your mistakes;
  • Helping your daughter to solve her own problems;
  • The Good Girl Phenomenon and conflict as an opportunity for positive change.

Crystyn Wright, Educator & Board Member, Girls Leadership New York
Crystyn Wright is the owner of Minnie Endeavors, an educational and small business consulting company. She is from the Bronx, New York but has lived and traveled nationally and internationally as an educator, entrepreneur and journalist. She works as a facilitator, instructor, and coordinator in various arts genres with organizations including Girls Leadership, the Harlem Children’s Zone, Creative Connections, Learning Through an Expanded Arts Program, Children’s Defense Fund Freedom Schools, and 1199’s Youth Mentoring Program. Crystyn has taught practical skills-based programs to parents, teachers, adults, and students. Crystyn is a veteran Girls Leadership Educator where she helps girls acknowledge and explore their own external and internal value and inspires them to become leaders in their communities and the world.

Crystyn graduated from Florida A&M University with a B.S. in Journalism and an MBA in Media Management from MCNY. As a Dow Jones Copy Editing Scholar, Crystyn has freelanced for various publications including American Legacy Magazine and started her own magazine called NeoBlack Cinema.

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