Glenbard Parent Series (GPS): Navigating Healthy Families

College of DuPage is a proud sponsor and livestream partner of the Glenbard Parent Series: Navigating Healthy Families. This free educational consortium features distinguished authors, clinicians and educators who share practical research based knowledge, wisdom and personal experience to encourage positive youth development, social and emotional learning, and overall well-being.

GPS is a resource for parents, educators, students and community members to foster self-empowered children who collaborate, communicate, embrace diversity, create and think critically.

Programs are free and open to the public. No registration is required. Visit the GPS webpage for the latest schedule.

Dr. Tyrone Howard

Uplifting All Children to Cultivate Critical Wellness: Race and Culture Matter

Thursday Feb. 25, 7 to 8 p.m. (CST)

Dr. Tyrone Howard joins GPS and COD for this Black History Month Special Event.

All students deserve our best – especially those who experience racial inequity, toxic stressors, cultural invalidation, homelessness, and other major life traumas. Today’s students need adults who understand that student-learning cannot be maximized until social emotional wellness is prioritized. Yet inequities abound, and the most vulnerable students who most need resources are often the least likely to receive such support.

Howard presents a multilayered approach—thinking across racial and cultural differences—to create an inclusive, affirming, respectful environment that supports students and their families holistically. We will focus on the psychological factors that influence the learning process and discover how to best demonstrate to young people that they do matter, and that they can thrive and reach their full potential.

Mark your calendar to attend this event, which will be live streamed from this page (www.cod.edu/GPS). No registration is required. Questions in advance of the program may be emailed to gilda_ross@glenbard.org.


Past Recordings

Tara Westover

Educated: A Memoir

Tuesday Feb. 23, 7 to 8 p.m. (CST)

The Glenbard Parent Series has selected the riveting “Educated: A Memoir” by best-selling author Tara Westover as its second semester Community-Wide Read.

Tara Westover was born in Idaho the youngest of seven children, to survivalist, isolated parents opposed to public education.

She never attended school and never saw a doctor. Teaching herself algebra, Westover was able to score well enough on the ACT to enter Brigham Young University. Her passion to be educated took her to Harvard University and ultimately to Cambridge, where she earned her PhD.

This inspirational, epic is a story of remarkable resilience and a testament to courage as Westover struggles to reconcile her desire for education and autonomy with her desire to be loyal to her violent and dysfunctional family.

Tara Westover will be interviewed in conversation with Heidi Stevens, the daily “Balancing Act” columnist for the Chicago Tribune.

Mark your calendar to attend this event, which will be live streamed from this page (www.cod.edu/GPS). No registration is required. Questions in advance of the program may be emailed to gilda_ross@glenbard.org.