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Parent Education Events

The Parent Education Network ("PEN") coordinates opportunities for parent education on a wide range of topics, including academic, social/emotional, and health/wellness areas of child development. Keep scrolling for more information and to register for PEN's exciting lineup of events throughout the year!

Graland Alumni Panel Discussion

The Pursuit of Excellence: How to Authentically Thrive

Tuesday, April 16 / Panel Discussion 6 p.m.

The Graland Parent Education Network (PEN) and GPA present a thought-provoking panel discussion featuring distinguished alumni Ali Boyd, Sarah Burgamy, Psy.D., and David McMurtry moderated by Josh Cobb. The panelists will share their unique paths to thriving, meaningful careers and pivotal moments of both success and failure along the way. They will also discuss short-term achievement vs. long-term fulfillment, what authentic success looks like for every child, and how we can inoculate them from the pressures of perfection. Register now and don’t miss this inspiring conclusion to the 2023-24 PEN Speaker Series.  Click here to register.
Please note: We encourage 7th and 8th grade students to attend this event with their parents.

Past PEN Events

An Evening With Ana Homayoun


Thursday, November 30 / Reception 6 p.m. / Speaker 6:30 p.m.

Join us for an engaging evening with Ms. Homayoun, a popular speaker, academic advisor, and the author of four books. Drawing on her two decades of experience working with students, she will discuss redefining success, navigating academic anxiety and overwhelm, and the essential but often overlooked skills kids need to adapt, persevere, and thrive during their school years and beyond. To learn more about her work, please visit 
Purchase a discounted book ahead of the event: Ana Homayoun's new book "Erasing the Finish Line: The New Blueprint for Student Success Beyond Grades and College Admissions" is available at 30% off the cover price in the school store. Click here to purchase.

Josh's Book Club

Wednesday, January 24 / 6 p.m. / “A Whole New Mind” by Daniel Pink

What are the intellectual attributes students need to differentiate themselves from machines? What does it take to excel and thrive in a world dominated by technological advances? Please join Josh Cobb as he leads a discussion on Daniel H. Pink's thought-provoking and bestselling book "A Whole New Mind," which answers these questions by using the two sides of our brains as a metaphor for understanding the contours of our times. We'll discuss the differentiating traits or, as Pink calls them, "senses" – design, story, symphony, empathy, play, and meaning – that are essential in our changing world. Find the book here.
Though we encourage you to read the book, it's not necessary to join the event. If you're short on time, you may enjoy hearing Pink discuss the book on Oprah's podcast.

An Evening With Dr. Aliza

This event has reached its capacity. To be placed on a waiting list, please email Jeri Volpe at jvolpe@graland.org.

Monday, March 11 / Reception 6 p.m. / Speaker 6:30 p.m.

Join us for a discussion with Dr. Aliza Pressman, the host of the popular podcast "Raising Good Humans," co-founder of the Mt. Sinai Parenting Center, and a leading parenting expert. Drawing on her new book, "The 5 Principles of Parenting that Matter: Your Essential Guide to Raising Good Humans," Dr. Pressman will discuss how to let go of perfect and become a transformative, positive influence in your child's life while creating your own definition of success and charting a manageable course for raising kids that is aligned with your values and your children's unique temperaments. Whether you're in the trenches with a toddler or a tween, Dr. Pressman will empower you to parent with skill and confidence. For more info, visit https://draliza.com/.
GOOD TO KNOW: The first 100 people through the door will receive a complimentary copy of Pressman's new book, "The 5 Principles of Parenting: Your Essential Guide to Raising Good Humans."

Graland Country Day School

Graland Country Day School is a private school in Denver, Colorado, serving students in preschool, kindergarten, elementary, and middle school. Founded in Denver in 1927, Graland incorporates a rich, experiential learning approach in a traditional classroom setting, emphasizing the development of globally and socially conscious leaders who excel academically.