The Bear Creek School hosts Tools for Success seminars

The Bear Creek School is hosting Tools for Success, a parenting and education event, on Nov. 4.

The event is free and open to the public and features two simultaneous seminars each with a keynote and multiple breakout sessions on a variety of developmental, educational and academic topics. Parents with children of all ages as well as middle school and high school students will gain the latest in academic information and advice in addition to parenting research and support strategies. Doors open at 8:30 a.m. for coffee and refreshments. Keynotes begin at 9 a.m. The school is located at 8905 208th Ave. N.E., Redmond.

In the seminar targeted toward parents of preschool- and elementary-age children, Karen Blankenbeckler, Bear Creek vice president for Academic Affairs, will give the keynote on “The Way Kids Learn.” In addition to the keynote address, there will be three breakout sessions with multiple topics to choose from presented by Bear Creek faculty and guest speakers, including: “Tools for Developing Great Readers,” “What to Do About Screen Time? The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly” and “Raising Resilient Kids.”

Simultaneously, parents with children in middle school and high school (as well as students themselves) can attend sessions such as “Tool Kit for Developing Great Writers,” “The Middle School Brain and How It Works Differently Than Yours” and “Parent Boot Camp for College Success” There will also be breakout topics targeted specifically for students such as “Finding and Pursuing Your Passions and Talents.” Patrick Carruth, Bear Creek’s president and headmaster, will deliver the keynote entitled “Aristotle and the Apple Watch.”

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The seminars will conclude at noon followed by an optional admissions overview, Q&A, student panel and a complimentary light lunch for prospective families. Guests are invited to stay if they would like to learn more about The Bear Creek School.