Parent Education

Our Philosophy

At Synapse, we have a unique approach to Parent Education. We believe it is best done:

  • In small groups, with people we trust and enjoy spending time with.
  • Honoring every parent’s good intentions and wisdom within.
  • Following the constructivist model of teaching embraced at the school, whereby parents construct their own Parent Ed experience to reflect their goals and values.
  • Through consistent practice, supported by a community of like-minded individuals.

Our Goal 

The goal of Parent Education at Synapse is to support parents in navigating the challenges (and celebrating the joys) of parenthood through:
 
  • Strengthening school/home connection along key pillars.
  • Encouraging the practice of an EQ culture through habits and community norms.
 

 

Components of Parent Ed

 

Self-Science for Parents:

Bimonthly small-group encounters where EQ competencies and the latest neuroscience are both taught and put into practice.
 

 

Healthy Habits Committee: 

Community implementation of healthy habits through conversation and practice. Championed a salad bar for faculty and staff starting this year.
 

 

EQ Café:

Bimonthly gatherings where Middle School parents can share current parenting struggles and receive support and advice from fellow parents and EQ experts.

 

Parent Ed Library: 

Parenting books and SEL focused children's books available to the community to check out, as well as a summer reading book list.
 

 

Astrocyte Book Club:

A book club for parents who enjoy exploring parenting and neuroscience topics through books and great conversation in the comfort of a fellow parent's home.
 

 

Give Yourself: 

Launching next school year. Connection to student leadership, creating synergy between curriculum and Parent Ed.
 
 

 

Common Ground Speaker Series:

Lectures by national experts on hot topics related to parenting, made available through the school's membership.

 

Speakers: 

Regular parenting and SEL related presentations available to all parents.
 
 

What Our Parents Have to Say

“Our parent community gets beyond the small talk. We have a deeper understanding of where our fellow parents are coming from and are better able to support each other. We are closer and more connected.” - Level II Parent
The EQ groups allowed me to form meaningful connections with other Synapse parents that I otherwise would not have had the opportunity to know, and these are friendships that I hope will last as our children grow.” - Level II & 7th grade Parent
"I look forward to attending the EQ sessions every month! Not only have I gotten so much out of it, my entire family has benefited as well. Sometimes, I still pull out the TFA cards to help us work through an issue!" - 8th grade Parent
“I am grateful for the open and candid discussions we have in the groups... and that we have the same language with which to communicate and  connect with our kids and with one another! I highly recommend every parent take advantage of the opportunities to learn alongside your child! ” - Level I Parent