New Hot Coffee, Hot Topics Speaker Series Starts by Exploring Cultural Competence

The PA KiND committee sponsored a coffee conversation on Friday, September 27 with Dr. Rachel Jean-Baptiste, Director of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion at King.  She will lead the coordination of the committee's programming, events which are open to the entire community of parents and caregivers of King students. Dr. Jean-Baptiste talked about the importance of cultural competence -- the ability to understand, communicate with, and work and learn with people across a wide range of cultures -- as an essential skillset for children to thrive and succeed in the 21st century.  

Dr. Jean-Baptiste introduced a new series of parent education events: Hot Coffee, Hot Topics.  These are parent/caregiver workshops and discussions to grow our collective social, intellectual, emotional capacity for navigating current cultural and social transformations that impact how children learn.  In these events, parents and caregivers will engage with each other, learn, and talk about tools, strategies, and challenges for developing cultural competence and how to provide a full circle of support for students from school to home. These gatherings will feature expert researchers and organizations to guide us through understanding best mindsets and practices. All are welcome - drop in for as long as your schedule allows.

Hot Coffee, Hot Topics: Parent Education Workshop in Cultural Competence: Upcoming programs

October 29:  8:00 AM - 10:00 AM  Main Commons

He, She, They: Understanding Gender And Children for The 21st Century Parent Education Workshop & Conversation with Gender Spectrum

  • There is a generational divide in how we think about gender.

  • Data from research shows that today's young people, from toddlers to teenagers, have significantly different understandings of gender than previous generations, with consequences for all children, families, organizations and institutions. 

  • In order to bridge this gap, we will take this opportunity to explore and learn about gender with new eyes, to ask questions to better understand gender's complexity. 

  • You'll learn more about the world around you and about yourself in the process.


December 9: 8:00 AM - 10:00 AM  Main Commons

Raising Boys/Teaching Boys: Emotional Intelligence for Self-Realization and Academic Success Parent Education Workshop

  • With Dr. Michael Reichert, PhD author of How to Raise A Boy: The Power of Connection to Build Good Men

  • Research into the journey from boyhood to manhood reveals how narrow conceptions of what it means to be a "real boy" or "real man" are hurting boys or those who identify as boys 

  • The morning workshop and evening talk will provide those who care for young and teenage boys with the latest insights from psychology and neuroscience to give us the tools we need to help build more self-aware, caring and compassionate men.