The Educational Forum in San Francisco, CA -  Feb. 28, 2016
at The Quarry Lane School  -  6363 Tassajara Rd., Dublin, CA 94568
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 CO-HOST :   THE QUARRY LANE SCHOOL  has quickly established itself as an institution of high academic quality since its founding in 1991. The school offers a unique learning environment that offers three distinctive tracks: a certified International Baccalaureate program, a course of study emphasizing science, engineering and technology, and a rigorous college preparatory curriculum. Quarry Lane students are found at highly selective colleges nationwide.
Participating Organizations
THE QUARRY LANE SCHOOL CENTER FOR TALENTED YOUTH (Johns Hopkins Univ.)  ROSE MANRAO independnt rep. of Primerica

   TOPICS FOR INTELLECTUALLY CURIOUS MINDS:   for parents, students and friends

Addressing the Issue of Educational Cost
For most of us, the costs of college and other educational programs are viewed as formidable obstacles that can stand in the way of fully exploring, or realizing, our educational options. While cost considerations should not be dismissed, they should not be the primary factor that dissuades a person from pursuing educational opportunities. Expand your comprehension of the "cost issue" by discovering ways to save and pay for your child's education; and learn about misconceptions that make the "cost barriers" seem inconceivably high. Most of all, understand why affording education might be more realizable than you think.
Presenter: Rose Manrao   Independent Representative of Primerica
The New SAT, New ACT and College Admissions
The College Board and the ACT organizations have both announced upcoming changes to their tests that will dynamically alter the college admissions playing field for the future. With their vigorous market campaigning coupled with their extensive educational business relationships, both test administrations have been effectively targeting state-level standards and college admission approaches to better comply with the testing adjustments that will soon materialize. Come and find out what exactly will be changing on the SAT and the ACT and the very real ramifications on college admissions. More importantly, see how you can prepare yourself for what’s coming next.
Presenter: Edward Kim, Director of Curriculum  C2 Education
What Experiential Learning and Cross Cultural Living Can Teach
Experiential learning, a process of acquiring knowledge through personal experiences, is one of the most engaging and effective ways to confront and understand new concepts. Experiential living as a cross cultural experience presents a multitude of new concepts on all sorts of levels. All of us have had to face uncertainties in small and big ways: the first day of school, a new job … some of us welcome the challenge more than others. Through interactive activities, understand how “learning by doing” and cross cultural experiences can teach self-reliance, communication skills, team work, and problem solving, and provide the self-confidence to face future challenges with aplomb.
Presenter: Ashley Langdon, Admissions Officer  The Experiment in International Living
Academic Talent Development: Five Paths for Parents
A survey of the field of gifted education reveals few agreed-upon approaches for educating advanced learners that are sure-fire for every child. But take heart: There are some ways to proceed as a parent that raise chances for success. We’ll examine definitions of academic talent, parenting approaches that encourage motivation, considerations for a broader purpose for school, and a rubric for selecting providers of talent development opportunities beyond school. Come away with a deeper understanding of the choices before you, and a better idea of the paths that would most benefit your child.
Presenter: Charles Beckman, Manager, Parent and Volunteer Relations Johns Hopkins University Center for Talented Youth
Using Data-Driven Strategies to Get Accepted into Your Dream School
Admissions into top colleges are becoming more and more competitive, so much so as to warrant a new methodology to approach college applications. Join a discussion to find out how you can know your odds of admission before you even apply. Don't waste your time applying to schools that don't fit your profile and spend your time, and money, wisely on applications to colleges where you have the best chances for acceptance. By using data driven strategies you can accurately choose your back-up schools and plan well ahead of everyone else!
Presenter: Jon Siapno, Consulting Operations Manager  ThinkTank Learning
Addressing the "I'm Bored" Mantra
It is a two-syllable plaint that is at once a declaration and request ... and we have all heard it. It could reflect the mood of the moment or it could indicate an underlying lack of engagement. As talented and high-achieving as a student may be, it can often be difficult for the student, teachers, and parents to understand the root of frustration when "I'm bored" is continually repeated. Yet, these words are an invitation for remedy. They can herald occasions to uncover from where frustrations are coming and discover ways of addressing needs. Join a discussion on how to take advantage when hearing the "I'm bored" pronouncements and how to work with your student and help him or her achieve the goals you are supporting.
Presenter: Joel Pitt, Associate Director of Admission  Bard Academy at Simon's Rock
Enriching STEM Knowledge and Education
Our educational emphasis on STEM may come with a cost. It is the humanities, where the studies best help with the development of writing skills, the appreciation of artistry, the knowledge of ethics, for examples, and whose diminishment should be of concern, even for aspiring scientists or software engineers. How else can the promise of science be so effectively conveyed in Star Wars? Would Apple products be as appealing had Steve Jobs not valued form and beauty? The humanities are important to the education process; they make our lives, our awareness, and our imaginations richer and more fulfilling. Come learn about pedagogical approaches and practical strategies that can enrich STEM-oriented disciplines and make sure your child is provided with some value-added skills and capabilities.
Presenter: Angela Rasnick, Academic Director   The Webb School
You, Your Child & Einstein: The Imposter Syndrome
Have you ever worried that someday someone will find out your success is due purely to luck? Do you have a fear of failure,or a feeling that your hard work is never enough? If so, then you and about 70% of the population suffer from the Impostor Syndrome. It's usually the highest achieving and most gifted people that get hit the hardest - Einstein, Tina Fey, Maya Angelou, you … your student. It is hard enough to deal with these feelings as adults, but it is harder when we see our children exhibiting the same fears. Come take a look at the Impostor Syndrome and learn how to combat this condition and give your children the confidence and skills they need to succeed.
Presenter: Jill Schaffer,  Director The Experimentory at Deerfield Academy
The Hands-On Project-Based Learning Workshop
Project-Based Learning (PBL) is a teaching method that involves the acquisition and application of knowledge to solve a problem – the project. When employed successfully, PBL stimulates creativity, critical thinking, problem solving capabilities and collaboration. For students, PBL is an exciting approach to develop academically as well as an effective way to cultivate the intellectual and social skill sets necessary for adulthood. Join a hands-on workshop to learn and experience what PBL is all about. Feel the excitement of learning and come away with tools that will help you help your child(ren) sustain, or regain, his/her thirst for knowledge (on a first-come, first-served, basis due to limited space).
Presenters: Dick Pinney, Executive Director, and Rosemary Bognar   CA Destination ImagiNation
Getting Your Child Excited About Coding and Technology
There's no denying the expanding influence that high technology has in our daily lives, nor of the benefits that future generations can accrue from coding and technology education. Yet for many, the benefits and thrills of high tech begins and ends with an exciting technologically-based item, or application. Moreover, a lot of us may find obtaining a basic understanding of how the technology is developed, or applied, is as tedious as learning Assembler. That said, there are ways that you can help your child get inspired by the process of learning about and understanding technology. Join in and see how.
Presenters: Suchin Ravi  and Vishal Raina, Instructors  Young Wonks
College Selection and Admission to "Quality Schools"
Many families seek to place their students into "top-ranked colleges." Admission rates for some highly selective schools have dropped to record lows. But, does selectivity really equal worth? Examine the "selectivity" factor, the "college ranking" factor, and other factors that play into defining a quality post-secondary institution. Then, with "quality" in mind, consider the notion of creating a balanced list, seeking "best fit" schools, and evaluating alternative approaches to college selection. Finally, hear of practical measures that will enable students to distinguish themselves to the "quality schools" on their lists. In the college admission process, every bit of knowledge helps.
Presenter: Jenny Hoffman, College Counselor   The Quarry Lane School
Parent/Teacher Communication
Parents and teachers share the same goals when it comes to student learning: genuine engagement, effective assessment, and supportive environments. Yet, they often end up talking past one another. Parents can feel that teachers have failed in how they attune to a student's learning style; teachers can resist parent intervention. It can be a potent mix of tension and misunderstanding. As parents, you know what is important for you. Now is the chance to better understand the other side’s perspectives. Become informed of the accepted logic behind teaching and assessment strategies so that you can communicate, more effectively, your concerns, as well as develop ways to help the teacher adapt strategies to better suit your child's needs.
Presenter: Richard Gowers, Ph.D. , Principal  School for Independent Learners
Unfulfilled Opportunities: Girls and STEM Education
There has always been a disproportionately low representation of women in STEM-based industries. Here, in the Bay Area and Silicon Valley, where dot-coms and high tech firms have generated substantial economic growth, it would seem that more women would be thriving in the financial and professional opportunities that are offered. However, according to a recent Huffington Post article, women account for only 17% of the tech jobs at Google, and 15% at Facebook. These figures roughly mirror the current proportion nationally of women who are in engineering programs. Take a look at why girls are not becoming immersed in STEM education and STEM careers, and how this issue can be addressed by you.
Presenter: Amy Rios, Community Education Services Specialist   Ohlone for Kids and Teens
Building Interpersonal Skills for Success and Fulfillment
The development of interpersonal skills plays a critical role in providing a life of meaning and satisfaction. As it is, how we correspond, extend ourselves and receive others can define how we grow individually. Striving for success in traditional academic and extracurricular forums does not necessarily foster an ability to interact with others effectively. Yet, the ability to relate with others goes a long way in enhancing one’s academic and extracurricular productivity. Come discover how students can cultivate interpersonal skills and bolster their capacities for a rich and fulfilling life.
Presenter: Chris Beeson,  Director of Admission and Financial Aid  Athenian School
Understanding the International Baccalaureate Programme
The high school International Baccalaureate Diploma (IBD) is highly regarded by educators and college admission staffs world-wide for its significance in academic and character achievement. To earn this diploma, students must subscribe to a challenging college prep curriculum that incorporates further requirements designed to widen intellectual capacity and social awareness. The bearer of an IBD, in essence is well-prepared to find success in college and beyond. Come and get introduced to the International Baccalaureate Programme, discover why the program is so effective, and then appreciate why the IBD is revered around the world.
Presenter: Michelle Fong, Curriculum and IB Coordinator  The Quarry Lane School

        for students 

A Way of Managing Uncertainty and Developing Resiliency (grades 7-12)
Any time we begin a new experience such as a new project, the first day of a new school, a new job, we encounter new and dynamic challenges. The novelty of “what may be coming” can often foster uncertainty and apprehension in any of us. Discover how you can better manage the stress of the unknown through role-playing and scenarios derived from the cross-cultural living – an experience that continually generates new and different uncertainties every day.
Out of the Box, Instant Challenge (grades 4-6, 7-12)
Using only paper, labels, pipe cleaners, straws, string, paper clips, and a plastic glove, can you build two free standing structures that are as tall as possible and can support 7 dogs? You have 5 minutes. Tap into your inner creativity to solve challenging problems and discover your inner capacity to develop patience, persistence and collaborative skills. So, on your mark ... Ready! Set! Go!
Sensory Writing : Unleashing the Power of the Pen (grades 6-8)
Sometimes, enhancing your writing is as easy as "plugging in" words. It's true ... but you must conjure the words that can be plugged in. Discover an effective way to conceive and compile a vocabulary that will enable vibrant imagery, piquant sensations and immediacy when you put pen to paper. Then, learn how to create prose so effective that others will feel, see and hear what you write - when they read what you write. The impact can be intoxicating. It's been proven: effective communication almost always leads to success across the curriculum, if not beyond.
Presenter: The Webb School
The Fiction Writer’s Workshop (grades 5-8)
It is the first line, they say, that establishes the story. But the road to a great tale begins earlier with the consideration of a setting, of a plot and of characters, and of overcoming writer’s block. Learn how to address all of these challenges and more so that you can create that dynamic first sentence (you’ll get tips on that, too) and craft stories that will enthrall your readers. In this workshop, boost your creative capacity to write fiction that comes alive – or non-fiction that reads like fiction.
A STEM Challenge with LEGO® Bricks (grades 4-6)
Build a motorized model following predefined specifications ... then unleash your creativity to develop and apply your own modifications when you are given a mission. Exploring the principles of engineering, architecture and physics, and discovering the roles that creativity, teamwork, and communication play in innovation will be a LOT of fun!
Presenter: Bricks 4 Kidz
Motion Sensing and Computer Programming (grades 4-7)
Discover how to write computer code to make a game that you can control with your own body movements. Using your computer's webcam and an easy-to-learn programming language (Scratch), you'll get to create and play computer games just by moving around. Along the way, become acquainted with the field of computer science by being introduced to some fundamental computer programming concepts.
Zero to Sixty: A Movie in an Hour (grades 6-8)
It can be a fast-paced world, movie making that is. Transform words and thoughts into sounds and images as you and your group create a shot list, determine distances, consider angles and assign roles. Directing, acting, screenwriting all come together in an hour’s time of creative fun and imaginary explorations when your team’s original short film will debut in Dublin – less than 400 miles north of Hollywood!
Ice, Bones, and Clones (grades 4-6, 7-10)
During the last Ice Age, California was a very different place. Megafauna like mammoths, giant ground sloths, carnivorous dire wolves, and sabertooth cats prowled through what is now downtown Los Angeles. Questions we’ll explore: What did California look like in the Ice Age? How can we use extinct creatures' bones to discover the environment they lived in? Now that scientists are closer than ever to being able to clone extinct animals like the woolly mammoth successfully, should we do it?
Superman Goes to College! (grades 9-12)
Go through the college application process with a familiar duo: Batman and Superman. Use what you know about these two larger than life characters to create a story that will get them into their dream schools. Learn the ins-and-outs of what it takes to write a super College Admissions essay. This seminar will focus on making the best of your personal statements, and how to get the admissions officers to remember you and your story.
Presenter: ThinkTank Learning
Introduction to Computer Science (grades 4+)
Coding - You have heard about it, you have heard of those who get addicted to it, and you have heard of many who said it is "useful" and "good" to know. So now is your chance to find out what all of the talk is about. Using Scratch, the MIT-developed programming language, discover coding and get introduced to such important coding concepts as sequencing, looping and variable assignments. Best of all, immerse yourself into coding’s logical language structure and appreciate how addictive the process can be.
Presenter: Young Wonks
Still Life Painting (grades 6-12)
They laughed when I sat down with my easel, but when I started to paint ... There is an artist is each of us waiting to be shown. In many cases, all that is needed to draw out our talents is a simple understanding of how to draw and paint. And, one of the best ways of discovering basic technique is painting still life. Using acrylic paint and referencing some still lifes of Vincent Van Gogh, begin your own journey to artistic mastery. Learn the step-by-step process of color mixing and brush skills. Become more aware of lines, light and composition, then embark on a life-long avocation.
Materials Chemistry, 3D Printing, and Ice Cream  (grades 7-12)
This is chemistry like you’ve never seen. Become acquainted with concepts like phases, nucleation, and crystal growth,  and apply these concepts to make ice cream. And, while your ice cream forms (so that you may eat), discover how such basic concepts as cooling rates, melting points, and surface energy can impact the composition, and hence, applicability, of any given material being created. Come grab a front-row seat in observing, and experiencing, with 3D printing and ice cream making, how materials can be transformed for an infinite variety of uses. But, most of all, come join a scientific session that will extend your known boundaries of scientific knowledge.