Tools for Success

Tools for Success

Seminar Series

Our Tools for Success seminar series featured Bear Creek faculty speaking on a variety of parenting and academic topics.

2019 – 2020 Events

Watch Bear Creek's Parenting Seminars playlist on YouTube to catch up on Tools for Success sessions that you were unable to attend in person.

How to Raise Kids Who Thrive     
Featuring Kristen Gephart, Lower School Division Head
Learn how to develop strong relationships with our children and create an environment where they feel loved, safe, and supported so they can thrive.

How to Embrace Your Child’s Personality and Temperament    
Featuring Denise Peeler, Language Specialist
Learn how different personalities affect students’ learning, relationships with classmates, and interactions at home.

How to Plan (not Panic) for College    
Featuring Colleen Murray, Dean of College and Academic Advising; Kenny Norris, English Department Chair; and Drew Armstrong, Upper School Humanities Teacher
Learn practical strategies for every step of the college journey.

How to Foster a Love of Writing in Your Child
Featuring Margaret Harrison, Lower School Teacher
Learn how to create a home environment that fosters a passion for writing in your child(ren).

How to Talk So Kids Will Listen and Listen So Kids Will Talk
Featuring Kellie Anderson, Preschool Teacher
Learn practical, effective techniques for helping children deal with their feelings, while engaging cooperation and encouraging autonomy.

How to Communicate in the Teenage Years
Featuring Nathan Pettit, Middle School Dean of Students, and Donna Dunn, Science Department Chair
Learn about the positive purposes and problems with technology as well as how to engage in old-school face-to-face conversation.

How to Succeed in High School Without Really Trying
Featuring Linda Graham, Math Department Chair; Dr. Jeff Gephart, Upper School Dean of Students; and Emily Schuldt, Dean of Academic Advising
Learn about Bear Creek’s leadership opportunities, personalized academic counseling, and best-fit college advising. 

How to Foster a Love of Reading in Your Child
Featuring Carolyn Ersek, Lower School Teacher, and Dianna Kadeg, Lower School Library Teacher
Learn how to inspire a passion for reading in our children and provide quality reading experiences as they develop and grow as readers.

How to Prepare Your Child for Kindergarten
Featuring Karen Blankenbeckler, Vice President for Academic Affairs
Learn how to encourage your child’s physical, emotional, social, and intellectual growth at home

How to Parent With Love and Logic
Featuring Kristen Gephart, Lower School Division Head
Learn how to set limits with children, avoid power struggles, and empower your child to take responsibility for his or her actions. Reference the handout and slides.