Presentations & Speakers Resources

SCPTSA has put together a list of presenters for PTA groups to use in their general meetings and special events. The list below is broken down by school/age and topic.

If you have additional suggestions for presenters or would like to provide feedback on any of the topics or presenters on this list, please contact SCPTSA representative Heidi Bennett at northwest@SCTPSA.org.


 HIGH SCHOOLS

Not MY Kid 
Review of Healthy Youth Survey and current data on alcohol and marijuana use in Seattle Public Schools. The focus of this presentation is on how to have difficult conversations with your child, an overview of current drug products and intervention strategies. Includes Q&A session with a panel of professionals in the field of intervention and addiction.

  • Presenter: Lisa Davidson, SPS Manager of Intervention and Prevention
  • Presentation Length: 90 minutes as a stand-alone meeting or 40 minutes as part of general meeting
  • Projector needed: Yes
  • Special Arrangements: Two to three speakers, Lisa will arrange
  • Costs: None
  • Contact info: lmdavidson@seattleschools.org / 205-252-0859

Teen Driving – What Parents Need to Know
A great overview of what parents need to know about teen driving. Parents will receive valuable information to help them navigate the challenges and risks and keep their teen safe when driving.

  • Presenter: Kristian Suson, Independent Allstate Agent
  • Presentation Length: 20 minutes, plus 5-10 minutes for Q &A
  • Projector needed: Yes
  • Special Arrangements: None
  • Costs: None
  • Contact info: ksuson@allstate.com / (425) 569-0360

Priceless Parenting Presentations – For High School Parents
Parenting guru and author Kathy Slettengren, M. Ed., offers a variety of presentations for parents of high school aged-children including “Guiding Teens On the Bumpy Road to Independence” (Ages 13 – 18), “The Wild, Wild Web: Keeping Your Kids Safe in the Digital World” (Ages 6 – 18) and “We Need to Talk! Handling Difficult Conversations Well” (Ages 6 – 18).

  • Presenter: Kathy Slattengren, M. Ed., President, Priceless Parenting
  • Presentation Length: 1-2 hours, you choose the length and pay accordingly
  • Projector needed: no
  • Special Arrangements: Presenter will bring laptop, projector and speaker, some talks require a screen or  whiteboard
  • Costs: 1 hour – $275, 1.5 hours – $325, 2 hours – $375, within the Seattle area for a single school or group
  • Contact info: 425-770-1629 / www.PricelessParenting.com

Test Prep – From Stress to Success
If you’d like to see your child do better on state standardized tests as well as the new SAT or ACT, don’t miss this informative program. How you test can have an effect on getting into special programs, getting promoted, getting into the right college or starting the right career.

The presentation will give parents dozens of proven, practical tips – easy techniques they can use to help their children practice test-taking skills, advice they can pass on to their children concerning how to approach multiple choice and open-ended questions and suggestions for making sure their children are physically and emotionally ready to do their best on the day of the test. Includes Q&A session.

  • Presenter: Elena Dumitrescu, Sylvan Learning Center Director
  • Presentation Length: 40 minutes
  • Projector needed: Yes
  • Special Arrangements: Two to three speakers, Lisa will arrange
  • Costs: None
  • Contact info: elena@sylvanseattle.com or phone / 206-838-5274

 MIDDLE SCHOOLS

Not MY Kid 
Review of Healthy Youth Survey and current data on alcohol and marijuana use in Seattle Public Schools. The focus of this presentation is on how to have difficult conversations with your child, overview of current drug products and intervention strategies. Includes Q&A session with a panel of professionals in the field of intervention and addiction.

  • Presenter: Lisa Davidson, SPS Manager of Intervention and Prevention
  • Presentation Length: 90 minutes as a stand-alone meeting or 40 minutes as part of general meeting
  • Projector needed: Yes
  • Special Arrangements: Two to three speakers, Lisa will arrange
  • Costs: None
  • Contact info: lmdavidson@seattleschools.org / 205-252-0859

Birds + Bees + Kids – for Middle School Parents
Amy Lang using humor, stories and stats to help parents navigate those teen years. Learn why, when and how to have easy, effective and age-appropriate conversations with your middle-schooler about the birds + the bees.

  • Presenter: Amy Lang, Birds+Bees+kids
  • Presentation Length: 90 minutes as a stand-alone meeting, plus Q&A
  • Projector needed: no
  • Special Arrangements: Table for books and microphone for over 40 people
  • Costs: $550 for 1.5 hour talk, discount for low income schools. Schools can co-host and share costs.
  • Contact info: www.birdsandbeesandkids.com / 206-661-2245

Birds + Bees + The Online World – for Middle School Parents
Amy Lang using humor, stories and stats to help kids be safe in the online world of texting, social media, email, apps, etc. Your child is online and interacting with all kinds of websites, people and information. Learn how to teach them to navigate the digital world safely.

  • Presenter: Amy Lang, Birds+Bees+kids
  • Presentation Length: 90 minutes as a stand-alone meeting, plus Q&A
  • Projector needed: no
  • Special Arrangements: Table for books and microphone for over 40 people
  • Costs: $550 for 1.5 hour talk, discount for low income schools. Schools can co-host and share costs.
  • Contact info: www.birdsandbeesandkids.com / 206-661-2245

Priceless Parenting Presentations – For Middle School Parents
Parenting guru and author Kathy Slettengren, M. Ed., offers a variety of presentations for parents of middle school-aged children including “Bullying and Kids: Strategies for Dealing with Bullying” (Ages 6 – 15), “Anger and Consequences Versus Empathy and Solutions” (Ages 3 – 18), “It’s Natural to Feel Angry When Children Misbehave” and “Bringing Out Their Best: Providing Guidance While Avoiding Pitfalls” (Ages 3 – 18).

  • Presenter: Kathy Slattengren, M. Ed., President, Priceless Parenting
  • Presentation Length: 1-2 hours, you choose the length and pay accordingly
  • Projector needed: no
  • Special Arrangements: Presenter will bring laptop, projector and speaker, some talks require a screen or  whiteboard
  • Costs: 1 hour – $275, 1.5 hours – $325, 2 hours – $375, within the Seattle area for a single school or group
  • Contact info: 425-770-1629 / www.PricelessParenting.com

Study Skills – Light the Motivational Fire
Explore the varying degrees of structure in the motivational process, with the goal of creating independent learners. With the new school year, the assignments and expectations seem to increase exponentially. This presentation will show parents how to make learning feel good for their children and how parental involvement and plenty of good, practical advice, is key to helping their children make the most of the educational opportunities their school offers. Includes Q&A session.

  • Presenter: Elena Dumitrescu, Sylvan Learning Center Director
  • Presentation Length: 40 minutes
  • Projector needed: Yes
  • Special Arrangements: Two to three speakers, Lisa will arrange
  • Costs: None
  • Contact info: elena@sylvanseattle.com or phone / 206-838-5274

ELEMENTARY SCHOOLS

Birds + Bees + Kids – for Elementary School Parents
Using humor, stories and stats, Amy Lang inspires parents to take on the dreaded “sex talk” with confidence. PTA’s rave about this presentation.

  • Presenter: Amy Lang, Birds+Bees+kids
  • Presentation Length: 90 minutes as a stand-alone meeting, plus Q&A
  • Projector needed: no
  • Special Arrangements: Table for books and microphone for over 40 people
  • Costs: $550 for 1.5 hour talk, discount for low income schools. Schools can co-host and share costs.
  • Contact info: www.birdsandbeesandkids.com / 206-661-2245

Priceless Parenting Presentations – For Elementary School Parents
Parenting guru and author Kathy Slettengren, M. Ed., offers a variety of presentations for parents of elementary school-aged children including “Stop Fighting! Handling Conflicts Between Children” (Ages 1 – 10), “Taking the Stress Out of Parenting” (Ages 1 – 12), “Bullying and Kids: Strategies for Dealing with Bullying” (Ages 6 – 15) and “Why Can’t You Behave? Ideas for Positively Handling Misbehavior” (Ages 1 – 12).

  • Presenter: Kathy Slattengren, M. Ed., President, Priceless Parenting
  • Presentation Length: 1-2 hours, you choose the length and pay accordingly
  • Projector needed: no
  • Special Arrangements: Presenter will bring laptop, projector and speaker, some talks require a screen or  whiteboard
  • Costs: 1 hour – $275, 1.5 hours – $325, 2 hours – $375, within the Seattle area for a single school or group
  • Contact info: 425-770-1629 / www.PricelessParenting.com

Reading – Building confidence for young students
Education experts agree that children develop reading behaviors early in life and parental involvement at home helps children perform better in school and become enthusiastic, lifelong readers. Are you looking for fun ways to motivate your child to read? Do you recognize the importance of reading in your child’s life? Do you wonder about the normal development of a young reader? If you answered yes to any of these questions, this presentation is for you. We will be discussing the importance of reading and reading development, sharing suggestions to aid in the reading process and helping parents build their child’s confidence through reading. Includes Q&A session.

  • Presenter: Elena Dumitrescu, Sylvan Learning Center Director
  • Presentation Length: 40 minutes
  • Projector needed: Yes
  • Special Arrangements: Two to three speakers, Lisa will arrange
  • Costs: None
  • Contact info: elena@sylvanseattle.com or phone / 206-838-5274

ALL SCHOOLS

“Who is McCleary” & “Show Us the Money” – Washington State Budgets
This is a presentation that every parent needs to see to understand the McCleary Decision, the basic education bills and “School Funding 101”, in order to understand and advocate for improving education in Washington State. This presentation can also include having your local PTA endorse the SCPTSA “Fully Funding Resolution” campaign, which advocates for the full funding of K-12 education with ongoing and progressive revenues.

  • Presenter: Heidi Bennett, parent advocate working on basic education funding issues with Seattle Council PTSA, Washington State PTA and legislators in Olympia to improve educational outcomes and budgets
  • Presentation Length: 25-45 minutes plus 5-10 for Q&A, depending on needs
  • Projector needed: Yes
  • Special Arrangements: None
  • Costs: None
  • Contact info: heidi@bennettdirect.net / 206-781-5566