2016-17 Parent Speaker Series

Thank you to all who attended our 2016-17 Speaker Series. The series included highly-regarded experts in the field of education and child development. Speaker Series events are free and open to the public. We look forward to announcing our 2017-18 series in September.

Sheri Glucoft Wong

Positive Communication with Children

Wednesday, October 19 • 8:30 - 10:00 am


Our communication with children sets the tone for their self-image and for their relationships with parents, siblings, friends and others. Please join us for a conversation with Sheri Glucoft Wong about the attitudes and practices parents can take on to support our children's emotional and social development and to encourage a positive family and school culture. Some of the issues Sheri will discuss are:

  • How to communicate in ways that promote resilience in your child
  • How to set effective limits with your child without being punitive
  • How to encourage cooperation and collaboration and to foster kindness, compassion, and empathy
  • How to help your child navigate his/her own challenges and to communicate in a positive way with others
  • How to partner with other parents and the school to sustain community-building and a positive school climate

Sheri Glucoft Wong, LCSW is a recognized speaker and renowned family therapist who consults with parents and educators to help them better understand the social and emotional lives of children. She is known for providing useable information and practical tips to help parents joyfully cultivate the healthy growth and development of their children.

Sports Panel

Thursday, December 15, 2016 • 8:30 - 9:30 am

Join us as we welcome five panelists to discuss how sports can help our kids connect joy with resilience, competition with optimism, and health with confidence. Our panelists – including Olympic champions and renowned experts in the field of sports – will share experiences from their perspective as competitors, coaches, and wellness experts and answer questions about how adults can positively support children’s involvement in athletics.

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Panelists include:

  • Allyson Felix: Olympic Track and Field medalist and 200m World Champion
  • Robert Forster, PT: Physical Therapist to professional and novice athletes
  • Rod Dixon: Olympic Track and Field medalist; advocate for children's health and fitness
  • Ginnie Crawford: Decorated USC and US Track and Field athlete (and Turning Point teacher!)
  • Shawn Crawford: Olympic Track and Field medalist and 200m US Champion


Dana Mortenson

Education for a Changing World

Wednesday, January 18, 2017 • 8:30 - 10:00 am


Our world has become more interconnected as changing demographics make communities across the U.S. more diverse, and the future workplace demands a completely different set of skills to succeed in a global economy. As a result, schools must change how they educate young, digital learners. The immediacy of global issues such as climate change, food security, and global health crises make global learning essential preparation for a changing world. All students should have the opportunity to develop skills essential for future success, including: an appreciation for cultural differences, critical and comparative thinking skills, comfort with ambiguity, and an understanding of globally significant issues.

Dana Mortenson has dedicated her professional life to educating and engaging youth in community and world affairs with the goal of ensuring they have the skills to succeed and lead in a global economy. Her passion is working in partnership with educators to close the global competence gap in American education. Dana’s deep belief in the transformative power of global education to contribute to peace, justice, and equity on a global scale led her to co-found World Savvy in 2002. She has since led the organization through extensive growth and expansion, reaching more than 375,000 students and 2,200 educators from three offices nationwide. 


Lori Getz

Parenting the Tech-Savvy of Today
Wednesday, April 19, 2017 • 8:30 – 10 am

How do we have productive, effective conversations with tech-savvy children about the safe, responsible, and ethical use of technology? Learn to talk to your child about how technology can improve our lives and how to avoid the pitfalls of over sharing, over-friending, and over-connecting. Discover ways of establishing rules that apply both in and outside of the home.

Instructional Technologist and founder of Cyber Education Consultants, Lori Getz speaks to students, parents, and educators about internet safety, security, and ethics. Her mission is to help bridge the gap between a young generation of digital natives and their parents and teachers.

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Turning Point School is an independent, coeducational school providing a premiere education to students in the greater Los Angeles area. For over 45 years, we have educated confident, curious, and globally-aware Preschool, Kindergarten, Elementary School, and Middle School students.

Located in Culver City, we enroll students from all over Los Angeles including Beverly Hills, Venice, Pacific Palisades, Marina Del Rey, Hancock Park, Cheviot Hills, and Playa Del Rey.


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