Parent Speaker Series

Thank you to all who joined us for our 2017-18 Speaker Series. We look forward to bringing more experts in the field of education to Turning Point School in the coming school year.

Save the date for these two events in the fall of 2018:

Dr. Derrick Gay

Wednesday, September 26 | 8:30 - 10 am
Dr. Derrick Gay is an internationally recognized consultant to organizations, both domestically and abroad, on issues of Diversity, Inclusion and Global Citizenship. Dr. Gay collaborates with thought leaders to foster empathy, enrich inclusion and cultivate cultural competency. 
Learn more about Dr. Gay here.

Community Book Discussion

Wednesday, October 10 | 6:00 - 7:30 pm
Join Dr. Konigsberg and other Turning Point parents, grandparents, faculty, and staff to discuss themes from the book Brain Rules by John Medina.

Details on the full schedule of events for the 2018-19 school year will be announced soon.


2017-18 Parent Speaker Series


Elizabeth Denevi

Diversity = Excellence

Wednesday, January 17, 2018 | 8:30 – 10:00 am

Join us as we explore ways to talk with children about diversity and inclusion, and how we can support and develop differences so that our students can bring all of themselves to the learning environment. Guest speaker Elizabeth Denevi will share research that demonstrates why diverse and inclusive school communities increase critical thinking and problem-solving skills for all children. She will also discuss specific ways to have productive conversations around a variety of social identities, including gender identity/expression, race and ethnicity, and social class.

 Elizabeth is the Associate Director for Mid West Educational Collaborative, a non-profit agency that works with schools nationally to increase equity, promote diversity pedagogy, and implement strategic processes for growth and development.

Denise Pope

The Well Balanced Student
Wednesday, April 18, 2018 | 7:00 pm

Co-Presented by Alice and Nahum Lainer School (formerly Sinai Akiba Academy), Turning Point School, and Pressman Academy

LOCATION: Alice and Nahum Lainer School
10400 Wilshire Boulevard

Download the event flyer

Join the author of “Doing School”: How We Are Creating a Generation of Stressed Out, Materialistic, and Miseducated Students (Yale University Press, 2001) and Overloaded and Underprepared: Strategies for Stronger Schools and Healthy, Successful Kids (Jossey-Bass, 2015), as she shares with us:

  • How students today are coping—or not—with the academic pressure they face
  • How you can establish a healthier home environment for your child
  • Ways to reduce school stress without sacrificing achievement or engagement
  • Strategies to increase resilience, creativity, critical thinking and well-being for your child

Denise Pope, Ph.D., is a senior lecturer at the Stanford University Graduate School of Education and founder of Challenge Success, a research and intervention program that provides schools and families the tools they need to raise healthy, motivated students. Visit for more information on this important work.


Tina Payne Bryson, PhD

Parenting with the Brain in Mind

Wednesday, September 27, 2017 

What if parents had a simple and practical way to use the latest scientific research to be better parents and help their children be happier, healthier, and more successful? Parenting with the Brain in Mind introduces parents and teachers to essential and groundbreaking science in an accessible, interesting, and practical way, so they can then apply that knowledge in their breakfast-table, grocery-store, temper-tantrum, everyday care-giving world. 

Lori Getz

Social Emotional Learning in Technology
Wednesday, April 11, 2018 | 8:30 am - 10 am

Join cyber-expert Lori Getz as she helps parents navigate the world of technology through the lens of their children. Given all the new research about the neurological and emotional effects of screen time, Lori will define “Likability” and talk to parents about how to raise emotionally intelligent children in a status-obsessed world. We invite Lori to return each year to speak with our parents, faculty, and students because her insights and advice on parenting in the age of technology are so instructive and helpful. And as the landscape of technology keeps changing, so does Lori's presentation. Even if you have seen Lori before, please join us to learn more about how parents can have productive, effective conversations with tech-savvy children about the safe, responsible, and ethical use of technology.

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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Culver City, CA 90232


Turning Point School is an independent, coeducational school providing a premier education to Preschool - Grade 8 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 the heart of Culver City, we enroll students from the west side of Los Angeles including Beverly Hills, Venice, Pacific Palisades, Marina del Rey, Hancock Park, Cheviot Hills, and Playa del Rey.


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