The Teen Years and Beyond

... Parenting Adolescents and Planning for College

Our webinars will help you develop the parenting style that best meets your teen's needs, and provide you with a wealth of information and practical suggestions to navigate through these exciting but challenging life experiences.

Presented by the MIT Center for WorkLife and WellBeing

Transition Back to School: The Next Normal

Wednesday, August 26, 2020 - 12:00pm to 1:00pm

Presenter: Bradford Wiles, Ph.D.; Teacher, Peace at Home

Parents and caregivers are concerned about how to plan for opening up activities and back to school during the pandemic. As we ponder rejoining communities and schools, this virtual workshop will provide strategies for parents of school-age kids and teens to plan together how to be both safe and connected. Participants will be able to:

  • Identify relative risks and benefits of social interaction for children and teens
  • Recognize the importance of collaborating as a team with the family to address key concerns
  • Apply practical approaches to discussing safety issues and developing concrete safety plans as a family

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Planning for College: Maximizing Your Child’s Success

Wednesday, September 9, 2020 - 12:00pm to 1:00pm

Presenter: Christine Kenyon, M.A.; Director of Educational Counseling, Bright Horizons College Advising

High school is the critical time to help maximize a student’s potential for success in college admissions. With close to 4,000 options, complexity in admissions is at an unprecedented high. Key topics covered include:

  • How colleges evaluate applications
  • Planning the ideal high school academic program
  • Putting together a strong college list
  • Tips for choosing a topic and crafting a strong essay
  • Valuable ideas for a successful application
  • Suggestions for avoiding some common application pitfalls
  • How to narrow options and select the best college match for your child

Paying for College: Knowing the Options

Thursday, October 29, 2020 - 12:00pm to 1:00pm

Presenter: Jeanne Mahan, M.A.; Senior Manager of College Finance, Bright Horizons College Advising

While students are working diligently to get into college, parents—and some students—are facing the daunting question of how much college will cost. This workshop provides a comprehensive overview of the various resources and strategies families use to cover college expenses. Families will learn:

  • Where financial assistance comes from and how to maximize eligibility
  • How aid eligibility is determined and tricky caveats hidden in the fine print
  • The most effective way to appeal the initial financial aid award or negotiate for more funds
  • Effective strategies to employ when spending assets on college tuition
  • Key considerations when selecting the right education loan

PSAT: What a Score Means, Why It Matters

Thursday, December 3, 2020 - 3:00pm to 4:00pm

Presenter: Allie Kirchner; Senior Academic Advisor, Revolution Prep

Understanding the PSAT and how to interpret and use your student’s score are important first steps in the standardized testing process. Preparing for and taking the PSAT can help set your student up for maximum success on the SAT or ACT, which, in turn, will help him or her fare better in the college admissions process. This webinar will offer insight into the PSAT and why it’s important. You’ll also learn:

  • How to convert PSAT scores to predict your student’s SAT or ACT score
  • Which test your student should take based on his or her PSAT score
  • How to compare your teen’s PSAT score to scores of other students in the state
  • National Merit Scholarship opportunities for high-percentile students

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