Parent Universities

Each year, Aspen Academy provides opportunities for our community of parents and caregivers to learn and grow together, with a focus on the topics that are most important and relevant for you. In 2021-2022, our Parent University events focus on equipping parents with managing uncertainty. Events are free unless otherwise noted.  

In addition to the events below, Aspen Academy parents are invited to participate in the Cherry Creek Parents Information Network (PIN) presentation. Information on those events (daytime and evening) are available on the PIN website:

2021-2022 Events & Recordings


Justin Wimbish, MS InterventionishJoin Justin Wimbish, Aspen Academy's Middle School Learning Interventionist, as he presents "Cyber Safety and Civility." Bring a friend and join this interactive presentation focusing on the ethical use of technology for children, screen time limitations and privacy boundaries. You will leave with new parenting tools on behavioral awareness, social media and app usage. Let's parent our children positively through this unprecedented use of technology. This is a session for parents of students all ages! Event is free.



Aspen Academy invites all community members to lead themselves first through the challenges of leaning into brave work and tough conversations. This Parent University will continue the meaningful discussions that have ensued through this Spring's Parent Book Club where parents read together Brene' Brown's Dare to Lead; Brave Work, Tough Conversations, Whole Hearts.

How do we cultivate braver, more daring leaders, and how do we embed the value of courageous vulnerability into our school culture? Parents who have already read and explored deeply this wonderful book are highly encouraged to attend in hopes of more broadly expanding our growth from your prior learning experiences

Parents will have the opportunity to both ask and tackle commonly asked questions surrounding our ongoing efforts to grow as a community in the areas of inclusion, belonging and cultural competence. Parents will be provided a safe and courageous space through breakout rooms to explore common questions, share perspectives, and suggest strategies as partners in this essential community work.

Please join us for our April Parent University where Aspen Academy Director of Elevate, Diversity, Equity & Inclusion shares the many efforts, experiences and opportunities for continued growth.



Jennifer Gravlee, Interim Director of the Aspen Leadership and Entrepreneurial Institutes will share insights on the entrepreneurial learning at Aspen Academy, including developing the "whole child." Now more than ever it is vital that we provide our students with the social and emotional skills to be successful in life. We know not all of our kids will grow up to be entrepreneurs, but we want them all to be able to think like one. They will leave with a clear understanding of our curriculum and what leadership looks like on the day to day basis at Aspen Academy.


Aspen Academy Auditorium

The Upstanders

Parent Screening + Discussion: Tuesday, FEB 15 @6pm

7th & 8th Grade Screening + Discussion: Wednesday, FEB 15 @8:30am

5th & 6th Grade Screening + Discussion: Thursday, FEB 17 @8:30am (to be rescheduled for week of Feb 22 due to delayed start)

The Upstanders is an iNDIEFLIX Original documentary about resilience, and the power of connection to end bullying.

The Upstanders explores all sides of cyber-bullying, from bully to victim, bystanders and family members. Social media's power means that bullying is now a 24/7 phenomenon, where even changing schools and phone numbers, or deleting accounts cannot stop the cycle. Covid has increased the incidence of cyber-bullying by 70%. Changing human behavior and connection is the key, and this is what the film addresses.

Weaving together personal stories of teenagers and their families, as well as teachers and brain-scientists, The Upstanders shows the importance of empathy and resilience to transforming attitudes and action, and highlights new laws and established programs that are already reducing bullying in schools and communities. It shows that everyone is needed to eradicate cyber-bullying, and gives bystanders the confidence and tools to become 'Upstanders', and help change the narrative.

(Event is free)

For more on the film, visit:

Registration is now closed.


This session with Kristina Scala is an element of self-care many busy parents and professionals overlook: taking the time to establish their mission, vision, and values for the coming year so resolutions stick. This is time to focus on the most important aspect of our lives and prioritize them in our year.



Psychologist Ali Schroer will present this session. There is a distinct connection between the developmental expectations and emotional regulation of children. When parents and caregivers have expectations of children that align with their cognitive and biological age, self-regulation is easier to achieve and sustain. This presentation will breakdown developmental expectations for young children and also provide attendees with hands-on tools for caregivers to model and support emotional regulation.



Join Lynn Burrell, seasoned school psychologist, for a presentation focusing on the current state of substance abuse, trends and outlook as it relates to raising our children to be safe and confident in their choices. You will learn what to be aware of as your family travels through the early teen and high school years. Be ready to take notes and engage in discussion with other parents. You will gain practical advice on; what questions to ask, the importance of your response and establishing family boundaries.



Jessie Skipwith, Director of Elevate

Aspen Academy school counselors, Jessie Skipwith (Director of Elevate) and Cindy Hewatt (LMFT) share more on Courageous Conversations with middle school students that equip and empower students, parents, and caregivers in their relationships. Event is free. VIEW RECORDING


Alex Yannaconne brings tremendous expertise from the Colorado Depression Center. In this workshop, parents will learn how to identify signs and symptoms associated with anxiety and depressive disorders while recognizing new approaches and tools in understanding these mental health conditions. Participants will learn helpful skills and treatment to support someone with anxiety and/or depression. Event is free.



Cyber Safety & Civility

May 13, 2021


Justin Wimbish, Middle School Learning Interventionist

Join Justin Wimbish, Aspen Academy's Middle School Learning Interventionist, as he presents "Cyber Safety and Civility." Bring a friend and join this interactive presentation focusing on the ethical use of technology for children, screen time limitations and privacy boundaries. You will leave with new parenting tools on behavioral awareness, social media and app usage. Let's parent our children positively through this unprecedented use of technology. This is a session for parents of students all ages!

Registration is closed. Please join us for this event in Spring 2022










Justin Wimbish

Over the course of his career, Justin held a number of positions in the medical, technology, and education fields. After enlisting in the US Army, as a medic, and a deploying to Afghanistan in 2009, Justin returned to the States and worked in IT for St. Mary’s Academy (SMA). After spending 11 years with St. Mary’s Academy, Justin took time off to travel -- one of the most notable parts of the trip was to return to Jakarta Intercultural School in Indonesia, where he'd graduated 20 years prior.

During his studies in Human Learning, Justin worked as a Cognitive Coach and Academic Tutor with The Nectar Group, applying the concept of neuroplasticity to support students with cognitive impairments in regaining control of their brains.

Justin comes to Aspen Academy with an enthusiasm for developing caring, creative, and capable learners, who are ready to make their world a better place.


  • cyber safety
  • Technology
Understanding Your Child's Big Emotions

April 22, 2021


Katelyn Williams, Certified Counselor

Join us for a guided discussion with Nationally Certified Counselor Katelyn Williams to discuss the importance of understanding the differences in how children express emotions. We’ll look at how children of different ages process the world around them and the role that parents play in supporting their child's emotional development.

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Katelyn, Williams

Katelyn Williams is a professional school counselor, a Nationally Certified Counselor, and a provider with Weldon, an online platform that offers parents tailored, research-backed parenting advice from child development experts through one-on-one sessions. She spent years providing counseling to students and parents in elementary and middle schools serving Catholic and Jewish communities, and currently provides parent education in pediatric settings. She holds a Bachelor of Science degree from Gardner-Webb University and a Master of Science in Counseling from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro.



  • child development
  • social emotional development
Raising Healthy Kids: Body Image, Social Media, and Eating Behaviors

April 8, 2021


Dr. Sarah-Ashley Robbins, MD, family medicine physician and eating disorders specialist with the the Gaudiani Clinic

Healthy nutrition and some of the challenges that face adolescents today surrounding healthy nutrition have become increasingly acknowledged in the past several years. In an effort to provide our Middle School students with the most accurate, developmentally appropriate, and current information, we have partnered this year with the Gaudiani Clinic. Their experience, knowledge, and expertise in facilitating awareness, growth and skills in successfully navigating these challenges and feeling empowered to make informed decisions for a more healthy future are assets for our students, parents, and teacher. Dr. Robbins will host a virtual presentation discussing positive nutrition and the importance of understanding healthy development. Additionally, she will discuss the varied contributing factors for the development of disordered eating, eating disorders, and body image struggles such as social media and body shaming. Dr. Robbins will offer tips for protecting the mental and physical health of our children.

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Dr. Sarah-Ashley Robbins, MD

Dr. Robbins was born and raised in Tallahassee, FL and received her undergraduate (Nutrition and Food Sciences) and medical degrees at Florida State University. Dr. Robbins moved west for her family medicine residency at Saint Joseph Hospital and fell in love with Colorado. Prior to joining the Gaudiani Clinic team, Dr. Robbins worked at a primary care clinic in Denver following her residency where she practiced a broad spectrum of patient care. Over that period, she began making connections with eating disorder providers of all types in the Denver area, started seeing their clients in her outpatient clinic, and became a member of the International Association of Eating Disorders Professionals (iaedp). Dr. Robbins has served on medical mission trips to Jamaica and Nicaragua in addition to providing medical outreach to low income and at-risk communities in both Colorado and Florida. In her time outside of work, Dr. Robbins enjoys reading, traveling, biking, hiking, and spending time with her husband and dogs.




  • body image
  • health
  • nutrition
The 10 Greatest Gifts I Give My Children

March 11, 2021


Colleen Upton, Presenter

Take the struggle out of parenting and put the joy back in! Based on the best-selling book, The 10 Greatest Gifts I Give My Children, by Steven Vannoy. It’s entertaining and priceless for building close, healthy families with qualities and values such as honesty, responsibility, self-reliance, respect and joy! During this Parent University, you'll learn easy-to-use, practical tools to equip your children with priceless values and recognize the strengths in your parenting, your child, and your family.

Registration Closed - Recording Available Soon.






 A New Model of Marriage for Busy Parents

February 21, 2021
1:00 PM - 2:30 PM
Nate Klemp, PhD & Kaley Klemp, Authors
Cost: $40/Couple, each couple receives: The 80/80 Marriage: A New Model for a Happier, Stronger Relationship (a $26 value).

In today’s current age, as we strive for partnerships between equals, an unintended consequence is fighting about what’s fair: who is doing more, cares more, or tries harder. Against this backdrop, Kaley & Nate Klemp created The 80/80 Marriage (Penguin Random House), which provides the map and tools for how to live beyond 50/50 fairness and instead shift to a more optimal way of experiencing your relationship in the midst of life’s chaos.

This 90-minute workshop introduces couples to the key tools of The 80/80 Marriage. The first is a shift in mindset: out of scorekeeping and into radical generosity. The second is a new way to think about the structure of your life, where clear values, priorities, boundaries and roles give you shared success, and with it the freedom and fun to enjoy your lives - and each other - at a whole new level.

Session includes their new book, The 80/80 Marriage.


Registration Closed. 


Due to the workshop nature of this session, a recording will be not be available. 

Nate Klemp, PhD and Kaley Klemp

Authors, The 80/80 Marriage: A New Model for a Happier, Stronger Relationship


Nate is a writer, philosopher, and entrepreneur. Along with Eric Langshur, he is the co-author of the New York Times Bestseller Start Here: Master the Lifelong Habit of Wellbeing (Simon & Schuster: North Star Way) and is a weekly columnist for Inc. Magazine. He is also a founding partner at Mindful, one of the world's largest mindfulness media and training companies.  Nate holds a B.A. and M.A. in philosophy from Stanford University and a PhD from Princeton University

Kaley is one of the nation's leading experts on small-group dynamics and leadership development. She is a TEDx speaker and the author of three books, including the Amazon Bestseller The 15 Commitments of Conscious LeadershipThe Drama-Free Office, and 13 Guidelines for Effective Teams. A favorite with Young Presidents Organization (YPO) forums and chapters, Kaley has facilitated retreats for more than 400 member and spouse forums throughout the world. Kaley is a graduate of Stanford University, where she earned a B.A. in International Relations and an M.A. in Sociology, with a focus on Organizational Behavior.





  • marriage