Parent University 2020-2021

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 2020-2021, our Parent Univeristy 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:

2020-2021 Parent University

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August 13, 2020 

9:30 AM

Ali Schroer, LCSW
This presentation will focus on how families can engage individually and as a whole in taking care of themselves amidst a global pandemic. The presentation is aimed at primary caretakers, such as parents, and will provide self-care strategies and tactics that can lessen the emotional strain of today's climate. Additionally, participants will hear about how COVID-19 has compounded mental health challenges and what can be done to increase happiness for both parents and youth alike. 

Ali Shroer

About Ali Schroer

Ali Schroer is a licensed clinical social worker (LCSW) who specializes in working with children, adolescents, families and adults. After receiving a Bachelors of Arts in Psychology and a teaching certificate in Elementary Education at the University of Colorado at Boulder, Ali taught for four years as a classroom teacher in Cherry Creek School District. Click here to learn more.


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September 10, 2020 

9:30 AM

Rosalind Wiseman
Program Description to come.

Rosalind Wiseman onstage at Aspen Academy

About Rosalind Wiseman

From where we learn to where we work, Rosalind Wiseman fosters civil dialogue and inspires communities to build strength, courage and purpose. Through professional development training, speaking, teaching, and consulting in a wide array of organizations, educational institutions and corporations, Rosalind is reimagining social emotional learning for all: so we can all be in better relationships with each other.

National media regularly depends on Wiseman as the expert on ethical leadership, conflict, media literacy, youth culture, parenting, and bullying prevention. She has been profiled in The New York Times, People, Los Angeles Times, the Chicago Tribune, The Washington Post, and USA Today. Wiseman is a frequent guest on national media like The Today Show, CNN, and NPR affiliates throughout the country.

Wiseman’s presentations transcend cultural and economic boundaries. Her engaging and forthright delivery captures audiences, inspires them to strengthen their professional and personal relationships, and gives them practical tools they can immediately apply to their lives.

She is the founder of Cultures of Dignity; an organization that shifts the way communities think about our physical and emotional wellbeing by working in close partnership with the experts of those communities–young people, educators, policy makers, and business and political leaders.

In addition, to her work at the Anti-Defamation League as a contributor and curriculum creator,   she is best known for being the author of Queen Bees and Wannabes: Helping Your Daughter Survive Cliques, Gossip, Boyfriends, and the New Realities of Girl World—the groundbreaking, best-selling book that was the basis for the movie and Broadway Musical Mean Girls, and in 2016 was fully revised for a third edition. And Wiseman is the author of the Owning Up Curriculum, a comprehensive social justice program for grades 4-12 which is in widespread use across the world.

Her other publications include the New York Times best seller, Masterminds & Wingmen: Helping Our Boys Cope with Schoolyard Power, Locker-Room Tests, Girlfriends, and the New Rules of Boy World, which addresses the social lives of boys and was awarded Best Parenting Book by Books for a Better Life in 2014.

Wiseman has spoken to audiences throughout the US and abroad, South by Southwest, Microsoft, The Royal Society for the Arts, the Association for the Advancement of International Education, the American School Counselors Association, the Game Developers Conference, the American Association of School Administrators, at the White House many times and numerous schools, governments, organizations, and corporations throughout the US and abroad.

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