Joint Speaker Series

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  • Last BRC Meeting of the Year The last BRC meeting is June 2 at 1:05 pm at the North Andover High School Library, 430 Osgood Street 
    Posted May 11, 2017, 5:24 AM by Beverly Zagarri
  • 2017-2018 FINAL School Calendar
    Posted Apr 28, 2017, 10:57 AM by Michael Grant
  • Celebrate Earth Day Events in North Andover April 30 Join the North Andover Sustainability Committee and Department of Public Works on April 30, 2017 to Celebrate Earth Day!  It’s the Annual Earth Day Town-Wide Clean-Up!
    Posted Apr 7, 2017, 11:31 AM by Beverly Zagarri
  • NAPRN EVENT Opioid  Education  Night  for  Parents  and  Students  Tuesday, April 11 6:00  pm -  NAHS Auditorium & Cafeteria
    Posted Apr 4, 2017, 5:16 AM by Beverly Zagarri
  • NAPRN Event March 30 at 7:00 pm at NAHS Jeanine Fitzgerald Teaching Self-Regulation to Young Children
    Posted Feb 28, 2017, 5:20 AM by Beverly Zagarri
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The North Andover Joint Speaker Series, recently renamed the North Andover Parent Resource Network, was formed in 2009 as a way to invite relevant speakers for the parents of North Andover.  The town Parent Teacher groups have done much for North Andover schools and students, but a group of PTO presidents felt it was also important to consider the parents and their needs raising children. The speaker series was also intended to help support the new school district initiatives established by the Building Respectful Communities Committee. Events are free of charge and open to all North Andover families.  The Joint Speaker Series represents and is supported by: Atkinson PTO, Franklin PTO, Kittredge PTO, Sargent PTO, Thomson PTO, Middle School PTAC, High School PAC, NAPAC, St. Michael’s School, the YouthCenter and the BRC Committee.  This collaboration has enabled several well known and worth while speakers to come speak in North Andover.

2015-2016 SCHEDULE
October 28       The Growth Mindset: Supporting our Students for Success
                         (Includes the Marshmallow Challenge)
                         Dr. Jennifer Price, North Andover School Superintendent
                         7:00pm, NAHS Cafeteria (Free child care available with reservation for Pre-K and older)
November 17    Secrets of Happy Families 
                          Bruce Feiler
                          7:00pm, NAHS Auditorium (Free child care available with reservation for Pre-K and older)
February 11      Anxious Kids, Anxious Parents: How to Stop the Worry Cycle At Home and School
                          Lynn Lyons
                          7:00pm, NAHS Auditorium (Snow Date – May 2)
March 24           Raising Confident Girls and Boys 
                          Rick Irving
                          7:00pm, NAHS Auditorium Date
TBD                   Book discussion with Dr. Jennifer Price
                          Whistling Vivaldi: How Stereotypes Affect Us and What We Can Do (Issues of Our Time)
                          by Claude M. Steele (Author)
All programs are free of charge, no registration required, and open to the public. For more information or questions, please contact
*Dates, time and location could be subject to change. Visit for updates.

Past Joint Speaker Series Events:

What Works and What Doesn’t with Today’s Kids and What to Expect Once they are Teenagers 

Anthony Wolf, PhD

The program covered the new rules for parenting in a world where children no longer fear their parents. Parents learned useful and also very definitely not useful ways of dealing with today’s kids. Dr. Wolf’s presentation described a method of parenting that can make a real difference in day-to-day dealings with your child. It is a method that can dramatically reduce the fussing and backtalk that can take so much of the pleasure out of parenting. Last, it covered the phenomenon of adolescence – what you get, why you get it, and what you can do about it.

About Dr. Wolf

Dr. Anthony E. Wolf received his Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from the City University of New York and completed his undergraduate work at Columbia College. For the past twenty-five years he has been in private practice seeing children and adolescents in the Springfield, Massachusetts area. Married, Dr. Wolf is the father of two grown children.

Anthony Wolf is the author of five books on parenting and numerous articles. He has also written regular columns in magazines and newspapers and is frequently quoted in the national media on issues of parenting. Dr. Wolf is a much sought after speaker whose talks consistently get rave reviews and he has appeared on numerous national television programs. He  is best known both in his writing and his speaking for his, at times very funny and non-judgmental, ability to describe what actually goes on in real people's homes with real children, his original perspective on parenting and on kids today, and for his practical and very helpful advice.

Alcohol Awareness Program for Parents

North Andover High School, in partnership with the North Andover Athletic Association, the high school Parent Advisory Committee, North Andover Youth & Recreation Services, the town Police Department, North Andover Community Programs, and North Andover Parent Resource Network, presented “North Andover CARES — Teen Substance Abuse Awareness”. The CARES event, an acronym for Community Awareness of Resources, Education, and Services, gave parents and concerned residents an opportunity to learn more about how to prevent teen substance abuse by arming them with the tools and support needed to encourage teens to make positive decisions regarding alcohol and other substances, and offered information about resources in the community that can assist families in need of help. A former North Andover High School student and a current high school parent shared their stories, which highlighted lessons learned and the importance of family communication. 

Chris Herren, former NBA and Celtics player, motivational speaker, author and sobriety advocate spoke to students in grades 8 -12 on March 31.

Homework, Projects, and Test Prep: Executive Functions Make the Grade with Jackie Stachel

As the world becomes more complex and the demands on students' time and attention increase, all students can benefit from strategies to manage productivity. Executive functions, the skills involved in self-management, are the key element to academic success.  What sets the stage for managing executive function challenges?  How do we foster growth and change?

This presentation addressed both the mindset and the specific tools that lead to progress in students with executive function challenges.  The goal of the program was to help parents become more effective at helping their children develop autonomy and ownership of their academic performance.

About Jackie Stachel

Jackie Stachel is a senior coach, supervisor, and Director of Media and Outreach, at Thinking Outside the Classroom, an organization that provides Executive Function Coaching.  She also leads executive function presentations for parent groups, teachers, and mental health professionals. Jackie earned her Master's degree in Speech-Language Pathology from Boston University and worked at Needham High School for five years in that capacity. In 2009, she co-created the Insight Program, a special education initiative at NHS to support students with diagnoses such as Asperger syndrome, ADHD, and Nonverbal Learning Disability to address social thinking challenges as they relate to academic success and transitioning to the adult world, post high school. As a coach, she specializes in helping students develop writing and study skills, as well as supporting perspective-taking to help anticipate teacher expectations.


Best Friends/Worst Enemies: Friendship Development, Popularity and Social Cruelty in Childhood  

Michael Thompson, PhD

Children don't want adults to be involved in their social lives. They hate it when adults "interfere." Yet social cruelty among kids can be one of the most difficult things that adults have to confront in raising or educating young children and teens.  

This presentation walked parents and teachers through the complex social world of childhood and addresses a number of questions: What do social relationships in school predict about happiness in adult life? What is the normal sequence of child friendships, from the parallel play of the two-year-old to the intimate self-disclosure of the adolescent? Why do cliques form and what are the differences between boy and girl groups? Why are children scapegoated and how can their parents and school protect them? Dr. Thompson used research to highlight the differences between friendship and popularity. He made suggestions about the management of social problems in schools and makes the case that while all children yearn for popularity, it is friendship that helps children survive and thrive.

About Michael Thompson

Michael Thompson, Ph.D. is a consultant, author and psychologist specializing in children and families. He is the supervising psychologist for the Belmont Hill School and has consulted with more than five hundred schools across the United States and internationally. Dr. Thompson has appeared on The Today Show, The Oprah Winfrey Show, ABC 20/20, CBS 60 Minutes, The Early Show and Good Morning America. He has been quoted in the New York Times, The Washington Post, Newsweek, Time and U.S. News and World Report, and has been a frequent guest on NPR.  He wrote, narrated and hosted a two-hour PBS documentary entitled "Raising Cain" that was broadcast nationally in 2006. Dr. Thompson lives in Arlington, Massachusetts, is married to Dr. Theresa McNally, and has 2 children and 1 grandchild.

Preventing Anxiety and Depression:  Skills We Can (and Should!) Teach for Happier, Healthier Kids with Lynn Lyons, LICSW

Did you know that teens and young adults currently have the fastest growing rates of depression and anxiety? Learn how to teach children and teens the life skills they need to prevent depression, anxiety, and build healthier relationships.
This workshop covered:

  • The thought and behavioral patterns that predict depression and anxiety in children and teens
  • What really works for the long term prevention of anxiety and depression
  • How to teach and model the skills that lead to better mental health in children 

About Lynn

Lynn Lyons, LICSW, is a licensed clinical social worker and psychotherapist who lives in Concord, New Hampshire and is in private practice there. For 22 years, Lynn has helped individuals, families, and groups overcome their anxiety, manage food and weight challenges, compete effectively, and parent confidently.

Lynn received her BA in English from Williams College in 1987, her Masters in Social Work from Boston University in 1990, and has been training extensively with the world’s experts in clinical hypnosis and strategic therapy since 1993. She is a member of NASW and the American Society of Clinical Hypnosis (ASCH). She is married and has two sons.

Social Media Minefield: Navigating Your Child’s Online Activities with Dr. Elizabeth Englander

Dr. Englander is a Professor of Psychology, and the founder and Director of the Massachusetts Aggression Reduction Center at Bridgewater State University in Bridgewater, Massachusetts. She is a nationally recognized researcher and trainer in the field of childhood aggression, bullying and cyberbullying. Dr. Englander has trained tens of thousands of teachers, students, and parent and community groups. She presents at many national conferences and is the author of dozens of journal articles and book chapters, including the books Understanding Violence and Bullying Online, Offline and Between the Lines. Dr. Englander will also be conducting a professional development workshop for all North Andover teachers and staff.

Please contact for more information.

The Yellow Dress - Performed by Deana’s Educational Theater

The Yellow Dress is a one woman play that stimulates a thought-provoking discussion about relationships. It was developed and produced by an organization called Deana’s Educational Theater, a non-profit organization that uses theater and interactive trainings to teach audiences of all ages about dating violence, harassment and respect.

The program portrays the progression of an abusive relationship, starting with young love and ending in tragedy. It consisted of a 30 minute performance and a 30 minute interactive discussion with the actors. The play is intended to help students and parents recognize the different aspects of teen dating violence, how to identify the early warning signs, and where to seek help if they or a friend are involved in a violent relationship.

This same program was shown to all high school students earlier in the day.

Too Much Of a Good Thing: Raising Children of Character in an Indulgent Age

Dan Kindlon, Ph.D.

Harvard Psychologist and Author, Dan Kindlon, Ph.D. wrote his best seller of the aforementioned title in 1999, but the lessons still resonate with our kids (and ourselves) today. We all want what's best for our children, but many of today’s parents are overly indulgent and permissive, and hyper focused on protecting today’s young people from failure and disappointment. Dr. Kindlon argues that our society's focus on high academic and athletic achievement has replaced the development of a strong moral compass, making it harder for kids to accept responsibility for their actions, and in turn, impairing key connections within relationships. In this discussion, Dr. Kindlon will impart practical advice for parents who want to avoid misguided giving, as well as discuss developing a "good inner parent": one that will set fair, consistent limits for children.