Stanford University

Well-Balanced Student: K-8th Grade

The Well-Balanced Student Interactive Video Presentation
Presenter: Denise Pope, Challenge Success, Stanford University
Target Audience: Parents of K-8 students

Today’s high-pressure, fast-paced culture can interfere with healthy child development. When we are too focused on test scores, performance, and grades, we may deny kids the time and energy they need to effectively tackle the demanding work of growing up. This interactive video workshop examines the tensions that can occur between students, parents, and educators over issues such as homework, grades, and the culture of competition. We offer parents research-based strategies to create healthier home and school environments.

In this presentation, you will learn:
• How students today are coping- or not- with the academic pressure they face
• Ways you can reduce academic stress without sacrificing achievement or engagement in school
• Strategies to increase resilience, creativity, and well-being for your child

Denise Pope, PhD, is a Senior Lecturer at the Stanford University Graduate School of Education, specializing in student engagement, curriculum studies, qualitative research methods, and service learning. She is Co-Founder of Challenge Success, a research and intervention project that provides schools and families with the tools they need to raise healthy, motivated students. Challenge Success is an expanded version of the SOS: Stressed-Out Students project that Dr. Pope founded and directed from 2003-2008. She lectures nationally on parenting techniques and pedagogical strategies to increase student well-being, engagement with learning, and integrity.

Dr. Pope is lead author of the recent book, Overloaded and Underprepared: Strategies for Stronger Schools and Healthy, Successful Kids (Jossey Bass, 2015). Her first book, “Doing School”: How We Are Creating a Generation of Stressed Out, Materialistic, and Miseducated Students (Yale University Press, 2001) was awarded Notable Book in Education by the American School Board Journal, 2001. Dr. Pope is a 3-time recipient of the Stanford University School of Education Outstanding Teacher and Mentor Award, and was honored with the 2012 Education Professor of the Year “Educators’ Voice Award” from the Academy of Education Arts and Sciences. She has been featured on CNN, World News Tonight, the Today Show, NPR, and several other television and radio programs. Prior to teaching at Stanford, Dr. Pope taught high school English in Fremont, CA and college composition and rhetoric courses at Santa Clara University. She lives in Los Altos, CA with her husband and three children.

Challenge Success provides schools and families with the information and strategies they need to create a more balanced and academically fulfilling life for their kids. We work with teams of educators, parents, and students at schools to identify problems and implement best practices and policies in areas such as curriculum, assessment, homework, school schedule, and a healthy school climate. We provide support to parents by giving them the tools to help their children regain their balance, strengthen their sense of self, increase their motivation and critical thinking skills, and learn how to deal effectively with the inevitable challenges of life. And we conduct, collect, and synthesize research, so that the public can make informed decisions that will enable all children to thrive. Visit Challenge Success for more information:

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