Board Meeting Dates, Agendas & Minutes Board Members Board Policies Connections Newsletters MDUSD Profiles Superintendent
Adult Education After School Program Assessment, Research & Evaluation Budget & Fiscal Services English Learner Services Equity & Disproportionality Food & Nutrition Home Instructional Support Legal Department Mail Services Maintenance & Operations Measure C Personnel Services Purchasing & Warehouse School Support Special Education Special Projects & Grants Student Services Superintendent Technology Transportation Workers Compensation Willow Creek Center Contact Us
Parent Portal Bond Information College Now Program Community Portal Donations Flyer Approval and Distribution Forms Library Get Involved IB Programme LCAP Middle School Sports Permits Reports & Plans Schools Student Portal Community Survey
Staff Portal Training

News Item: Homepage

“Raising Resilient Girls” is topic for first presentation in this year’s Talk Solutions Speaker Series at Pleasant Hill Middle School

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – October 27, 2017

Contact:  Ursula Kroemer Leimbach / communications@mdusd.org / mobile: (760) 705-6919


“Raising Resilient Girls” is topic for first presentation in this year’s Talk Solutions Speaker Series at Pleasant Hill Middle School


Talk will focus on practical, actionable advice families can use at home to support young girls


WHAT:  Pleasant Hill Middle School in the Mt. Diablo Unified School District will host the first of this year’s Talk Solutions Speaker Series with a parent education workshop, “Raising Resilient Girls”, with Simone Marean, Executive Director and Founder of Girls Leadership. The presentation will cover the development of girl dynamics from pre-school through high school.  While targeted toward girls, the information will be beneficial for parents of boys as well.


The event is free and open to the community.  A Spanish interpreter will be available.


WHEN:  Wednesday, November 8, 2017, 7:00 p.m.  The event will include a 60-minute presentation followed by a 30-minute Q&A session.  Principal Terry McCormick will be the onsite contact, and can be reached at mccormickt@mdusd.org or (925) 256-0791. Dan Roll of Talk Solutions will also be available as an onsite contact, and can be reached at Dan@talksolutions.org or (510) 760-1213.


WHERE:  Pleasant Hill Middle School, One Santa Barbara Rd., Pleasant Hill (Get directions)


BACKGROUND:  Pleasant Hill Middle is pleased to present its Talk Solutions Speaker Series as an activity to support goals for parent and community engagement.


The first speaker series topic is “Raising Resilient Girls.”


On the surface, girls are thriving. They are outpacing boys in test scores, college admissions and athletic achievements. But beneath the surface experts are seeing a rise in female aggression and depression. Girls continue to suffer from eating disorders, anxiety, abusive relationships and self-mutilation, signs that their internal experience doesn’t match the surface. Girls who appear to “have it all” are being pushed to the brink to maintain their “perfect girl” image.  By attempting to excel in all arenas, including appearances, academics and athletics, girls succumb to a pressure that limits them. These “super girls” develop an inability to take risks, practice authenticity and make mistakes. So what can be done to help our girls? How can we help raise them to be more resilient?


Girls Leadership’s Executive Director and Co-Founder Simone Marean has a few ideas about what can be done.


Regularly, Simone speaks to parents and teachers across the country about the challenges girls face today, the reasons why we see girls struggling, and what we can do to help them. Simone shares how to help girls practice assertive self-expression, emotional intelligence and healthy relationships, preparing them for a life of personal and social leadership. Her engaging presentation covers the development of girl dynamics beginning in preschool through high school.


She also tackles topics like The Good Girl Phenomenon, conflict as an opportunity for positive change, and how and why girls can be aggressive with one another.



#  #  #



Mt. Diablo Unified, located in Contra Costa County, is honored to serve approximately 32,000 students at one of more than 50 school sites in the cities of Clayton, Concord, Pleasant Hill; portions of Martinez, Pittsburg and Walnut Creek; and the unincorporated communities of Bay Point, Lafayette, and Pacheco. As part of a richly diverse community, MDUSD families represent numerous ethnic groups, speaking nearly 50 different languages and dialects. We offer innovative programs in Career Technical Education; Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM); extensive visual and performing arts programs; and rich foreign language and dual immersion offerings. MDUSD is also pleased to have expanded its new middle college program, College Now, and opened its first International Baccalaureate program and three new regional magnets in 2017.  Learn more at http://www.mdusd.org/.


Posted by: Debbie Maher, District Admin, Mt. Diablo Unified School District Published:10/27/17
Audience: Homepage and Homepage