Common Ground Speaker Series

Common Ground Speaker Series is a coalition of Bay Area schools that have joined together to provide parent education to their communities. The coalition provides opportunities for parents to learn from nationally-acclaimed experts in the fields of education and parenting, to share ideas with other parents and to support each other’s efforts to enrich our school communities.

Bellarmine is proud to be a supporting member of the coalition and invites parents and faculty to attend events at a location convenient for you. All Common Ground Speaker Series events are free of charge to member schools.

More information is available on the Common Ground Speaker Series website.

Upcoming Speaker

Peaceful Parents, Happy Kids
Laura Markham, PhD

Based on the latest research on brain development and clinical experience, Dr. Laura Markham will share how fostering an emotional connection with your child creates real and lasting change. When you have that vital connection, you can cultivate a parenting style that doesn’t resort to threats, bribes, nagging or punishment. Parents know there is no one-size-fits-all approach to raising children as they move through the various developmental stages. Each stage comes with its own unique set of challenges and opportunities. Dr. Markham will explain the crucial necessity to always stay calm, parent with healthy limits, and provide empathy and clear communication to raise a self-disciplined child. Parents will learn to grow and evolve alongside their children’s own growth and development.

Dr. Laura Markham trained as a clinical psychologist, earning her PhD from Columbia University. She is the author of the highly successful Peaceful Parent, Happy Kids and Peaceful Parent, Happy Siblings. The founding editor of, Dr. Markham also serves as a parenting expert for many other websites, such as Psychology Today and She has made numerous radio and TV appearances and has been featured in articles by The Wall Street Journal, Redbook, Newsday, and Parents Magazine.

Tuesday, January 30, 2018

 9:30 am

The Nueva School
Bay Meadows Campus
131 E. 28th Avenue
San Mateo

 7:00 pm

Saint Andrew's Epoiscopal School
13601 Saratoga Avenue
 Wednesday, January 31, 2018

 9:30 am

Trinity School
2650 Sand Hill Road
Menlo Park

No need to register, just indicate that you are a Bellarmine parent at the door and admittance is free of charge.

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