Lecture Series for Parents and Professionals

Lecture Series

Parents, caregivers, teachers and therapists: if there’s a child in your life with learning differences, chances are you are seeking some advice. Discover the Lab School's popular Lecture Series! Our monthly lectures are rich with information, insights and tips that will help you nurture the opportunities—and navigate the challenges—learning differences can present. 

At our Wednesday night lectures, you'll have the opportunity to listen to - and learn from - leading LD and ADHD specialists as they address early childhood, adolescent, and adult challenges and opportunities. Our lecturers are outstanding, recognized professionals in the learning differences field. Just as important, each is accessible and ready to answer your questions. 

All lectures are open to the public and offered free of charge – and now virtual! Registration is required – see registration link below.

Unless otherwise noted, each lecture is 90-minutes long (7:30-9:00pm).

Managing Stress, Anxiety, and Parenting during COVID-19

Wednesday, September 23
7:30-9:00 pm

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Lisa Damour, PhD 
Psychologist, Author
New York Times Columnist
Beechwood, Ohio

in conversation with

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Kim Wargo
Head of School
The Lab School of Washington
Washington, DC

Dr. Damour explains the psychological science key to understanding how stress and anxiety operate, both under everyday conditions and at times of heightened concern and disruption. Join us to learn more about:

  • how to keep pressure and tension from reaching toxic levels

  • how to parent effectively in the current circumstances

  • the most reliable strategies for managing ongoing stress


Speaker Bios

Lisa Damour, PhD
Recognized as a thought leader by the American Psychological Association for her work on stress and anxiety, Dr. Lisa Damour is the author of two New York Times best selling parenting books, Untangled: Guiding Teenage Girls Through the Seven Transitions into Adulthood and Under Pressure: Confronting the Epidemic of Stress and Anxiety in Girls. Dr. Damour also writes the monthly Adolescence column for the New York Times, serves as a regular contributor to CBS News, maintains a private practice, consults and speaks internationally, is a Senior Advisor to the Schubert Center for Child Studies at Case Western Reserve University, and serves as the Executive Director of Laurel School’s Center for Research on Girls.

Kim Wargo
Kim has over 20 years of experience in education, beginning her career as an award winning teacher and serving as Head of School at two highly regarded independent schools, Katherine Delmar Burke School in San Francisco and Hockaday School in Dallas. Before coming to Lab in July, she was the Associate Head of School at the Isidore Newman School in New Orleans. Kim currently serves on the board of ERB and The Heads Network. She has served on the boards of the Independent Schools Association of the Southwest, the Southwest Preparatory Athletic Conference, and Aim High in San Francisco.

The Fire This Time: Building an Equitable and Inclusive Community

Wednesday, October 21
7:30-9:00 pm

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Dr. Anthony Perry
Director of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion
The Lab School of Washington

It is not hyperbole to say that we live in a world that is systemically inequitable and exclusive. After all, this made my role as the Director of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion necessary. I believe that the purpose and role of education is to mold civic-minded individuals, that is, we must prepare our students to, in the words of Lani Guinier, “participate in the decisions that affect their lives as individuals and the society they create as a collective.” 

In addition to preparing students for an everchanging and more multicultural world, we must prepare them to change that world to reflect the values they, themselves, hold dear. Guinier, in The Tyranny of the Meritocracy, pushes us, as educators, to reconsider the educational status quo—a status quo that centers individual competition above all else, a status quo that replicates inequities and does not adequately prepare students to be civic-minded individuals in a democratic society. 

The rallying call as of late has been: “Education, not incarceration;” however, as Ericka Huggins, activist, educator, and former Director of the Oakland Community School, said in a recent conversation with Angela Davis, “Education as it exists today cannot be the solution.”
As the world is full of complex problems for us to solve, including, but not limited to, the role of technology, climate change, gender equity, and racial justice, I believe there are three essential skills that we must cultivate in a modern, meaningful student experience: 1. collaborative problem solving, 2. independent thinking, and 3. creative leadership. Additionally, and arguably more importantly, there is a lens through which said students must view and approach those skills: the lens of equity and inclusion.

In this talk, I hope to discuss the ways in which our educational system reproduces systemic racism as well as the need for and the ways in which we can collectively build systems and practices equitable and inclusive of race.


Anthony Perry, PhD
Currently, Dr. Anthony Perry is the Director of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion at the Lab School of Washington. A first–generation college graduate, he holds a B.A. in History and Hispanic Studies from the College of William and Mary and an M.S. and a Ph.D. in Spanish Literature and Cultural Studies from Georgetown University. As a scholar, he aims to critically interrogate the status quo through the examination of naturalized literary, historical and cultural structures. Through a Brace Center for Gender Studies Faculty Fellowship, he examined how Black masculinity in media can be unpacked and re-approached intersectionally. In addition to presenting his work to the Phillips Academy community in 2018, this he presented to educators at the Brace Center’s Summer Institute in 2019. 
Previous to Lab, he spent three years living and working in the Bay Area, first at The Nueva School and then at The Branson School. While at Nueva, in addition to teaching Spanish-language and literature courses, Dr. Perry served as the inaugural coordinator for THRIVE, a program that supports students and families who have been historically underrepresented in independent schools. In his 14-year career, he also has served as a Spanish-language and literature instructor at Georgetown University in Washington, DC, the ABC Language School in Washington, DC, and the Language Immersion Trips Abroad (LITA) Summer Program in Peñafiel, Spain. 

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September 25, 2019

Jonathan Mooney, Neuro-Diverse Writer and Advocate

Author: Normal Sucks - How to Live, Learn, and Thrive Outside the Lines” and “The Short Bus"

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November 6, 2019

“Growing up with Learning Challenges: Emotional and Behavioral Consequences”

Judith M. Glasser, PhD
Clinical Psychologist

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January 15, 2020

"Beyond Learning Differences and Executive Functioning Challenges: How to Solve Any Academic Problem with Study Skills and Time Management"

Paul Rivas, MA
Founder/Director, SMITH RIVAS Study Skills & Academic Coaching

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February 5, 2020

Anxiety and Other Emotional Problems in Youth: Understanding and Treatment

Daniel S. Pine, MD
Chief, Section on Development and Affective Neuroscience
National Institute of Mental Health Intramural Research Program

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April 22, 2020

Are Coronavirus changes making you stressed? 10 Simple and Powerful Coping Strategies for Parents

Elizabeth DuPont Spencer, LCSW-C