Saint Thomas' Episcopal School

The STE Online Parent Education series is a leading provider of high-quality parent and community education in the Houston area. 

Our Online Parent Education speakers share knowledge on topics that are both interesting and informative for all parents. Our series is designed to benefit parents with children ranging from preschool through grade 12. 

Always free and open to the public, our Online Parent Education series is a live webinar format where participants can listen and ask questions of a diverse group of experts.

RAISING AND EDUCATING BOYS

Wednesday, January 19, 2022  |  7-8 p.m.
Presented by: Michael Gurian, New York Times Bestselling Author

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In this inspirational, practical, and humorous presentation, renowned educator and New York Times bestselling author Michael Gurian (Saving Our Sons, The Minds of Girls, Boys and Girls Learn Differently!) focuses on helping children of all ages to succeed in school and life. Because boys and girls experience their home and school life differently, Michael explores how the minds of boys and girls develop distinctly—and how parents, educators and concerned citizens can care for and support the needs of all our children.  

Based on more than thirty-five years of research in brain science, education, and practical parenting, this keynote traces how a child’s learning mind grows, how girls and boys learn and grow differently, how acculturation influences them, and how crucial school success has become to life success.  

A marriage and family counselor in private practice, Michael brings to life not only the developmental science of children’ minds, but practical methods by which to raise and educate them. Michael also focuses on learning and life difficulties that boys and girls experience as distinct groups. 

Michael has been called “the people’s philosopher” for his ability to dynamically combine cutting edge science with stories from people’s everyday lives. His presentation leaves audiences with a new vision of what children need both in school and in life, new tools by which to interpret the signals of our children, and new confidence to love and educate them in a high-pressure world.   

See Michael’s biography on michaelgurian.com. For further information, also see gurianinstitute.com.

THE GROWTH MINDSET

Wednesday, February 23, 2022  |  12-1 p.m.
Presented by: Erica Maw, Head of Lower School, Saint Thomas' Episcopal

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STOP BULLYING NOW

Wednesday, March 23, 2022  |  12-1 p.m.
Presented by: Amanda McLauchlin

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REIMAGINING SCHOOL SPORTS

Wednesday, April 20, 2022  |  12-1 p.m.
Presented by: Chris Twine, Athletic Director, Saint Thomas' Episcopal

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Past Presentations

TEACHING CHRISTIAN FAITH

Presented by: The Rev. Geoff Simpson, Associate Rector - Chaplain of the School, Saint Thomas' Episcopal

The Rev. Geoff Simpson

Join us Wednesday, November 10, to see The Rev. Geoff Simpson in our continuing Lunch and Learn series. Learn more about the Saint Thomas' spiritual curriculum and the benefits of a Christian education, particularly focusing on grace and respect within the Episcopal Church.

The Rev. Geoff Simpson is Associate Rector - Chaplain of the School. During the week, he works with Saint Thomas’ preschool and school, helping us further our mission while providing pastoral care and support to that mission community. He also serves at church on Sundays.

Geoff comes to us from Good Samaritan Episcopal Church in Paoli, PA, where he was Associate Rector-Missions and Outreach. He has a powerful calling for ministry to children and youth, which brought him to Texas. He served for 15 years as a boarding school chaplain in Virginia and has extensive experience in youth ministry. He was active in FOCUS, an Evangelical ministry to independent school students in the Northeast. He has also been involved in numerous ministry and short-term summer mission opportunities, domestic and foreign.

Geoff is a graduate of Trinity College, Hartford, CT, and Trinity School for Ministry, Ambridge, PA. He also attended the Oxford Centre for Christian Apologetics in England. He is an avid guitar player, singer-songwriter, and frequent open mic performer. Geoff also has a lot of experience in traditional worship settings, having been a chorister at the Choir School of St. Thomas Church in New York City. He enjoys bicycling, photography, and travel.

CYBER SAFETY FOR KIDS

Presented by: Eric Devlin, Lone Star Forensic Group

This is a must-see lecture for all parents to learn more about Cyber Safety for Kids from a child exploitation and cybercrime expert. Eric Devlin is currently the CEO of the Lone Star Forensic Group, which is a digital forensic company specializing in forensic recovery of data from electronic devices, and an expert in cell location analysis.  

Prior to his work as a forensic examiner, he was employed as a Prosecutor with the Harris County District Attorney’s Office, where he served as a District Court Chief and Chief Prosecutor of the Child Exploitation and Cybercrime Section. During his time as a prosecutor he investigated thousands of cybercrime, computer breach, network breach, and child sexual exploitation cases.

Eric is also one of the founders of the Houston Metro Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force, which during his time grew from a few part-time investigators to one of the largest and most productive task forces in the United States. After leaving public service, Eric was invited to serve as a legal consultant and forensic expert on the hit TNT dramas "Cold Justice" and "Cold Justice: Sex Crimes." 

Keynote Speaker

RAISING AND EDUCATING GIRLS

Presented by: Michael Gurian, New York Times Bestselling Author

In this inspirational, practical, and humorous presentation, renowned educator and New York Times bestselling author Michael Gurian (Saving Our Sons, The Minds of Girls, Boys and Girls Learn Differently!) focuses on helping children of all ages to succeed in school and life. Because boys and girls experience their home and school life differently, Michael explores how the minds of boys and girls develop distinctly—and how parents, educators and concerned citizens can care for and support the needs of all our children.  

Based on more than thirty-five years of research in brain science, education, and practical parenting, this keynote traces how a child’s learning mind grows, how girls and boys learn and grow differently, how acculturation influences them, and how crucial school success has become to life success.  

A marriage and family counselor in private practice, Michael brings to life not only the developmental science of children’ minds, but practical methods by which to raise and educate them. Michael also focuses on learning and life difficulties that boys and girls experience as distinct groups. 

Michael has been called “the people’s philosopher” for his ability to dynamically combine cutting edge science with stories from people’s everyday lives. His presentation leaves audiences with a new vision of what children need both in school and in life, new tools by which to interpret the signals of our children, and new confidence to love and educate them in a high-pressure world.   

See Michael’s biography on michaelgurian.com. For further information, also see gurianinstitute.com.