Lunch and Learns/Events

Upcoming Lunch and Learns/Events

“The ‘Why’s’ and ‘How’s’ of our Children’s Behavior”

Friday, Feb. 23rd | 6:00PM – 8:00PM | FREE

At this special StudyPro event, Rachel Bailey, M.A. Clinical Psychology and Parenting Coach,  will provide a ‘distinctly dads’ view of what is behind our children’s (sometimes challenging) behavior and what dads can DO and SAY to get the behavior we want.

Please join our “Calling all Dads” event to:

  • meet and mingle over beers and small bites with other DC-area dads
  • hear simple, practical ideas on how to become the best influence you can be in your child’s life
  • support teen mentors from The Literacy Lab who will share their stories


Lunch and Learn Series

“Reducing the Impact of Anxiety in our Children”

Feb. 22nd | 11:45AM – 1:15PM | FREE

In our February Lunch and Learn, Jonathan Dalton, PhD and founder of the Center for Anxiety and Behavioral Change, will present specific skills that parents can use to respond to anxiety in their children and teens. 

In particular, he will discuss:

  • the central role that avoidance plays in anxiety,
  • how and when parents can use planned ignoring or redirection as a response to anxiety symptoms,
  • how offering reassurance to a child can actually strengthen anxiety over time, and
  • how parents can appropriately teach their child healthy coping strategies.


Lunch and Learn Series

“Finding a Great College for EVERY Student”

March 8th | 11:45AM – 1:15PM | FREE

If your child learns differently or isn’t quite “there” yet in readiness, many schools, large and small, offer excellent services that range from free tutoring to full-blown support programs.

This enlightening presentation led by Judy Bass, a nationally recognized expert in the field of college placement, will take the stress out of the college-searching process. She will cover:

  • The skills kids need to succeed in college,
  • How to find the right college for your child’s learning profile, and
  • How we as parents can help our children be ready.


Past Events

Lunch and Learn Series

“Are We Helping or Hurting our Child’s Self-Esteem?”

Jan 18th | 11:45AM – 1:15PM | FREE

Healthy self-esteem doesn’t simply come from being good at something or believing we are pretty enough or smart enough.   It also doesn’t come from parents who may heap on the praise. Instead, self-esteem comes from a belief in our unconditional worthiness and from feeling competent that we are able to handle what we have to face in life. In this month’s Lunch and Learn, Rachel Bailey, M.A. Clinical Psychology and Parenting Coach will help us to learn:

“How to help children build self-esteem (even in a high-pressure culture)”

We will learn how to talk to our children in a way that helps them feel “heard”, emotionally supported and worthy, all keys to healthy self-esteem.

Lunch and Learn Series

“Growth Mindset for Parents – The ‘How To’ Guide”

Dec 7th | 11:45AM – 1:15PM | FREE

Research shows that parents can have a powerful impact on their children’s mindsets. The language you use and the actions you take can both influence and inspire your children’s behavior and school success.  The StudyPro will host New York Times Best Selling Education Author, Mary Cay Ricci, national speaker, consultant and author of Mindsets for Parents: Strategies to Encourage Growth Mindsets in Kids.

Mary Cay will discuss:

  • Ideas for building a growth mindset home environment
  • Strategies for building resilience and perseverance in our children
  • Ways to respond effectively to mistakes and frustration

Lunch and Learn Series

“How the Best Teachers Teach”

Nov 9th | 11:45AM – 1:15PM | FREE

It’s hard to know how much to “push in” and help versus how much to “pull back” and let our children work (or even fail) on their own. Learn how the best teachers motivate, model and provide feedback to students. Dr. Fran Polman, an internationally recognized consultant specializing in educational leadership, school improvement and instructional strategies will present:

“How the Best Teachers Teach:  Skills to Help Your Child’s Mindset and Motivation”

Parents will learn to “help right” vs. “over-help” by:

  • Praising process vs. results
  • Creating low-stake islands for students to take risks
  • Being present by learning to “ABSORB”
  • Providing authentic feedback vs. giving advice

Lunch and Learn Series

“The Other Side of Executive Function”

Oct 19th | 11:45AM – 1:15PM | FREE

We often limit our discussions of Executive Function to how it effects students academically, but there is another side.

Nicole McGarry, LPC will help us by:

  • Defining the social/emotional challenges associated with weak executive function
  • Helping us to understand the “why’s” of the behavior
  • Providing better coping strategies to reduce the impact on the child, the family and all social relationships

Lunch and Learn Series

How Can You Help Kids Work Through Frustration?

Sept 28 | 11:45AM – 1:15PM | FREE

Just in time for the ramp-up of the school year, Phyllis Fagell, licensed clinical professional counselor, columnist for The Washington Post, and author of the upcoming book Middle School Matters  will share her insights on: “Tips to Help Kids Stay Engaged in Learning, Even When It’s Hard”

Please join Phyllis as she discusses:

  • The definition and value of a growth mindset,
  • Concrete strategies to help students work through frustration, and
  • How mastery of these skills can help set students up for life.

Lunch and Learn Series

‘Off to College! But Are They Ready?’

June 1 | 11:45AM – 1:15PM | FREE

Just because they are going away doesn’t mean their challenges with Executive Function are going away. If your child struggles with managing, planning or organizing in high school, there are important points to consider before they head off to college.

Join Dr. Robb Mapou, a board-certified clinical neuropsychologist with The Stixrud Group for this very important discussion:

“Preparing Your (Maybe-Not-So-Ready?) Teenager for College”

Dr. Mapou will provide parents with practical advice, resources and steps to take to help them best prepare their teen with EF challenges, ADHD and/or Learning Disabilities for college.

Lunch and Learn Series

‘Easy Tech: The Path to Less School Stress’

May 18 | 11:45AM – 1:15PM | FREE

Looking for some simple-but-powerful solutions to homework challenges? Discover our top picks to:

  • Scan ‘never-to-be-lost-again’ homework,
  • Organize notes and materials online,
  • Mind-map your student’s next paper, and more.

Whether you are a true “techy” or you love your pen and paper, you will leave with a list of simple solutions to some of our student’s most frustrating challenges.

Lunch and Learn Series

‘Worried About College?’

April 20 | 11:30AM – 1:30PM | FREE

Whether you are looking at the 5% of colleges that are nationally known, or the 40 Colleges that Change Lives, we are here to tell you: THERE IS A GREAT SCHOOL FOR YOUR CHILD!!!

In this interactive workshop led by Judy Bass, a nationally recognized expert in the field of college placement, we will cover:

  • The skills kids need to succeed in college,
  • How to find the right college for your child’s learning profile, and
  • How we as parents can help our children be ready.

We will also explore the value of Gap Year Programs with Winterline, Internships with Broad Futures and complete an interactive exercise to determine your child’s ’Executive Function Readiness’ score.

Lunch and Learn Series

‘Three Steps to Changing Challenging Behavior’

March 9th | 11:45am – 1:15pm | FREE

At the 3rd of our (free) Lunch and Learn Series, The StudyPro is proud to host Sharon Weiss, a nationally known behavioral consultant in private practice in Northern Virginia.

Lunch and Learn Series

‘No More Nagging: Fostering Internal Motivation’

February 16th | 11:45am – 1:15pm | FREE

If you are tired of threatening to take electronics away and frustrated with your inability to “change” your child, please join our guest speaker, Rachel Bailey, Certified Positive Discipline Parent Educator, who will provide both insight and key strategies on what we can do to ease conflicts and instill a sense of motivation in our children.

Lunch and Learn Series

‘Are you too reactive with your child?’

January 19th | 11:45am – 1:15pm | FREE

Do conflicts with homework or behavior set you off? Do you wish you could be more supportive vs. emotional? We want confident and successful children, but sometimes our own fears and triggers turn in to criticism or conflict.