Lunch and Learns/Events

Upcoming Lunch and Learns/Events

Past Events

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


“Angst” the Documentary Screening

Dec 1st | 7PM – 9PM and Dec 2nd – 1:00 PM – 3:00 PM

Join The StudyPro for a special, regional screening of this brand new IndieFlix documentary opening a much-needed dialogue on anxiety in children and teens and featuring Olympic gold-medalist Michael Phelps.

Post film Q&A with Dr. Avy Stock, PsyD with The Ross Center for Anxiety & Related Disorders.

Cost:  $10/person


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.