Events & Lunch and Learns

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Lunch and Learn Series

“Executive Function Challenges? 5 Proven Ways to Help”

Oct 18 | 11:45AM – 1:15PM | FREE

We are never more aware of challenges with Executive Function then when it is homework time. We often wonder if there is “a better way” to get our kids to manage (or care) about their work the way that we do!

In our October Lunch and Learn, Lindsey Thoms, Director of Development and Operations, The StudyPro, and  Assistive Technology Resource Teacher at FCPS,  will will help parents understand how we can bolster Executive Function challenges with proven and straightforward techniques.

Lindsey will review:

  • How parents can recognize EF challenges and distinguish them from behavioral challenges,
  • Specific strategies parents can use to bolster EF skills and support a student’s move to independence,
  • Key interventions that EF coaches use to build EF skills for all students.


“Top Providers Talk Test Prep”

Friday Nov 2nd | 1PM – 3PM | FREE


Join The StudyPro for a special Test Prep workshop where three of the DC area’s leading Test Prep Providers will host a panel discussing:

  • What are the differences between the SAT and the ACT?
  • How do you decide which test is best for your child?
  • Why are schools going “Test Optional” and what does this trend mean?
  • How many times should my child take the test and what is ‘Superscoring’?
  • What should I know about the accommodations process?

This 75-minute panel talk and Q&A will be followed by an opportunity for attendees to ask our experts individual /personalized questions as well as learn more about their services.


Past Events

Lunch and Learn Series

“What Works With Teens”

Sept 27 | 11:45AM – 1:15PM | FREE

In our first Lunch and Learn of the 2018/19 school year, we are proud to host Britt Rathbone, LCSW-C, therapist, author and founder of Rathbone and Associates,  a highly-respected provider of Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) services in Bethesda, MD.  

Britt will share insights from his work with teens, as well as from the latest book, ‘What Works With Teens’ to help parents:

  • Understand the current research on how to successfully engage with adolescents
  • Better understand the factors that contribute to challenging adolescent behaviors
  • Identify specific techniques for improving parent-teen relationship effectiveness

Britt will also provide a high-level overview on what DBT therapy is and who it would most benefit.

Special Event

Open House

Sat., Sept. 15 | 2 – 5PM | Families Welcome!

Join the staff of The StudyPro for a tour of the center, helpful study tips, and ways to get the school year started right.

Students, parents and professionals welcome. Light refreshments will be served.


Lunch and Learn Series

“The Case for the Self-Driven Child”

May 17th | 11:45AM – 1:15PM | FREE

As parents, we are not fully aware the impact we have on our children’s feeling of self-control. In their new book, The Self-Driven Child, William Stixrud, Ph.D. and Ned Johnson argue that this sense of feeling “out of control” is a main source of anxiety in our children and results in chronic stress. Helping our children feel greater self-control results in greater resilience, motivation and healthy life-long habits.

In our May Lunch and Learn, Dr. Stixrud and Mr. Johnson will make the case for “The Self-Driven Child and share:

  • Why our children feel so “out of control”,
  • How we can hand control back, and
  • How we can help them learn how to deal successfully with stressful situations, i.e. to develop a high stress tolerance.

Lunch and Learn Series

“Screens – How Much is Too Much?”

April 12th | 11:45AM – 1:15PM | FREE

Just when we think we have a handle on our children’s relationship to technology, some new device, app or game comes along. As they grow, we constantly have to re-evaluate what works and doesn’t work for our family, and for each of them as individuals. The StudyPro will host licensed psychologist and tech use expert, Dr. Edward Spector to present: “How to Promote Healthy Use of Technology”.

Dr. Spector has comprehensive knowledge of video games and the internet and helps clients change how they use technology so they can lead more productive, balanced lives.  He will discuss the warning signs of compulsive use technology as well as strategies for promoting the healthy use of technology.

“The Secret Power of Growth Mindsets”

April 21st | 12:00PM – 1:30PM | FREE

At this special StudyPro event, Mary Cay Ricci, author of ‘Mindsets in the Classroom’, ‘Mindsets for Parents’ and now “Nothing You Can’t Do – The Secret Power of Growth Mindset’ for students, will be sharing just how powerful growth mindsets can be.

She will discuss:

  • What a growth mindset is and why it matters,
  • Where you can apply a growth mindset to break through barriers, and
  • Strategies you can use when you just want to give up!

Book Signing to Follow. Refreshments will be served.

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.

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.