Winnetka Parents Institute

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    The Winnetka Parents Institute (WPI) provide education and information about the district's philosophy and practices to the Winnetka community.

2021-2022 Events

  • Recording and Resources from Tech Generation: Raising Balanced Kids in a Hyper-Connected World

    Districts 36 and 34 co-sponsored a presentation with licensed psychologist, Dr. Mike Brooks, about the effects of screens and supporting the use of technology in more balanced ways. Below are the recording and resources shared during the event, including key points from Dr. Brook's book, Tech Generation: Raising Balanced Kids in a Hyper-Connected World: 

    Navigating Difficult Conversations (video)

    As the pandemic continues, many have found that communication has been the first to suffer in terms of personal and professional interactions, as well as a barrier toward productive movement forward in a variety of contexts.  This webinar provides strategies and reflections meant to support productive communication practices.  

    Search Inside Yourself (SIY) Partnership and Video Preview

    One of the four Priority Goal Areas in our Strategic Plan 2021-2025 is “Positive Culture and Well-Being.” A strategy the District will use to work toward this goal is to promote and educate our school community about wellness, and ensure collaboration across schools around connection and belonging. The District has partnered with Search Inside Yourself (SIY), a neuroscience-based emotional intelligence program developed at Google and now operating in over 50 countries. We are honored to be the FIRST school District committing all staff to the SIY training, with the goal of increasing skills of mindfulness, empathy, compassion, and overall emotional intelligence to create the conditions for individual and collective thriving in our schools. The District hosted a one-hour Winnetka Parents Institute session for a preview of the full 12-hour program that staff are experiencing this fall focused on:  

    • Reducing stress and experience greater overall well-being

    • Developing the resilience needed to sustain high performance

    • Improving communication, collaboration and team performance