Register for Parenting with 2020 Vision:




The challenges of the year 2020 can teach us a lot and perhaps even give us “better vision” for how to pause, grow as individuals, and move forward as a community. Necessarily, it has taught us and our families the importance of flexibility, resilience, commitment, and compassion. Though the year continues to impact each generation powerfully yet differently, middle and high school students may forever remember the year as foundational. 


This past fall, the Common Application added an optional, short answer space for students to share something of the pandemic’s impact on them, personally and academically. How would you approach the question if parents were allowed to respond? How can you nurture creativity and independence, foster empathy and appreciation, cultivate good habits and values in a time like this? How might you motivate your students to reflect and guide them to write about their experiences regarding COVID-19?


Now, in 2021, how can we help our middle and high school students learn and what can we do to encourage their contributions to the health and healing of the world?


About the Presenter: Karen Williams has a Bachelor of Arts degree in Chemistry and a Master’s degree in Occupational Therapy. She is the mother of four adult sons who participated in ATYP, KAMSC, and gifted programs through the Kalamazoo Public Schools when they were growing up. Her background has allowed her to wear many hats over the years, including working as an occupational therapist at U-M Hospitals, teaching at WMU, working as a career counselor at Kalamazoo College, and presenting talks on the college application process at the Kalamazoo Public Library. Currently, she works as an independent college application counselor/coach to help students navigate the process while encouraging their self-confidence and self-knowledge.


This Virtual presentation is FREE and open to the public, but you must register using the form to the left to receive the link to the meeting.

Monday, February 8, 2021

7 p.m.

This is a 45 to 60-minute presentation, with Q & A at the end.

Already have a question? Please enter it when registering.


For more information call 269-267-6513.


This free program is presented by Partners in Learning for Unlimited Success of Southwest Michigan, a support and advocacy group for the families of advanced and accelerated students. PLUS

 is a local chapter of the Michigan Association for Gifted Children.

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