Parent Education Resources


Issaquah schools now have our own parent education lecture series, ParentWiser!  Visit ParentWiser to learn more about upcoming presentations and register for events.  ParentWiser events are FREE to ISD PTSA members; $10 donations requested from non-members.

ParentWiser welcomes volunteers to join our team, especially those experienced in email marketing, social media, and video recording. Interested, contact us here.

Previous ParentWiser presentations are now available ONLINE!  Several presentations to watch online: Seth Perler - Habits for Middle School Success, Peaceful Parent, Happy Siblings, Peaceful Parent, Happy Kids, The Yes Brain, with Tina Payne Bryson, iRules Workshop, The Gift of Failure: Fostering Intrinsic Motivation and Resilience in Kids, Birds, Bees and Kids, Education: Next Generation.  Click link to access Parent Wiser Online Presentations.

ParentWiser is run 100% by volunteer parents, as an education committee of the Issaquah PTSA Council 2.6, non-profit 501(c3) organization.  We are funded through a partnership of the Issaquah Schools Foundation, Swedish Medical Center Issaquah, and Issaquah PTSA Council.

Questions, contact Hannah Coblentz, at


PCMS PTSA Parent Education Resources:  
PBSES/Second Step Curriculum
Depression and Suicide Prevention
Caregiver Resource Sheet
Adolescent Anxiety
Questions, email PCMS Counselors.
Links for Parents:
Drug Prevention and Education Resources
Friends of Youth
Influence the Choice
ISD Substance Abuse Resource List
Parents' Guide to Facebook
Phone Blockers Information
Mercer Island Parent Edge
Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services (Multiple Languages Available)
Teen Safe Org Resources
WA PTA Parents Guide
Jerry Blackburn, "What Teens are Really Doing?"
Jerry Blackburn, Director of Early Services for Lakeside Milam Recovery Centers and Bellevue College faculty member delivered a thorough overview on how students might experiment and then possibly become addicted to various substances.  Perhaps not your child, but a friend of your child's... Perhaps even a parent in a home your frequently visits.  It is always important to know where your child is, who they are with, and what kind of rules and supervision occurs when they are visiting a friend's home. Results to the school district Healthy Youth Survey which includes questions on this topic can be found at, Family Resources, Health Policies and Information.
Presentation handouts:
Nationwide Trends

Social Media and Your Child
In support of National Anti-Bullying Month, PCMS PTSA sponsored Stefanie Thomas from the Seattle Police Department Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force to speak to our students.  She spoke to both the 6th grade and 8th grade classes.  She was an engaging presenter who spoke their ‘lingo’, and students were absolutely enthralled with her presentation. She covered a variety of topics that morning and again in the evening to an enthusiastic parent group.

Highlights include:
  • Whatever is sent online in a positive or negative manner can be traced back to the sender, even with privacy settings.  Don’t post any personal info, including birthday.  Limit “friends” to 200 or less.  Does your child really know those ‘friends?’
  • Online networking should only be positive.   What do your posts say about YOU? The biggest factor in ensuring positive online behavior is parental monitoring on a consistent basis.
  • Laws regarding sending and receiving ‘sexts’ are surprising.  Both sender and receiver can be charged.
  • Keep a paper or online trail of evidence if your child becomes a victim of cyberbullying.


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