For Families, Parents and Caregivers

We are pleased to offer a variety of events for families, parents and caregivers exploring the benefits of independent school education.

Family Focus

A NEW speaker series for parents and caregivers


The Education Revolution: How Families Can Navigate the School Journey in Times of Rapid Change

with Grant Lichtman

Tuesday, November 12, 2019
6:30 - 8:00 p.m.
Oak Meadow School, Littleton, MA

Parents & Caregivers: Register Here


Education is undergoing a period of remarkable evolution and transformation. Never in history have families had such a diverse and expanding range of options for their students’ learning experience. With this evolution comes a range of challenges, particularly for parents and students navigating this changing landscape: new skills and knowledge required for future jobs, many of which do not exist today; shifting models of post-secondary education and college admissions standards; and dramatically falling indicators of student health and well-being.

Since 2012, Grant Lichtman has visited and worked with nearly 200 private, public and charter schools around America, and published three books and numerous articles on the transformation of K-12 education. He will share insights into how parents and students can navigate the choices they have; what to look for in a school and learning experience that aligns with their own goals and aspirations; how to appropriately engage with, influence, and support the learning environment; and how to make school more of a joyous journey, and less a fearful trial.

Come hear from Grant and meet AISNE member schools at this complimentary evening program!


Raising Courageous and Independent Children: How to Break the Worry Cycle

with Lynn Lyons

Tuesday, November 19, 2019
6:30 - 8:00 p.m.
Dexter Southfield School, Brookline, MA

Parents & Caregivers: Register Here
Thursday, December 5, 2019
6:30 - 8:00 p.m.
Jewish Community Center, Providence, RI

Parents & Caregivers: Register Here


Untreated anxiety in children is one of the top predictors of depression in adolescence and young adulthood. The good news? Research proves that teaching children certain cognitive and social skills makes a big difference in preventing the development of these struggles.

Lynn Lyons describes the most common anxiety-enhancing patterns – including reassurance, accommodation, avoidance, and poor problem solving — and then introduces concrete skills that change both the child and adults’ engrained patterns of thinking and behaving. The goal? Helping kids move toward autonomy and flexibility throughout the life cycle.

Come hear from Lynn and meet AISNE member schools at these complimentary evening programs!


The Gift of Failure: Fostering Intrinsic Motivation and Resilience in Kids

with Jessica Lahey

Wednesday, February 12, 2020
6:30 - 8:00 p.m.
Dedham Country Day School, Dedham, MA

Parents & Caregivers: Register Here


Modern parenting is defined by an unprecedented level of overprotectiveness: parents who rush to school at the whim of a phone call to deliver forgotten assignments, who challenge teachers on report card disappointments, mastermind children’s friendships, and interfere on the playing field. In an effort to be highly responsive to our children’s well being, we as parents aren’t giving them the chance to experience failure — or the opportunity to learn to solve their own problems.

Lahey lays out a blueprint with targeted advice for handling homework, report cards, social dynamics, and sports. Most importantly, she sets forth a plan to help parents learn to step back so that children can grow up to be successful, resilient, and self-reliant adults.

Come hear from Jessica at this complimentary evening program!


Talking with Youth About Heated Topics

with Rosetta Lee

Wednesday, May 13, 2020
6:30 - 8:00 p.m.
Dana Hall School, Wellesley, MA

Parents & Caregivers: Register Here


Young people bear witness to challenging or traumatic events in current events, media, and our local communities. They are often trying to process thoughts, feelings, and reactions without our explicit help and guidance - thereby increasing their confusion and anxiety. We adults have a natural instinct to protect our children from harsh realities and yet prepare them to navigate this complex world - is it possible to do both? What are ways to talk about identity, difference, and justice in age appropriate ways? How do you reinforce your family's values without instilling disrespect for other perspectives? How do you coach them toward authentic and respectful dialogue across difference?

Engage in these questions and more during this interactive event.

Come hear from Rosetta at this complimentary evening program!


AISNE School Fairs

Special opportunities to meet and engage with AISNE member schools


AISNE Expo for Families of Color Exploring Independent Schools

Sunday, October 6, 2019
1:00 - 3:30 p.m.
Boston University, Boston, MA

Meet and engage with many impressive AISNE member schools all together in one convenient location. Enjoy hearing from speakers on a variety of topics related to helping students and families succeed in today's dynamic world!

Learn More -- See Which Schools Will Be There

Families: Register Here

Member Schools: Purchase an Exhibit Table Here

AISNE Summer Camps Fair

Sunday, January 12, 2020
The Westin Waltham Boston, Waltham, MA

Summer, in January? Yes! As you may know, many AISNE member schools offer tremendous summer camp experiences. Come visit with the teams from a bunch of outstanding summer camp options, all together in one place. Find an awesome camp for your child.

Additional details and registration, coming soon!

Member Schools: Purchase an Exhibit Table Here