Parent University

NPN's Parent University Speaker Series brings you pertinent information on parenting and lifestyle issues. Each event will not only provide interaction with a professional on the topic of the day, but also a chance to connect with and learn from other parents. Parent University is one of the many ways NPN facilitates interaction among our member parents while providing you with educational resources. If you have an idea for a future speaker/session, please contact us at

An E-Ticket is required to attend all Parent University Speaker Series events - 1 adult per each E-ticket.

Next Event

  Learning and School Success 101 @ St. Stanislaus Kostka School
Location: St. Stanislaus Kostka School
Time: 6:00 PM - 7:30 PM · Aug 30, 2017
Who: Members & Non-members - Adults only
Parking: 1. Two parking lots off of Noble St.--one south of the building and another west of the school. 2. Church parking lot - take the alley between the school and the south parking lot until you get to the highway and turn left 3. Street parking All guests should enter through the set of double glass doors on the west side of the building.
Cost: NPN Members: Adults $0.00, Children $0.00, Family Four-pack $0.00
Non-members: Adults $10.00, Children $0.00, Family Four-pack $0.00
Coordinator: Didi Lewis

Wondering if your child’s learning is on track?  Join NPN & Learning Decoded for a Learning & School Success 101 workshop!

Does your child seem frustrated with schoolwork? Is he reading at grade level? Does she understand her math homework? Are you not getting much feedback from the teacher? Are you looking for ways to help your child with homework, study habits or keeping track of papers and assignments?

Join us for an interactive seminar on learning and school success. Parents will learn proven strategies to reduce school-related frustration and anxiety and add more confidence and success to their child’s life. This seminar will focus on tools parents can use to help their child, stay informed on progress and advocate for more support at school if necessary.

Our guest speaker, Heather Bragg of Learning Decoded, will share information on:

* How to tell if your child is struggling

* How to know what is “normal” for learning

* The expectations for and skills taught in each grade level

* Ways to make homework time stress-free

* What to do if you suspect a problem

* How to teach good study habits early

Please RSVP, space is limited. Open to NPN members (FREE; please log into your NPN account) and non-members ($10 per adult). While this event is for adults-only, lap babies are welcome.

NPN Members: login first to get the NPN member discount! 

Heather Leneau Bragg, M.A., is a teacher and learning specialist, with a Master’s Degree in Communications Sciences and Disorders from Northwestern University. Her teaching experience includes three years with the University of Chicago’s Hyde Park Day School before transitioning to her current role as a teacher in the Diverse Learners Department at Whitney Young Magnet High School. Heather’s mission is to provide a framework for understanding how bright students can struggle in school and how to tailor instruction so students learn and thrive. Her work has been featured on CBS, WGN, ChicagonistaLIVE! and Telemundo. She is a regular contributor to 30 Second Mom and The Huffington Post. In addition to teaching, Heather works as a consultant and speaker. She lives in Chicago with her family.

Special thanks to our friends at St. Stanislaus Kostka School for hosting this event.




NPN Members: login first to get the NPN member discount! 
(NOTE: Your RSVP/ticket payment is a non-refundable reservation and processing fee).

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Didi Lewis Didi joined NPN in 2010 while researching school options for her son and seeking support from other working moms. When her daughter came along the following year, her fondness for NPN, its activity-packed event calendar, and its active discussion board grew. With a JD and certificate in Family Law from DePaul College of Law, her dedication to the local parent community in her downtown neighborhood, and her passion for advocating family life in the big city (she’s also a proud CPS grad), Didi happily joined the NPN staff in 2013. As School Choice, Programming and Outreach Manager, Didi is excited about helping Chicago parents learn about educational options within the city and discover all of the amazing benefits NPN has to offer for new and growing urban families. After spending her entire life as a north-sider, Didi now lives in the South Loop with her south-sider husband Rod and their city kids, RJ and Rio.

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