Two BUSD-Sponsored Events You May Not Want to Miss

Here are two upcoming events of special interest:

May 20: “Learning Exchange” workshops to build supportive schools

District families, students and staff are invited to a special “Learning Exchange” on May 20 at Longfellow Middle School.

The event — from 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.– will include community dialogue and interactive workshops to build resiliency and community to counter fear and xenophobia.

Topics, designed for youth and adults, include:
• Know your Rights for youth, & Youth Empowerment and Leadership
• Dynamic mindfulness with Niroga Institute
• Support strategies with Berkeley Mental Health
• Developing a Family Preparedness Plan
• Art with Muralist Edith Boone
• Music with organizer Francisco Herrera
• Community Gardening/Environmental Justice

A light breakfast and full lunch will be served. Translation and free childcare also will be available.

You can view the event flyer in English and Spanish.

Please RSVP by May 17 to

The event is sponsored by the BUSD Office of Family Engagement and Equity (OFEE), District English Learner Advisory Committee (DELAC), the PTA and Parents of the Children of African Descent (PCAD).

May 25: Free showing of “Screenagers” film on family struggles over screen time

BUSD families are invited to a free screening of the award-winning film “Screenagers,” which explores family struggles over screen time, including social media, cell phones and internet addiction.

When: Thursday, May 25, 2017 at 6:30pm (doors open at 6pm)
Where: Berkeley High School Library, 1980 Alston Way, Berkeley, CA 94704

“Screenagers” looks at the impact of screen time on kids and offers solutions on how we can help kids find balance. ​The film’s website includes a trailer.

The director, Dr. Delaney ​Ruston, decided to make “Screenagers” when she found herself constantly struggling with her own two kids about screen time. This is depicted along with many other stories in the film. Dr. Ruston has won several awards for her work using films to create movements for social change and has been invited to give talks to all types of audiences around the world.

​Screenagers’ producer Lisa Tabb will attend the screening and moderate the discussion following the film. Both she and Ruston graduated from Berkeley High in the mid-1980s.

Parents can bring their kids of all ages to see the film and participate in the post-screening discussions.

The event is being hosted by the BUSD Office of Family Engagement and Equity and Berkeley High School. Flyers in English and Spanish can be viewed on the District website.

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