The Star Speaker Series


Join us for our popular Speaker Series. Star welcomes specialists in the Learning Differences field from around the country. Reservations are strongly encouraged. Events are free for Star Academy parents; a $15 donation from the general public is appreciated.

Everyone Welcome!

Friday, Oct 11, 2019

6:30 - 8pm

Planning for Life After High School

Presenter: Head of School Sheila Reilly

It's never too early to begin planning for what comes after high school for our students with learning differences. Sheila will present all the options including Star innovative high school program as well as all other options. Decisions made now can affect the opportunities presented later. Don't miss it!

Tuesday, November 19, 2019

6:30 - 8pm

Conservatorship Explained

Presenter: Attorney Alexis Lynch

Conservatorship is an important step for families of a child with special needs transitioning into adulthood. In order to maintain the legal rights to make important decisions such as your child’s residence, medical treatment and education after age 18, you must be appointed conservator by a judge.  This workshop will provide an overview of what conservatorship entails and the steps necessary for being appointed a conservator through the local courts.

Friday, December 13, 2019

9 to 10:30am

ADHD Update

Presenter: Star Academy Board Member Holly Seerley, MFT.

Holly will once again be fresh off an AD/HD conference and will report back on the news in the field. This has traditionally been our most popular speaker event of the year.

(note: this was originally scheduled for 12/6)

Tuesday, February 11, 2020

6:30 - 8pm

Family Dynamics

Presenter: Jennifer Taylor

The impact on the family system of having a child with Learning Differences

Jennifer will touch on the following topics:

*The reality of our families - you ARE working hard!

*Patterns of communication - Who are you and what is your relationship?

*Relationship - You must parent from the inside out.

*Siblings - How they are impacted.

*Self care - Is your bucket filled?

*The future - lifelong habits and strategies.

*Community: Your child's team - You are NOT alone.

Friday, March 6, 2020


Social Relationships

Presenter: Star Speech & Language Pathologist Christina Jarema

This informational speaker series is geared towards parents that are interested in learning their child's core social-emotional concepts, social vocabulary and generalized use of the social relationship teachings across settings outside of the school environment. 

This is an opportunity to further continuity of care and provide an overview of methodologies used by Star Academy's Speech and Language Department. 

Friday, April 3

9 - 10:30am

Our Kids with Smartphones and Computers:

What are they doing? Are they safe? How can I keep up?

Presenter: Robbie Leftwich-Vann (mom of Star high schooler, Alex V.)


Did you know that 17% of tweens (age 8-12) have received a message through the Internet with photos or words that made them feel uncomfortable, only 7% of parents were aware of this? Or that 65% of 8-14 year-olds have been involved in a cyberbullying incident?


Come and get some practical information about how to help, support, and protect your kids as they navigate electronic devices and the cyber-world. Robbie is the tech guru in her household and has tried just about everything. She will discuss her research, experiences, and advice about cell phone parental controls (with a focus on the IPhone), home network monitoring and filtering, as well as some safe email options.

Robbie Leftwich-Vann has 30 years of experience leading large and complex aerospace and science projects for the U.S. government and 22 years as a parent of two exceptional children. She recently led a NASA airborne telescope program and is now managing the design and construction of the synchrotron particle accelerator at the Lawrence Berkeley Lab. A dynamic and experienced public speaker and adult educator, Robbie brings her knowledge, skills, and abilities from the public technology world to the challenges of cyber-security in her own family. 

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Our daytime Speaker Series events are now filmed and will be available soon. Watch this space.

Directions to Star

Please read these directions. GPS isn't fully reliable.

From Highway 101, take the Lucas Valley/Smith Ranch Rd exit and head East on Smith Ranch Rd. Make a hard right at the light and Star Academy will come up quickly on your left. If you see Redwood Cafe and Bank of Marin on your left, you've gone too far. If our parking lot is full, you can park at the Park & Ride that is across the street from Bank of Marin.


The Speaker Series events are held in The Administration Building, across the playground from the Main Building. Star is a secure facility so look for a Star Student Ambassador to greet you and allow you into the building.

We are always planning great events at Star Academy! Give us your information so we can keep you in the loop. We respect your privacy and will NEVER share your information with any other party.

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