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The Self-Driven Child • May 1

Brought to you by the Sinai Akiba Academy Parent Association: Join us for the upcoming talk, "The Self-Driven Child" with Dr. Bill Stixrud on May 1 at 8:15 am. Plus, don't miss a special breakfast for dads that same morning, starting at 7:45 am. 

Dr. Bill Stixrud, neuropsychologist and author of The Self-Driven Child: The Science and Sense of Giving Your Kids More Control Over Their Lives, will present ways adults can give kids the gift of age-appropriate autonomy.  Help your children develop resilience and self-motivation to point them toward rewarding futures.

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  • Learn More About Dr. Stixrud

    William R. Stixrud, Ph.D., is a clinical neuropsychologist and founder of The Stixrud Group, a lifespan neuropsychology practice. He is also a member of the Adjunct Faculty of the Children’s National Medical Center, and he holds a faculty appointment as Assistant Clinical Professor of Psychiatry and Pediatrics at the George Washington School of Medicine. Additionally, Dr.
    Stixrud is a frequent lecturer, and he has authored scientific articles on Transcendental Meditation and book chapters on meditation and the integration of the arts into education. Dr. Stixrud has been quoted often in publications including The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Times of London, Scientific American,, NPR, The Wall Street Journal, Businessweek, Barron’s, and Vogue.

    Dr. Stixrud holds a doctorate degree in School Psychology from the University of Minnesota. He did his training in neuropsychology at the Children’s Hospital of Boston (as a fellow of the Harvard Medical School) and Tufts New England Medical Center. Dr. Stixrud is also a rock and roll musician and plays in the band Close Enough.
  • Praise for "The Self-Driven Child" Book

    “In trying too hard to control their children, too often parents have unwittingly become part of the problem they’re trying to solve. Combining deep insights from clinical practice and educational coaching, Stixrud and Johnson have written a penetrating account of the chronic problems that many families now face and an incisive, practical guide to what parents can do to relieve them. . . An essential book for parents and educators everywhere.”
    —Sir Ken Robinson, PhD, Educator and New York Times Best Selling Author of Creative

    “Compelling, revolutionary, and wise, The Self-Driven Child empowers parents with the courage, the tools, and the mindset to reduce toxic stress, and to foster our child’s capacity for resilience, success, and optimal development. Its message—that we should trust kids to have more control over their own lives—is one every parent needs to hear.”
    —Tina Payne Bryson, PhD, co-author of The Whole Brain Child and The
    Yes Brain

Past Events


Sinai Akiba Academy is hosting the SSALA event with David and Nic Sheff as they share their family's very personal, emotional and, often times, heart-breaking journey through addiction and recovery. We hope parents (and teens) struggling with addiction and mental illness within their own families will find hope and encouragement as we learn about David and Nic's many failures, roadblocks and, ultimately, success on the road to recovery. More information is available online.

Keeping Kids ... Kids: A two-part event

February 20 at 7:00 pm - Conversation with Dr. Gail Dines and Rabbi Wolpe - Register online
In partnership with Sinai Temple, Sinai Akiba Academy presents Dr. Gail Dines, professor, author and activist, who joins Rabbi David Wolpe for a candid conversation about the hyper-sexualization of modern culture, the ways that porn images filter down into mainstream pop culture, and how these societal changes impact our children.

February 21 at 8:15 am - Break out workshops - No registration required
Follow up the conversations with a panel discussion and breakout sessions led by educational and child development experts including:
  • Dr. Nina Tepper, a child and adolescent psychologist and our school’s Human Development specialist
  • Alon Shwartz, co-founder of unGlue, focusing on responsible and moderate use of the Internet,
  • School IT specialists (through conference call) Dyvar Anderson and Doug Hinko
  • School Counselor Daisy Perez, and School Psychologist, Dr. Andrea Ackerman
  • Rabbi Andy Feig, Geoff Agnor, Shelley Lawrence
This event is free of charge for Sinai Temple members and SAA parents, and $25 for non-members.


Parent Education Program

We value the partnership between family and school, and as part of this partnership, we strive to offer programming that supports parents in their journies to raise thoughtful children who contribute positively to our world. Our goal is to not just educate children, but also to enrich the lives of our families. Throughout the year, we are excited to offer speakers and events that do just that, providing learning and networking opportunities for our community. In addition to this programming, please also review our Parenting Center offerings for a variety of parenting classes and more. 
Sinai Akiba Academy is a private Jewish day school in Los Angeles, serving students in Early Childhood through Grade 8. We also offer a variety of parenting classes and programs for children through our Parenting Center

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formerly called Alice and Nahum Lainer School