PLEASANTON -- The city begins a free speaker series on parent education with a Jan. 22 talk about tensions over students' grades and homework and the culture of competition.

Gina Morris from the Challenge Success group at the Stanford University School of Education will give the opening talk from 7 to 9 p.m. Jan. 22 in the large meeting room at the Pleasanton Library, 400 Old Bernal Ave.

Challenge Success uses educators to lecture and lead talks on parenting techniques, child development and school reform.

Other talks in the series also will be held at 7 on Wednesday nights at the library.

Other speaker topics and dates are: raising resilient children on Feb. 26; a balanced approach to youth sports on March 26; the wonder years, transition to middle school on April 23; and communicating with children on May 28.

The speaker series was organized by Pleasanton community services employees and the Pleasanton Youth Commission.

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