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

  Foreign Language 411 @ GEMS World Academy Chicago
Location: GEMS World Academy Chicago
Time: 6:00 PM - 7:30 PM · Jul 25, 2017
Who: Members & Non-members - Adults only
Parking: GEMS World Academy is easily accessible via public transportation. Limited complimentary parking is available for registered guests in the GEMS garage; first come, first served. GEMS garage entrance is located east of the school, where South Water Street meets Field Blvd. Additional public paid parking is available in the garages of two neighboring buildings: the Aqua Building and the Tides 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

Foreign Language 411: Introducing and Supporting Your Child's Foreign Language Learning

Are you interested in introducing your child to a foreign language but don't know where to start or how best to support their learning? Are you a bilingual parent seeking guidance and support for your child in a dual language household?  Does NPN have the event for you!

We are thrilled to partner with GEMS World Academy Chicago to present this seminar for parents who are seeking information and guidance from foreign language education experts who will share their knowledge and insights into how to help your child - and your family - learn about and appreciate being multilingual! 

Topics for discussion will include:

* Language acquisition and second language acquisition

* Bilingualism: what is it?

* Advantages of speaking several languages

* Immersion programs vs. Language classes

* Best practices at home where only one or more than one language is spoken

* Resources to help a child practicing a foreign language

About our speakers:

Marjorie Blettry is a French and Spanish teacher at GEMS World Academy Chicago. A native French speaker, Marjorie joined the GEMS faculty after teaching at the Lycee Francais de Chicago for 14 years. She has a master’s degree in education and certification for the teaching of Spanish. A passionate believer in the power of education to create positive change, Marjorie is skilled at integrating technology into her lessons, and she has demonstrated a unique sensitivity to the varied needs of her students.

Jennifer Decker is a founder and Learning Designer of FamLing Design, whose mission is to partner with families to support multilingual children's language and identity development. Jen's interest in language learning (she's fluent in English, German, and Spanish and speaks conversational Hindi and Mandarin) and her own multilingual, multicultural family has propelled her to make family language education her side hustle and pipe dream. Jen received her M.S.Ed from the Graduate School of Education at the University of Pennsylvania and has taught, designed curriculum, and managed educational programs for children, youth, and adults in the United States and India.

JOIN US FOR A PRE-EVENT RECEPTION:  Registered attendees are invited to join NPN and GEMS World Academy Chicago for a pre-presentation reception, beginning at 5:30pm.  Enjoy light refreshments and conversation with other parents.  Tours of GEMS will be available during this time.

Please RSVP, space is limited; adults only please. Open to NPN members (FREE, please login to your NPN account) and non-members ($10 per adult*). Space is limited, light refreshments will be served. Please be respectful of our presenter & sponsors and honor your RSVP.  NPN Members: Please Log In before you RSVP! 

(NOTE: Your RSVP/ticket payment is a non-refundable reservation and processing fee).


    • July
    • 25
    • Tuesday

Meet the Co-Chairs

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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