Learning Is For Everyone! As part of our partnership with parents, Portsmouth Christian Academy presents The LIFE Series. Dr. Connie Lawrence, PCA Academic Dean, hosts several parent sessions each year emphasizing important topics in education and child development. LIFE talks are open to all parents, both those families who have students that attend PCA and those who do not.

You are invited to register and attend one or all of the LIFE Series sessions. The sessions meet at PCA in the Lower School at 1:30pm and they finish in time to get your child at dismissal. We hope that you will join us.

Please register in the form below or by contacting Sue McKenney (ext. 112).


Friday, September 27, 2019 | Tools that Fit My Style

Study strategies can speed up my learning or slow it down.  This workshop will focus on which strategies work well for the collaborative, analytic, common sense, and dynamic learners.

Friday, November 15, 2019 | Memory Tricks to Make It Stick

Much is being learned about working- and long-term memory.  In this workshop we will explore strategies that enable memory and storage into long-term memory.

Friday, January 17, 2020 | “Lynn Lyons”

During our Teacher In-Service Day in January, parents are welcome to join us in Troiano Hall to hear Lynn Lyons talk about anxiety. This will be a popular event open to our larger community, but PCA families will be able to register first.

Friday, March 6, 2020 | My Best Test

Test anxiety is often a result of poor study and test-taking strategies.  In this workshop we will explore how to learn material, so that it moves from working memory to long-term memory, and generative recall strategies.

Friday, April 17, 2020 | Finishing Well

The last weeks of school are often the most critical learning weeks, but can be a time when engagement grows difficult.  This workshop will give ideas for increasing motivation and engagement.

Friday, May 29, 2020 | Growing In the Sunshine

Summer can be a time of growth or decline.  In this workshop we will discuss ways for learning through the summer that don’t seem like school.

Previous LIFE Series Topics

What Does It Take to Learn?

While some students are self-regulated, eager to accept challenge, and fully engaged in the learning process, others feel that school is something that must be “endured.” The difference is not just within the classroom or the teacher, while those are certainly contributing factors. There are also differences in the level of student intrinsic motivation and engagement. In the LIFE Series sessions, we will examine how to build intrinsic motivation and self-regulation that can support learning for a lifetime.

What Does It Take To Be A High Achiever? | Recorded Session
Identify characteristics of successful learners and debunk the myths of innate talent, lucky breaks, or charisma as roads to high achievement.

What Does It Take To Continue to Love Learning? | Recorded Session
Create a framework for motivation that will last a lifetime and avoid the pitfalls that demotivate.


What Does It Take To Prepare for More Learning? | Recorded Session
Create satisfying learning opportunities for the summer that will consolidate and build knowledge from year to year.