Stanford University Senior Lecturer Denise Clark Pope and Gunn High School Principal Katya Villalobos will headline a panel tonight (Wednesday) at Gunn High School on the subject of "successfully navigating and surviving the high expectations of the Gunn community."
Also on the panel, which is titled "Taming the Tempestuous Sea," will be three student participants and Menlo Park psychologist Lea Goldstein.
Panelists will discuss ways to "encourage a "realistic perspective, maintain appropriate academic support and reinforce common values" in a high-achieving community where many students feel overwhelmed by academic pressure.
Pope is the author of the 2001 book "Doing School: How We Are Creating a Generation of Stressed-Out, Materialistic and Miseducated Students." She is a co-founder of the Stanford-based Challenge Success organization, which aims to promote a "broader vision of youth success" and "challenge the conventional, high-pressure, and narrow path."
Tonight's event will be from 7 to 9 p.m. in Gunn's Spangenberg Theater, 780 Arastradero Road.
It is sponsored by the Gunn PTSA, and free and open to the community.