Stay tuned for details of Oak Meadow School’s upcoming 2017-18 Speaker Series.
Earlier this year:
Rob Evans, Ed.D.
“Family Matters: Raising Healthy Children in Challenging Times”
Wednesday, April 26, 2017
There is no harder job than being a parent. Nothing else touches so much of a person so deeply—or so unpredictably—and there is no training for it. As the pace of life accelerates, as media influences intensify, and as the future grows less predictable, parents and teachers find it harder to be confident—harder to know how to raise competent, caring children, how to resist negative influences in the surrounding culture. Rob will outline these dilemmas and offer concrete suggestions for successful coping at home and school.
Dr. Evans is a clinical and organizational psychologist and the Executive Director of The Human Relations Service, in Wellesley, Mass. A former high school and pre-school teacher and a former child and family therapist, he has worked with schools and families locally and around the country for thirty-five years. His presentations are known for their lively wit and plain talk. He is the author of many articles and three books, including “Family Matters: How Schools Can Cope with The Crisis in Childrearing.” Visit his website to learn more.
Dr. John Ratey, M.D.
“Exercise & Outdoors: A Key to Helping Our Kids Build Emotional Resilience and Optimizing Their Learning Capacity”
September 22, 2016
The Discovery Museums of Acton and Oak Meadow School co-hosted an evening with Dr. John Ratey, M.D., best selling author, an Associate Clinical Professor of Psychiatry at Harvard Medical School and an internationally recognized expert in Neuropsychiatry. Visit his website to learn more about Dr. Ratey .
Dr. Michael Thompson
Best Friends, Worst Enemies: Understanding the Social Lives of Children
For nearly thirty-five years, New York Times best-selling author Dr. Thompson has worked as a clinical psychologist, school consultant and international speaker on the subjects of children, schools and parenting. He has authored nine books focusing on the emotional lives of boys, friendships and social cruelty in childhood, the impact of summer camp experiences on child development, the tensions that arise in the parent-teacher relationships, and psychological aspects of school leadership. His work with independent schools and public school districts throughout the United States, and with international schools in Europe, Asia and South America takes him to about fifty schools a year to lead workshops for teachers, administrators, parents and students. His presentation will focus on the social lives of children.
Dr. Elizabeth Englander
Cyberbullying and Social Media: What Every Parent Needs to Know
Dr. Elizabeth Englander is a Professor of Psychology and the founder and Director of the Massachusetts Aggression Reduction Center at Bridgewater State University, a Center which delivers anti-violence and anti-bullying programs, resources, and research nationwide. She is a nationally recognized researcher and expert in the area of bullying and cyberbullying, and is the Chair of the Cyberbullying Workgroup for a project with the National Academy of Sciences and the Institute of Digital Media and Child Development, working to help define the nation’s research agenda. Her work as a Presidential Fellow founded MARC, which brings programs to hundreds of schools every year. However, the credential that interests children the most is that she was named Most Valuable Educator of 2013 by the Boston Red Sox, because of her work in technological aggression and how it interacts with peer abusiveness in general.
Follow the Child: 10 Principles for Pursuing Possibility
In 2008, Hugh Weber started Dude to Dad as a genuine cry for help from an ordinary dude who wanted to be an extraordinary dad. Dude to Dad has grown to include 85,000 new fathers, two Amazon Parenting Bestsellers, with two additional books and a television series currently in development.
Hugh is founder and President of OTA, an innovative non-profit offering extraordinary experiences and engagements that educate, empower, and serve as catalysts for creative community-builders. High lives in the OTA states with his beautiful, intelligent and extremely patient wife, Amy, five-year-old daughter and proud Montessori scholar Emerson, one-year-old son Finn, and an imaginary friend named Sally.
Dr. Angeline Lillard
Montessori Principles: The Science, The Genius
Angeline Lillard is the author of the best-selling book, Montessori: The Science Behind the Genius, and travels extensively to present Montessori’s theoretical principles, the science research that has followed them, and how they are implemented in a Montessori classroom. Educators and parents alike will find this presentation informative and enlightening.
Professor of Psychology and Developmental Area Head at the University of Virgina, Dr. Lillard received her doctorate in Psychology from Stanford University. She has been honored with numerous awards for her work and research on Montessori education, in addition to issues related to culture and neuroplasticity.