Lake Forest Country Day School (LFCDS) will host two child-development experts this fall as part of its Special Speaker Series.
On Tuesday, September 25, 2018 at 10:00 a.m., LFCDS welcomes New York Times best-selling author Dr. Tina Payne Bryson, Founder and Executive Director of The Center for Connection in Pasadena, CA. Dr. Bryson, is a psychotherapist who specializes in children and adolescent behavior. Her book The Yes Brain, co-authored with Dan Siegel, and her two New York Times best sellers The Whole-Brain Child and No-Drama Discipline have been translated into more than twenty languages. Dr. Bryson’s talk, entitled, “The Yes Brain: Cultivating Emotional Regulation, Resilience, Personal Insight, and Empathy in Children,” will address the following:
• How to teach children to approach challenges, unpleasant tasks , and contentious issues with openness and curiosity
• How to cultivate a “yes brain” which encourages emotional regulation, resilience, personal insight, and empathy
• How to foster the ability to welcome all that life has to offer, even in difficult times
Dr. Bryson has given keynote addresses and has conducted workshops and seminars for parents, educators, and clinicians around the globe.
On Tuesday, October 23, 2018 at 10:00 a.m., LFCDS will host Dr. Eboo Patel, a leading voice in the movement for interfaith cooperation and the Founder and President of Interfaith Youth Core (IFYC), a national nonprofit organization dedicated to making interfaith cooperation a social norm. He is the author of the best-selling books Acts of Faith, Sacred Ground, and Interfaith Leadership. Named by US News & World Report as one of America’s Best Leaders of 2009, Eboo served on President Obama’s Inaugural Faith Council. Dr. Patel’s lecture, entitled “Out of Many Faiths: Religious Diversity and What it Means for Our Children,” will address the following:
• How exposure to other religions enhances our own experience and helps children build relationships across religious divides
• How students, families, and educators can explore the worldview diversity around them and better understand the role of interfaith cooperation in modern society
• How to create spaces where students can connect, share ideas, and engage in transformative dialogue to strengthen our society and our country
Dr. Patel holds a doctorate in the sociology of religion from Oxford University, where he studied on a Rhodes Scholarship. For more than fifteen years, he has worked with governments, social sector organizations, and college and university campuses to help realize a future where religion is a bridge of cooperation rather than a barrier of division.
Lake Forest Country Day School places an emphasis on rigorous academics as well as social and emotional learning and responsible citizenship. According to Head of School Joy Hurd, “A student’s social and emotional well-being is a direct contributor to academic success.” He notes that achievement test scores for students with social and emotional instruction are eleven percent higher than those of students without this training. “In addition, developing awareness, appreciation, and empathy ultimately leads our students to understand that they have the capacity to shape and direct their paths,” says Mr. Hurd.
Through its annual Special Speaker Series, LFCDS is committed to bringing parenting and child-development experts to the North Shore communities. These expert-led events, which are free and open to the public, take place at Lake Forest Country Day School in the Green Bay Atrium located at 145 South Green Bay Road in Lake Forest. To register, please visit: lfcds.org/speakerseries or call the Main Office at (847) 234-2350.
Lake Forest Country Day School serves students from more than 35 communities throughout the North Shore and beyond. A regional center of excellence for early childhood, elementary, and middle school education for children two years old through Grade 8, LFCDS is committed to inspired teaching, academic rigor, attention to individual needs, and responsible citizenship as well as the dedication to producing students of strong character with a passion for learning.