Unlocking Potential: Fostering Resilience

Cecily’s Advocacy Workshop 

Saturday, November 14, 2015


Each year, McLean School invites both nationally celebrated and community-based experts on learning and development for a symposium highlighting new research and best practices in fostering growth for K-12 students. Now in its 7th year, Cecily’s Advocacy Workshop has grown as a key resource in the Washington metro area, attracting an audience of over 300 parents, educators and child development professionals.
 
This workshop is named in memory of Cecily Kodis Kaufman, a devoted McLean School parent, loving advocate and mother. Cecily was an inspirational member of the McLean School family. For many years, she was a steadfast member of the Parents Association Executive Board. Cecily left her mark on the hearts of all who knew her by her selfless, giving spirit to the McLean School community.

Co-Chairs, Mary Gibbons (Brigid ’17) and Jeanett Yonemoto (Jillian ’27) thank the keynote speakers, Jessica Lahey, and Dr. Scott Barry Kaufman, and the workshop presenters for this incredible day.

KEYNOTE SPEAKERS

Raising Self-Reliant Children
Jessica Lahey
Educator & Author

The Gift of Failure: How the Best Parents Learn to Let Go So Their Children Can Succeed
 
“Modern parenting,” says educator, author, and journalist, Jessica Lahey, “is defined by an unprecedented level of overprotectiveness: parents who rush to deliver forgotten assignments, challenge report card disappointments and mastermind their children’s friendships.” But rescuing children from even small failures hurts them in the long run, she believes.
 
A contributor to The Atlantic, and author of The New York Times column, The Parent-Teacher Conference, Ms. Lahey offered practical strategies to help parents and teachers, as they support what children in our over-scheduled culture truly need: autonomy, self-sufficiency and resilience.
 
Evaluation to Inspiration
Dr. Scott Barry Kaufman
Positive Psychologist, University of Pennsylvania
Author

Ungifted: Intelligence Redefined
 
Wired to Create: Unraveling the Mysteries of the 
Creative Mind (December 2015 Release Date)
 
Labeled learning disabled as a child, Scott Barry Kaufman was determined to leave special education and move into the more challenging classes. His persistence was rewarded -- earning him degrees from Carnegie Melon, Cambridge and Yale -- and leading him toward a passion to test the very definition of intelligence.
 
In his talk, Dr. Kaufman shared research supporting an enlarged understanding of talent and giftedness. 

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Workshop PowerPoint Presentations and Videos

List of 8 items.

  • Academic Resilience: How to Keep Kids Trying When the Task is Hard

    Paul Belliveau Math Department Chair
    McLean School
     
    Upon learning he was a math teacher and gymnastics coach, an observer remarked to Paul Belliveau: “So you spend your time around frightened children.” Indeed, the students he works with can be beset by anxiety -- in both arenas -- and the strategies that keep young gymnasts from becoming dispirited, he has found, can also propel students forward in the classroom. Mr. Belliveau, who has taught and coached in middle and high school for 25 years, will discuss techniques for helping students move past obstacles that appear intimidating -- and persist, even when the task is hard.
  • Adolescence Intensified: Navigating Identity with the Adopted Teen

    Lisa Dominguez, LCSW-C
    Clinical Director, Center for Adoption Support and Education
     
    Adolescence is a time when adoptees struggle with an extra layer of challenges as they navigate the “normal” developmental adolescent tasks around separation from parents, identity formation, and decisions related to sexuality. Ms. Dominguez will explore how adoption intensifies the experience of adolescence particularly if teens are being raised by parents of a different race or culture. Potential mild and serious emotional and behavioral issues at home and at school will be addressed.


  • Being Extraordinary: Mental Conditioning for Resilience

    Dr. Evan Brody, PhD
    Sport Psychophysiologist and Owner, Performance Enhancement Consultants
     
    Resiliency, persistence, mental toughness or just being extraordinary, all serve the purpose of identifying a psychological state which allows for optimal performance. Part genetic, part environmentally learned, being resilient requires a “mental framework” AND a skill set that will allow one to systematically work through all life events whether in school, sports, business or life. Dr. Evan Brody will address the psychophysiology of optimal performance states in a practical application to understand the mind-body connection, a framework to prepare one to excel and be resilient, and a fun and energizing psychological skill program developed from his study of the martial arts and Taijiquan.
  • Executive Function and Resilience: Intervening to Foster New Skills

    Lauren Kenworthy, PhD 
    Director, Center for Autism Spectrum Disorders, Children's National Medical Center
    Associate Professor, Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences Neurology, George Washington University School of Medicine 
     
    When a child struggles with executive dysfunction, it can be difficult to distinguish "I can" from "I won't." A national expert on executive functioning, Dr. Kenworthy is co-creator of the Behavioral Rating Inventory of Executive Function (used in more 850 research studies) and author of the highly-sought, school-based intervention program, Unstuck and on Target. In this workshop, she will present tips for identifying behaviors that stem from executive dysfunction, and provide a framework for intervening, accommodating and teaching new skills.

    Click here for a PDF of the PowerPoint slides.

  • Mindfulness: A Tool to Build Self-Confidence, Self-Awareness and Self-Control

    Frankie Engelking, Director of Student and Community Wellness 
    McLean School 
     
    Mindfulness, says Psychology Today, is “a state of active, open attention on the present.” Through controlled breathing techniques, and body awareness, practicing Mindfulness can lower blood pressure, decrease anxiety, improve concentration and increase impulse control -- tools to foster healthy and resilient parents, teachers and students. Ms. Engelking, who developed the McLean School science elective, Physiology, Anatomy, Injury Prevention and Diseases (PAID), will explore the physiology of Mindfulness, and share steps toward creating a personal practice.


  • Steering through the Technology Landscape: Fostering Balanced Use in Children and Teens

    Edward Spector, PhyD,
    Psychologist, Spector Therapy LLC
     
    Technology connects us, and makes us more efficient, but as the The New York Times notes, “computers and cellphones, and the constant stream of stimuli they offer, pose a profound challenge to focusing and learning.” For some children and adolescents, the enticing world of video games, computer games and the internet is a debilitating snare. Dr. Spector, who has helped many young clients change how they use technology, will discuss collaborative strategies that harness a child’s or adolescent’s own strengths, helping them transition from unhealthy technology use to use that is balanced and healthy.
  • Stress and Anxiety Management for Teens

    Kassan Holmes, PhD
    Psychologist, The Wake Kendall Group PLLC
     
    This workshop will detail the stress and coping balance, including education about anxiety as a manifestation of stress. You will learn to identify signs that your teen is overwhelmed, and effective strategies for managing stress and anxiety which ultimately lead to resilience.
  • When Medication is Right: Using it Safely and Effectively

    Daniel Shapiro, MD 
    Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrician Creator of the Parent Training Program;Raising Your Challenging Child
     
    For some children, medication is an integral part of a comprehensive care plan. In this workshop, Dr. Shapiro will present a practical approach to medication management -- emphasizing the importance of accurate, attentive assessment, well-controlled trials and close follow-up. Dr. Shapiro practiced Pediatric and Adolescent Medicine for 13 years, before re-orienting his practice toward Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics. He is the creator of the multi-week Parent Training Program, Raising Your Challenging Child.

Jessica Lahey

Dr. Scott Barry Kaufman

Workshop Session 1

List of 7 items.

  • Steering through the Technology Landscape: Fostering Balanced and Healthy Use

    Edward Spector, PsyD
    Psychologist, Spector Therapy LLC

    Technology connects us, and makes us more efficient, but as the The New York Times notes, “computers and cellphones, and the constant stream of stimuli they offer, pose a profound challenge to focusing and learning.” For some children and adolescents, the enticing world of video games, computer games and the internet is a debilitating snare. Dr. Spector, who has helped many young clients change how they use technology, will discuss collaborative strategies that harness a child’s or adolescent’s own strengths, helping them transition from unhealthy technology use to use that is balanced and healthy.
  • When Medication is Right: Using it Safely and Effectively

    Daniel Shapiro, MD 
    Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrician Creator of the Parent Training Program;Raising Your Challenging Child


    For some children, medication is an integral part of a comprehensive care plan. In this workshop, Dr. Shapiro will present a practical approach to medication management -- emphasizing the importance of accurate, attentive assessment, well-controlled trials and close follow-up. Dr. Shapiro practiced Pediatric and Adolescent Medicine for 13 years, before re-orienting his practice toward Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics. He is the creator of the multi-week Parent Training Program, Raising Your Challenging Child.
  • Little People and Resilience: Nurturing a Foundation in the Early Years

    Valaida Wise, MAT, PhD
    Head of School, National Child Research Center, Adjunct Professor, Johns Hopkins University
     
    What are the environmental factors that help nurture self-sufficiency in the pre-school aged child? How can teachers and parents work together to foster the habits of healthy independence? A recent Brava award winner, Dr. Wise has lectured nationally and internationally on the topic of early childhood education, most recently at Tanjian University, and in the field, in China. In this workshop, she will address a missing link in much of the research about resilience -- the importance of building a strong foundation in the earliest years.
  • Relax and LEGO: Building an Essay One Brick at a Time

    Laurie Moloney, Certified Academic Language Therapist
    Academic Language Therapy Associates
     
    Idea generation, organization, grammar: the banes of the struggling writing student. Enter the toys. Using a color-coded 22-brick LEGO model, Ms. Moloney will demonstrate that constructing an essay is like constructing a building, each brick representing a sentence with an essential function.This workshop will illustrate how, step-by-step, students come to associate color with function, and internalize the writing process. Motivated by the belief that literacy and the ability to write are fundamental civil rights, Ms. Moloney has expertise in language-based learning and working with students who learn differently.
  • Academic Resilience: How to Keep Kids Trying When the Task is Hard

    Paul Belliveau Math Department Chair
    McLean School

    Upon learning he was a math teacher and gymnastics coach, an observer remarked to Paul Belliveau: “So you spend your time around frightened children.” Indeed, the students he works with can be beset by anxiety -- in both arenas -- and the strategies that keep young gymnasts from becoming dispirited, he has found, can also propel students forward in the classroom. Mr. Belliveau, who has taught and coached in middle and high school for 25 years, will discuss techniques for helping students move past obstacles that appear intimidating -- and persist, even when the task is hard.
  • College Success: Planning for the Student Who Learns Differently

    Hannah Serota, College Counselor
    McLean School

    For students with challenges, the transition from high school to college can be daunting.Yet, with preparation and insight, students with learning differences can achieve high levels of college success. In this workshop, we will discuss the kinds of support colleges offer, the critical skill set college-level learning requires, factors in finding an appropriate fit, and the process of documentation required for accommodation on SAT/ACT tests, and on the college campus as well.
     
  • Stress and Anxiety Management for Teens

    Kassan Holmes, PhD
    Psychologist, The Wake Kendall Group PLLC

    This workshop will detail the stress and coping balance, including education about anxiety as a manifestation of stress. You will learn to identify signs that your teen is overwhelmed, and effective strategies for managing stress and anxiety which ultimately lead to resilience.

Workshop Session 2

List of 7 items.

  • Steering through the Technology Landscape: Fostering Balanced Use in Children and Teens

    Edward Spector, PhyD,
    Psychologist, Spector Therapy LLC

    Technology connects us, and makes us more efficient, but as the The New York Times notes, “computers and cellphones, and the constant stream of stimuli they offer, pose a profound challenge to focusing and learning.” For some children and adolescents, the enticing world of video games, computer games and the internet is a debilitating snare. Dr. Spector, who has helped many young clients change how they use technology, will discuss collaborative strategies that harness a child’s or adolescent’s own strengths, helping them transition from unhealthy technology use to use that is balanced and healthy.
  • When Medication is Right: Using it Safely and Effectively

    Daniel Shapiro, MD 
    Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrician Creator of the Parent Training Program;Raising Your Challenging Child


    For some children, medication is an integral part of a comprehensive care plan. In this workshop, Dr. Shapiro will present a practical approach to medication management -- emphasizing the importance of accurate, attentive assessment, well-controlled trials and close follow-up. Dr. Shapiro practiced Pediatric and Adolescent Medicine for 13 years, before re-orienting his practice toward Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics. He is the creator of the multi-week Parent Training Program, Raising Your Challenging Child.
  • Being Extraordinary: Mental Conditioning for Resilience

    Dr. Evan Brody, PhD
    Sport Psychophysiologist and Owner, Performance Enhancement Consultants

    Resiliency, persistence, mental toughness or just being extraordinary, all serve the purpose of identifying a psychological state which allows for optimal performance. Part genetic, part environmentally learned, being resilient requires a “mental framework” AND a skill set that will allow one to systematically work through all life events whether in school, sports, business or life. Dr. Evan Brody will address the psychophysiology of optimal performance states in a practical application to understand the mind-body connection, a framework to prepare one to excel and be resilient, and a fun and energizing psychological skill program developed from his study of the martial arts and Taijiquan.
  • Mindfulness: A Tool to Build Self-Confidence, Self-Awareness and Self-Control

    Frankie Engelking, Director of Student and Community Wellness 
    McLean School 

    Mindfulness, says Psychology Today, is “a state of active, open attention on the present.” Through controlled breathing techniques, and body awareness, practicing Mindfulness can lower blood pressure, decrease anxiety, improve concentration and increase impulse control -- tools to foster healthy and resilient parents, teachers and students. Ms. Engelking, who developed the McLean School science elective, Physiology, Anatomy, Injury Prevention and Diseases (PAID), will explore the physiology of Mindfulness, and share steps toward creating a personal practice.
  • Executive Function and Resilience: Intervening to Foster New Skills

    Lauren Kenworthy, PhD 
    Director, Center for Autism Spectrum Disorders, Children's National Medical Center
    Associate Professor, Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences Neurology, George Washington University School of Medicine 

    When a child struggles with executive dysfunction, it can be difficult to distinguish "I can" from "I won't." A national expert on executive functioning, Dr. Kenworthy is co-creator of the Behavioral Rating Inventory of Executive Function (used in more 850 research studies) and author of the highly-sought, school-based intervention program, Unstuck and on Target. In this workshop, she will present tips for identifying behaviors that stem from executive dysfunction, and provide a framework for intervening, accommodating and teaching new skills.
  • The Game Plan: Homework Strategies that Lead to Success

    Laurie Maloney, Certified Academic Language Therapist 
    Academic Language Therapy Associates 

    Athletes know not to head to the sports field without practice, the right equipment, well-honed skills -- and an overall game plan. The best-kept secret of successful students is that they need to do the same. This workshop will demonstrate how practice, technique, and developing a plan can be game changers that turn students into classroom MVPs. Ms. Maloney’s areas of expertise include teaching students to read, handwrite, spell fluently, take notes, enlarge their vocabulary, think critically and manage their time and materials.
  • Adolescence Intensified: Navigating Identity with the Adopted Teen

    Lisa Dominguez, LCSW-C
    Clinical Director, Center for Adoption Support and Education

    Adolescence is a time when adoptees struggle with an extra layer of challenges as they navigate the “normal” developmental adolescent tasks around separation from parents, identity formation, and decisions related to sexuality. Ms. Dominguez will explore how adoption intensifies the experience of adolescence particularly if teens are being raised by parents of a different race or culture. Potential mild and serious emotional and behavioral issues at home and at school will be addressed.

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