Experts Offer Insights on Parenting Matters

As a regional leader in early childhood education, The Summit Country Day School hosts a free community-wide symposium annually in October featuring national, regional and local experts in childhood learning, health, and wellness. Gathering these thought leaders under one roof on the same day allows parents of children from birth to age 10 to quickly learn more about important and timely topics. Each year, a keynote address is followed by breakout sessions and a luncheon address. As one of a few schools in Greater Cincinnati which offer an academic program for 2-year-olds, the Summit is committed to quality early childhood education and the notion that "Parenting Matters" in that education. The event is free and open to the public. CEUs are available for teachers.

The Seventh Annual Early Childhood Education Symposium will be held  Saturday, Oct. 25. Planning is under way so look for more details about speakers and the agenda to be announced closer to the event.

For a recap of 2013 event, click on the links below.



Presenter Biographies

2013 Early Childhood Symposium
Keynote and Luncheon Speakers


Dr. John Chattin-McNichols, Ph.D. 
In concert with the 50th anniversary of The Summit's Montessori Program, this year's speaker was internationally known educator Dr. John Chattin-McNichols, Ph.D. Recipient of the 2014 American Montessori Society (AMS) Living Legacy Award, Dr. Chattin-McNichols is Director of the E.M. Standing Center for Montessori Studies at Seattle University and a faculty member of Seton Montessori Institute's Elementary Teacher Education Program. A Fulbright lecturer who has lent his expertise to Montessori programs around the world, he has been published on the topics of computer literacy, educational reform and Montessori education. After studying with Mario Montessori in Italy in 1971, he received his doctorate from Stanford University. His keynote address, “What Do We Know About The Effects of Good Preschool Programs?,” illustrated six ways Montessori differs from other programs.



Dr. Rachel E. White, Ph.D.
Dr. Rachel E. White, Ph.D., delivered the luncheon address “Kids in Control: Developing Self-Control and Its Importance for School Readiness." Dr. White is a postdoctoral fellow in the Department of Psychology at the University of Pennsylvania. She received her doctorate in Child Psychology from the Institute of Child Development at the University of Minnesota. Dr. White's research focuses on the development of self-control and imagination in children.