The Early Childhood Education Symposium returns to The Summit Country Day School for its 11th year. The symposium is set for 8:30 a.m.- 1 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 27.
As one of a few schools in Greater Cincinnati which offer an academic program for children as young as 18 months, The Summit is committed to quality early childhood education and the notion that "Parenting Matters" in that education. So this event is free and open to the public. CEUs are available for teachers.
Author George Couros will deliver the keynote address and will discuss his book, “The Innovator’s Mindset: Empower Learning, Unleash Talent, and Lead a Culture of Creativity.”
Couros has worked as a teacher, technology facilitator and a school and district administrator in K-12 schools. Since the publication of his book in 2015, he has become a sought-after speaker globally on the topic of innovative student learning and engagement.
In addition to the keynote address, Couros will speak separately to parents of middle school students on how kids have an opportunity to make a difference in their world through the effective use of technology and social media.
Dr. Kirstin McEachern, the Curriculum and Instruction Director and Diversity & Inclusion Director at The Summit, has seen him present twice. She says he commands a crowd.
“First and foremost, Couros is an entertaining and engaging speaker. I laughed out loud and cried a few times during both speeches – something I don’t typically do,” Dr. McEachern said. “As a former kindergarten teacher and, later, principal and parent, he brings substance to his talk in the form of a unique perspective about the role of empathy and creativity in innovation and educators’ and parents’ responsibilities to foster these qualities.”
Regional experts from The Summit Country Day School, Xavier University, University of Cincinnati, Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center, Children’s Inc. and Northeast Cincinnati Pediatrics will present workshops on early childhood education topics. Among the topics:
- Foundation of literacy skills.
- Parents supporting education at home.
- Developing creative problem solving skills in young children,
- Nutrition, empowering you to feed your family confidently.
- The neuroscience behind positive parenting,
- Anxiety in young children.
- Building friendships and the importance of play and nutrition.
Parents who attend can expect to walk away with tips they learn and put them to use immediately.
The Early Childhood Education Symposium keynote speech for 2016, 2017 and 2018 has been sponsored by Drs. Renee and Michael Kreeger.