Four Summit speakers join Early Childhood Education Symposium slate

ECES keynote speaker

Maureen Healy, an award-winning author and leader in the field of children’s emotional health, is the keynote speaker for the 12th annual Early Childhood Education Symposium on Saturday, Nov. 2.

Teachers and administrators from The Summit Country Day School will join Maureen Healy, the keynote speaker, for the 12th annual Early Childhood Education Symposium on Saturday, Nov. 2. 

Healy, an award-winning author and leader in the field of children’s emotional health,  will speak twice during the event and sign copies of her book, “The Emotionally Healthy Child: Helping Children Calm, Center and Make Smarter Choices,” at the end of the event. 

The sessions are:  

The Emotionally Healthy Child, Helping Children Calm, Center and Make Smarter Choices. Healy’s keynote will help parents learn how to deal with the big feelings that small children have.  

The Science of Happier Children. Healy will attempt to demystify the keys to happiness with a focus on compassion and latest scientific findings as to what leads children to, or from, their greatest joy.  

The Importance of Being Little. Summit Montessori preschool teacher Lauren Guip will inform parents about the kind of support, guidance and conversations children need to develop curiosity, resilience, cognitive flexibility and empathy.  

Having Difficult Conversations with your Child. Summit Lower and Middle School Director Mike Johnson will review how to prepare your child for difficult conversations about death, divorce, moving, school violence and tragedies.  

Creative Problem Solving & Thinking Activities: Fun and Games You Can Use Now. Kirstin McEachern, Ph.D., The Summit’s Assistant Head of School for Academic Affairs, will discuss how to develop problem-solving, critical thinking and creativity in children to prepare them for our future marketplace.  
 
It’s OK to Turn Off Your Kids. The Summit’s Montessori Director Kathy Scott will examine the rationale behind limiting screen time for small children based on the American Academy of Pediatrics recommendations for child development and current evidence of the effects on brain development. 

“As always, we will have practical tips that parents can use as soon as they walk out the door,” said Kelley Schiess, Assistant Head of School for Enrollment Management and Community Engagement. 

The complete program and registration is available at www.summitcds.org/symposium. 

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