Speaker Series 2016-2017

THE BLACK BROGAN FOUNDATION presents

THE EAGLE HILL SCHOOL 2016-2017 SPEAKER SERIES

An exploration of education and learning

OUR SPEAKERS


BATTERIES NOT INCLUDED: HOW PARENTS AND TEACHERS CAN MOTIVATE THE STRUGGLING LEARNER

Thursday, November 3, 2016 - 7-9 p.m.


RICK LAVOIE, M.A., M.ED.

"I only wish that every parent and teacher in the U.S. could see your program." Former First Lady Barbara Bush

Rick Lavoie, Eagle Hill's first Director of Education (1975-1987), has served as an administrator of residential programs for children with special needs since 1972. He holds three degrees in special education and has served as an adjunct professor or visiting lecturer at numerous universities including Syracuse, Harvard, Gallaudet, Manhattanville College, University of Alabama and Georgetown. His numerous national television appearances include CBS Morning Show, Good Morning America, ABC Evening News and Disney Channel Presents.

Rick serves as a consultant on learning disabilities to several agencies and organizations including Public Broadcasting Service, New York Times, the National Center for Learning Disabilities, Girl Scouts of America, Child Magazine and WETA. He is a member of the Professional Advisory Board of the Learning Disabilities Association.

Rick is probably best known for his videos, "How Difficult Can This Be? The F.A.T. City Workshop," and "Last One Picked, First One Picked On: The Social Implications of Learning Disabilities, and his most recent, "When the Chips are Down... Strategies for Improving Children's Behavior."

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THE BRAIN WARRIOR'S WAY

Tuesday, November 29, 2016 - 7-9 p.m.


DANIEL G. AMEN, M.D.

"One of the most gifted minds in medicine." Mehmet Oz, surgeon and author

Daniel G. Amen, MD, is a double board-certified psychiatrist, teacher, and 10-time New York Times best-selling author. Amen is the founder and medical director of Amen Clinics in Newport Beach and San Francisco, CA; Bellevue WA; Reston, VA; Atlanta; and, New York City. Amen Clinics have the world’s largest database of functional brain scans relating to behavior.

Amen is a distinguished fellow of the American Psychiatric Association, and is the lead researcher on the world’s largest brain imaging and rehabilitation study on professional football players. His research has not only demonstrated high levels of brain damage in players, but he also showed the possibility of significant recovery for many with the principles that underlie his work.

Amen is also the host of nine popular public television shows about the brain and author or co-author of 60 professional articles, seven book chapters, and over 30 books, including the No. 1 NY Times best-seller The Daniel Plan; Change Your Brain, Change Your Life; Magnificent Mind At Any Age; Change Your Brain, Change Your Body; Use Your Brain to Change Your Age; Unleash the Power of the Female Brain; and, Healing ADD.

Amen’s published scientific articles have appeared in such prestigious journals as Molecular Psychiatry, PLOS One, Nature’s Translational Psychiatry, Nature’s Obesity, Journal of Neuropsychiatry and Clinical Neuroscience, Minerva Psichiatrica, Journal of Neurotrauma, and American Journal of Psychiatry (to name a few).

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FROM EVALUATION TO INSPIRATION: WHY THE CULTURE OF THE CLASSROOM IS BROKEN AND HOW TO FIX IT

Wednesday, April 19, 2017 - 7-9 p.m.


SCOTT BARRY KAUFMAN, PH.D.

"How in the world do you measure the potential of someone who doesn't do well on tests, or the introverted kid who has a rich fantasy life?" Scott Barry Kaufman

Why are imagination and creativity so vital to success? Is there a better way to measure intelligence? How can we inspire employees?

Scott Barry Kaufman is a cognitive psychologist who studies the development of intelligence, creativity, and personality. In his book Ungifted: Intelligence Redefined, he takes a look at why our society is so obsessed with measuring intelligence, instead of using the test results to inform tailored interventions to help all people succeed. He is the Scientific Director of The Imagination Institute and a researcher in the Positive Psychology Center at the University of Pennsylvania, where he investigates the measurement and development of imagination. His new book about creativity and imagination is Wired to Create: Unraveling the Mysteries of the Creative Mind (co-authored with Carolyn Gregoire). Martin Seligman calls him the “leading empirical creativity researcher of his generation.”

Kaufman was formerly an adjunct assistant professor of psychology at New York University. He is a co-founder of popular nonprofit website The Creativity Post, writes the blog “Beautiful Minds” for Scientific American Mind, and is co-editor of the book The Philosophy of Creativity: New Essays. Kaufman is on the editorial board of journals BioMed Central Psychology and Journal of Intelligence. He has a doctorate in cognitive psychology from Yale University and a master’s degree in experimental psychology from Cambridge University, where he was a Gates Cambridge Scholar.

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DATES/TIMES/TOPICS

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RICK LAVOIE, M.A., M. ED.: THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 3, 7-9 P.M.

BATTERIES NOT INCLUDED: HOW PARENTS AND TEACHERS CAN MOTIVATE THE STRUGGLING LEARNER

When a child is struggling in school, he experiences daily failure, frustration and humiliation. Eventually, the child becomes disillusioned and motivation decreases. This causes additional failure in school and the Frustration Cycle intensifies. In this seminar, distinguished educator Rick Lavoie will explain why common motivational strategies simply do not work. Instead, he'll demonstrate a model designed to enhance a struggling child's motivation and effort - a model that has been adopted in all 50 states!

DANIEL AMEN, M.D.: TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 29, 7-9 P.M.

THE BRAIN WARRIOR'S WAY

The war for your health is won or lost between your ears, in the moment-by-moment decisions your brain makes every day. When your brain works right, your decisions tend to be effective and add joy and energy to your life. When your brain is troubled, for whatever reason, you are much more likely to make bad decisions that steal your health, lead to your early destruction, and create trouble in future generations.

And make no mistake, you are in a war. Everywhere you go someone is trying to shove bad food down your throat that will kill you early; news corporations repeatedly pour fear and disaster images into your brain to boost their ratings; and tech companies create addictive gadgets that hook your attention and distract you from your loved ones. According to Microsoft, the human attention span is now eight seconds; a goldfish is nine. We are clearly going the wrong way with potential devastating consequences: Alzheimer’s disease is expected to quadruple between now and 2050; depression has risen 400% since 1987; half of Americans are pre-diabetic or diabetic; and, two-thirds of us are overweight -- all conditions that damage our brains.

The answer to these epidemic problems is not to see them as separate disorders, but rather as different expressions of the same unhealthy lifestyle driven by bad decisions that have exactly the same cure. Dr. Amen will present The Brain Warrior's Way, a scientifically-designed program to help you master your brain and body for the rest of your life.

SCOTT BARRY KAUFMAN, PH.D.: WEDNESDAY, APRIL 19, 2017, 7-9 P.M.

FROM EVALUATION TO INSPIRATION: WHY THE CULTURE OF THE CLASSROOM IS BROKEN AND HOW TO FIX IT

Severe ear infections rendered three-year-old Scott Barry Kaufman nearly deaf. As a result, he needed a few extra seconds to process things in real time - which landed him in a special education classroom. Inspired by his personal experiences, Kaufman, now a cognitive psychologist, has made it his mission to debunk traditional methods of measuring intelligence. Why do we have such an obsessive need to compare students? What do we insist on labeling and categorizing everyone?


In his talks, Kaufman encourages us - and specifically educators, parents, and psychologists - to move towards a culture of inspiration, where we only compare people to their past and future selves. He argues for intelligent testing as opposed to intelligence testing: deep evaluation that focuses on finding out a person's strengths and weaknesses, and the characteristics that make them unique. And, he advocates for thinking about talent and potential as moving targets - they're not inherent qualities we're born with; they're based on our engagement with something that is meaningful to us.

When students are inspired and activated, they come alive. Instead of using testing to sort gifted from ungifted, Kaufman encourages audiences to take a holistic approach to evaluation that benefits all students. It's time to focus on a practical approach to individual needs that enables students to unlock their potential and reach their goals, at school and beyond

TICKETS

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