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Back by popular demand, this full-day workshop is designed for school teams (minimum: 3 participants, maximum 6) with the keynote introduction by Michael Thompson. Last year's event sold out, so your early action is encouraged. Participants at last year's workshop gave it the highest ratings.
Relationships among administrators, teachers, and parents have, with exceptions we would like to learn from, tended to become more fraught over the years. This is a workshop for school teams representing all three corners of the triangle, seeking ways to reverse this trend. A requirement for participation is that at least one administrator, one parent leader, and one seasoned teacher will attend from each school. The minimum team will therefore be three people per school. The maximum is six participants per school.
Michael Thompson will open the workshop by discussing how relationships "within the triangle" have developed over the years, and providing a framework and context for the day's discussion.
The second half of the morning will be devoted to an interactive exercise, designed to define school communication issues in the context of Michael Thompson's remarks, and to give representatives of each of the three corners of the triangle a chance to talk candidly about their own perspectives while being heard without interruption by the other two.
After lunch participants will split into groups composed of full teams from specific schools, and list actions they would like to take at their schools in light of the morning's discussion of communication issues, principles they would like to see established, aspects of communication within their schools that work and others that don't, and any other ideas they have for generally promoting good weather and plain sailing "within the triangle".
Groups will then report back in plenary session. Conclusions will be recorded and distributed to all participants.
The goal of the day is to foster and advance better and more honest communications practices, offering models for schools to follow. Each team should bring one wireless-equipped laptop.
Limited to 80 participants (about 20 schools).
Michael Thompson, Ph.D. is a consultant, author and psychologist specializing in children and families. He is the clinical consultant to The Belmont Hill School and has worked in more than two hundred fifty schools across the United States, as well as in international schools in Central America, Europe and Asia
He and his co-author, Dan Kindlon, wrote the New York Times best-selling book, Raising Cain: Protecting the Emotional Life of Boys (Ballantine Books, 1999). He is the author of Speaking of Boys: Answers to the Most-Asked Questions About Raising Sons Ballantine, 2000), and co-author (with Catherine O’Neill Grace and Larry Cohen, Ph.D.) of Best Friends/Worst Enemies: Understanding the Social Worlds of Children (Ballantine, 2001) and Mom, They’re Teasing Me: Helping Your Child Solve Social Problems (Ballantine, 2002.) About Best Friends, Worst Enemies the Publishers Weekly review declared, “Not since Dr. Spock and Penelope Leach has there been such a sensitive and practical guide to raising healthy children.” Dr. Thompson’s latest book, The Pressured Child: Helping Your Child Achieve Success in School and in Life (with Teresa Barker, Ballantine, 2004) was written to help parents understand the complex journey of children through school, from Kindergarten through senior year. He is currently writing, It’s a Boy!, a comprehensive guide for the parents of boys.
A dedicated speaker and traveler, Michael Thompson has appeared on The Today Show, The Oprah Winfrey Show, ABC 20/20, CBS 60 Minutes, The Early Show and Good Morning America. He has been quoted in the New York Times, The Washington Post, Newsweek, Time and U.S. News and World Report and has been a guest on NPR’s “Morning Edition” with Susan Stamberg, “Talk of the Nation” with Ray Suarez and the Diane Rhem Show. He has written, narrated and hosts a two-hour PBS documentary entitled“Raising Cain” to be broadcast in January of 2006.
Dr. Thompson is married to Dr. Theresa McNally, a psychotherapist, and is the father of Joanna, 21, and Will, 16.
AND he has helped many NYSAIS schools and their constinuents over the past 20 years through his dedicated work with them.
Members of the NYSAIS Professional Development Committee will help facilitate the activities of the day.
This workshop is full
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Fee includes Continental breakfast, lunch and all materials for a team of 3-6 per school.
NYSAIS Members - $450.00 per school
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Non-Members - $500.00 per school
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