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Keynote Address: Jessica Lahey

Saturday, March 11 10:30 AM - 12:00 PM

"The Gift of Failure"

Jessica Lahey

Have we abandoned one of the best teaching tools available to us—failure? How can we let go of the nanny state and teach our students’ parents to embrace failure as a vital component of child development? Author Jessica Lahey will tackle these questions in this energizing keynote. With a light wit and humor, Jessica will share some common parenting mistakes: overprotectiveness, manipulating children’s friendships, challenging teachers who give less than stellar grades, and so on. 

She will explain how uber-care and control actually undermine a child’s self-confidence and education, creating barriers for success; and argue that we should be confident in leading children to experience the disappointment and frustration that are inevitable in everyday life. And, Jessica will share tips for how you, as teachers, can help parents see that there is more to education than the skills of reading, writing, and arithmetic, and that the most critical skills—responsibility, organization, and mindfulness—can be achieved through failure. You’ll come away with a renewed perspective of your role as both an educator of children and of parents.

About Jessica Lahey

Jessica Lahey is author of the New York Times bestseller, The Gift of Failure: How the Best Parents Learn to Let Go So Their Children Can Succeed. She has been an English, Latin, and writing teacher for over a decade; is a correspondent for Atlantic magazine and commentator for Vermont Public Radio, and she writes the "Parent-Teacher Conference" column for the New York Times. Ms. Lahey is also the co-host of the #AmWriting with Jess & KJ Podcast. She holds a JD with a concentration in juvenile and education law from the University of North Carolina School of Law.

By Jessica Lahey

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