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Needham Talks: 2014-2015 Needham Elementary School Parent Lecture Series

Fostering Children’s Resilience and Social-Emotional Wellness

Please plan to attend this exciting free series of talks focused on children’s resilience and social-emotional wellness.  Nationally acclaimed speakers will be visiting our community to share their knowledge of social and brain behavior, the emotional lives of girls and boys, how to nurture children’s confidence and resilience, and the hidden consequences of the internet.  Reserve your seats today for one, two, or all four remaining lectures!  Space is limited.  ALL lectures will be held at the Newman Elementary School Auditorium from 7:00 – 8:30pm. Speaker books will be available for purchase at each event.

Questions: please contact Angeline Maughan at


Remaining Speakers & Dates:

December 4, 2014:  Rachel Simmons, M.A. – Odd Girl Out: Coping with Best Friends, Worst Enemies and Everything in Between

March 4, 2015:  Michael Thompson, Ph.D. – Raising Cain: Protecting the Emotional Lives of Boys

April 9, 2015:  Robert Brooks, Ph.D. – Strategies for Nurturing Confidence and Resilience in Our Children

June 4, 2015:  Jon Mattleman, M.S. – The Emotional and Hidden Consequences of the Internet


Speaker Reminds Parents that Kids’ Self-Image Comes From Others

Summer Learning Loss Presentation a Hit with Parents

Summer-Slide-May2014-web“Summer learning loss” was explored before a standing-room-only crowd at an NEF-sponsored panel in May. Local experts provided data about summertime loss and offered practical suggestions for keeping skills sharp in math (bring playing cards to the beach or track baseball statistics) and literacy (let kids stay up late to read). They also reminded parents to balance academic achievement with relaxation, exploration, and fun. For speakers’ slide presentations, see NEF’s Facebook Page.

Flipped Classrooms and Broken Silos: Education Trends in Needham and Beyond

How are educators making learning more meaningful, inspiring, and accessible in a changing academic and business environment? The Needham Education Foundation invited the community to explore these questions and others in an enlightening dialogue with Dr. Daniel Gutekanst and local experts from Olin College, MIT, and businesses to find out about:

  • Needham Public Schools initiatives in interdisciplinary learning
  • How online instruction and other creative teaching models engage students in learning beyond just the classroom
  • How educators are breaking down silos between academic disciplines to better prepare students for higher learning and real-world problem solving

This event took place on November 28, 2012, where participants engaged in an audience Q & A and joined speakers for dessert after the panel discussion.

Keynote Speaker and Moderator
Daniel E. Gutekanst, Ed.D, Superintendent, Needham Public Schools

Panelists included:

  • Robert Martello, Professor, Olin College
  • Mark Somerville, Professor, Olin College
  • Kirby Salerno, Co-Founder, ClassroomWindow
  • Mark Chang, Director, Product edX
  • Leah Alpert, MIT student, Needham High School graduate, and intern, Khan Academy

Expanding the Dialogue: What Do Kids Need to Succeed in the 21st Century?

As college drop-out rates rise and young adult unemployment reaches levels unseen since the Great Depression, a growing consensus of business and academic leaders are asking whether a traditional four-year college education is always the best path to a successful career. The mission of the Pathways to Prosperity Project at Harvard Graduate School of Education is to get this question out in the open—and encourage Americans to explore new approaches to education reform that offer multiple paths to career fulfillment.

This question was explored at the October 11th NEF symposium, “Expanding the Dialogue: What Do Kids Need to Succeed in the 21st Century?” The first in the 2011–2012 NEF Community Education Series, the event featured a keynote address by Pathways to Prosperity director William Symonds and a panel discussion with Needham Public Schools superintendent Dr. Daniel Gutekanst and other local leaders in business and education.

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