The LFCDS Special Speaker Series attracts best-selling authors and nationally renowned child development experts
2018 LFCDS Fall Special Speaker Series
LFCDS believes the social emotional growth and well-being of each child is essential to successful learning both immediately and in future endeavors. The School began the Special Speaker Series to assist our community in gaining access to some of the world's top experts in child development. Our fall series takes place outside of our state-of-the-art Innovation Center with seating in the stunning Green Bay Atrium.All lectures begin at 10:00 a.m. and close with a question-and-answer session. A book signing follows the talk, and our speakers host a more intimate conversation in the school's 15,000-volume Library for interested attendees. The LFCDS Special Speaker Series is free and open to the public.
On Monday, October 29, at 6:45 p.m., Lake Forest Country Day School (LFCDS) will host The Renfrew Center as part of a special evening event that is free and open to the public.
The presentation, given by Renfrew Site Director Mira Franco, LCSW, is entitled “In Pursuit of Perfection: Overcoming Body Image and Eating Issues." The talk will focus on understanding the relationships between food, body image, and eating disorders—issues that are becoming increasingly prevalent in adolescents, thus requiring families to engage in conversations about this complex topic. Ms. Franco will dispel the myths about healthy and unhealthy eating and provide resources to identify issues in pre-teens and teens. Her presentation is geared toward parents and families of early adolescents.
Ms. Franco earned her bachelor's degree in psychology and her master’s degree in social work from The University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign. She received clinical training in Family-Based Treatment (FBT) for Eating Disorders from The University of Chicago Medical Center’s Training Institute for Child and Adolescent Eating Disorders. She is dedicated to the provision of quality, family-centered therapy services.
On Tuesday, October 23, 2018, LFCDS hosted Dr Eboo Patel, a leading voice in the movement for interfaith cooperation and the Founder and President of Interfaith Youth Core (IFYC), a national nonprofit organization dedicated to making interfaith cooperation a social norm. He is the author of the best-selling books Acts of Faith, Sacred Ground, and Interfaith Leadership. Named by US News & World Report as one of America’s Best Leaders of 2009, Dr. Patel served on President Obama’s Inaugural Faith Council. Dr. Patel’s lecture, entitled “Out of Many Faiths: Religious Diversity and What it Means for Our Children,” addressedr the following:
How exposure to other religions enhances our own experience and helps children build relationships across religious divides
How students, families, and educators can explore the worldview diversity around them and better understand the role of interfaith cooperation in modern society
How to create spaces where students can connect, share ideas, and engage in transformative dialogue to strengthen our society and our country
Dr. Patel holds a doctorate in the sociology of religion from Oxford University, where he studied on a Rhodes Scholarship. For more than fifteen years, he has worked with governments, social-sector organizations, and college and university campuses to help realize a future where religion is a bridge of cooperation rather than a barrier of division.
On Tuesday, September 25, 2018, LFCDS welcomed New York Times best-selling author Dr. Tina Payne Bryson, Founder and Executive Director of The Center for Connection in Pasadena, CA. Dr. Bryson addressed more than 135 parents and educators in the School's newly renovated Performing Arts Center where she discussed the science and strategies detailed in her most recent book The Yes Brain, co-authored with Dan Siegel. Her talk highlighted the following:
How to teach children to approach challenges, unpleasant tasks , and contentious issues with openness and curiosity
How to cultivate a “yes brain” which encourages emotional regulation, resilience, personal insight, and empathy
How to foster the ability to welcome all that life has to offer, even in difficult times
Dr. Bryson has given keynote addresses and has conducted workshops and seminars for parents, educators, and clinicians around the globe.
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