District to Host Innovation Expert; Free Program For Parents on Aug. 18

August 10, 2016 10:30 AM

Parents of elementary and middle school students are invited to a free presentation by innovation expert Bob Eckert at 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, Aug. 18, at Jefferson High School (1243 20th Street SW). The program, sponsored by GreatAmerica Financial Services, will focus on parenting strategies and tactics that can help encourage resiliency and creativity in our children. It will include a question and answer session with participants.

Eckert is CEO at New & Improved (http://www.newandimproved.com/bob-eckert.aspx) out of New York State. His diverse background includes teaching in youth and adult criminal justice systems, manufacturing management experience, as well as creation and direction of an internationally-renowned health promotion program.

According to Eckert, while the core craft of parenting remains the same as it has been for generations, society has not. “We all want our kids to live satisfying, fulfilling lives and grow to be successful adults,” he said. “There are things we can do to increase that likelihood - some of them counterintuitive - and things we might unconsciously do - given current rapid social evolution - to decrease that likelihood.”

During the Aug. 18 program, Eckert will explore:

  • How to help kids manage their own thinking such that they are resilient in the face of challenge.
  • How to energize and sustain the lifelong curiosity that is the font of all creative & critical thinking.
  • What the “Myth of the Grown-up” is, why it endangers futures and how to overcome it.
  • Why boredom is actually a good thing and how to use it to help your child grow.

“The growing body of research showing the importance of resiliency, creativity and critical thinking in a young person’s future success make Mr. Eckert’s message especially timely and important,” explained Dr. Trace Pickering, CRCSD Associate Superintendent. “Parents today face difficult challenges as they try to navigate a rapidly changing society and Mr. Eckert can provide a useful roadmap. The District is grateful for GreatAmerica Financial for providing this opportunity to our community.”

There is no registration necessary for this event. 

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