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Mind In The Making

Administrative: A Professional Development Talk: Ellen Galinsky

Posted on: Feb 16, 2012

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Place: Smith College, Neilson Browsing Room OPEN TO THE PUBLIC

Date: Thursday, March 8, 2012

Time: 7pm

Ellen Galinsky is the President and Co-Founder of Families and Work Institute (FWI), and helped establish the field of work and family life while at Bank Street College of Education, where she was on the faculty for twenty-five years. Galinsky is the recipient of numerous awards, including the 2004 Distinguished Achievement Award from Vassar College and the 2005 Outstanding Volunteer and Professional Achievement Award from the National Cathedral School. She was elected a Fellow of the National Academy of Human Resources in 2005. A popular keynote speaker, she appears regularly at national conferences, on television and in the media, including the CBS Evening News with Katie Couric, World News Tonight and Oprah. Galinsky holds a M.S in Child Development/Education from Bank Street College of Education, a B.A degree in Child Study from Vassar College and numerous honorary doctoral degrees. Her more than forty-five books and reports include the highly acclaimed Mind in the Making: The Seven Essential Life Skills Every Child Needs. She will speak to students, educators, and parents about her research findings for the book on March 8, 2012.

Mind in the Making describes research findings and details how parents and educators can support children in developing seven critical skills:

  1. Focus and Self Control- children need this skill in order to achieve their goals especially in a world that is filled with distractions and information overload
  2. Perspective Taking- children who can figure out what others feel and think are less likely to get involved in conflicts.
  3. Communicating- children need to be able to determine what they want to communicate and how. This is the skill teachers and employers feel is most lacking today.
  4. Making Connections- children who can make unusual connections are more creative and can go beyond knowing information to using information well.
  5. Critical Thinking- children need to be able to search for reliable knowledge to guide their beliefs, decisions, and actions.
  6. Taking on Challenges- children who can take on challenges instead of avoiding or simply coping with them will do better in school and life.
  7. Self-Directed Engaged Learning- lifelong learners can change as the world changes in order to reach their full potential.

Mind in the Making explains how children learn these skills and how we can help them through everyday activities. She encourages parents and caregivers to make a difference starting now and at any age- this book provides parents with the tools to help their children achieve full potential in school and throughout their lives.

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