|2014-2015 Seminar Series|
Register today for the Cambridge Friends School 2013 -2014 Seminar Series. The CFS Seminar Series is an annual event, open to the public free of charge. Registration is recommended. Seating is limited. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. Program begins at 7:00 p.m.
|2013-2014 Seminar Series|
Register today for the Cambridge Friends School 2013 -2014 Seminar Series. The CFS Seminar Series is an annual event, open to the public free of charge. Registration is recommended. Seating is limited. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. Program begins at 7:00 p.m.
|CFS Seminar with Catherine Steiner-Adair|
Tuesday, April 1, 2014: The Big Disconnect: Protecting Childhood and Family Relationships in the Digital Age
Understand the ways in which technology and media are putting children at risk at each stage of development, from infancy through young adulthood, and challenging what it means to be a family. Drawing on real life stories from her clinical work with children and families and her consulting work with educators and experts across the Country, Dr. Catherine Steiner-Adair offers insights and advice that can help parents achieve greater understanding, authority and confidence as they come up against the tech revolution that is unfolding in their living room. The audience will learn the skills to distinguish between educational, healthy and unhealthy use, as well as practical strategies for nourishing deep attention, creativity, empathy and meaningful relationships. Registration recommended.
Dr. Catherine Steiner-Adair is an internationally recognized clinical psychologist, school consultant, and author. In her book, The Big Disconnect: Protecting Childhood and Family Relationships in the Digital Age (Harper), Dr. Steiner-Adair examines ways in which technology and media are putting our children at risk at every stage of development, while challenging what it means to be a family. In her book, as in her keynote presentations, she shares real-life stories from her clinical practice, from her work with educators and parents, and from extensive interviews with students from pre-school through high school and beyond. Easy access to the Internet and social media has erased the boundaries that protect children from the unsavory aspects of adult life, and Steiner-Adair helps her audiences to understand the psychological risks and fallout that children are experiencing, often with their parents unaware.
A highly sought after speaker, Dr. Steiner-Adair's warmth, humor, and compassionate understanding of children and the adults who care about them makes for an extremely compelling presentation. Her ability to weave research and real stories leaves her audiences enlightened and emotionally equipped with new strategies to handle parenting in the digital age. While discussing how chronic technological distractions can have deep and lasting effects on children and parents alike, Dr. Steiner-Adair proves that children need parents and educators to provide what technology cannot: close, meaningful interactions with the adults in their lives. She gives her audiences the skills to deconstruct unhealthy messages from online culture and create space for nourishing deep attention, creativity, empathy, and healthy relationships.
Dr. Steiner-Adair works with school heads, boards, faculty, students, and parents, with consultations that can range from an evening talk, to a one-day visit, or, as with many schools, an ongoing relationship that spans years. She is often invited to present to health professionals, PTAs, synagogues and clergy groups, non-profit organizations, corporate retreats, and fundraising events. As a resource to the media, Dr. Steiner-Adair has appeared on The Today Show, Good Morning America, The Discovery Channel, CNN, PBS, and NPR, and has been quoted in numerous newspapers and magazines.
Over the past 30 years, Dr. Steiner-Adair has worked in more than 350 independent schools throughout the United States and abroad, leading workshops for administrators, teachers, and parents on a wide range of topics related to strengthening children's social and emotional intelligence and resilience. These include challenging unhealthy cultural values, helping schools develop curricula and programs designed to increase children's confidence and competence as emerging leaders, and nourishing healthy relationships in the age of technology.
Dr. Steiner-Adair's long standing interest in cultural values that undermine children's healthy development began in her early years as a doctoral student at Harvard, and while she served as a school psychologist at Phillips Academy Andover. Her award-winning research lead to the acclaimed middle school program "Full of Ourselves: A Wellness Program to Advance Girl Power, Health, and Leadership" -- a social and emotional curricula aimed at giving girls tools to resist the culture of body preoccupation and disordered eating -- the first successful middle school based primary prevention program of its kind.
Dr. Steiner-Adair has a private practice in Chestnut Hill, Massachusetts, where she works with children, adults, couples, and families. She is a Clinical Instructor in the Department of Psychiatry at Harvard Medical School and an Associate Psychologist at McLean Hospital. She lives outside of Boston with her husband, Fred, and enjoys family life in the digital age with a son and a daughter.
|CFS Seminar with: Ben Mardell, Kate Beal, and Lynne May Lim|
Monday, February 10, 2014: Children Are Citizens - Promoting the Right of Participation for Our Youngest Students
Panelists Lesley University early childhood professor and Project Zero researcher Ben Mardell with Cambridge Friends School first-grade teachers Kate Beal and Lynne May Lim challenge assumptions about the capabilities of young children and provoke a conversation about the role of young children in our community. Young children—4, 5, 6 and 7-year-olds—are often seen as simply future or hypothetical citizens. Yet the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child declares that children have the rights express their “views freely in all matters affecting the child” and “participate fully in cultural and artistic life.”
In a Friends school, educational goals include empowering citizens to make responsible decisions about the future of the earth and providing the intellectual means for people to live harmoniously together.
In this seminar, panelists will present a framework about how schools can promote children’s right to participate in their communities. They also will describe several projects that, in embracing children’s right to express their views and participate in community life, supported children’s learning and enriched society. Registration is recommended. Seating is limited.
Ben Mardell is a professor in early childhood education at Lesley University and was a researcher on the Making Learning Visible Project at Project Zero at the Harvard Graduate School of Education. For the past 30 years, Ben has taught and conducted research with infants, toddlers, preschoolers and Kindergartners. Ben is a co-author of Visible Learners: Promoting Reggio-Inspired Approaches in All Schools, Making Learning Visible: Children as Individual and Group Learners and Making Teaching Visible: Documentation of Individual and Group Learning as Professional Development. He is the author of From Basketball to the Beatles: In Search of Compelling Early Childhood Curriculum and Growing Up in Child Care: A Case For Quality Early Education. Ben enjoys competing in sprint triathlons.
LYNNE MAY LIM
|CFS Seminar with Neil Gershenfeld, Sherry Lassiter, and Jan Morrison|
Wednesday, November 13, 2013: Constructing Education
MIT's Center for Bits and Atoms director Neil Gershenfeld, Fab Foundation director Sherry Lassiter, and CEO and president of TIES (Teaching Institute for Excellence in STEM) Jan Morrison introduced the science and technology of digital fabrication and explored its impact on education. The next technological revolution has arrived, one in which individuals cannot only use computers to calculate and communicate, but also to fabricate – to engineer and assemble creations designed on a computer. Users now have the ability to make the tools they need to solve their own problems. These technologies can vastly extend and reinvigorate the best traditions of student-driven design and construction; they also can challenge our underlying assumptions about teaching and learning, assessment, and the organization of schools.
Professor Neil Gershenfeld is the director of MIT's Center for Bits and Atoms
. His unique laboratory is breaking down boundaries between the digital and physical worlds, from creating molecular quantum computers to virtuosic musical instruments. Technology from his lab has been seen and used in settings including New York's Museum of Modern Art and rural Indian villages, the White House and the World Economic Forum, inner-city community centers and automobile safety systems, Las Vegas shows and Sami herds. He is the author of numerous technical publications, patents, and books including Fab, When Things Start To Think
, The Nature of Mathematical Modeling
, and The Physics of Information Technology
, and has been featured in media such as The New York Times, The Economist
, NPR, CNN, and PBS.
A Fellow of the American Physical Society, Neil Gershenfeld has been named one of Scientific American's 50 leaders in science and technology, as one of 40 Modern-Day Leonardos by the Museum of Science and Industry, has been selected as a CNN/Time/Fortune Principal Voice, and by Prospect/Foreign Policy as one of the top 100 public intellectuals. Dr. Gershenfeld has a BA in Physics with High Honors from Swarthmore College, a Ph.D. in Applied Physics from Cornell University, honorary doctorates from Swarthmore College and Strathclyde University, was a Junior Fellow of the Harvard University Society of Fellows, and a member of the research staff at Bell Labs.
Dr. Gershenfeld is the originator of the growing global network of field fab labs that provide widespread access to prototype tools for personal fabrication, and directs the Fab Academy, the associated program for distributed research and education in the principles and practices of digital fabrication.SHERRY LASSITER
Sherry Lassiter is one of the architects of the MIT global Fab Lab program. As Director of the Fab Foundation
Lassiter works at the intellectual boundary where transfer of enabling, empowering, technical knowledge allows an idea to come into physical being–where bits become atoms. It’s an interdisciplinary landscape that requires a commitment to creating educational tools and exploring intellectual and economic frontiers. After a two decade career in science journalism as producer, writer and director for television series such as Scientific American Frontiers, Discover the World of Science, and The Science Times, she became a protagonist in science and technology, becoming part of the story, rather that just telling the story.
As Program Manager for the NSF-funded Center for Bits & Atoms at MIT she has seen and enabled the personal fabrication movement as it has grown and evolved. In her time at MIT, Lassiter has become a passionate fab labber and firm believer in the idea of personal fabrication and the empowerment that comes from making things for yourself. To make powerful, useful things in the world you have to learn deep content in science, mathematics and engineering – fab labs provide new inspiration for STEM education, motivation for much of Lassiter’s current work. Lassiter is Director of The Fab Foundation, engaged in the deployment and growth of Fab Labs around the world, enabling grassroots technology development by, for and of the community.JAN MORRISON
Jan Morrison is the President and CEO of the Teaching Institute for Excellence in STEM (TIES)
and Executive Director of its 501(C3), Envision Excellence in STEM and has served as the Senior Consultant for College Ready STEM Education as well as Post-secondary Success for the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, Battelle Memorial Institute, Carnegie Corporation of New York, Innovate to Educate, S.D. Bechtel, Jr. Foundation, Senior STEM Education Consultant for the Ohio STEM Learning Network, and currently serves as an advisor with the White House and Department of Education.
Currently, Jan and TIES serve as the designer for the nascent STEM Funders Network, a collaboration of more than nineteen STEM funders seeking to fund STEM for the USA with greater return on their investment and therefore for the nation’s students. Jan consults with Chevron, Siemens America, NASA, Clinton Global Initiative, Northeastern University, North Carolina New Schools Project, many state governments seeking to create statewide STEM networks, and many more STEM institutions.
With a national vision for STEM education, Jan was counsel to the National Academy of Engineering as it developed the Engineering for K-12 Education report and reviewed the Achieve-authored Next Generation Science Standards. Jan and TIES organized the Race to the Top STEM Conference which served to educate thirty states on the vital importance of STEM education and public school transformation and is now assisting numerous states as they seek to implement their STEM vision through STEM network design and implementation.
Much of Jan’s work focuses on the Learn and Earn space that offers all STEM students the opportunity to work in STEM fields while earning credits that have real labor market value as they matriculate at community colleges or universities. TIES is currently the technical assistance provider for the Healthcare Core Curriculum Consortia of community colleges funded by the Department of Labor.
Yet, TIES works hardest and most with school districts and states throughout the country to design new STEM schools as platforms for change. MC2 STEM High School’s four years of great success as a result of the design work Jan did in partnership with the Cleveland Metro School District. Many more STEM schools thrive from the TIES STEM School design work including the newly created Egyptian STEM Model School, meant to lead Egypt into a strong and vibrant education reform, Decatur County School District, Oakland Unified School District, Baltimore City Public Schools, etc. With Carnegie Corporation of New York as a funder and supporter, TIES has codified design studio processes that are supporting schools and students throughout the world.
As a former science teacher for thirty years and principal, Jan helps those she touches to understand the importance of a college/work ready education for all children. TIES with Jan’s leadership works to help all children make sense of the world and find themselves STEM literate, STEM capable and excited about make STEM their life’s work.
|CFS Seminar with Sandra Cortesi and Meredith Beaton|Thursday, May 16, 2013: Your Child and The Internet
Sandra Cortesi and Meredith Beaton of the Youth and Media Project at the Berkman Center for Internet and Society at Harvard University will host a conversation on Your Child and The Internet, reflecting on common (mis)conceptions about how youth interact with digital technology, what they do online, and how they engage with others on social networking platforms. As part of this dialog, they will present some of their latest research findings based on focus group interviews and survey data collected by both the Youth and Media team and their collaborators at the Pew Research Center for Internet and American Life. Attendees are invited to bring questions, concerns, thoughts, and comments, as well as actively contribute to the conversation.
Sandra Cortesi is a Fellow at the Berkman Center and the Director of the Youth and Media Project. She is responsible for coordinating the Youth and Media’s policy, research, and educational initiatives. At the new Youth and Media Lab Sandra works closely with talented young people and lead researchers in the field as they look into innovative ways to approach social challenges in the digital world, including the production and exchange of digital media, youth development in social networking, and digital citizenship. Together with Urs Gasser and the YaM team, she focuses on the topics of “information quality” and privacy, about which she has coauthored several publications. Sandra also examines a broad range of youth communication and information technology practices for insights into youth online behavior and emergent policy questions, where she applies her training as a cognitive scientist. Sandra continues to also be engaged in European projects in collaboration with the Research Center for Information Law at the University of St. Gallen in Switzerland. Sandra has a Masters in Psychology, with a specialization in Neuro-Psychology and Human-Computer Interaction, from the University of Basel.
(Reprinted from the Berkman Center for Internet and Society website)
Meredith Beaton is a research assistant at the Youth and Media Project and is the co-author of several articles on cyber-bullying and how young people use the Internet.
|CFS Seminar with Jessica Stern, Robin Young, and Heidi Ellis|
WBUR’s Robin Young moderates a discussion of the Roots of Radicalization: Dismantling Terror One Life At A Time with experts Jessica Stern and Heidi Ellis on Thursday, March 28, 2013. Come listen to what promises to be a compelling and informative discussion on how terrorists radicalize others or self-radicalize on the Internet, what the role of confused identity plays in this process, what we know about why young people join extremist groups, and how and why individuals form terrorist groups. Jessica’s recent work seeks to understand the vulnerabilities of certain individuals to recruitment into gangs or terror groups with an eye toward intervention and prevention. Heidi’s research focuses on how social context impacts the health and development of refugee youth.
Jessica Stern, Ph.D. is a Fellow at the FXB Center for Human Rights at the Harvard School of Public Health, an Advanced Academic Candidate at the Massachusetts Institute of Psychoanalysis, and a Senior Research Fellow at the Center on Terrorism at the John Jay College of Criminal Justice. She is also a member of Hoover Institution’s Task Force on National Security and Law. She is the author of Denial: A Memoir of Terror
, selected by the Washington Post
as a best book of the year; Terror in the Name of God: Why Religious Militants Kill
, selected by the New York Times
as a notable book of the year; The Ultimate Terrorists
; and numerous articles on terrorism and proliferation of weapons of mass destruction. She is a fellow of both MacDowell and Yaddo artists’ colonies.
In 2009, Jessica was awarded a Guggenheim Fellowship for her work on trauma and terror, as well as an Erik Erikson Scholarship. Stern taught at Harvard University from 1999-2010. She served on President Clinton’s National Security Council Staff in 1994-95. Stern was selected by Time Magazine
in 2001 as one of seven thinkers whose innovative ideas “will change the world.” Jessica advises a number of government agencies on issues related to terrorism and has taught courses for government officials. She is a member of the Trilateral Commission and the Council on Foreign Relations and was named a Council on Foreign Relations International Affairs Fellow, a National Fellow at Stanford University’s Hoover Institution, a Fellow of the World Economic Forum, and a Harvard MacArthur Fellow. She earlier worked as an analyst at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory.
Jessica Stern has a bachelors degree from Barnard College in chemistry, a masters degree from MIT in technology policy, and a doctorate from Harvard University in public policy.Heidi Ellis
Heidi Ellis, Ph.D. is the director of the Children’s Hospital Center for Refugee Trauma and Resilience (CHCRTR), Assistant Professor of Psychology in the Department of Psychiatry at Children’s Hospital Boston/Harvard Medical School, and member of the Refugee Health Technical Assistance Center (RHTAC) leadership team. She is a licensed clinical psychologist with particular expertise in the area of child refugee trauma and intervention development. Dr. Ellis’ research and clinical work focus on how the social context – trauma, discrimination, culture, and social environmental stressors – effects the health and development of refugee youth. Dr. Ellis co-developed Trauma Systems Therapy with Dr. Glenn Saxe, and is the co-author of the TST book. Dr. Ellis earned a B.A. from Yale University and an M.S. and Ph.D. from the University of Oregon.
Robin Young brings over 25 years of broadcast experience to her role as host of Here & Now
. She is a Peabody Award-winning documentary filmmaker who has also reported for NBC, CBS and ABC television, and for several years was substitute host and correspondent for The Today Show
. Robin has received several Emmy Awards for her television work, as well as cable’s Ace Award, the Religious Public Relations Council’s Wilbur Award and the National Conference of Christians and Jews Gold Award. She has also received radio’s regional Edward R. Murrow Award.
|CFS Seminar with Steven Clarke|
Environmental activist and CFS alumnus, class of 1989, Steven Clarke will discuss Environmental Stewardship and Generational Responsibility: Leadership in Massachusetts Climate Change Policy, on Monday, February 25, 2013. The CFS Spring Seminar Serie is an annual event that is open to the public free of charge.
Assistant secretary for renewable energy in the Massachusetts Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs (EEA) and Cambridge Friends School alumnus (class of 1989) Steven Clarke is the author of Massachusetts Global Warming Solutions a presentation made at the AWEA Regional Wind Energy Summit (September 2012) and the co-author of a United States Offshore Wind Collaborative report assessing the future of off-shore wind energy in the United States.
Steven Clarke earned his master's and bachelor's degrees from Columbia University and was pursuing a doctoral degree in energy and environmental policy at Stanford University prior to joining the Massachusetts Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs.
|50th Anniversary - Spring 2012 Seminar Series|
|CFS Seminar with Marshall Ganz|
Senior lecturer in public policy at the Harvard University John F. Kennedy School of Government and social justice champion Marshall Ganz presented Moral Leadership and the Challenges We Face Today on Wednesday, April 25, 2012. Ganz's book Why David Sometimes Wins was available for purchase and signing at the seminar. The CFS Spring Seminar Series is an annual event that is open to the public free of charge. Registration was recommended. Seating was limited.
Marshall Ganz grew up in Bakersfield, California, where his father was a Rabbi and his mother a teacher. He entered Harvard College in the fall of 1960. In 1964, a year before graduating, he left to volunteer with the Mississippi Summer Project. He found a "calling" as an organizer for the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee, and, in the fall of 1965, he joined Cesar Chavez in his effort to unionize the California farm workers. Over the next 16 years with the United Farm Workers, he gained invaluable experience in union, community, issue, and political organizing; became Director of Organizing; and was elected to the national executive board on which he served for eight years.
During the 1980s, Ganz worked with grassroots groups to develop effective organizing programs and designed innovative voter mobilization strategies for local, state, and national electoral campaigns. In 1991, in order to deepen his intellectual understanding of his work, he returned to Harvard College and, after a 28-year "leave of absence," completed his undergraduate degree in history and government. He was awarded an MPA by the Kennedy School in 1993 and completed his PhD in sociology in 2000.
As senior researcher in public policy at the Kennedy School of Government, Ganz teaches, researches, and writes on leadership, organization, and strategy in social movements, civic associations, and politics. He has published in the American Journal of Sociology, American Political Science Review, American Prospect, Washington Post, Los Angeles Times, and elsewhere.
Ganz's newest book Why David Sometimes Wins: Leadership, Organization, and Strategy in the California Farm Worker Movement was published in 2009, earning the Michael J. Harrington Book Award of the American Political Science Association. He was awarded an honorary doctorate in divinity by the Episcopal Divinity School, in 2010.
|CFS Seminar with Phil Bennett, Jim Smith, and Robin Young|
Thursday, April 5, 2012, CFS hosted a discussion on The Middle East and The Legacy of Anthony Shadid
with FRONTLINE's Phil Bennett, formerly of The Washington Post
, and Harvard's Belfer Center's Jim Smith, formerly of The Boston Globe
, conducted by Robin Young of WBUR's Here and Now
. Their conversation covered how Anthony lived and operated as a journalist and what he revealed about the Middle East. The CFS Spring Seminar Series is an annual event that is open to the public free of charge. Registration is recommended. Seating is limited. Anthony Shadid's book House of Stone: A Memoir of Home Family and a Lost Middle East
was available for purchase at the seminar. This event was streamed live at 7:00 p.m., over UStream TV.
Phil Bennett is the managing editor of FRONTLINE, the public affairs documentary series on public television, and the Eugene C. Patterson Professor of the Practice of Journalism and Public Policy at Duke University. Between 2005 and 2009, Bennett was the managing editor of The Washington Post and has been an editor of international and national security coverage, a local news reporter, and a foreign correspondent. He was The Post's foreign editor for six years. During his tenure as managing editor, the paper's second-ranking editor, The Post won ten Pulitzer Prizes, one for which Anthony's reporting was responsible.
Bennett's journalism career started in 1982 at The Lima Times in Peru, where he became the editor. He was hired as a metropolitan reporter by The Boston Globe in 1984 and became the newspaper's Latin American correspondent, covering wars in Nicaragua, El Salvador, and Guatemala and writing extensively about Mexico, Cuba, and Brazil. Bennett was later The Globe's foreign editor.
Bennett has worked on new media projects for The Washington Post Co. and has written and lectured about journalism. In 2009, he joined the faculty at Duke University, where he teaches about journalism ethics and national secrecy, coverage of economics, and narrative journalism and digital media. He was named managing editor of FRONTLINE in April 2011.
Jim Smith joined Harvard Kennedy School’s Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs as director of communications in July 2010 after nearly three decades in journalism. At The Boston Globe from 2002 to 2010, he was foreign editor, national political editor, and international affairs reporter, writing and blogging about Boston's global connections.
Prior to The Boston Globe, Jim was Mexico City bureau chief and economic correspondent for The Los Angeles Times from 1997 to 2002, and the paper's bureau chief for southern South America from 1987 to 1990. During 12 years in South Africa, he worked as correspondent and news editor for the Associated Press, and also was founding editor of Business Report, the national business section for the Independent Newspapers chain. On leave from that group, he served for 18 months as communications consultant to the South African Secretary for Safety and Security to help revamp the national police service for a post-apartheid society. He also worked as communications and industrial relations director for a progressive South African manufacturing group.
Phil is a graduate of Yale University, magna cum laude with distinction in history, and earned an MBA from the University of Witwatersrand in Johannesburg. A native of Boston, he is married to Maxine Hart and has two sons, Matthew and Daniel, and a stepdaughter, Leila.
Robin Young brings over 25 years of broadcast experience to her role as host of Here & Now. She is a Peabody Award-winning documentary filmmaker who has also reported for NBC, CBS and ABC television, and for several years was substitute host and correspondent for The Today Show. Robin has received several Emmy Awards for her television work, as well as cable’s Ace Award, the Religious Public Relations Council’s Wilbur Award and the National Conference of Christians and Jews Gold Award. She has also received radio’s regional Edward R. Murrow Award.
|Constructing Education: Part I of 3|
Introduction by head of school Peter Sommer and presentation by Neil Gershenfeld, director MIT's Center for Bits and Atoms
|Constructing Education: Part 2 of 3|
Director of the Fab Foundation Sherry Lassiter
|Constructing Education: Part 3 of 3|
President and CEO of TIES Jan Morrison with closing remarks by CFS head of school Peter Sommer