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Thursday, May 10, 2018, 8:45 AM – 9:45 AM

 

Head shot of keynote speaker Dr. Robert Brooks

Dr. Robert Brooks, Clinical Psychologist and Faculty
Harvard Medical School, Boston, Mass.

Dr. Robert Brooks is a psychologist on the faculty of Harvard Medical School and former director of the Department of Psychology at McLean Hospital, a private psychiatric hospital. His first position at McLean was as principal of the school in the locked door unit of the child and adolescent program.

Brooks has lectured nationally and internationally and written extensively about themes related to motivation, resilience, parenting and family relationships, positive work and school environments, and balancing our personal and professional lives. He is the author or co-author of 15 books including “Raising Resilient Children,” “The Self-Esteem Teacher,” “The Power of Resilience: Achieving Balance, Confidence, and Personal Strength in Your Life,” and “Handbook of Resilience in Children.”

Brooks has received numerous awards for his work on behalf of children, their families and teachers. He also helped produce a documentary “Tough Times, Resilient Kids” that was a finalist in the 23rd Telly Awards and completed a video for PBS titled “Look What You’ve Done! Stories of Hope and Resilience.” Brooks has also served as a consultant for Sesame Street Parents Magazine.

In his keynote, “The Power of Mindsets: Nurturing Motivation, Caring and Resilience in Students,” Brooks will outline a strength-based approach for creating a positive school climate. He will review several theories of mindset and the need for such theories to focus on social emotional well-being as well as academic achievement in schools. He will describe the mindset and practices of educators who are effective in reaching and teaching all students. He will outline the main components of intrinsic motivation and offer specific strategies for nurturing motivation, learning, self-discipline, caring, hope and resilience in students.