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Jessica Lahey, Author of the Gift of Failure Helps us Prepare for a Pandemic Summer
Jess Lahey believes there’s a lot of reasons for parents to be optimistic and for kids to be engaged and learning during this period of physical distancing due to COVID-19. The very deepest, most durable learning happens when kids are intrinsically motivated to learn, and the best way to help kids find intrinsic motivation to learn happens when they are able to exercise some choice over what they learn and how, when that learning is relevant to their current and future selves, when they feel competent (not just confident) and when the people around them support and love them for who they are. Jess will be sharing concrete, practical tips for engaging kids in their learning even when school is not in session, setting goals for learning that’s relevant to kids, and for building stronger interpersonal with family and friends even when face-to-face time is restricted so everyone can feel heard, supported, and loved for who they are. Given some knowledge and actionable tips, this spring and summer need not be a time of learning loss but one of exploration, skill-building and an even stronger sense of self-efficacy and competence.

May 27, 2020 04:00 PM in Eastern Time (US and Canada)

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Jessica Lahey
Jessica Lahey is a teacher, writer, and mom. Over twenty years, she’s taught every grade from sixth to twelfth in both public and private schools. She writes about education, parenting, and child welfare for The Atlantic, Vermont Public Radio, The Washington Post and the New York Times and is the author of the New York Times bestselling book, The Gift of Failure: How the Best Parents Learn to Let Go So Their Children Can Succeed. She is a member of the Amazon Studios Thought Leader Board and wrote the educational curriculum for Amazon Kids’ The Stinky and Dirty Show. Jessica earned a B.A. in Comparative Literature from the University of Massachusetts and a J.D. with a concentration in juvenile and education law from the University of North Carolina School of Law. She lives in Vermont with her husband and two sons. Her second book, The Addiction Inoculation: Raising Healthy Kids in a Culture of Dependence, will be released in April 2021.