Parenting for Peace
Friends School of Portland’s Parenting for Peace program developed as an outgrowth of our overall educational vision – to encourage inquiry, reflection and action and to strengthen our community of learners. In accordance with Quaker values and process, we encourage speakers to share unique ideas and to offer queries that will promote discernment and dialogue among attendees.
Parenting for Peace represents FSP's commitment to engaging with our larger community, being of service as a learning community, and providing opportunities for inquiry and discernment for adults. Our topics are broadly about issues relevant to raising children in a peaceful, loving environment using the lens of Quaker values. We intend to follow our fall event with a larger gathering featuring a national speaker in the spring, offering a workshop for educators and a free evening lecture each time. We have worked with coalition partners on these events to deepen our work in the community. We have thus far funded the project through private donations, grants, and sponsorship, and hope to continue building community support for the program.
Stay tuned for more information on our Fall 2013 event on Quaker Education!
ALWAYS ON: Family Life in the Digital Age
with Dr. Rob Williams, founder of the Action Coalition for Media Education
May 2, 2013
***Click here for comments on the evening lecture and links to share for further discussion.***
Digital media offers incredible wonders and significant challenges for our children and our families. How do we embrace the most exciting aspects of our web 2.0 culture while remaining mindful of the downsides of passive media consumption? What information and skills do we need to raise healthy children and thriving families in the digital age?
On May 2nd, Dr. Rob Williams spoke on the trends that are shaping children’s communication culture. He will help us deepen our understanding of media's power and create strategies for remaining active participants in our own digital lives. An educator and social media specialist, and a founder of the Action Coalition for Media Education, Williams will helped us understand the current terrain in all of its complexity.
This event was cosponsored by the Communication and Media Studies Department at USM, YMCA of Southern Maine (Portland Branch), The Telling Room, Hardy Girls Healthy Women, and Boys to Men.
Understanding Our 21st Century Media Culture : A “New Media” Workshop for Educators (PreK – 8th Grade)
with Dr. Rob Williams, founder of the Action Coalition for Media Education
• What is “New Media” and what do teachers need to know to be fluent and able to support kids digital literacy?
• What is an appropriate media diet to be served at school and how does it differ at different stages of development?
• What kinds of media are kids engaging in outside of school and how can teachers support critical thinking and guidance as kids explore new modes of communication?
• How can adults best model healthy media engagement and what do we want our school cultures to reflect, in terms of educational technology?
Wednesday, October 24, 2012
Beyond Princesses and Pirates: Navigating Gender and Sexuality Diversity in Childhood with author Jennifer Bryan
- What is gender stereotyping and how can we overcome its limitations?
- How should we talk to children about gender and sexuality diversity?
- How do we learn to face prejudices and inequities with compassion and confidence?
Jennifer Bryan challenged our thinking about "natural" differences between boys and girls, and helped us better understand the complexity of diverse gender identities. Learn more about Jennifer Bryan at http://www.jenniferbryanphd.com.
**Click here to see Dr. Jennifer Bryan speak about Gender Diversity on WCSH6's 207.**
WORKSHOP FOR EDUCATORS
Tomboys, Sissies and ‘That's So Gay': Exploring Gender and Sexuality Diversity in PreK - 8th Grade Classrooms
- Are boys and girls naturally different from each other and what does that mean in school? What is the difference between a truism and a stereotype about gender?
- How does Maine's law requiring nondiscrimination based on gender diversity shape our schools and classrooms?
- How are messages from the debate on marriage equality shaping kids ideas and interactions? What can teachers do to ensure equity for all kids in school?
Learn more about Jennifer Bryan at http://www.jenniferbryanphd.com.
This free evening lecture walked adults through the complex social world of childhood and addresses a number of questions: What is the normal sequence of child friendships, from the parallel play of the two-year-old to the intimate self-disclosure of the adolescent? How can parents best respond to sticky social situations? How can we help our children become good friends to others, while maintaining their own individuality? When should adults get involved in children’s friendship problems? Learn more about Michael Thompson here.
To watch Michael Thompson talk about bullying on WCSH6, click here.
WORKSHOP FOR EDUCATORS & PARENTS: Parent-Teacher Communication
This interactive workshop facilitated by Michael Thompson, Ph.D, offered classroom teachers, childcare providers, school administrators, parents and guardians, and community educators the opportunity to learn about the importance of family involvement in school and best practices for enhancing communication between educators and caregivers. The emphasis of the workshop was on the skills, habits and practices involved in developing strong relationships and communication within school communities.
Prep Schoo Negro film screening out Outreach Workshop with Directory Andre Robert Lee
Click here to see the Director of Prep School Negro on 207.
Books as Bridges: Children's books can be effective catalysts for conversations about race, particularly essential for communities with few opportunities for cross-racial relationships. On October 18, 2011, Anne Sibley O’Brien and Krista Aronson shared an overview of the latest findings on race and bias, including research demonstrating that exposure to books featuring positive interracial interactions can actually reduce prejudice. In the educators' workshop, earlier the same day, Annie presented an overview of some of the latest research on racial identity formation (including whiteness), unconscious bias, and contemporary realities of racism. Check out Coloring Between the Lines to learn more about her approach.
Bibliography: Children's books that help talk about race
Silence in the Classroom: learning to talk about issues of race by Jeane Copenhaver
See Baby Discriminate by Po Bronson & Ashley Merryman
A Different View of White Privilege by Dwight Lopes
Educators' Workshop Action Posters
View WCSH6 207's Kathleen Shannon's interview with Anne Sibley O'Brien
Alfie Kohn, author of THE HOMEWORK MYTH: Why Our Kids Get Too Much of a Bad Thing, and UNCONDITIONAL PARENTING: Moving from Rewards and Punishments to Love and Reason, THE SCHOOLS OUR CHILDREN DESERVE, and his new book, FEEL-BAD EDUCATION, a collection of essays, spoke to an audience of over 200 at USM's Hannaford Hall in the Abromson Community Education Center. This event was free and open to the
public and made possible in part with a grant from the Quimby Family Foundation and a generous donation from Sam Solish and Jo Linder. Click here for one parent's notes on Alfie Kohn's 10 recommendations for parenting.
Here is a link to an audio recording of Alfie's presentation on unconditional parenting (2 hrs) Alfie starts at 08:50, recommendations to parents is around 120:00, Q & A is at 157:16
Wild Play: Parenting Adventures in the Great Outdoors, was presented on Tuesday, October 19, 2010 by David Sobel, Co-Director of the Center on Place-Based Education at Antioch University, Keene, NH to over 85 audience members. His afternoon workshop, "Cultivating Environmental Stewardship: Practical Strategies for the Pre-K - 8 Classroom," brought together 15 educators from across the state. Both programs elicited action steps from the participants to implement or learn more about the topics presented. These programs are funded in part by a grant from the Quimby Family Foundation.
The Ecology of Hope with Sandra Steingraber, took place on Tuesday, May 11, 2010 at USM with over 150 people attending. Sandra Steingraber, is an award winning ecologist, Cornell University professor, mother, cancer survivor, and former Ms. Magazine Woman of the year. Dr. Steingraber's newest book, Living Downstream, 2nd edition, was published in April 2010. The book is also being produced as a documentary.
This event was made possible in part by a grant from the Ceres Foundation and is co-sponsored by the USM Women and Gender Studies Program, The Environmental Health Strategy Center, Physicians for Social Responsibility and the Natural Resource Council of Maine.
The first in the series featured author and psychologist Susan Linn, Ed.D. on Tuesday, May 12, 2009 speaking on "The Case for Make Believe: Why Children Need to Play, Who's Stopping Them and What We Can Do About It." Susan Linn is a psychologist at Judge Baker Children's Center and Harvard Medical School in Boston. She is the co-founder/director of A Campaign for a Commercial Free Childhood. She is also an award-winning ventriloquist, internationally recognized for her pioneering use of puppets as a tool in play therapy with children.
The second in the series was a panel presentation on Tuesday, October 20, 2009 and was presented in partnership with Physicians for Social Responsibility. Taking a proactive approach, "Detox Your Toy Box" explored current research linking environmental toxins to children's health and opportunities for personal and collective action. The panel also shared strategies for engaging children in making healthy choices for themselves and their planet. Experts from diverse, yet connected fields came together as a panel and include:
- David Bellinger, PhD, Professor of Neurology, Harvard Medical School.
- Nicole Borrasso, Friends School Teacher and Outdoor Educator, FSP
- Kristine Jenkins, Environmental Health Organizer, Environmental Health Strategy Center
The panel was moderated by local pediatrician, parent and FSP Board member, Jeff Peterson.