Sacramento Play Summit

Saturday, September 12, 2015

About the Event

Play is the most important work of childhood, setting the foundation for a child's physical, mental, emotional and cognitive well-being. Yet there are growing threats and limitations placed on the time, resources and spaces devoted to play.

The 3rd annual Sacramento Play Summit, presented by Fairytale Town, the Sacramento Public Library and ScholarShare Speaks, aims to highlight the importance of play, the many types of play, ways to incorporate play into daily and school life, and more.

This conference is ideal for adults who work with children: preschool and elementary educators, early childhood education specialists, childcare providers, after-school program administrators and practitioners, parks and recreation professionals, physical education professionals, parents and grandparents.

This event is brought to you by Fairytale Town, the Sacramento Public Library and ScholarShare Speaks.

About the Speakers

Dr. Peter Gray

Dr. Peter Gray is a research professor of psychology at Boston College and author of Free to Learn

 
Tom Chapin

Tom Chapin is an acclaimed singer-songwriter-guitarist and three-time Grammy winner

 
Louise Glaser

Louise Glaser, MD, has been a pediatrician for more than 25 years, specializing in communication between patients, families and each other

 

The Neuroscience of Learning Differences

Tuesday, February 26, 2015

About the Event

In this free event just for adults, Dr. Fumiko Hoeft, UCSF associate professor and director of BrainLENS (Laboratory of Educational NeuroScience), shared what recent brain science is teaching us about support and intervention for children with learning differences. Relevant for teachers and parents, this talk reviewed how the brain is studied in children, what neuroimaging can (and cannot) tell us, and how we can work more effectively with children diagnosed with disabilities such as dyslexia, autism, processing, language impairment and ADHD so that all children reach their creative and cognitive potential.

About the Speaker

Fumiko Hoeft

Fumiko Hoeft (MD, PhD) researches brain development in children and is interested in figuring out ways that cognitive neuroscience research can inform educational and clinical practices. She worked at the Center for Interdisciplinary Brain Sciences Research at Stanford University School of Medicine where she focused on three projects: Educational Neuroscience (the investigation of poor reading and other academic performance using neuroimaging), Real-Time fMRI (the use of RtfMRIs for chronic pain patients, people with developmental disabilities and healthy individuals) and Developmental Disabilities (investigation of developmental disabilities using neuroimaging). Now she is an Associate Professor of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry at UCSF, and the Director of the Laboratory for Educational NeuroScience (BrainLENS) at UCSF, which is a neurobiological lab that focuses on developmental cognitive neuroscience research with the goal of maximizing children's potential to succeed in life.

 

"Internet Safety" presented by Jesse Allen, Safe School Coordinator, Ridgecrest Intermediate and Lisa Larson, Safe School Coordinator, Miraleste Intermediate

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

About the Event

Learning about internet and technology safety is important for all parents with children who have online access via personal computers, tablets or smart phones. Safe School Counselors Lisa Larson and Jesse Allen provided invaluable information that can help protect your children from potential online dangers, including cyberbullying, oversharing and inappropriate material.

This event was presented by ScholarShare Speaks.

About the Speakers

Lisa Larson

Lisa Larson is a Marriage and Family Therapist who has worked in four districts in the South Bay including the PVPUSD for over 20 years. She is the Safe School Coordinator for Miraleste Intermediate School.





Jesse Allen

Jesse Allen is the Safe School Coordinator at Ridgecrest Intermediate School. She has been a counselor in the Palos Verdes School District for four years. She is dedicated to promoting healthy life choices and positive decision making among the youth with whom she works.




 

Sacramento Play Summit

Saturday, September 13, 2014

About the Event

Play is the most important work of childhood, setting the foundation for a child's physical, mental, emotional and cognitive well-being. Yet there are growing threats and limitations placed on the time, resources and spaces devoted to play.

The 2nd annual Sacramento Play Summit, presented by Fairytale Town, the Sacramento Public Library and ScholarShare Speaks, aimed to highlight the importance of play, the many types of play, ways to incorporate play into daily and school life, and more.

This conference was ideal for adults who work with children: parents, grandparents, elementary and preschool educators, parks and recreation professionals, physical education experts, after-school program administrators and childcare providers.

This event was brought to you by Fairytale Town, the Sacramento Public Library and ScholarShare Speaks

About the Speakers

Stuart Brown

Dr. Stuart Brown is the founder of the National Institute for Play and author of Play: How it Shapes the Brain, Opens the Imagination, and Invigorates the Soul.

 

Developing a New Generation of Innovators with Glen Tripp

Sunday, July 27, 2014

About the Event

Innovators have the power to improve their world in big and small ways while leading fulfilling lives. How can parents and educators give kids the tools they need to create in the modern world? Glen Tripp, Founder and CEO of Galileo Learning, reflected on lessons learned from working with the 200,000 children who have attended Galileo's innovation-oriented enrichment programs. Parenting strategies and possibilities for school reform were covered.

This event was brought to you by ScholarShare Speaks.

About the Speakers

Glen Tripp

Glen Tripp founded Galileo Learning in 2001 to develop innovators who envision and create a better world. Since then, more than 200,000 Bay Area children have enrolled in Galileo's programs, which include Camp Galileo, Galileo Summer Quest, Chabot Space & Science Center Summer Camps, and the camps at The Tech Museum of Innovation.

Galileo programs deploy innovative science, arts, technology, and engineering curriculum heavily influenced by the Design School at Stanford University and The Tech Museum of Innovation. 1,300 staff members will serve 40,000 enrollments at 42 sites in summer 2014. As CEO, Glen oversees a year around staff of 50 at Galileo's Oakland headquarters. He is a graduate of Stanford University.

 

The Philosophical Baby: What children's minds tell us about truth, love and the meaning of life with Alison Gopnik, Ph.D.

Thursday, March 13, 2014

About the Event

In the last thirty years there's been a revolution in our scientific understanding of babies and young children, a revolution that's also transformed our understanding of human nature itself. In this talk, Alison Gopnik, Ph.D. outlined some of the new discoveries and their implications for the way we think about young children and ourselves. She showed that childhood - our long period of helplessness - is responsible for our uniquely human consciousness and our ability to learn, imagine and love.

This event was brought to you by the Bay Area Discovery Museum, the Center for Childhood Creativity, and ScholarShare Speaks.

About the Speaker

Lisa Larson

Alison Gopnik, Ph.D. is a professor of psychology and affiliate professor of philosophy at the University of California at Berkeley. She is an internationally recognized leader in the study of children's learning and development and was the first to argue that children's minds could help us understand deep philosophical questions. Gopnik is also a member of the Center for Childhood Creativity's advisory board.

 

"Internet and Technology Safety" presented by PVPUSD Safe School Counselors Lisa Larson & Jesse Allen

Tuesday, January 21, 2014

About the Event

Learning about internet and technology safety is important for all parents with children who have online access via personal computer, tablet or smart phone. Safe School Counselors Lisa Larson and Jesse Allen provided invaluable information that can help protect your children from potential online dangers, including cyberbullying, oversharing and inappropriate material.

This event was presented by ScholarShare Speaks.

About the Speakers

Lisa Larson

Lisa Larson is a Marriage and Family Therapist who has worked in 4 districts in the South Bay including the PVPUSD for over twenty years. She is the Safe School Coordinator for Miraleste Intermediate School.





Jesse Allen

Jesse Allen is the Safe School Coordinator at Ridgecrest Intermediate School. She has been a counselor in the Palos Verdes School District for 4 years. She is dedicated to promoting healthy life choices and positive decision making among the youth with whom she works.




 

Winning Every Day with Shannon Miller: Life Lessons from an Olympian, Mom, Entrepreneur and Cancer Survivor

Tuesday, November 12, 2013

About the Event

Shannon's story on her journey from Olympic gymnast to Mompreneur to cancer survivor will inspire and motivate anyone! Regardless of their profession, all women struggle to find time for themselves. They are always on the go, and often serve as the primary caregiver to their family and friends. Shannon wants to empower women with the knowledge and education they need to make informed decisions on health and fitness for themselves and for their family. She asks herself every morning, "How will I empower one woman today?"

This event was presented by ScholarShare Speaks.

About the Speakers

Shannon Miller is the most decorated gymnast, male or female, in U.S. history. She is the only American to rank among the Top 10 All-Time Gymnasts and is the only female athlete to be inducted into the U.S. Olympic Hall of Fame twice (Individual (2006) and Team (2008)).

After retiring from Olympic competition, Shannon received her undergraduate degrees in marketing and entrepreneurship and her law degree from Boston College. She then moved from Olympic athlete to advocate for the health and wellness of women and children.

Shannon launched her company Shannon Miller Lifestyle: Health and Fitness for Women which empowers women to make their health a priority through programs, education and awareness. She hosts her weekly talk radio show dedicated to health and fitness and authored a series of fitness books and DVD's. Her foundation is dedicated to fighting childhood obesity and she remains involved with the sports world as an expert analyst, mostly recently with Yahoo! Sports and a commentator for the Olympic Games in London.

 

"Play Matters! It really, really does." with Stuart Brown, M.D.

Tuesday, November 7, 2013

About the Event

World-renowned psychologist, Stuart Brown Ph.D. and M.D., made a rare public appearance at the Bay Area Discovery Museum last fall. The founder of the National Institute for Play and considered the grandfather of play, Dr. Brown shared his life-long research and advocacy work on the important role of play in human development; from shaping and growing young brains to staying vital through more mature life stages. This was the third event in our lecture series just for adults.

This event was presented by ScholarShare Speaks.

About the Speaker

Dr. Stuart Brown is a medical doctor, psychiatrist and clinical researcher but also a major proponent of the importance of play. He has found a strong correlation between success and playful activity through his research of animal behavior and more than 6,000 "play histories" of people with all different backgrounds. Brown's book Play explains why play is essential to the development of our social skills, adaptability, intelligence, creativity, ability to problem solve and more. His background in psychiatry, the evolution of human and animal play, as well as his clinical research into the causes and prevention of violence, have shown him that authentic play is a state of being which can be accessed and used by everyone, and that play is as important to humans as vitamins or sleep. To further his efforts, Brown founded The National Institute for Play, a non-profit committed to bringing unrealized knowledge, practices, and benefits of play into public life through continuing research. He enjoys co-teaching "From Play to Innovation" at Stanford's Hasso Plattner School of Design (the d school).

 

Sacramento Play Summit

Saturday, September 7, 2013

About the Event

Play is the most important work of childhood, setting the foundation for a child's physical, mental, emotional and cognitive wellbeing. Yet there are growing threats and limitations placed on the time, resources and spaces devoted to play.

The Sacramento Play Summit, presented by Fairytale Town, the Sacramento Public Library and ScholarShare Speaks, aimed to highlight the importance of play, the many types of play, ways to incorporate play into daily and school life, and more.

The conference was ideal for all adults who work with children: parents, grandparents, elementary and preschool educators, parks and recreation professionals, physical education experts, after-school program administrators and childcare providers.

This event was presented by ScholarShare Speaks, Fairytale Town and Sacramento Public Library.

About the Speakers

Dr. Melissa Arca
Pediatrician, mom of two, child advocate and writer and blogger at Confessions of a Dr. Mom and The Sacramento Bee. Child's Play: On Protecting the Most Important Work of Childhood





Barney Saltzberg
Author and Illustrator of nearly 40 books for children, including Beautiful Oops. Think you are too old to be creative and play? Think Again!





Myla Marks
Trainer Manager at Playworks, a national nonprofit organization that provides play and physical activity at recess and throughout the school day. Promoting Meaningful Play in School and Youth Programs




 

"Get Ready for Summer: The Importance of Reconnecting Children with Nature" with Suz Lipman presented by ScholarShare

Wednesday, June 5, 2013

About the Event

Susan Sachs Lipman (Suz) addressed how today's children are increasingly disconnected from nature, even as a growing body of evidence shows that time in nature positively impacts every area of child development -- physical, psychological, intellectual, social and emotional. Nature helps offset stress, obesity and ADHD, and helps children cooperate, self-regulate, and learn through creativity, wonder and play. Parents learned about the latest research on children and nature, the worldwide movement to reconnect children with nature, and easy-to-implement and creative ways to experience nature in your own local nature, backyard and right here at the Museum.

This event was presented by the Bay Area Discovery Museum and ScholarShare Speaks.

About the Speaker

Suz is a parenting and family expert who serves as the Social Media Director for the Children & Nature Network, an organization which encourages and supports people and organizations working around the world to reconnect children with nature. Suz will discuss the importance of nature in children's development, as well as specific suggestions for engaging with nature this summer.

Suz's book, "Fed Up with Frenzy: Slow Parenting in a Fast-Moving World," was named a 2012 Top 10 Parenting Trend by TIME magazine. In Fed Up with Frenzy, she showed the enormous benefits of having a slower paced, more connected family. The hectic pace of everyday life can keep families constantly on the go, but removing some of the frenzy is easy-if families just take a moment to slow down.

 

"The Buzz on Brains and Babies" with Dr. Nadine Burke Harris presented by ScholarShare

Thursday, March 14, 2013

About the Event

This event was brought to you by the Bay Area Discovery Museum, the Center for Childhood Creativity, and ScholarShare Speaks.

About the Speaker

Dr. Nadine Burke Harris is the founding physician and former Medical Director of the CPMC Bayview Child Health Center. She has earned international attention for her innovative approach to addressing adverse childhood experiences as a risk factor for adult disease such as heart disease and cancer. A recent profile in The New Yorker magazine described Dr. Burke Harris' methodology as "rooted in science, but it goes beyond the typical boundaries of medicine. In the view of Burke and the researchers she has been following, many of the problems that we think of as social issues - and therefore the province of economists and sociologists - might be better addressed on the molecular level... If these researchers are right, it could be time to reassess the relationship between poverty, child development, and health and the Bayview clinic may turn out to be a place where a new kind of pediatric medicine is taking its first tentative steps."

Dr. Burke Harris has recently embarked on a new project to create the Center for Youth Wellness, a comprehensive health and wellness center that integrates medical, mental health, holistic and social services for an evidence-based approach to improving the health and well-being of urban children and youth. Her areas of interest are in health disparities, child trauma, nutrition and asthma. Particularly, her focus is serving communities where issues of poverty and race present challenges to conventional healthcare and education. She also maintains her clinical practice at the CPMC Bayview Child Health Center.

 

"12 Strategies to Nurture Your Child's Developing Mind" with Dr. Dan Siegel presented by ScholarShare

Wednesday, October 17, 2012

About the Event

An exciting new approach to raising children was explored through a special one-hour presentation. Parents, grandparents, teachers, child development professionals and others who help children grow were presented with a learning experience filled with scientifically-based ideas and practical skills that can promote well-being in children's lives.

By offering a definition of an important aspect of the mind and a core mechanism of mental health, the whole-brain child approach offers care providers the cutting edge art and science of child development.

Even moments of despair and discouragement can be transformed into opportunities to deepen relationships and promote integration. Beyond merely tools of survival, this approach empowers us to enjoy the journey of caregiving as we transform challenge into integrative learning.

About the Speaker

Dr. Dan Siegel is currently a clinical professor of psychiatry at the UCLA School of Medicine and the Co-Director of the Mindful Awareness Research Center. He is also the Executive Director of the Mindsight Institute, which offers and focuses on how the development of mindsight in individuals, families and communities can be enhanced by examining the interface of human relationships and basic biological processes. Dr. Siegel has published extensively for the professional audience. He serves as the Founding Editor for the Norton Professional Series on Interpersonal Neurobiology which contains over two dozen textbooks. The Mindful Therapist (2010) explores the application of focusing techniques for the clinician's own development, as well as their clients' development of mindsight and neural integration. Dr. Siegel's book, Mindsight (2010) offers the general reader an in-depth exploration of the power of the mind to integrate the brain and promote well-being. His latest parenting book, The Whole-Brain Child with Tina Payne Bryson, PhD, explores the application of the mindsight approach to parenting. He has been invited to lecture for the King of Thailand, Pope John Paul II, His Holiness the Dalai Lama, Google University, and TEDx. For more information, please visit: www.DrDanSiegel.com.