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What is the Maria DeHaas Learner Series?

Established in 2012 by the generosity of Dr. Ryan DeHaas and his family and friends through the Maria DeHaas Endowed Fund, the annual Maria DeHaas Learner Series features talks by distinguished speakers who will share their expertise and lead insightful discussions with the Cannon School community and the public.

To support this endowment, please visit Cannon's Endowment webpage.


2023-2024 Maria DeHaas Learner Series Event

Raising Resilient Kids

Maria DeHaas Speakers 2023

On October 11, 2023, Authors Sheri Glucoft Wong, LCSW and Olaf Jorgenson, EdD, shared their presentation Raising Resilient Kids with the Cannon community and general public. 

Based on their new book Raising Kids: Your Essential Guide to Everyday Parenting, the presentation provides tools for parents to help children face challenges, manage disappointments, develop “true self-esteem,” and effectively navigate their social world.

About the authors/speakers:
Sheri Glucoft Wong, LCSW is a nationally recognized family therapist, parenting expert, and speaker who is acclaimed for her practical, usable tools for raising kids and supporting parents. Sheri leads parenting workshops at schools, community-based organizations, universities and medical centers across the U.S. In addition to her support for parents and children, Sheri also trains teachers, school administrators, counselors, healthcare professionals and others who work with children and families.

Dr. Olaf Jorgenson is a school leader who has taught and led in public, independent, and international schools since 1987.  He currently serves as head of school at Almaden Country Day School in San Jose, CA. Author of four books, Ole speaks and publishes nationally on a range of topics including student wellness, growth mindsets, and the parent-school partnership; he also coaches early-career school leaders and aspiring administrators in independent schools across the U.S.


Previous Speakers in the Maria DeHaas Learner Series

Dr. Tim Bono

Dr. Tim Bono

We were excited to welcome Dr. Tim Bono to campus on October 19, 2022, as our guest speaker for the Maria DeHaas Learner Series.
Tim is the author of Happiness 101: Simple Secrets to Smart Living & Well-Being, in which he explores the subject of happiness and well-being for a rising generation of young adults raised as digital natives in a fast-paced, ultra-connected world, where authentic happiness still seems just out of reach. Tim is a professor of positive psychology, and Happiness 101 distills his most popular college course on the science of happiness into creative, often counterintuitive, strategies for young adults to lead happier, more fulfilling lives.
Tim currently serves as Assistant Dean for the Office of the Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs and a Lecturer in Psychological & Brain Sciences at Washington University in St. Louis.  

Jessica Lahey

Jessica Lahey

We were excited to welcome New York Times bestselling author Jessica Lahey to campus as our guest speaker for the Maria DeHaas Learner Series on October 20, 2021, at 7:00 p.m. in the Cindric Performing Arts Center at Cannon School.    

Jessica Lahey 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  and The Addiction Inoculation: Raising Healthy Kids in a Culture of Dependence

Over twenty years, Jess has taught every grade from sixth to twelfth in both public and private schools, and spent five years teaching in a drug and alcohol rehab for adolescents in Vermont. She currently serves as a recovery and prevention coach at Sana at Stowe, an evidence-based detox and rehab in Stowe, Vermont. 

 She writes about education, parenting, and child welfare for The Washington Post, New York Times, and The Atlantic, is a book critic for Air Mail, and wrote the educational curriculum for Amazon Kids’ award-winning The Stinky and Dirty Show. She co-hosts the #AmWriting podcast with bestselling authors K.J. Dell’Antonia and Sarina Bowen from her house in Vermont, where she lives with her husband, two sons, and a lot of dogs. 

Rosetta Lee

Rosetta Lee

In October 2019, Rosetta Lee presented Parenting with Identity in Mind. Since 2004, Rosetta has been a diversity speaker and trainer on a variety of topics, including cross cultural communication, identity development, implicit and unconscious bias, gender and sexuality diversity, facilitation skills, and bullying in schools. 

These conversations were the first in a series about the value of belonging and forming healthy self-identities in a multifaceted community of student and adult learners.   

Authors William Stixrud, Ph.D., and Ned Johnson

The Self-Driven Child

William Stixrud, Ph.D., and Ned Johnson - authors of The Self-Driven Child: The Science and Sense of Giving Your Kids More Control Over Their Lives - offered three age-appropriate talks for parents of children in grades JrK-4, 5-8, and 9-12 on October 11, 2018.

Stixrud is a nationally known clinical neuropsychologist who helps kids gripped by anxiety.
Johnson is a motivational coach who runs a premier tutoring service. Several years ago, they each began noticing that high-performing kids were coming to them acutely anxious and lacking real motivation.

Together they discovered that the single most important thing for children to thrive is to feel that they are in charge of their lives. But this doesn’t mean giving up your authority as a parent. The Self-Driven Child offers cutting-edge brain science, the latest discoveries in behavioral therapy, and case studies from the thousands of young people Stixrud and Johnson have helped to teach you how to equip your child in facing challenges with resolve.

Rick Wormeli

Fair Isn't Always Equal

Rick Wormeli - husband, father, writer, teacher, coach of teachers/principals, and humorous and engaging speaker - spoke on the evening of October 24, 2017.

The evening's keynote address was “Sure Footing in a Shaky World: Best Practices in Today’s Classrooms that Stand the Test of Time” during which the advanced-age version of Rick Wormeli in the year 2075 A.D. travels through a time vortex back to the current year. As his older and younger selves, Rick reminisces on the teaching and learning practices of today that will stand the test of time through to his contemporary world in 2075. With wigged out hair and an ever young and creative mind, Rick rifts on educational salience.

As part of this evening, attendees had the opportunity to participate in breakout sessions facilitated by Cannon School leaders to engage in conversations about mission-aligned issues around giving learners feedback for learning, our deeper look at curriculum, and broad conversations around student growth.

Julie Lythcott-Haims

How to Raise an Adult

Cannon School welcomed Julie Lythcott-Haims, author of the New York Times bestseller How to Raise an Adult in February of 2017.

Julie is an acclaimed speaker focused on helping humans find their true north. At its core, her work is about the obstacles we face as humans striving to thrive and how we can unlock our most authentic selves. She’s spoken at schools, companies, conferences, and more across the country, and her 2016 TED Talk “How to Raise Successful Kids—Without Overparenting” has been viewed close to 5 million times.  A mother of two teenagers, she has spoken and written widely on the phenomenon of helicopter parenting.

Rosalind Wiseman

Queen Bees and Wannabes

The Maria DeHaas Learner Series welcomed Rosalind Wiseman, internationally recognized parenting and bullying expert and bestselling author to Cannon's campus in October 2015. Ms. Wiseman is most notably the author of Queen Bees and Wannabes, the book which became the basis for the movie Mean Girls. The long-awaited follow-up, Masterminds & Wingmen, was published in 2013.

Each year, Ms. Wiseman works with tens of thousands of students, educators, parents, counselors, coaches, and administrators to address the challenges that face young adults. A frequent guest on The Today Show and Anderson Cooper 360, Ms. Wiseman has also been profiled in The New York Times, People, USA Today, CNN, and on NPR affiliates.

Dr. Ken Bain

What the Best College Students Do

Dr. Ken Bain, noted author of What the Best College Teachers Do, and What the Best College Students Do, spoke to the Cannon School community on the topic of encouraging young people to learn for understanding in November 2013.Ken Bain spent much of his academic career at Vanderbilt, Northwestern and NYU before becoming provost and vice president for academic affairs, and professor of history and urban education, at the University of the District of Columbia, positions he held until 2013.

Bain is founding director of four major teaching and learning centers: the Center for Teaching Excellence at NYU, the Searle Center for Teaching Excellence at Northwestern, the Center for Teaching at Vanderbilt, and the Research Academy for University Learning at Montclair.

In the 1970s and early ’80s, he was professor of history at the University of Texas, director of their honors program, and founding director of the History Teaching Center, a program sponsored by the National Endowment for the Humanities. From 1984 to 1986, he served as director of the National History Teaching Center

Robert Evans, Ed.D.

Family Matters by Robert Evans

There is no harder job than being a parent.  As the pace of life intensifies and the future grows more unpredictable, parents find it harder to raise children of character, good judgment and resiliency.  Robert Evans, noted author and psychologist, will offered advice to parents about how they can help their children develop these key life skills in November of 2012.

In his book, Family Matters, Evans outlines a school-family collaboration that supports and guides children through an emphasis on core values and personal responsibility.

“Family Matters, remains one of the best books on parenting that I have read,” said Head of School Matt Gossage.  “Rob will draw from this book as he speaks to us on the topic of parenting through uncertainty.”

Robert Evans, Ed.D., is a clinical and organizational psychologist and director of the Human Relations Service in Wellesley, Massachusetts.  The former high school and preschool teacher has served as a consultant to more than 1,600 schools throughout the United States and around the world offering training and long-term support for teachers, administrators and parents.  His presentations are known for their lively wit and plain talk.  He is the author of many articles and three books, including Family Matters: How Schools Can Cope with The Crisis in Childrearing.

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