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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.

2019 Speaker: Rosetta Lee

October 17, 2019

The Maria DeHaas Learner Series Presents:
Rosetta Lee, Parenting with Identity in Mind
8:15 - 9:15 a.m. for parents of children in grades JrK-6
10:00 -11:00 a.m. for parents of children in grades 7-12
Cindric Performing Arts Center

These conversations are the first in a series about the value of belonging and forming healthy self-identities in a multifaceted community of student and adult learners. More to come!

Previously Featured Speakers in the Maria DeHaas Learner Series

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

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

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.

Rosalind Wiseman

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: Helping Your Daughter Survive Cliques, Gossip, Boyfriends, and the New Realities of Girl World, the book which became the basis for the movie Mean Girls. The long-awaited follow-up, Masterminds & Wingmen: Helping Boys Cope with Schoolyard Power, Locker-Room Tests, Girlfriends, and the New Rules of Boy World, 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.

Rosalind Wiseman - Queen Bees & Masterminds (1 of 3)

Dr. Ken Bain

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.

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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