The Community Speaker Series

 presented by District 86 and District 181

 Informing and inspiring families in the K-12 community about issues in education, child development, wellness, and  parenting


Program Schedule


November 17, 2017

The Community House

9:30am -11:00am


Meg Cooper 
District 181 Foundation 


The Community Speaker Series is supported by



Accomodations for our speakers are provided by the  Burr Ridge Marriott

Burr Ridge Marriott



Jessica Lahey

The Gift of Failure: How the Best Parents Learn to let go so Their Children can Succeed

What if the best way to motivate your kids and build their resilience was to take a step back and let them fail? Research has shown that a key to developing resilience in our children & students is intrinsic motivation, or that which comes from within. Speaker Jessica Lahey will summarize this current research and offer practical advice for fostering intrinsic motivation and weaning kids off of extrinsic motivators such as short-term rewards, bribes, and yes, even grades, giving them space to fail with the support and encouragement that they need to succeed.

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