‘Education and the teenage brain’ session to be held May 2

Adolescence is a time of profound intellectual, social, emotional and physical transition. Teenagers think and act in different and unique ways. Those who study brain development describe the teen years as “a period of vulnerabilities and opportunities.”

At the same time that children are changing, the world around them is being transformed. Rapid transitions in technology and increasing globalization present new and continuing challenges for today’s students. Innovation, critical thinking and collaboration are the skills that will separate young people who are prepared for increasingly complex life and work environments in the 21st century and those who are not.

To help parents understand and prepare for this pivotal stage in their child’s development, Mountaineer Montessori School will present a special session on “Education and the Teenage Brain” with guest speaker David Kahn on Tuesday, May 2, 7:00 p.m. at South Ruffner Presbyterian Church, 300 20th Street. Kahn is one the world’s preeminent adolescent education consultants, working with schools around the world to design research-driven, developmentally-based middle and high school programs.

Kahn will discuss what the growing body of research on adolescents tells us about how to best educate teens and prepare them intellectually, socially and emotionally for the challenges of a changing world and share his own perspective training educators and advising schools around the world. He is the executive director of the North American Montessori Teachers Association (NAMTA).

MMS Co-Directors Suzanne Sanders and Jennifer Carriger consult with David Kahn (the grandfather of international Montessori) at AMI Whole School Management Training.

Kahn was part of the team that advised MMS on the development of our middle school component in 2014 and will be meeting with teachers, students and parents during his three days in Charleston next week.

Kahn has been called the “grandfather of international Montessori,” but his lessons can apply to all education settings, and the information he shares will be helpful to every parent.

The program is free and open to the public, but advance registration is requested. To RSVP, please contact Beth George at bgeorge@mountaineermontessori.org.