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October 8, 2015
9:00 am
at Katherine Delmar Burke School
7070 California Street San Francisco, CA 94121

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Please do not park on 32nd Avenue between California and El Camino Del Mar. Limited neighborhood parking; please carpool or take public transportation.
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Free Admission


Jessica Lahey

The Gift of Failure
Fostering Intrinsic Motivation and Resilience in Kids

What’s the best way to motivate students to own their education and develop resilience?

Research has shown that the key to all these things is intrinsic motivation, or motivation that comes from within. Intrinsic motivation can only happen when children experience autonomy and competence, and feel connected to the people in their lives and the material they are learning. Jessica Lahey summarizes the current research on autonomy-supportive parenting and teaching, competence, rewards, praise, and failure. Finally, Jessica outlines what parents and educators need to give students what they need in order to stay motivated over the long term.

Jessica Lahey is an educator, writer, and speaker. She has been a middle and high school teacher of English, Latin, and writing for a decade. She writes the bi-weekly “Parent-Teacher Conference” advice column for The New York Times and her work appears regularly in The Atlantic and Vermont Public Radio. Her book, The Gift of Failure: How the Best Parents Learn to Let Go So Their Children Can Succeed, will be published by HarperCollins in August, 2015. Jessica earned a J.D. from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill with a concentration in juvenile and education law. She lives in New Hampshire with her husband, writer and physician Tim Lahey, and her two sons.

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