Several times a year, St. Anne's-Belfield School hosts innovators and visionaries from around the world as part of our Inspiration Speaks series. Challenging and inspiring, these speakers bring myriad ideas to the School and local community and encourage discourse on a variety of topics related to teaching, learning, education, and growth.

We are pleased to announce that New York Times best-selling author Erika Christakis will join us on campus Nov. 14. To reserve your spot, please click here.

Erika Christakis is an early childhood educator and author of The Importance of Being Little: What Preschoolers Really Need From Grownups. Formerly on the faculty of the Yale Child Study Center, she has written and consulted widely about child development from preschool through the college years, drawing on her experiences as a teacher, Pre-School director, and college administrator. Her work has been featured in media such as The Atlantic, The Washington Post, Salon, NPR, and the Wall Street Journal, and for two years she wrote a column for TIME.com.

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In the past, we have also welcomed New York Times bestselling author Dr. Madeline Levine, TED Prize winner Dr. Sugata Mitra, and diversity and leadership expert Dr. Gene Batiste.


DR. MADELINE LEVINE

Dr. Madeline Levine is a psychologist with over 30 years of experience as a clinician, consultant, and educator. Her book The Price of Privilege: How Parental Pressure and Material Advantage Are Creating a Generation of Disconnected and Unhappy Kids explores the reasons why teenagers from affluent families are experiencing epidemic rates of emotional problems. Backed by cutting edge research, Levine proposes solutions that are both practical and credible. Levine's most recent book, Teach Your Children Well: Parenting for Authentic Success (Harper), is a toolbox for parents, providing information, relevant research, and a series of exercises to help parents clarify a definition of success that is in line with their own values as well as their children's interests and abilities.

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Dr. Sugata Mitra

Dr. Mitra's work is at the forefront of a new approach to education which challenges how we teach children in the technological age.

Professor of Educational Technology at Newcastle University, UK and previously a Visiting Professor at MIT, Dr. Mitra is currently working on the School in the Cloud, which is the culmination of over a decade of research and observations from all over the world. His “Hole in the Wall” experiments have shown that in the absence of supervision or formal teaching, children can teach themselves and each other if they’re motivated by curiosity and peer interest. His recent pioneering study found that use of the Internet can allow eight- and nine-year-olds to perform at more than seven years above their expected academic level.

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Dr. Gene Batiste

Dr. Batiste has over 20 years’ experience providing presentations and training in the area of diversity and inclusion, leadership development, and trust development to independent schools, state and regional associations of independent schools, and corporations both in the United States and abroad.

Dr. Batiste has also served as the Vice President of the National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS), during which time he co-edited The Head’s Handbook: A Guide for Aspiring, New, and Experienced Heads of School (2011) and edited Diversity Work in Independent Schools: The Practice and the Practitioner (2013). He focuses on supporting the visualization and realization of building and sustaining diverse, inclusive, and equitable independent school communities.

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