MORRISTOWN, NJ - The Morris Educational Foundation (MEF) will host the second part of its annual Parent Education Series on Tuesday, May 1 at 7 pm at Morristown High School, 50 Early Street, Morristown, NJ. 

Today’s achieve-at-all-costs pressure starts young and may come with a cost. Almost 80% of students in a Making Caring Common (MCC) national survey chose personal achievement and happiness as being more important than caring for others. Harvard University’s Trisha Ross Anderson will share the results of this research, discuss the implications and suggest strategies to help parents raise caring, empathetic and ethical children.

Anderson has spent the last decade supporting schools and educational non-profits by developing and evaluating research-based materials that support positive school climate, youth development, and social and emotional learning.  Trisha has also worked as a classroom teacher.  She holds an Ed.M. from the Harvard Graduate School of Education and a BA from Boston University.

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A panel discussion, “Does Character Count in College Admissions?” will follow the presentation.  In addition to Anderson, the panelists will include:  Dr. Robert Massa, Senior Vice President of Drew University’s Enrollment & Institutional Planning and Co-Director of the Institute on Character & Admission; Dr. Jennifer Giordano, Director of Guidance at Morristown High School; and two Morristown High School seniors

On May 2nd, Anderson will be consulting with the Morris School District’s guidance counselors, social workers, and psychologists during two Lunch and Learn Workshops – one for pre-k to 5th grade staff and one for the middle school and high school staff.  She will discuss her research, answer questions and share information about the variety of resources MCC has to offer including its online Toolkit for Educators.

“We are pleased to continue our Parent Education Series by bringing another esteemed expert to the greater Morristown community.  These programs allow us to build on the strong partnership we have with the parents and staff of the Morris School District.” said Patty Haralampoudis, Chairperson of the MEF.

This event is free, open to the public and will address issues impacting children of all ages. 

Registration is requested, but not required. Click here to register.

For questions about the event, please contact one of the MEF’s Parent Education Coordinators: Jennifer Rocco  or Debra Broseker The Morris Educational Foundation, a sponsor of the event,  support a variety of educational programs and initiatives in support of the Morris School District. Through effective solicitation and distribution of funds, the Morris Educational Foundation helps enable the District to continue to be the model of visionary social and educational leadership it has been since its inception. Previous MEF Parent Education Series speakers have included Orly Wahba, Dr. Maurice Elias, John O’Sullivan, Jessica Lahey, Yalda Uhls, Dr. Robin Berman and Dr. Edward Hallowell.  A complete listing of these programs is available on the MEF’s website.


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