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2020 Spring Symposium – The Power of Mindset: Nurturing Motivation, Hope and Resilience in Children

Fri. 01/24/2020

It may still be winter but The Summit School is already gearing up for its 2020 Spring Symposium – The Power of Mindset: Nurturing Motivation, Hope and Resilience in Children.

Resilience, the ability to cope with and overcome life’s difficulties, is a quality that can be nurtured in children and teens. Join us for this one-day seminar as Dr. Robert Brooks presents realistic strategies for developing resilience.  Teachers, parents, and other caregivers will learn how to reinforce a resilient mindset (and behaviors) in youth, especially those who are burdened with self-defeating ways of coping.

The Power of Mindset: Nurturing Motivation, Hope, and Resilience in Children

Today’s children face a multitude of pressures.  Central to growing up successfully is learning to manage stress, confront challenges, and thrive in the face of adversity.  Resilience—the ability to cope with and overcome life’s difficulties—is a quality that can potentially be nurtured in all children and teens.  Resilience involves such important attributes as self-discipline, effective problem solving, caring, motivation, and hope.  Join us for a day with Dr. Robert Brooks as he describes realistic strategies for developing these attributes in both the home and school setting.  Teachers, parents, and other caregivers will learn actions they can initiate to reinforce a resilient mindset and behaviors in youth, especially those who are burdened with a negative mindset and self-defeating ways of coping.  Many examples will be used to illustrate the application of effective strategies. Click here for a flyer.

Participants Will:

  • learn different theories of mindset
  • learn theories of mindset related to positive emotions and learning
  • learn the characteristics of the negative mindset of many children who struggle with learning
  • learn the characteristics of the mindset used by “charismatic adults”
  • learn a strength-based approach for nurturing a resilient mindset, motivation, self-discipline, learning, hope and resilience in children

About the Speaker: Dr. Robert Brooks has lectured nationally and internationally to audiences of parents, educators, mental health professionals, and business people on topics pertaining to motivation, resilience, family relationships, the qualities of effective leaders and executives, and balancing our personal and professional lives. He has also written extensively about these topics. He is the author or co-author of 17 books including: Play Therapy Interventions to Enhance Resilience; The Self-Esteem Teacher; Raising Resilient Children; Raising a Self-Disciplined Child; Handbook of Resilience in Children; Seven Steps to Help Your Child Worry LessUnderstanding and Managing Children’s Classroom Behavior: Creating Sustainable, Resilient Classrooms; and A Pediatric Approach to Learning Disorders.  Dr. Brooks received his doctorate in clinical psychology from Clark University and did additional training at the University of Colorado Medical School. He is on the faculty of Harvard Medical School and has served as Director of the Department of Psychology at McLean Hospital.  Among his many honors, Dr. Brooks recently received the 2018 Mental Health Humanitarian Award from William James College, Newton, MA, for his work as a clinician, educator, and author.


Thank You To Our Partner Schools:

  • Radcliffe Creek School
  • Jemicy School
  • The Lab School
  • Chesapeake Christian School
  • The Calverton School
  • The Odyssey School
  • Wye River Upper School

Partner School and Sponsorship Opportunities are available, please CLICK HERE for information.

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About The Summit School – The Summit School was founded to serve children, grades 1-8, with dyslexia and other learning differences. The Summit School has an incredible record of helping children become successful learners. The core of Summit’s program incorporates: highly trained teachers, evidence-based instruction, hands-on, multi-sensory learning environments and small class sizes. For more information about The Summit School and Summit Resource Center please visit


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