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Inspiring Creativity and Innovation in Our Children

Dr. Stephen Brand, Executive Director of Global Learning and Development at Bay Path University, visited BCD last week to talk about his research on fostering creativity and innovation in children. Open to the community at large, this PA Speaker event attracted a diverse audience, including educators from area schools, parents from public and private schools, and parents who are home-schooling their kids. Dr. Brand shared insights from his many conversations with innovators from all walks of life into how parents and educators can provide experiences that spark innovative thinking in children. Some of the takeaways from Dr. Brand’s presentation include:

1) Immerse children in a wide range of experiences and environments that spark their imaginations.
2) Don’t define kids by their grades; many successful innovators struggled with grades in school.
3) Time spent outside of school is often more inspiring than time spent in school. Children will often take responsibility for their own learning when they are on their own time.
4) Follow a child’s lead. Support a child’s innate sense of curiosity and exploration.

To learn more about this fascinating topic, please check out Dr. Brand’s TED talk.
The Innovators Journey –  https://youtu.be/fB1a7-Z7lAM

Some participant insights and questions from the evening include:
“Childhood moments inspire lifetime innovations.”
“Knowledge should be preparing kids to create for the future.”
“Kids need to feel uncomfortable, take risks!”
“[The] ability to see meaning in details can lead to innovation.”
“Innovators surround themselves with all kinds of books.”
“How do we help kids learn how to ask the right questions?”

The PA would like to thank Dr. Brand for sharing his insights with us, the many BCD parents and staff who organized this event, and the community members from BCD and around the Berkshires who participated in making this such an engaging and enlightening experience.

Natacha Dockery Livak and Andrea Gerber, PA Co-Chairs

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Fresh Air Fund Rep to Speak at PA Meeting this Friday

Please join us this Friday, February 9 for the next Parents’ Association meeting. In addition to planning for upcoming PA-sponsored events (including our upcoming Speaker Event featuring Stephen Brand on Wednesday, February 13 at 6:30 pm!), we will be hosting a guest speaker, Kenzie Fields, from the Fresh Air Fund. The Fresh Air Fund, a not-for-profit organization founded in 1877, provides free summer vacations in the country to kids from low-income communities in New York City. Ms. Fields will share opportunities for BCD families to host a Fresh Air Fund child. The meeting will begin at 8:15am in the Hosokawa Distance Learning Lab of the Kevin Hirt Library and Learning Commons. We hope to see you all there!

Natacha Dockery Livak and Andrea Gerber (PA Co-Chairs)

 

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Happy New Year from the Parents’ Association!

Happy New Year from the Parents’ Association! We are looking forward to some great events in 2018, including our upcoming speaker series, Raising Innovative Children, featuring Stephen Brand on February 13 at 6:30 pm. Dr. Brand is the Executive Director of Global Learning and Development at Bay Path University and a recent presenter of a TED Talk focusing on his takeaways from interviews conducted with hundreds of innovators from all walks of life, including world-renowned architects, artists, inventors, musicians, entrepreneurs, and engineers. This will be an energetic, interactive presentation in which we will explore how parents and educators can create experiences that inspire children to become innovators.

Come join us for our next PA meeting to be held this Friday, January 12 at 8:15 in the in the Hosokawa Distance Learning Lab of the Kevin Hirt Library and Learning Commons. We will be discussing the results from our recent parent survey and planning for future events. All BCD parents are welcome, and we hope to see you all there!

Natacha Dockery Livak and Andrea Gerber (PA Co-Chairs)

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BCD Parents’ Association

All parents are members of the Parents’ Association. Active participation on the Association’s committees and their projects gives parents opportunities to become better acquainted with one another and with the life of the school. Though volunteering is not required, the expectation is that each parent will volunteer to work on two school functions. Volunteer activities contribute substantially to the well-being and overall healthy environment at BCD. Over the years, the School has been fortunate in having all parents give willingly of their time and talent to enrich BCD.

Fun & Field Day 2016
Many Thanks – and Photos!

Dear Volunteers, Families, Faculty, and Staff,

Thank you for your generous contributions of service, food, time, energy, and spirit to this year’s Fun & Field Day. It was a joy to see our community at play.  This event is a highlight of the year and your enthusiasm and effort brought it to life.

Please CLICK HERE to see many pictures of this extraordinary day.

With gratitude,
Sharon Alpert
Robin Seeley
Jennifer White
PA Chairs – Fun & Field Day

Salon Talk – “Taking a Script from Page to Screen”

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Tuesday, February 23, 6 PM
Courtney Hunt
“Taking a Script from Page to Screen”
No. Six Depot Cafe, 6 Depot St., West Stockbridge

Read event details, plus a description of Courtney’s career in film here.