“Understanding Our Kids’ Social World: Friendships, Cliques & Power Plays”
We are excited to announce on Thursday, November 2, MSSA students, teachers, and parents will have the opportunity to engage with Trudy Ludwig, an acclaimed speaker and award-winning author of numerous children’s books, including The Invisible Boy, a School Library Journal Best Picture Books Selection, and a recommended back-to-school book by USA Today and Scholastic Instructor.
Throughout the day, our Lower and Upper Elementary students will gather for a read-aloud, engaging activities, followed by a student Q&A with Trudy.
At 6:30 pm, parents are invited to attend “Understanding Our Kids’ Social World: Friendships, Cliques & Power Plays.” The parent talk will take place in the gym and focus on how children acquire the necessary social-emotional learning (SEL) skills, attitudes, and courage to address peer cruelty and promote kindness, compassion, and healthy friendships. What adults can do to help create and maintain a culture of respect, acceptance, and inclusion within the school community and beyond. Online and offline intentional exclusion, gossip, the silent treatment, teasing, and the spreading of rumors are often dismissed as normal rites of passage, but research shows these behaviors are a form of emotional bullying and they are as harmful as physical bullying—with long-term negative effects. Learn more about the nature of kids’ friendships, what bullying is and isn’t, as well as tips, tools, and resources to help you empower your children in their relationships with their peers. This presentation is for adults only.
Trudy’s books and presentations have received national praise for helping children connect and engage with their peers in kind, caring, and inclusive ways. She has collaborated with leading experts and organizations, including Sesame Workshop, International Bullying Prevention Association, Committee for Children, and ConnectSafely.org.
We are excited to welcome Trudy to our campus and hope you can join us for an informative evening.