Speaker Series


Each year, Churchill Center & School invites parents, professionals, and the community to learn from nationally recognized speakers in the field of learning disabilities, child development, and learning.

Speakers are the most prominent professionals in their field, and have shared their insights and methods with students, alumni, parents, educators, and other local community members.

Past Speakers Include:

  • Drs. Bennett and Sally Shaywitz, The Yale Center for Dyslexia & Creativity
  • Rick Lavoie, Learning Consultant
  • Dr. Jerome Schultz, Anxiety Disorders Expert
  • Dr. Michael Thompson, Author and Psychologist Specializing in Children and Families
  • Ben Foss, Author and Founder of Headstrong Nation
  • Barbara Wilson, Co-founder of Wilson Language Training®

For more information on Churchill’s Speaker Series, check out our upcoming events below or email Mary Brotherton at mbrotherton@churchillstl.org.


Reviews from Speaker Series Attendees:

  • “Rick’s amazing stories that keep you learning were so beneficial!”
    – Speaker Series Attendee: Rick Lavoie, Educator Session
  • “Benefitted from expanding my knowledge on different tools and techniques to help my child learn.”
    – Speaker Series Attendee: Barbara Wilson, Parent Session
  • “Ben was great about explaining how to let go of the ‘dyslexic’ hang-ups.”
    – Speaker Series Attendee: Ben Foss, General Session
  • “We have so many kids who have anxiety and now I feel more knowledgeable in how to help them.”
    – Speaker Series Attendee: Jerome Schultz, PhD., Educator Session

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Community Outreach Speaker Series – Dr. David Walsh (Educator Session)

Dr. David Walsh is an award winning psychologist, best selling author, and international speaker. In 1995, he founded the internationally renowned National Institute on Media and the Family, which he led until 2010. In 2011 he founded Mind Positive Parenting to translate cutting edge brain science to everyday practice for parents, teachers and other professionals.

Dr. Walsh's Educator Session will focus on the following...

Why Do They Act That Way? A Survival Guide to the Adolescent Brain.
Adolescence has been described as a "normally abnormal stage of life". This workshop, based on Dr. Walsh's best selling book, explains exactly what happens to the adolescent brain on the path from childhood into adulthood. Revealing the latest scientific findings in easy-to-understand terms, Dr. Walsh shows why moodiness, quickness to anger, willingness to take risks, miscommunication and other familiar teenage behavior are so common - all linked to physical changes and growth in the adolescent brain. This workshop goes beyond the well-known issues of hormones and peer pressure. Dr. Walsh will show participants how to use this information to understand, communicate with, and stay connected to their kids.

The Brain Goes To School: What Science Tells Us About Student Achievement.
Recent discoveries in brain science are revolutionizing many fields, including education. Dr. Walsh connects the dots between brain science and the classroom to show how educators can improve students' concentration, boost their energy, and enhance their retention and creativity.

Grit: What It Is, Why It's Important and How to Help Kids Get It.
"Grit" technically called "executive function", is critical for school and life success. It determines how we learn as opposed to what we learn and includes the ability to concentrate, manage impulses and behavior, passion, perseverance, resilience, focus, and motivation. Dr. Walsh will explain why it is so important and will describe the six traits that undermine it. Including:

• Toxic stress
• Sedentary lifestyle
• Lack of sleep
• A culture of "more, fast, easy and fun"
• Misuse and overuse of technology
• Disappearance of free play

More importantly, he will provide practical strategies for assuring that 21st century youth develop the grit traits that will ensure their success and happiness.

Cost is $125.00 per participant. Lunch will be included.

To register with a P.O. contact Mary Brotherton at 314-997-4343 or mbrotherton@churchillstl.org

Community Outreach Speaker Series – Dr. David Walsh (Parent/Caregiver Session)

Dr. David Walsh is an award winning psychologist, best selling author, and international speaker. In 1995, he founded the internationally renowned National Institute on Media and the Family, which he led until 2010. In 2011 he founded Mind Positive Parenting to translate cutting edge brain science to everyday practice for parents, teachers and other professionals.

Dr. Walsh's Parent/Caregiver Session will focus on the following...

Grit: What It Is, Why It's Important and How to Help Kids Get It.
"Grit" technically called "executive function", is critical for school and life success. It determines how we learn as opposed to what we learn and includes the ability to concentrate, manage impulses and behavior, passion, perseverance, resilience, focus, and motivation. Dr. Walsh will explain why it is so important and will describe the six traits that undermine it. Including:

• Toxic stress
• Sedentary lifestyle
• Lack of sleep
• A culture of "more, fast, easy and fun"
• Misuse and overuse of technology
• Disappearance of free play

More importantly, he will provide practical strategies for assuring that 21st century youth develop the grit traits that will ensure their success and happiness.

No cost to attend.

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For questions or more information about Churchill Center & School’s Outreach Program, contact Mary Brotherton, Director of Community Outreach, at 314-997-4343 or mbrotherton@churchillstl.org.

Churchill's proven methods and well-trained faculty change the lives of children who struggle with dyslexia, ADHD, and other learning disabilities.