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, Author and 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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Speaker Erin Walsh – “It’s Complicated: Students, Social Media & Mental Health” (Educator Session)

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CHURCHILL CENTER & SCHOOL SPEAKER SERIES - FOR EDUCATORS:
ERIN WALSH, M.A. - "IT'S COMPLICATED: STUDENTS, SOCIAL MEDIA & MENTAL HEALTH"
Tuesday, October 15, 2019 from 9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. at Churchill Center & School

Erin Walsh, with Mind Positive Parenting, will focus on how technology impacts mental health and academic performance.

Social networking, smart phones and video games are game changers for students today. While a lot of social technology use happens outside of the classroom, its impact shapes our students' social and academic lives in ways that we can no longer ignore.

In this interactive and energizing presentation, Erin Walsh will use brain science, stories and humor to explain how technology impacts mental health and academic performance. Erin will help educators understand emerging evidence about the relationship between screen time and mental health, and provide practical tools and strategies for addressing these challenges in schools and with families.

Erin will explore a range of questions including:

• How can schools play a part in helping students become good digital citizens?
• What is the relationship between social media use and anxiety and depression?
• Is video and internet addiction real?
• How does media use impact core learning skills like focus, attention and memory?
• How can educators help identify red flags in social media use?
• How can educators help students practice healthy media habits?

SESSION FEE: $100.00 per person (includes lunch)

Erin Walsh, is a dynamic, knowledgeable speaker who has addressed a wide range of audiences on topics related to brain development and digital media. Erin was instrumental to the development of the MediaWise movement and enjoyed working with her father, Dr. Dave Walsh, for 10 years at the National Institute on Media and Family before creating Mind Positive Parenting in 2010. In addition to writing articles and blogs for several other organizations including Bolster Collaborative and Psychology Today, she co-authored the 10th Anniversary Edition of the national bestseller "Why Do They Act That Way? A Survival Guide to the Adolescent Brain for You and Your Teen." She has consulted with schools, parent groups and other youth serving organizations throughout North America on issues related to digital media, children and youth.

Speaker Erin Walsh – “It’s Complicated: Students, Social Media & Mental Health” (Parent/Caregiver Session)

Erin Walsh Speaking Photo

CHURCHILL CENTER & SCHOOL SPEAKER SERIES - FOR PARENTS/CAREGIVERS:
ERIN WALSH, M.A. - "IT'S COMPLICATED: STUDENTS, SOCIAL MEDIA & MENTAL HEALTH"
Tuesday, October 15, 2019 from 7:00 p.m. - 8:30 p.m. at Churchill Center & School

Erin Walsh, with Mind Positive Parenting, will focus on how technology impacts mental health and academic performance.

Social networking, smart phones and video games are game changers for youth and families. As parents and caregivers, we want our children to take advantage of incredible new digital opportunities, but worry about the impact of too much screen time on our children's health, social skills and school performance.

In this interactive and energizing presentation, Erin Walsh will use brain science, stories and humor to explain how technology impacts mental health and wellness. Erin will help parents understand the key ingredients for wellness in the digital age and share practical strategies for nurturing these at home.

Erin will explore a range of questions including:

• Does social media use cause anxiety and depression?
• What should I be on the lookout for as more and more of my child's life goes online?
• Is video game addiction real?
• How can I help my child develop positive media habits?

THERE IS NO FEE TO ATTEND. BUT YOU MUST RSVP TO ATTEND.
Contact Director of Outreach Mary Brotherton at mbrotherton@churchillstl.org. Fee:

Erin Walsh, is a dynamic, knowledgeable speaker who has addressed a wide range of audiences on topics related to brain development and digital media. Erin was instrumental to the development of the MediaWise movement and enjoyed working with her father, Dr. Dave Walsh, for 10 years at the National Institute on Media and Family before creating Mind Positive Parenting in 2010. In addition to writing articles and blogs for several other organizations including Bolster Collaborative and Psychology Today, she co-authored the 10th Anniversary Edition of the national bestseller "Why Do They Act That Way? A Survival Guide to the Adolescent Brain for You and Your Teen." She has consulted with schools, parent groups and other youth serving organizations throughout North America on issues related to digital media, children and youth.

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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.

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