Workshops for 21st Century Parents: Empowerment Through Neuroscience

The ICS PTO Parent Education Committee invites you to a day of parent education workshops on November 5, 2016, including topics on brain development, social media, substance abuse prevention, making healthy choices, and others. Outside specialists, along with our own nationally recognized Indian Creek speakers will present. Below, please find the descriptions of the sessions. You can click on each presenter’s name to find out more about the presenter. You can also find a summary of all of the presenters, as well as a Schedule at a Glance, in the links in the right sidebar.


Supporting Teens in Making Healthy Choices

Dr. Matt Bellace

Recent research suggests that the most well-adjusted teenagers have stronger non-cognitive skills, such as self-control, grit and resilience.  This program will focus on how parents can help foster independence and other non-cognitive skills while creating a warm and supportive environment at home with less arguing.  Specifically, it will present techniques such as meditation, effective communication and using natural highs as healthy coping mechanisms to deal with stress, excessive screen time and alcohol and other drug use.  The goal is to help improve the quality of life for both parents and their teens.  The current research on adolescent brain development will be presented and time will be given for questions and answers.  As a clinical psychologist and stand-up comedian, Dr. Bellace uses humor to convey his very powerful message – we need to support young people in both words and actions if we want them to make healthy choices for themselves.



BLinc: Taking Learning to the Next Level

Jennifer Malachowski, Co-Director BLinc, Associate Head of Middle School, Math Faculty and Patricia Roth, Co-Director BLinc, Science Faculty

The BLinc program is on the forefront of innovative teaching and learning.  Come find out how this program is tailored to students’ levels and interests.   Find out what’s next for BLinc and what opportunities await your family.


The Use of Hands-On Field Experiences in BLinc

Stephen Roth, STEM Program Director, Science Faculty

As advances of technology and its use in education increases exponentially, the need to provide the hands-on portion of educational content should also increase. Field experiences now become an essential educational component as more and more content transitions to an online format. The face-to-face element of the BLinc program not only provides the student with the opportunity to see, feel, and touch, it also allows the teacher to work with the students on a personal level. This session shows how hands-on field experiences are integrated in BLinc and how they are used to reinforce content and the student-teacher connection.


Blended Learning for Younger Students: Enrichment in Action!

Sarah Allen, First Grade Teacher, and Megan McManus, Fifth Grade Teacher

Come learn what blended learning looks like in elementary school, why blended learning is important, and how blended learning can serve as engaging and rigorous enrichment for your child.


Interactive Technology in the Classroom

Becca Derry, English Faculty

New technologies provide exciting opportunities for students to interact with each other and their teacher in different ways. In this session, we will explore some of the ways that teachers are meaningfully incorporating technology in the classroom to improve teaching and learning. This will include Haiku discussion boards, WikiProjects, Socrative, Screencast, and Visual Thesaurus. For each type of technology, we will provide an example of how teachers have successfully used this technology at Indian Creek.



Metacognition: Teaching Students about Learning

Amy Coleman, Research Lab Faculty, Evergreen Librarian

This session will highlight some of the recent research about the role of metacognition in learning. Participants will learn how metacognition helps students develop an understanding of how they think, feel, and act in an academic setting.  Students who use metacognitive strategies develop self-awareness as a learner, think more effectively and independently, and take charge of their learning. Participants will see some examples of metacognition in action at Indian Creek. 


Unlikely Partners: Science and History Unite!

Maryellen Polvino-Bodnar, Science Faculty, and Brad Woodward, History Faculty

 Current research stresses the value of cooperative, collaborative and experiential learning and its critical place in the education of the 21st century student. As students move into high school and beyond, they will be required to do research that spans multiple disciplines. It is clear that classroom projects and assessments must also be transformed to reflect the changing needs of our students. In this session, we will share our experience developing and implementing an interdisciplinary approach to replacing traditional exams in science and history with one engaging, cross-curricular project-based assessment.         


Early Childhood at ICS:

Innovation and Immersion

Community Building and Exploration

Sensory Integration

Barbara Oglesbee, Director of Early Childhood and Kelly Bryant, Pre-Kindergarten Teacher

How does neuroscience impact our early childhood methods of teaching and learning? In what ways have the historical practices in early childhood become the norm for teaching students of all ages? How has Indian Creek uniquely discovered novel approaches to challenge and motivate young children?

Come discover the ways our early childhood program has evolved to meet the constantly changing world of young children today.


Smell Your Flower, Blow out Your Candle: Creating Space for Peace in Your Home

Amy Watson, Kindergarten Teacher

Conscious Discipline is a program that teaches self-regulation and empathy in children.  In order for this program to work, the adults in the situation first have to learn how to self-soothe and center themselves. Come learn ways to become more conscious of your role in guiding your child toward self-discipline



Social Media for Parents of Teens

Ashley Fetterolf, Head Librarian, Crownsville Campus.

The program will provide a brief explanation of social media and its main purpose and take an in-depth look at the various social media platforms and how teens use them to connect, communicate, and share information, including some obvious ones and some that you may not have thought about. The program will also take a look at the good and bad of social media sites in school and how students can use social media to their benefit in an academic setting. We will also explore how social media can affect students’ college applications, job prospects, and more. Lastly, the program will address how to talk to your children about bullying on social media.

Social Media for Parents of Children and Pre-Teens

LaShaun Martin, ICS Parent

This program will provide social media tips for parents of younger children and pre-teens and will address COPPA Law, app user demographics, keeping your children safe, parent monitoring apps and other parent resources.”


Stress and The Brain-The Role of Equity and Inclusion in the Learning Community

Lorraine Hanley, Director of Equity and Inclusion, Spanish Faculty, and Jamor Gaffney, Office of Equity and Inclusion, Humanities Faculty

This program connects Neuroscience Research, Diversity and the Teaching Brain-Awareness Model that supports a dynamic system of learning that is inclusive, challenging, builds self-esteem and values the individual. (Dewey, Maslow, Dweck and Medina)  The program discusses tools for life that facilitate achieving academic success and personal happiness with minimal stress; how we think about ourselves, our identity and the importance of multiple perspectives in building community, daily interactions and achieving a common goal.


Advanced Placement:  Who, What, When, Where, and WHY

Matt McCormick, Associate Head and Dean of Students of the Upper School, Humanities Faculty

At this session, Matt McCormick will present on and take questions about advanced placement classes in general as well as specifics on classes at the Upper School.  Insights from ICS alumni who took AP classes will be shared.  Did they get college credit?  How was the experience worth it?  What advice can they give current and future students of AP classes?  A short Q & A will follow.




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