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NESA Fall Leadership Conference 2019

David Gleason

Consulting Psychologist

Concord Academy, Concord, MA

www.developmentalempathy.org
@drdavidgleason

DR. DAVID GLEASON is a clinical psychologist who provides counseling and consulting services, as well as neuropsychological assessments, within public, independent and international schools. Dr. Gleason earned a B.A. in Psychology (1982) and an M.A. in Counseling Children & Adolescents from Boston College (1987), and then a Psy.D. at William James College (f.k.a. Massachusetts School of Professional Psychology) in 1993. Dr. Gleason then served as Administrative Director of Student Support Services at St. Paul’s School in Concord, New Hampshire before opening his own practice in Concord, Massachusetts in 2000. At that time, Dr. Gleason also joined Concord Academy as that school’s Consulting Psychologist. Dr. Gleason has taught psychology at the secondary, undergraduate and graduate levels, and he presents workshops and seminars at schools, national conferences in the United States, and at international conferences around the world. Dr. Gleason’s new book, At What Cost? Defending Adolescent Development in Fiercely Competitive Schools, was published in January, 2017.


3-Hour Workshop #1

At What Cost?
Defending Adolescent Development in Fiercely Competitive Schools

Connect & Engage

Anxiety, disillusionment and depression emerge – sometimes with devastating consequences – as clashes between increasing school expectations and students’ developmental capacities persist. Tellingly, many schools have been termed “epicenters of overachievement” where students “hear the overriding message that only the best will do in grades, test scores, sports, art, college…in everything.” As a result, too many students feel stressed and pressured, conditions that often lead to substance abuse, eating disorders, sleep deprivation, cutting and other forms of self-injury, and too often, suicide.

Learn

Over the past decade, unprecedented insights from human brain research have revealed that environment not only affects adolescent identity, but it shapes the brain itself. In light of the steadily intensifying pressures on adolescents that we admit to imposing on them, what must we do now? For all our students, finding the right balance between an appropriate level of academic rigor and educating them in healthy, safe and balanced ways has crucial and lifelong implications.

Reflect & Apply

Dr. Gleason has investigated these issues in numerous American and international schools, and has found almost complete unanimity in how educators and parents have responded to his inquiries. Essentially, these caring and dedicated adults admit – albeit unintentionally – to overscheduling, overworking and, at times, overwhelming their students and teenage children. In this workshop, participants will engage in the structured and interactive interview that Dr. Gleason has used in his extensive research, and from that perspective, begin to re-imagine their own roles in becoming more “developmentally empathic” educators.


Target Audience:

Middle and Secondary School Administrators

Continuum Levels:

ALL


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3-Hour Workshop #2

Educational Time Travel

Connect & Engage

Welcome to 2024! NESA is reveling in having become a renowned association of “developmentally empathic” schools. Since 2019, numerous innovative changes have led, simultaneously, to students’ improved well-being and enhanced academic function. Further, these changes have also led to improvements for educators and parents, too, such that they are re-committed to “educating and parenting their students and children in healthy, safe and balanced ways.” Because of the adults’ five years of deliberate change efforts and associated new learning, they have “adapted” – they have grown and developed: they have “changed their minds” about empathically educating and parenting their students/children.

Learn

This workshop is designed to launch participants into a creative mindset in which they think and work together to imagine how their schools would function IF they were to actually commit themselves to making the “developmentally empathic” changes their students desperately need their teachers and parents to make!

Reflect & Apply

This workshop helps to provide participants with:

(1) a science-based understanding and sense of purpose for why these changes are so necessary;
(2) an initial set of actions – next steps – to ensure that proposed changes are linked to specific people, actions and timelines within participants’ schools; and
(3) a detailed list of how the various “next steps” identified will actually get accomplished.


Target Audience:

Middle and Secondary School Administrators

Continuum Levels:

ALL


Learn more about how NESA plans Professional Learning
NESA'S Learning Continuum:

Handouts

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For your convenience, and to support our efforts in being "green", all handouts/files posted here have been notated with an A, B, C or D indicating the following:

(A) hardcopies needed at workshop
(B) electronic version on laptop is sufficient (for viewing during the workshop)
(C) required reading PRIOR to the workshop
(D) file not needed for workshop itself, but simply material of additional interest/reference


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Updates to handouts may be made until shortly before the start of the conference.