MARK YOUR CALENDAR: Awarding-winner author and expert to address adolescent issues
June 13, 2019
Awarding-winner author and expert to address adolescent issues
Internationally recognized child development expert and best-selling author Dr. Michele Borba will deliver a presentation for parents and educators from 7-8:30 p.m. on Monday, Nov. 11, 2019, in the Upper St. Clair High School theater. Titled, “Unselfie: Raising caring, successful kids in a plugged-in, trophy-driven world,” the program is free and open to the public.
According to Dr. Borba, in our hyper-connected, social-media-saturated society, many of us (especially young people) are so obsessed with snapping “selfies” and living a virtual life online that we’re forgetting how to care for the people right in front of us. That resulting Selfie Syndrome is leading to an empathy crisis in youth.
But there is a solution: studies show that the antidote to Selfie Syndrome is empathy. And the good news is that empathy can be cultivated in children, starting even before they can talk. In “UnSelfie,” Dr. Borba presents new and compelling research that explains how to impart this key skill to kids—whether it’s teaching toddlers how to comfort one another or giving teens the tools to stand up to bullying—and why empathy paves the way for future happiness and success, and offers audiences practical ways to activate empathy to raise kids with compassion, courage, conviction to become social changemakers and make a difference in our world.
Caring about others isn’t just about playing nice; it’s a skill that’s vital for children’s mental health, leadership skills, and continued well-being, today and tomorrow. Dr. Borba’s 9-step plan for raising successful, happy kids who also are kind, moral, courageous, and resilient provides a framework for learning empathy and is culled from 30 years of research and traveling the world to find the best solutions. Her findings show that empathetic kids will thrive in the future, but the seeds of success can be planted today—one habit at a time.
The program was made possible through a partnership between St. Paul's Episcopal Church and St. Paul’s Episcopal Nursery School in Mt. Lebanon, the Upper St. Clair School District, the USC Parent Teacher Council Wellness Committee and the Youth Steering Committee of Upper St. Clair. Funding for this event was generously provided by the Community Foundation of Upper St. Clair, St. Paul's Episcopal Church and St. Paul's Episcopal Nursery School.
“This program represents a collaboration between and among our families, community organizations and the school district,” Dr. John Rozzo, superintendent of the Upper St. Clair School District, said. “To truly make a difference for children and adolescents, we will need a sustained partnership that supports, empowers and enriches the lives of families.”
Dr. Borba is an educational psychologist whose work focuses on children, teens, parenting, bullying and moral development. Her work aims to help strengthen children’s character and resilience, build strong families, create compassionate and just school cultures, and reduce peer cruelty. She has delivered keynotes and workshops to more than 1,000,000 participants and authored 24 books including “UnSelfie: Why Empathetic Kids Succeed in Our All-About-Me World.”
Dr. Borba received a Doctorate in Educational Psychology and Counseling from the University of San Francisco. She earned her graduate and undergraduate degrees from the University of Santa Clara, and a Life Teaching Credential from San Jose State University. She is a former classroom teacher who has worked with children in regular education as well as with learning, physical, behavioral and emotional disabilities, and in a private practice for troubled youth.
Her numerous awards include the National Educator Award, presented by the National Council of Self-Esteem; Santa Clara University’s Outstanding Alumna Award; and the Award for Outstanding Contribution to the Educational Profession, presented by the Bureau of Education and Research. She was named the honorary chairperson for the Implementation of Self-Esteem in Hong Kong.
Following the event, a book sale and signing will take place in the theatre lobby.