MJDS ED Talk Events

MJDS began its series of ED Talks in February 2015. Inspired by the wildly popular TED Talk format, MJDS ED Talks feature speakers who are on the forefront of education.

The purpose of MJDS ED Talks is to build a learning community of parents and educators in the region to gain a better understanding on how and why education is changing around the world. MJDS ED Talks also provide an opportunity to demonstrate how MJDS is on the cutting edge of 21st century teaching and learning.

MJDS ED Talks are free and open to the public. Questions about attending? Contact MJDS Marketing Director Sarah Pinkowski.

Fostering Grit in Our Upper School Students: Why It's Oh, So Important

Tuesday, February 26, 2019 | 6:30 p.m. - 8 p.m.

Psychological and neuroscience research indicates that we humans thrive when we possess passion and perseverance, self-control and optimism. Although these characteristics are, to some extent, inherited, they can be also be nurtured and grown. Dr. Michael Mazius will focus on the role passion and perseverance (grit) play in our upper schoolers' life outcomes and how we can and must nurture this early on, while staring down the face of a culture that thwarts our efforts.

In subsequent presentations, Dr. Mazius will hone in on the importance of helping our upper schoolers summon self-control and develop an optimistic style of thinking.

Helping Our Kids Navigate the Strong Pull of Technology

Tuesday, May 21, 2019 | 6:30 p.m. - 8 p.m.

From early on, our children are exposed to electronic technology. iPads, Chromebooks, laptops, and of course, cell phones. These items become shiny objects inviting our kids to interact with them (often for hours at a time). We, parents, wonder how we can help our children interact with technology in ways that foster health psychological, social and intellectual development.

Clinical psychologist Dr. Michael Mazius will present recent findings on the pros and cons of technology as it shapes us and our children. Additionally, Dr. Mazius will describe new, important and seemingly counterintuitive ways in which we can assist our children and adolescents in developing self-control, a keener sense of time, balance and good judgement when technology takes center stage. This approach, commonly referred to as "co-engagement," also sets the tone for a healthy, growing parent-child bond.

About Michael A. Mazius, Ph.D., Clinical Psychologist

Dr. Mazius is a clinical psychologist with a deep interest in neuroscience, academic underachievement, Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), child rearing (parenting), social skills and family and marital relationships. He directs the North Shore Center, a multi-speciality behavioral health clinic and education center in Mequon and Brookfield.

Dr. Mazius received his Ph.D. in Psychology from the Illinois Institute of Technology in 1990. He is an adjunct faculty member of the Psychology department at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, speaks frequently to pediatric groups and at teacher/parent meetings and is a periodic contributor to MetroParent magazine.

Babysitting Available

Babysitting will be available at MJDS for each ED Talk event! Contact Cheryl Siegel-Gajewski to make arrangements.

Your child does not need to be a student of MJDS to participate in babysitting.