Two-part Interactive Speaker Series
Making Learning Meaningful
Why parents can and should help kids to identify and nurture their passions
Meg Stowe, M.Ed and Dr. Heidi Kasevich, PhD
Building Resilience and Self-Esteem Through Passion-Based Learning
Thursday, February 4
Flynn Lecture Hall
In part one of a two-part series, Meg and Heidi will share research on how passion-based learning affects the brain, body, and risk/reward systems of adolescents. Looking at the adolescent brain and accompanying behaviors unique to this age group, this seminar will ask the questions: Why is it important for kids to uncover and develop their interests/passions? What is the relationship between intrinsic motivation, creativity and output?
Parents will learn key strategies for helping their kids to identify their passions and develop intrinsic motivation. Topics include:
- Allowing for freedom of choice
- Fostering a growth mindset
- Connecting with joy
- Making learning relevant
- Failing with grace
- Developing mechanisms for self-regulation
The Importance of Role-Modeling in Passion-Based Learning
Thursday, April 14
Flynn Lecture Hall
In part two of the series, Meg and Heidi will draw on personal experiences with students, as well as students around the country, who have uncovered passions and developed intrinsic motivation in a variety of areas (academic, social, musical, artistic, entrepreneurial, etc.). They will show how this becomes a powerful learning and teaching tool, leading to the development of important life skills, critical soft skills, a sense of joy, and personal fulfillment.
About the Presenters
Meg Stowe, M.Ed
Meg Stowe is co-founder, academic director, and curriculum designer of Girls Leadership Collaborative, a leadership development organization through the lens of service learning. GLC has worked with area students in both independent and public schools throughout Rhode Island and beyond. Meg has served youth for more than 20 years in a variety of capacities including teacher, youth and service learning leader, dorm parent, advisor, athletic coach, counselor, and is a parent of two teenagers. A fierce dedication to the adolescent age group led her to complete a M.Ed. in adolescent education, leadership, and integrated curriculum design at Lesley University, with plans to pursue a PhD. She is passionate about leadership development through the lens of service learning and helping youth to uncover passions and motivation using real-world experiences. Using the inquiry approach through integrated project design, Meg develops experiences for students and teachers which answer Meg’s favorite question, How can what it is I know, and am able to do, benefit my community, an individual, a cause, or the world?
Meg is a graduate of the ’14 Gardner Carney Leadership Institute’s Leadership Lab: Teaching Teachers About Teaching Leadership, a week of intensive study and interaction with speakers, teachers, and colleagues. This experience prepares leaders to facilitate teaching and learning in developmental psychology, elicit self-awareness in groups, teach and utilize adaptive leadership among colleagues and students. Meg consults with schools and families on topics in education, adolescent development, and works with teachers to develop real-world, integrated, service learning curricula across the content areas. In her free time, Meg enjoys spending time in the family garden, being on the ocean, reading about brain research, and learning, cooking, and building things.
Heidi Kasevich, PhD
As Educational Director at Quiet Revolution, Heidi Kasevich, PhD, designs and implements educational initiatives to unlock the power of introverts for the benefit of us all. A specialist in educating women leaders, Kasevich delivers her Closing the Gap lectures and workshops at schools and conferences nationwide. She is the author of the Guide to Giving, a highly acclaimed philanthropy curriculum, and founder of Time Regained, a CSPA award-winning student journal of current affairs. Her proficiency is grounded in over two decades of experience as an educator at Nightingale-Bamford, where she also served as history department chair, Dalton, Berkeley-Carroll, NYU and Cooper Union.
Committed to expanding students’ perspectives, Kasevich has served as Director of Académie de Paris, an Oxbridge Academic Program, and led high school groups on trips to India and Africa. A gcLi Alumna Scholar, she received her BA from Haverford and her doctorate from NYU. Her biography on explorer Alexandra David-Néel is forthcoming in 2016.