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OCT 1 - Partner Parents Event

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Partner Parents Event - OCT 1

The Institute's first Partner Parents Event, on Saturday, October 1, 2016, will kick off our Partner Parents Network, a new initiative meant to provide parents with the resources they need to help their children develop good character. This event will feature guest speakers with expertise in issues pertaining to child development, the promotion of good character, and the flourishing of children, parents, and teachers. We invite you to join us for a day of collaborative learning, discussion, and sharing ideas.

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Speakers and Discussants

Dr. Scott Beck, a graduate of the University of Oklahoma, is Head Principal of Norman High School in Norman, Oklahoma. Norman High School is a comprehensive high school serving 1,800 students and comprised of a faculty and staff of over 140 people. Dr. Beck regularly collaborates with the Institute, assisting in its educational and community outreach mission. Norman High School was the Institute’s first partner educational institution.


Dr. Mary Keller serves as the President & CEO of the Military Child Education Coalition (MCEC). She has been the organization’s executive leader since 1998. The MCEC was recognized by First Lady Laura Bush in 2004 as the Congressional Club Charity of the Year and in 2008, was certified America’s Best Charity by Independent Charities of America.


Mr. John Andrew Williams is the founder of Academic Life Coaching. He is also the author of five books including Essential Life Coaching and Academic Life Coaching: The Workbook. He is also a former writer for Newsweek and is currently co-authoring a book with Marshall Goldsmith, a New York Times bestselling author, on life coaching principles in education and families.


Tentative Schedule

8:30 - 9:00 AMContinental Breakfast (Complimentary for all registered attendees)
9:00 - 10:00 AM

Welcome and First Address

Speaker: Dr. Mary Keller

10:00 - 10:15 AMBreak - Refreshments
10:15 - 11:00 AM

Small Group Discussions on Dr. Keller's Talk

Facilitator: Dr. Scott Beck

11:00 AM - 12:00 PM

"Coaching to Flourish"

Speaker: Mr. John Andrew Williams

12:00 - 1:00 PMLunch (Complimentary for all registered attendees)
1:00 - 2:00 PM

Small Group Discussions on Mr. Williams' Talk

Facilitator: Dr. Scott Beck

2:00 - 2:15 PMBreak - Refreshments
2:15 - 3:15 PM

Concluding Panel Discussion

Discussants: Dr. Scott Beck and Mr. John Andrew Williams