Dr. Michael Thompson Presents on Childhood Development

University School of Milwaukee, in partnership with REDgen, welcomed clinical psychologist, school consultant, author, and international speaker Dr. Michael Thompson on Tuesday, Jan. 28 for a series of speaker events.

Thompson spent the bulk of the day meeting with various groups on campus. He began by eating lunch with Upper School students, which was followed by an Upper School assembly related to helping students manage their expectations around college admissions. He then met with 4th through 8th grade students and spoke about friendship development, popularity, and social cruelty in childhood. He concluded the school day with a presentation to faculty members about the nature of boys. Finally, Thompson gave a presentation to parents and educators in the evening, which was free and open to the public, titled “The Impact of the Loss of Play in Childhood.” Students from Port Washington High School, Pius High School, and North Shore Montessori also attended select sessions.

Thompson has written nine books focusing on the emotional lives of boys, friendships and social cruelty in childhood, the impact of summer camp experiences on child development, the tensions that arise in the parent-teacher relationships, and psychological aspects of school leadership. His work with independent schools and public school districts throughout the United States, and with international schools in Europe, Asia and South America, takes him to about 50 schools a year to lead workshops for teachers, administrators, parents, and students.

The USM/REDgen Speaker Series is a partnership between University School of Milwaukee and REDgen, a Milwaukee-based organization which fosters active community conversations around what it means to live a healthy, balanced life with authentic success. This is the third year of the partnership and speaker series events. More information can be found at www.usmk12.org/parentevents.
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