“The world is starving for great leaders and thoughtfully engaged citizens.” – Mark Musselman
e.Merging Educational Consulting exists to solve the challenge of raising thoughtful and engaged citizens. It is in our DNA. We wake up every day for kids, and with a driving sense that we must be the change we wish to see in the world. We often ask ourselves, if not us, then who, and if not now, then when? We believe that a great education, one in which everyone is committed to getting smarter every day by following the research and adapting best and next practices, has the power to shape our future. In fact, it may be the only way to shape it.
"Human beings have an innate inner drive to be autonomous, self-determined, and connected to one another. And when that drive is liberated, people achieve more and live richer lives."
- Daniel H. Pink
"Children are deeply curious about odd behaviors and seldom offended or worried by them. What a remarkable gift to bestow on another person, it occurs to me, and so difficult for adults to accomplish."
- Vivian Gussin Paley
Books We Love
The following books are the “Go To” books of e.Merging. They are the books we keep coming back to again and again to fuel our passion for raising innovate, creative beings. Laura’s approach to keynote speaking, facilitation and parent coaching is based on cutting edge research and using the information in a way that empowers parents with a way forward.
Nurture Shock: A Whole New Way to Think about Children by Ashley Merrimen
All Joy and No Fun: The Paradox of Modern Parenting by Jennifer Senior
How to Raise an Adult: Break Free of the Overparenting Trap and Prepare Your Kid for Success by Julie Lythcott-Haims
The Teenage Brain by Frances Jensen
How Children Succeed by Paul Tough
Mindset by Carol Dwek
A Whole New Mind by Daniel Pink
A More Beautiful Question by Warren Berger
You Can’t Say You Can’t Play by Vivian Paley
Overcoming Dyslexia by Sally Shaywitz
"The role of a creative leader is not to have all the ideas; it's to create a culture where everyone can have ideas and feel that they're valued."
- Ken Robinson
TED Talks That Light a Fire
Do Schools Kill Creativity? by Ken Robinson
How to Fix a Broken School by Linda Cliatt-Wayman
How I learned How to Communicate My Inner Life by Alix Generous
Every Kid Needs A Champion by Rita Champion
For Parents, Happiness is a Very High Bar by Jennifer Senior
Five Dangerous Things Parents Should Let Kids Do by Gever Tulley
Scientists at the University of California and elsewhere found that kids who plan their own time, set weekly goals, and evaluate their own work build up their prefrontal cortex and other parts of the brain that help them exert greater cognitive control over their lives. By picking their own punishments, children become more internally driven to avoid them. By choosing their own rewards, children become more intrinsically motivated to achieve them. Let your kids take a greater role in raising themselves.
Articles That Inspire
4 New Parenting Tips That Will Make Your Kids Awesome by Eric Barker
What Overprinting Looks Like From a Stanford Dean’s Perspective by Julie Lythcott-Haims
Key Researcher Says ‘Grit’ isn’t ready for High Stake Measures by Anya Kamenetz
13 Common Sayings to Avoid by Dr. Richard Curwin
For a Child with Learning Differences, Making Home a Safe Harbor by Jessica Lahey