Presented by Elgin Academy and Advocate Sherman Hospital

The Health & Education Symposium aims to provide parents and professionals with information on how taking learning personally is exemplified with today’s thought leaders in children’s health and education. This exchange of information and ideas from leading faculty, doctors, and researchers in their fields, benefits parents, professionals, and children in the Fox Valley and Chicagoland area.

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Thursday, February 8th, 2018

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Past Health & Education Symposium Speakers

2017 Keynote Speaker - Dr. Timothy A. Dohrer

Dr. Timothy Dohrer has worked in a variety of roles in education for 25 years. For many of those years, he was an English and journalism teacher at New Trier High School. He has served as a teacher leader, department chair, and district administrator. In 2008, Dr. Dohrer was named Principal of New Trier’s Winnetka Campus, which serves over 3,000 sophomores, juniors, and seniors. In 2013, Dr. Dohrer was named Assistant Professor and Director of the Master of Science in Education Program in the School of Education and Social Policy at Northwestern University. His major areas of research include social & emotional learning, school climate, curriculum theory, teacher education, and leadership. He is a member of the Midwest Comprehensive Center Advisory Board, the Charmm’d Foundation Board, and the Family Action Network Advisory Board. He has done countless workshops with teachers, administrators, and parents on social & emotional learning, school climate, mental health, and schooling. Dr. Dohrer has B.A.s in English and Journalism from Indiana University, an M.A. in English from Northwestern University, and a Ph.D. in Curriculum and Instruction from Penn State University.

2017 Keynote Speaker - Dr. Thomas Golebiewski

Dr. Thomas Golebiewski is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker. Having worked in schools for over 37 years, he spent 26 years as Department Chair of Social Work at New Trier High School. He has been an Adjunct Professor at the University of Chicago, School of Social Service Administration, Northwestern University, School of Education and Social Policy, and Loyola University, School of Social Work. Dr. Golebiewski has a private practice in psychotherapy, counseling and consultation in Wilmette, IL, and is currently a consultant at Wolcott School, an Independent school in Chicago, and the Family Service of Glencoe, where he supervises the Alternative to Family Violence Program, an intervention program for domestically violent men. He volunteers at the Red Cross as a Disaster Mental Health Responder, is on the Board of Directors at A Safe Place, Lake County, Illinois, and is a member of several advisory committees, including Erika’s Lighthouse, the Naomi Ruth Cohen Institute, and the Mental Health Association of the North Shore. Dr. Golebiewski received his B.A. and M.S.W. from Loyola University in Chicago and Ph.D. in Clinical Social Work from The Institute for Clinical Social Work in 2007.

2016 Keynote Speaker - Dr. Thomas Hoerr

Dr. Tom Hoerr is the emeritus head of the New City School in St. Louis, MO, and just retired after 34 years leading the school. Previously he worked as a teacher and principal, and led The Washington University program in non-profit management. Hoerr is the author of four books: School Leadership for the Future (NAIS Press), and Becoming a Multiple Intelligences School, The Art of School Leadership, and Fostering Grit (all published by ASCD Press). He has written more than 100 articles and writes the “Principal Connection” column in Educational Leadership. He is working on a new book on non-cognitive skills. Tom has led the ISACS New Heads Network for five years and is a member of the ISACS Board of Directors. He facilitates the ASCD Multiple Intelligences Professional Interest Community, and teaches in the New Leaders principal preparation program at UM-St. Louis. Tom is an enthusiastic, but poor, basketball player.

2015 Keynote Speaker - Dr. Catherine Steiner-Adair

Dr. Catherine Steiner-Adair is an internationally recognized clinical psychologist, school consultant, and author. In her book, The Big Disconnect: Protecting Childhood and Family Relationships in the Digital Age (Harper), Dr. Steiner-Adair examines ways in which technology and media are putting our children at risk at every stage of development, while challenging what it means to be a family. In her book, as in her keynote presentations, she shares real-life stories from her clinical practice, from her work with educators and parents, and from extensive interviews with students from pre-school through high school and beyond. Easy access to the Internet and social media has erased the boundaries that protect children from the unsavory aspects of adult life, and Steiner-Adair helps her audiences to understand the psychological risks and fallout that children are experiencing, often with their parents unaware.

2014 Keynote Speaker - John J. Ratey, M.D.

John J. Ratey, M.D., is an Associate Clinical Professor of Psychiatry at Harvard Medical School, research synthesizer, speaker, and best selling author. An internationally recognized expert in Neuropsychiatry, Dr. Ratey has published over 60 peer reviewed articles, and 8 books published in 14 languages, including the groundbreaking ADD-ADHD “Driven to Distraction” series with Ned Hallowell, M.D. With the publication of his most recent book, “Spark: The Revolutionary New Science of Exercise and the Brain,” Dr. Ratey has established himself as one of the world’s foremost authorities on the brain-fitness connection. He serves as Adjunct Professor at National Taiwan Sports University and is Reebok’s Ambassador for Active Kids. Recognized by his peers as one of the Best Doctors in America since 1997, Dr. Ratey and his work are frequently profiled in the media, where he’s been featured on ABC, CBS, NBC, PBS and NPR, as well as in The New York Times, Newsweek, The Washington Post, US News and World Report, Men’s Health, and other national publications.