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Michael Thompson “College Craziness” Talk for Grade 11-12 Students and Parents

ISM is very pleased to offer Michael Thompson’s workshop, College Craziness to our Grade 11-12 students and Parents on Tuesday, September 9 from 1:00-2:30pm in the Fine Arts Theater.

This talk is an emotional survival guide to the college transition process for high school juniors and seniors, as well as their parents. The end of high school and the transition to college confront both child and parents with numerous developmental challenges. To the extent that people think the process is just about the RIGHT college, or worse yet the ONE AND ONLY GREAT college, both parents and child are at risk for alienation from one another and disappointment in themselves. Dr. Thompson gives a number of suggestions regarding how families can develop a philosophy about the transition process and enjoy it more.

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Michael Thompson Parent Sessions – September 9, 2014

ISM is very pleased to have Michael Thompson, Ph. D. visiting for some very informative workshops. Below is the schedule of parent events for Tuesday, September 9 with links for you to sign up if you wish to attend. Parent sessions are open to ISM parents and teachers only.

Tuesday, Sep 9


ISM Parent Workshops 2014-15

Parent Workshops at ISM for 2014-15

September to December – Adult Language Classes in English, Chinese, and Filipino

Sep 7 – Michael Thompson Ph.D. – Adolescent Psychology Workshop, 2:00-5:00pm, FAT

Sep 9 – Michael Thompson Ph.D. – Dads-Only Breakfast, 7:00-8:30am, LT

Sep 9 – Michael Thompson Ph.D. – Book Signing/Parent Coffee, 8:30-10:30am, LT

Sep 30 – Stevi Quate – “Literacy in the Middle Years” Parent Coffee, 7:30-8:45am, LT

Nov 11 – Ron Ritchhart – “Visible Thinking in Schools” Parent Coffee, 9:30-11:00am, LT

Jan 13 – Steve Leinwand – Math Workshop, 9:00-9:30am, LT

Feb 18 – Kathy Collins – “Literacy in the Early Years” Parent Coffee, 8:30-10:30am, LT

Fabulous Session with Doug Goodkin – Orff Music Consultant – Feb 18, 2014

Thank you so much to the 100 parents who attended the Parent Coffee with Orff Music Consultant, Doug Goodkin. Those who were there were treated to a unique musical experience. Below is a brief clip of the the fun that was had by all. Many parents did not feel they were “musicians”, but I think you will agree with Doug that they really are! To view the video, please click on the picture below.

Parent Coffee

Following on from the Parent Coffee, Doug spent two days with ISM music teachers giving several practical workshops on infusing the Orff approach into music lessons. As Doug enjoys sitting on the floor with children of all ages singing songs, playing games and getting up to dance and play music, we made sure he spent time in classrooms with ISM students teaching model lessons. Our teachers soaked it all in and have begun to apply some of their learning in classrooms already.

When he’s not playing with children, Doug is playing with adults in Orff-Schulwerk teacher training courses in over 36 countries worldwide. He has written eight books guiding teachers in the art of play and the play of art. You can learn much more about Doug on his website at

Click the photo to see the teachers at play.

Doug Teachers

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