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FAN Brings Great Programs to New Trier Township Parents

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Our all-volunteer board are quite passionate about this work, and it's a lot of fun to be part of something this vibrant and high level. We've made parent education events trendy! 

Yes you have. You're a terrific bunch! What's in the works for future FAN programs? 

We just finished our last program of the academic year featuring Richard Louv, so right now I am in mop-up mode, tying a bunch of loose ends. Over the last two months, I have had a series of small-group meetings with FAN board members and our school liaisons to receive their input on topics and speakers for 2011-12, and I am meeting with principals and administrators to gauge their interests as well. FAN's fortunate to have so many thoughtful parents, educators and helping professionals involved with our work -- an abundance of riches, truly. 

As for specific speakers, I keep a list running throughout the year of possibilities, adding to it as someone crosses my radar. Since I can only do 6-8 programs a year, I can't get to everyone on the list each year, so some stay on, some rotate out, and of course new ones are added all the time. I have about six years worth of programming ready to go! 

We have some fantastic individuals lined up already -- it's going to be a particularly strong, insightful, engaging year. 

I can't wait. Thanks so much for talking with me, Lonnie. FAN's a treasure! 

It's always a pleasure to talk about FAN's work. Thanks for inviting the conversation!
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FAN website
Carol Dweck's Mindset: The New Psychology of Success: How We Can Learn to Fulfill Our Potential website
Dweck's Brainology program website
My July 2010 interview with Dr. Dweck: 
Renowned Stanford Psychologist Carol Dweck on Mindset: The New Psychology of Success
Part Two: Renowned Stanford Psychologist Carol Dweck on Mindset: The New Psychology of Success
Richard Louv, The Nature Principle: Human Restoration and the End of Nature-Deficit Disorder website

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