Parent Education Speaker Series

The Omran ♦ Nelson Speaker Series: 
Innovative Parent Education for All

Open to the public, this speaker series explores a range of parent education topics and philosophies. It is designed to provide opportunities for parents, educators and the community at large to practice life-long learning, whether about Montessori and other educational philosophies and programs, or about parenting in general. 

Thanks to the outpouring of generosity from donors, the Omran ♦ Nelson Speaker Series has been established in memory of our friends and former teachers, Sue Omran and Brien Nelson. With financial support from this fund, we intend to bring outstanding thought leaders to the South Shore, who—in the tradition of Maria Montessori —challenge, inspire, and guide us to become the best educators and parents we can be.

2014-15 Speakers


Ron Lieber, New York Times Columnist and Author of "The Opposite of Spoiled: Raising Kids Who Are Grounded, Generous and Smart About Money"


Tuesday, May 19, 2015
7:00 pm, Meehan Family Artsbarn


Children are hyper-aware of money. They have scores of questions about its nuances that we often don’t answer or answer well. But good parenting means talking about money with our kids much more often. When we avoid it, we lose a tremendous opportunity—not just to model important financial behaviors but also to imprint lessons about what we care about most.

Lieber designed his book, THE OPPOSITE OF SPOILED, to be a practical guidebook for parents who want to use conversations about money to imprint good values. He covers all the basics that people have been asking me about for years: the best ways to handle the tooth fairy, allowance, chores, charity, saving, birthdays, holidays, cell phones, checking accounts, clothing, cars, part-time jobs and college. But he also identifies a set of virtues and character traits like modesty, patience, generosity and perspective, that all parents hope that their kids will carry with them out into the world.

The world is changing, fast. Our kids need to be ready to take on all of the financial responsibility that the world heaps upon them, from the run-up to the six-figure decision about where to go to college to the crucial choices they must make in their 20s about retirement savings and health insurance. THE OPPOSITE OF SPOILED will help you prepare them.


Alfie Kohn, Author of "The Myth of the Spoiled Child: Challenging the Conventional Wisdom About Children and Parenting"


Wednesday, December 3, 2014
7:00 PM, Meehan Family Artsbarn

Somehow, a set of deeply conservative assumptions about children -- what they're like and how they should be raised -- have congealed into the conventional wisdom in our society. Parents are accused of being both permissive and overprotective, unwilling to set limits and afraid to let their kids fail.  Young people, meanwhile, are routinely described as entitled and narcissistic. . . among other unflattering adjectives.   

In The Myth of the Spoiled Child, Alfie Kohn systematically debunks these beliefs -- not only challenging erroneous factual claims but also exposing the troubling ideology that underlies them.  Complaints about pushover parents and coddled kids are hardly new, he shows, and there is no evidence that either phenomenon is especially widespread today -- let alone more common than in previous generations.  Moreover, new research reveals that helicopter parenting is quite rare and, surprisingly, may do more good than harm when it does occur.  The major threat to healthy child development, Kohn argues, is posed by parenting that is too controlling rather than too indulgent.   

With the same lively, contrarian style that marked his influential books about rewards, competition, and education, Kohn relies on a vast collection of social science data, as well as on logic and humor, to challenge assertions that appear with numbing regularity in the popular press.  These include claims that young people suffer from inflated self-esteem; that they receive trophies, praise, and A's too easily; and that they would benefit from more self-discipline and "grit."  These conservative beliefs are often accepted without question, even by people who are politically liberal.  Kohn's invitation to reexamine our assumptions is particularly timely, then; his book has the potential to change our culture's conversation about kids and the people who raise them.   


2013-2014 Speakers


John Hunter, educator and TED speaker, at Inly School


John Hunter: Award-Winning Educator and TED Talk Presenter on Hands-on, Experiential Learning and Global Awareness in Today's K–12 Schools


Wednesday, April 9, 2014

7:00 pm

"The Teachers & Schools Our Students Need Us To Be"
Talk by John Hunter. Q&A to follow

$10 per person 

Co-sponsored by the Creative Education Foundation

Read the news story "John Hunter to Present World Peace Game Film and Talk on Hands-on, Experiential Learning at Inly School" here.

Learn more about the World Peace Game Foundation and watch a trailer of the documentary World Peace and Other Fourth-Grade Achievements here.

Creative Education Foundation and Inly School



Joe Ehrmann, "The Most Important Coach in America" 

Wednesday, October 23, 2013 

South Shore YMCA Norwell MA

Co-Sponsored by the South Shore YMCA

Joe is an inspirational, dynamic speaker and seminar leader who works with corporate, civic and  community organizations and associations to promote growth, teamwork, effectiveness and individual responsibility.

Joe was a professional football player for 13 years and recognized as the Colts' Man of the Year.  He has been featured on the cover of Parade Magazine and called "The Most Important Coach in America" because of his work to transform the culture of sports. He has also been named one of The 100 Most Influential Sports Educators in America by the Institute for International Sport. 

To learn more about Joe, visit

Watch Joe Ehrmann's TEDx talk: 

2012-2013 Speakers


Dr. Deepak Chopra & Dr. Rudy Tanzi

Super Brain: Unleashing the Explosive Power of Your Mind to Maximize Health, Happiness, and Spiritual Well-Being

Deepak Chopra, M.D is the founder of the Chopra Foundation and the author of more than 65 books, including numerous New York Times bestsellers. A Fellow of the American College of Physicians, his medical training is in internal medicine and endocrinology. He is also a professor at the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University and at Columbia Business School, Columbia University. Learn more about Deepak Chopra here.

Rudolph E. Tanzi, PhD, is the Joseph P. and Rose F. Kennedy Professor of Neurology at Harvard University, and Director of the Genetics and Aging Research Unit at Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH). Dr. Tanzi co-discovered the first Alzheimer's disease gene and several others, as head of the Alzheimer's Genome Project. Learn more about Rudy Tanzi here.

 See short video clips from this presentation:

 Dr. Deepak Chopra speaks at Inly School on Super Brain - intro 

 Dr. Deepak Chopra & Dr. Rudy Tanzi discuss Super Brain at Inly School


Last Child in the Woods at Inly School

Richard Louv

Last Child in the Woods: Saving our Children from Nature-Deficit Disorder

Richard Louv is a journalist and author of eight books about the connections between family, nature and community. He has written for The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Times of London and other major publications, and has appeared on many national TV shows, including NBC's Today Show and Nightly News and NPR's Morning Edition, Fresh Air and Talk of the Nation. Recently Louv was keynote speaker at the American Academy of Pediatrics National Conference. Learn more about Richard Louv here.

South Shore Natural Science Center Norwell MA Inly SchoolThis event was co-sponsored by the South Shore Natural Science Center in Norwell, MA.


Deborah Roffman at Inly School in Scituate MA

Deborah Roffman

Talk to Me First: Everything You Need to Know to Become Your Kids' "Go-To" Person about Sex

In addition to teaching sexuality education in grades 4-12 for more than 30 years, Roffman is a consultant, author and frequent radio and TV guest. Best known for her acclaimed book Sex and Sensibility: The Thinking Parents Guide to Talking Sense about Sex, her work has been featured in the Washington Post and USA Today.

Learn more about Deborah Roffman at her website,




For more information on these events, see the Inly News Mashup:

Norwell Mariner: Louv to Offer Remarks at Inly School on the South Shore

Richard Louv to Discuss "Nature-Deficit Disorder," Child Development and the Role of Technology at Inly School / Globe South: Deepak Chopra among the featured speakers coming to Scituate's Inly School

WickedLocal Scituate: Parent Education Speaker Series to Kick Off Oct 4 at Inly School

Inly News: Deborah Roffman Kicks Off Parent Education Speaker Series


Tuesday, May 19, 2015
7:00 pm, Inly School
$10 per ticket
General Admission

Tickets will be on sale at the door. 
Cash and checks accepted.


Sue Omran

Sue Omran, a beloved teacher, friend, wife and mother of three young children, passed away in 2011.

Her husband Mohamad wanted to establish a speaker series as a legacy to share her two overarching passions—parenting and education—with the community. Sue taught in the Toddler House and Discovery programs at Inly and was well known for her intellectual curiosity and her passion for Montessori education. She loved music, had a gift for languages (she spoke six), and was a true global citizen. As a Montessori teacher dedicated to life-long learning, she continues to inspire us all.

Brien Nelson

A beloved member of the Inly Family for 14 years, Brien passed away in 2007.  

Brien was a lower elementary teacher for seven years, and then served as Inly's first technology director. His son, Spencer, attended Inly from toddler through middle school and his wife Michelle continues to be a strong supporter and volunteer. In addition to his great intelligence and wit, Brien’s fervent dedication to Montessori education has been an inspiration to us all. We are pleased to honor Brien with the naming of this speaker series in his memory.

Make an online donation to allow the Omran ♦ Nelson Speaker Series to grow and continue over time. Thank you for supporting this effort to bring important speakers to the South Shore community.

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Parent education series at Inly School in Scituate MA draws parents and teachers from Norwell, Hingham, Cohasset, Marshfield and Pembroke.