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.
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
Part I: Film at 5:00 pm "World Peace & Other Fourth-Grade Achievements"
Viewing of the documentary with an introduction by John Hunter.
Boxed dinner served.
Part II: Talk at 7:00 pm "The Teachers & Schools Our Students Need Us To Be"
Talk by John Hunter. Q&A to follow.
Part I & II is $25 per person (includes boxed dinner)
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.
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 Choprahere.
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.
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.
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.
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.