Morris Educational Foundation Invites Community to Attend Its Fall 2018 Parent Education Program – Raising Resilient Children and Teens

The Morris Educational Foundation (MEF), in partnership with the Morris School District’s (MSD) Office of the Superintendent, will host its first Parent Education Program of the 2018-2019 school year on Thursday, November 29th at 7 pm at Morristown High School, 50 Early Street, Morristown, NJ.

The program, Raising Resilient Children and Teens, will feature psychologist Robert Brooks, Ph.D. A faculty member of Harvard Medical School, Dr. Brooks is one of today’s leading parenting experts and authors on resilience, self-esteem, motivation and family relationships. He will provide effective strategies for nurturing resilience, self-discipline, responsibility and empathy, to help kids deal more effectively with the stress and pressure of today’s complicated, ever-changing world.

Aligning with the MSD’s goals of educating the whole child and fostering Social-Emotional Learning (SEL), Superintendent Mr. Mackey Pendergrast will introduce the program and discuss the district’s related initiatives. He will also join Dr. Brooks for the Question & Answer session that will immediately follow the keynote address.

“We are pleased to continue our Parent Education Program by bringing another esteemed expert to the greater Morristown community. In partnering with the school district, we are demonstrating our shared belief that strong social-emotional skills are critical to the academic and lifelong success of our students,” said Patty Haralampoudis, Chairperson of the MEF.
This event is free, open to the public and will address issues impacting children of all ages. Dr. Brooks will also be signing his book, Raising Resilient Children, which will be sold for the discounted price of $10. Sales will be cash only.

Registration is requested, but not required, by visiting the MEF website or by accessing the RSVP Form directly. The event flyer is also posted on the MEF website. For questions about the event, please contact one of the MEF’s Parent Education Coordinators: Jennifer Rocco ( or Debra Broseker (

This event is sponsored by the MEF and is funded in part by the Morristown Morris Township Joint Municipal Alliance and the Morris Plains Municipal Alliance. Previous MEF Parent Education Series speakers have included Dr. Maurice Elias, John O’Sullivan, Jessica Lahey, Dr. Robin Berman, and Dr. Edward Hallowell. A complete listing of these programs is available on the MEF’s website.

Robert Brooks, PhD. received his doctorate in clinical psychology from Clark University and did additional training at the University of Colorado Medical School. He is on the faculty of Harvard Medical School and has served as Director of the Department of Psychology at McLean Hospital, a private psychiatric hospital. He has a part-time private practice in which he sees children, adolescents, adults, and families and has appeared regularly on television shows in the Boston area as well as on national cable television. The author or co-author of 17 books, Dr. Brooks has also lectured nationally and internationally to audiences of parents, educators, and mental health professionals. To learn more about Dr. Brooks’ work, visit his website at

About the Morris Educational Foundation: The Morris Educational Foundation is a 501 (c) (3) that seeks to attract private resources to support a variety of educational programs and initiatives in support of the Morris School District. Through effective solicitation and distribution of funds, the Morris Educational Foundation helps enable the District to continue to be the model of visionary social and educational leadership it has been since its inception. For more information, please visit the website at