Luzerne County Head Start, Inc. and Wilkes University welcomed best-selling author, Ellen Galinsky, to the Dorothy Dickson Darte Center for the Performing Arts at Wilkes University on March 3, 2023. Galinsky presented “Learning and Thriving: Questions and Lessons Learned” to early childhood education staff at Head Start and aspiring educators and education professionals at Wilkes University. Wilkes students, faculty and staff were in attendance as well.
Galinsky is the author of “Mind in the Making: The Seven Essential Life Skills Every Child Needs” and is the President of Families and Work Institute, an organization she co-founded in 1989. She is also the elected President of the Work and Family Researchers Network, a network of 7,000 researchers globally. She has conducted research on child-care, parent-professional relationships, parental development, work-family issues and youth voice.
Galinsky focused on what trauma is, what causes it and its potential effects on the brain and learning. She discussed why relationships with children and families are critical to promoting healing, as well as the importance of caring for one’s own well-being. She also touched base on the importance of the early years, how the brain develops, and the kinds of critical skills children learn in early childhood.
After the lecture, Galinsky met with attendees and signed copies of her books.