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Alexandria, VA Chapter Educational Forum

Mocha Moms of Alexandria recently hosted the Bright Start Educational Forum at Sherwood Regional Library. 
The forum focused on four key areas to prepare our children for academic success, closing the educational gap, behavior management and supporting children with special needs.  
The forum included a school fair that featured All Saints Montessori Atrium, Browne Academy, Burgundy Farm Country Day School, The Lab School of Washington, Calvary Road Christian School and Crestwood Elementary. 

See the structure of the Forum below:
A panel featuring heads of schools, directors, and principals from some of the top schools in Alexandria and D.C. The speakers discussed their schools curricula, educational philosophies and various issued faced by African American students and what parents can do to help avoid them.  Fellow Mocha, Stephanie Cunningham, moderated the panel, asking  did an excellent job asking insightful questions and keeping the dialogue informative for the audience. 
Mini-talks on the following topics:
Building the Foundation for Academic Success
Presenters: Sheila Adams and Carol Muleta,
Co-founders of Gardner Parenting Consultants, LLC
Managing Shy or High Spirited Behavioral Children
Presenter: Dr. Nicole E. Johnson 
Race Horse and Turtles: Early Years Identification of Children with Special Needs  Presenter: Barbara Driggins
Some highlight quotes that came out of the event:
"The Word Gap: Children in homes with professional parents know 30 million more words by the time they are in preschool than children in low income/welfare homes." 
"Trust but verify." Young boys are often misdiagnosed and labeled as ADHD or aggressive and dismissed from school. Become active very early on in your child's education to prevent this from happening.
"Discipline means to teach or disciple and is not just something to pull out when your child misbehaves. Teach them to solve problems and make good choices."
- Sheila Gardner
 "Spirited children are a bit 'more' of everything.  More sensitive, more intense, and more energetic.  They feel and react intensely."
- Dr. Nicole E. Johnson

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