To create the opportunity for parents & related stakeholders to come together for the purpose of acquiring knowledge and strategies to help raise resilient, competent, successful and happy children.

With that goal, we seek to address the challenges of raising children today by educating parents, teachers, administrators and interested community members on the most relevant parenting topics. In order to have the most impact, we strive to bring nationally recognized and revered child health experts to share their research, insights and expertise. Our programs aim to engage all stakeholders who play a role in raising our children in meaningful discussions that we hope will continue well beyond the speaker’s visit.


Raising kids with Character in today’s Competitive Culture:

An Evening with Trisha Ross Anderson
of Harvard University’s Making Caring Common Project

Tuesday, May 1 @ 7:00 pm
Morristown High School Auditorium

Today’s achieve-at-all-costs pressure starts young… and may come with a cost. Almost 80% of students in a Making Caring Common national survey chose personal achievement and happiness as being more important than caring for others. Trisha will share the results of this research, discuss the implications and suggest strategies to help parents raise caring, empathetic and ethical children.

This program will address issues impacting children of ALL ages.

RSVP requested.  Click here to RSVP.

Immediately following Trisha’s presentation, please join the discussion with our specially selected panel:

Does Character Count in College Admissions?

Trisha R. Anderson Harvard University,
Senior Program Manager, Making Caring Common

Dr. Robert Massa
Drew University, Enrollment & Institutional Planning; Co-Director, Institute on Character & Admission

Dr. Jennifer Giordano
Director, MHS Guidance

2 Morristown High School Seniors
Both will share their first-hand experiences.

Making Caring Common is working to prioritize character strengths in college admissions by:

  • Reducing excessive achievement pressure
  • Promoting intellectual & ethical engagement
  • Increasing equity & access for all students

Click here to view the event Flyer.

HANDOUT – Raising Kids with Character.

Kindness is a universal language that transcends race, religion, ethnicity & nationality.

In alliance with the district-wide Healthy Community Initiative, the Home & School Associations and the Morris Educational Foundation are partnering to bring Orly Wahba, Kindness Advocate and founder of Life Vest Inside, to the Morris School District. Orly’s mission is to empower, educate and unite the world with KINDNESS.

Orly will also be visiting MHS & FMS the week of September 25 to speak with students

All parents are invited to a special evening program with Orly on Monday, September 25th at 7:00 pm in the Morristown High School auditorium. She will discuss how being kind, respectful and compassionate can help our children lead happier, healthier and more successful lives.

This program is funded in part by the Joint Municipal Alliance of Morristown and Morris Township and the Morris Plains Municipal Alliance.

Click HERE to register.

Click to view the FLYER.

The Morris Educational Foundation in partnership with
The Morris School District presents the first

Parent Ed Book Club



Why EMPATHETIC Kids Succeed

In Our All-About-Me World

by Dr. Michele Borba

Please join us in person and online as we collaborate to discuss, exchange ideas and explore ways to give our kids the
“Empathy Advantage.”

Wednesday, July 19 at 7 PM in the Morristown High School Media Center

Facilitated by Erica Hartman, Supervisor of Technology Integration, MSD erica.hartman@msdk12.net

To attend the book club or join the online discussion, please register at bit.ly/2unselfie. UnSelfie is available at Amazon, but you don’t have to read the book to attend.

The MSD Digital Information Department recommends the following resources for families:
MSD Digital Information Department, Common Sense Media, Google Safety Center, Family Online Safety Institute

Summer Book Club Flyer

Parent Discussion Guide

Book Club Handout

A Two Event Program: Is EMOTIONAL INTELLIGENCE the Key to Success?


Emotionally Intelligent Parenting with Dr. Maurice Elias

Tuesday ▪ May 2 ▪ 7:00 pm MHS Auditorium

Join us as Dr. Maurice Elias discusses the strong role that emotions play in a child’s psychological development. Dr. Elias, Director of the Social-Emotional Learning Lab at Rutgers University, is a recognized authority on social-emotional learning and its impact on a child’s success in school and life. His publications number in the hundreds and his blog on Edutopia is read worldwide.

Book Sale & Signing to Follow Presentation


Handout for Dr. Elias’s Program

Handout Emotional IQ Worksheets

Slideshow Dr. Elias’s Presentation

Empathy in the Selfie” Age

Erica Hartman – Director of Technology Integration, MSD

John Berkowitz – LCSW, Family Healing Center, Livingston

Wednesday ▪ May 10 ▪ 10:00 am FMS Media Center

Research shows that today’s teens are 40% less empathetic than those of 30 years ago. Join our guest speakers as we discuss the importance of teaching and nurturing empathy in today’s digitally saturated culture.

We’ll also be launching our summer book club with UnSelfie, which will be available for sale.

Click Here for Event Flyer.

Empathy Tips

Summer Book Club Flyer

Link to Erica Hartman Presentation

Link to John Berkowitz Presentation


Tuesday, October 25, 2016

Changing the Game: Helping Our Children Achieve Excellence in Sports & Life

Modern day youth sports has evolved into an ultra-competitive, adult-centered enterprise that is failing our children. With the latest science and research, John O’Sullivan provides parents and coaches actionable steps to help kids develop character and a positive mindset while creating an environment that teaches positive core values and life skills, instead of focusing on wins and losses, scholarships and professional aspirations.

Guest Panelists:

Smitty Horton, Athletic Director, Morristown High School

Damion A. Martins, MD, Director of Orthopedics & Sports Medicine, Atlantic Health System

For more information visit changingthegameproject.com.

Changing the Game Handout

To view the program, see below.


Tuesday, May 3, 2016

The Gift of Failure

Ms. Lahey outlines a plan for how parents and teachers can encourage autonomy, while still offering support, to help children grow into independent, resilient and confident adults. “We have taught our kids to fear failure, and in doing so, we have blocked the surest and clearest path to their success.” ~Jessica Lahey

Ms. Lahey will also host a Coffee with the Author the morning of the event and moderate a Q&A discussion between the parent community and guest panelists after the lecture:

Mr. Joseph Uglialoro, Principal, Frelinghuysen Middle School, Morris School District

Dr. Walter Rosenfeld, Chair of Pediatrics, Goryeb Children’s Hospital, Morristown Medical Center

Ms. Kristen Rudiger, School Psychologist, Morris School District

For more information about Jessica Lahey, please visit www.jessicalahey.com.

The Gift of Failure Handout

YALDA T. UHLS, Ph.D.YaldaUhlsheadshot

Tuesday, October 13, 2015

Growing Up Online: The Facts About Raising Kids in the Digital Age

Child Psychologist, research expert on media & children, and author, Dr. Yalda Uhls, enlightened us with her research on how digital media impacts the emotional, social & academic well-being of children at home and in school. She shared solutions on how to help children safely and productively navigate the digital world.

She also moderated a Q&A discussion between the parent community and guest panelists:

Erica Hartman, Supervisor of Technology Integration, Morris School District

Dr. Michael Giuliano, Child & Adolescent Psychiatrist, Morristown Medical Center

For more information about Dr. Uhls, please visit www.yaldatuhls.com.

Growing Up Online Handout


Thursday, November 13, 2014

Permission to Parent: How to Raise Your Child with Love and Limits

Psychiatrist, parenting expert and author, Dr. Robin Berman explained how to get comfortable setting limits while maintaining a loving connection with your children. She highlighted steps parents can take to raise resilient and successful children by fostering self-esteem, respect, and emotional intelligence.

Book Club Discussion with Dr. Robin Berman

Thursday, January 22, 2015

Dr. Berman returned to further explore the issues raised in the book and answer questions. Discussion was moderated by Suzanne Olimpio, Director of Pupil Services, MSD.

For more information about Dr. Berman, please visit www.permissiontoparent.net.

Dr. Robin Berman Handout


Wednesday, March 5, 2014*

The Childhood Roots of Adult Happiness: Creating Success in School and Life

Child Psychiatrist, NY Times bestselling author and parenting expert, Dr. Edward Hallowell, discussed how raising children with healthy self-esteem, moral awareness and strong values can greatly increase a child’s chances of succeeding in school and leading a meaningful life. He outlined ways parents can promote successful learning and lifelong happiness in their children.

For more information about Dr. Hallowell, please visit www.drhallowell.com.

*(originally scheduled for January 22, 2014. Rescheduled due to snow).

Childhood Roots of Adult Happiness Handout




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