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DEIB Parent Speaker Series: Dr. Adam Cox

By November 1, 2023November 8th, 2023News

The DEIB and the Wheeler family invite you to join us for our Parent Speaker Series.

Friday, December 1 at 8:30 a.m. parenting and education expert, Dr. Adam Cox, will be speaking on Neurodiversity, as well as the tools and strategies children need to be successful in school and life.

The presentation is open to all Pennfield families as well as the greater community, so invite a friend! In order to arrange for seating and notify guests of any changes to the program, please RSVP by completing the form below.

About the speaker:

Adam J. Cox, PhD is a clinical psychologist, author, speaker and educational consultant. He has been consulting and writing about the emotional and cognitive development of youth for more than a decade. He is the author of Cracking the Boy Code: How to Understand and Talk with Boys (New Society Press 2018), On Purpose Before Twenty (FCP 2012; designated one of the “Best Courageous Books of 2014” by Parker Palmer’s Center for Courage and Renewal); No Mind Left Behind: Understanding and Fostering Executive Control – The Eight Essential Brain Skills Every Child Needs to Thrive (Penguin/Perigee 2007) and Boys of Few Words: Raising Our Sons to Communicate and Connect (Guilford 2005). His commentary on youth, families, and schools has been widely covered by radio, television, and print media, including The New York Times, National Public Radio, and Newsweek. 

Dr. Cox’s Eight Pillars model of executive function has been widely adopted by schools seeking practical solutions for learning challenges in the era of distraction. Although this framework was initially designed to promote academic performance, it is now employed to build diverse forms of capability among young people, including social awareness and vocational decision-making. 

A frequent lecturer on child development, Dr. Cox conducted a global school-based research project, Locating Significance in the Lives of Boys, for the International Boys’ Schools Association. During the research, he visited twenty project schools in the U.S., Canada, the United Kingdom, Australia, New Zealand, Singapore and South Africa. The results of this groundbreaking study – the first to interview students worldwide about how they find meaning and purpose in their lives – provide a framework for a new understanding of the role of education in boys’ lives. His most recent book, Cracking the Boy Code, offers parents and educators a thoughtful, accessible guide to developing positive communication with the boys in their lives. 

He has also developed experiential education and advisory programs in the US and abroad aimed at building diverse forms of capability among youth.