Dr. Michele Borba, an internationally recognized expert and author on children, teens, parenting, bullying and moral development, will give a free presentation at 7 p.m. on March 22 at the Centerville High School Performing Arts Center.
Students, educators, parents, youth leaders and community members are encouraged to attend the talk, titled “Unselfie: Why Empathetic Kids Succeed in our All-About-Me World.” Borba will address questions such as: Why do studies find that kids today are 40 percent less empathetic than they were thirty years ago? Why are kids less happy and more stressed than in past generations despite our love? Why is peer cruelty increasing and bullying starting at younger ages? And what can parents and educators do about it?
Borba’s work aims to help strengthen children’s character and resilience, build strong families, create compassionate school cultures and reduce peer cruelty. She is a family and parenting contributor for the TODAY Show and has appeared on the Early Show, Dr. Phil, CNN and FOX News. Borba has presented keynote addresses all over the world and has served as a consultant to hundreds of schools, parent organizations and corporations on bullying prevention, character education and raising strong, caring kids. She is the author of more than 22 parenting and educational books.
Borba received a Doctorate in Educational Psychology and Counseling from the University of San Francisco, a master’s degree in Learning Disabilities, a bachelor’s degree from the University of Santa Clara, and a Life Teaching Credential from San Jose State University. She is a former elementary school teacher for mainstream and special education students with learning, physical, behavioral and emotional disabilities. She has also worked with youth in her private practice.
The CHS Performing Arts Center is located at 500 E. Franklin in Centerville. Those attending should drive to the rear of Centerville High School to park and enter. Doors open at 6:30 p.m., and Borba will sign books before and after her presentation. Seating is available on a first-come, first-served basis, and childcare is not provided.
The event is sponsored by Centerville City Schools, Ali’s Angels and Anime’, John and Jan Austin, Irongate Realtors, Books & Co., Griffin & Co., We Care Arts, Oregon Printing, GPA Substrates and other local community partners.