Expert and author Jennifer Miller on moderated panel discussing social and emotional learning

Thursday, February 13, 2020 - 7:00pm
Bexley Public Library
2411 East Main Street
Bexley, OH 43209

Tied to an extensive research base in the field of social and emotional learning, Confident Parents, Confident Kids answers several questions for readers: How do we raise a happy, confident kid? And how can we be confident that our parenting is preparing our child for success? The book offers an age-by-stage guide to children’s social and emotional development along with simple, everyday practical ways in which parents can cultivate their skills. In addition, there is guidance for parents on utilizing emotional intelligence, intentionality and plan-fulness and also, mindfulness to manager their own big feelings, while parenting. Confidence develops from understanding, and having mastery over, emotions as parents—and helping children to do the same. 

Join Jennifer Miller, expert contributor to the NBC Education Nation’s Parent Toolkit and author of the new book, Confident Parents, Confident Kids, in a moderated panel discussion about social and emotional learning. She will be joined by international educator Susan Keister, who is a longtime developer of social and emotional learning programming for Lions Quest, and Leigh Maimlin, Director of Music Matters, who works with infants, toddlers and parents to help them encounter music on their own terms. Confident Parents, Confident Kids  lays out an approach for helping parents—and the kids they love—hone their emotional intelligence so that they can make wise choices, connect and communicate well with others (even when patience is thin), and become socially conscious and confident human beings. Jill Abraham, Chief Academic Officer for Bexley City Schools, will moderate the conversation.
Bexley City Schools, Bexley Public Library, and Columbus Montessori Education Center are Gramercy’s Community Partners for this Salon@2424 program.

Jennifer S. Miller, MEd, is the founder of the site Confident Parents, Confident Kids ( and has twenty years of experience working with parents, educators, and other adults to help them become more effective with children through social and emotional learning. She has contributed articles or interviews to popular publications such as The Washington PostParent MagazineThe Huffington Post, and more. Jennifer earned her master's degree in education with a focus on social and emotional development from the University of Illinois at Chicago.

Susan Keister has more than forty years of experience as an international educator, executive, curriculum and professional development author and facilitator, speaker, and district consultant in the fields of Social and Emotional Learning, Prevention, Character Development, Service-Learning, and Systemic Change. She has developed and introduced SEL programming for Lions Quest in more than 25 countries and 50 states.

Leigh Maimlin is the Director of Music Matters. She has been teaching Music Together classes for nearly fifteen years and has played guitar most of her life. She was the student of Aaron Shearer at the University of North Carolina School of the Arts and helped him to edit his last series of technique books, Learning the Classic Guitar. Leigh also teaches private guitar lessons--something she has done for more than 30 years. She holds two master’s degrees: one in arts administration and the other in science education.

Jill Abraham joined Bexley Schools last August as the Chief Academic Officer. Jill has served a variety of school communities over her 26 years in education, most recently as Director of Elementary Education and K-12 Professional Learning in Dublin City Schools.