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This past weekend I had the fortune to listen to a talk given by Brené Brown.

Dr. Brown said, “Montessorians are committed to helping ground children in a deep sense of purpose. This feeling of worthiness is an essential trait in our increasingly anxious world”. Drawing from her most recent research, Dr. Brené Brown talked about strategies that teachers and administrators can utilize to help children cultivate a spirit of hope, gratitude, connection, and curiosity.  Dr. Brown also shared the newest research on hope as a cognitive behavioral process, the relationship between joy and gratitude, and how children develop curiosity, creativity, and a tolerance for disappointment.

Brené Brown, PhD, LMSW, is a professor and researcher at the University of Houston Graduatein Houston, TX. Her research topics cover a broad range of human emotion and experience, including vulnerability, courage, empathy, authenticity, and shame.

Brene Brown

Dr. Brown has won numerous awards, including Houston Graduate College’s Outstanding Faculty Award. Her work has been featured on PBS, NPR, CNN, and Oprah Radio. She is author of the books The Gifts of Imperfection: Letting Go of Who We Think We Should Be and Embracing Who We Are (2010) and I Thought It Was Just Me (but it isn’t): Telling the Truth About Perfectionism, Inadequacy, and Power (2007).

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