Gift of Failure

giftoffailure-cover-sma Jessica Lahey, author of the New York Times bestselling book, The Gift of Failure: How the Best Parents Learn to Let Go So Their Children Can Succeed, will speak to the Lexington community on Tuesday, March 21, 2017 at 7:00 p.m. Join us at Estabrook School for this evening presentation and discussion:

The Gift of Failure: Fostering Intrinsic Motivation and Resilience in Kids
What’s the best way to motivate students to own their education, learn deeply and durably, and develop resilience? Research has shown that the key to all these things is motivation that comes from within. Jessica Lahey summarizes the current research on autonomy supportive parenting and teaching, competence, rewards, praise, and failure. Finally, she explains how parents and educators can give students the support and encouragement they need in order to stay motivated over the long term.

This talk is open to the entire Lexington community. Adults and high-school aged children are welcome and encouraged to attend.

Attending this event is FREE, however attendees will be asked to register to ensure space. The link to register will be sent in early February.

jessicalaheyAbout the speaker
Jessica Lahey is a teacher, writer, and mom. She writes about education, parenting, and child welfare for The Atlantic, Vermont Public Radio, and the New York Times. Jessica earned a B.A. in Comparative Literature from the University of Massachusetts and a J.D. with a concentration in juvenile and education law from the University of North Carolina School of Law. She lives in New Hampshire with her husband and two sons and teaches in Vermont.

Join The Gift of Failure Book Club
The Estabrook PTO will host a discussion of The Gift of Failure in book club format. To participate in the book club, please register at this link:

More details about the book club will be sent in early February to those who register. Please note: registration for the book club does NOT guarantee a spot at the evening presentation by Ms. Lahey. Attendees must register separately for the presentation at

Looking for more resources?
The Estabrook PTO has compiled a starter list of books, articles, and informative talks on modern parenting approaches and effects on education. To view this list, click here.

For information on suggestions for enriching activities as an alternative to written homework or scheduled programs, please click here.

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