Gower Foundation Parent Book Club

Join the Gower Foundation for Excellence in Education for a Book Series for Parents focused on topics important to you. Our goal is to provide parents with opportunities to further explore the topics being addressed in our Speaker Series by reading books about these topics and following-up with a facilitated discussion around some of the issues we care about most as parents in the 21st Century. Please note that books and dates may be changed for a variety of reasons, so please reference the Gower Foundation emails and website for the most up to date information.

 

This year's Book Series for parents will be facilitated by Janine Asmus, a current Gower parent and 30 year-veteran, award-winning school librarian. As always, we welcome any suggestions and feedback from you all! We look forward to seeing you at Gower Middle School for each of these interesting discussions!

2019-20 Book Club for Parents Topics

The Whole Brain Child

by: Daniel J. Siegel, M.D. and Tina Payne Bryson, Ph.D.

Thursday, October 16

7-8:30 pm

Gower Middle School LRC

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Freeing Your Child from Anxiety. Revised and Updated Edition: Practical Strategies to Overcome Fears, Worries, and Phobias and Be Prepared for Life – from Toddlers to Teens

by: Tamar E. Chansky, Ph.D.

Thursday, January 9

7-8:30 pm

Gower West LRC



How Children Succeed: Grit, Curiosity, and the Hidden Power of Character
by: Paul Tough

Tuesday, February 11

7-8:30 pm

Gower West LRC



iGen: Why Today’s Super-Connected Kids Are Growing Up Less Rebellious, More Tolerant, Less Happy – and Completely Unprepared for Adulthood – and What That Means for the Rest of Us

by: Jean M. Twenge, Ph.D.

Tuesday, May 5

7-8:30 pm

Gower West LRC

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About Our Facilitator:

Janine Asmus, a parent of two Gower students (one a graduate and the other in the 8th grade), is a thirty year veteran to public education. She currently is the school librarian at the Leyden High Schools District # 212, West Campus. She started her career as an English teacher, drama director and speech coach.  In addition to her work in the school library, she runs the Alumni Wall of Fame program, the #makersquad and the book club at her District. She has spoken at various conferences, written grants, run workshops and has recently been named the 2019 Illinois School Librarian of the Year. In October, she will be heading to Croatia to speak at the International Association of School Librarianship on innovative partnerships and programming in school libraries. She is passionate about books and language and eager to be a part of the Gower Foundation Book Series.