The Gill St. Bernard’s Parents’ Association recently joined Common Ground Speaks, a collaborative effort of Parents' Associations of independent schools, which sponsors free events featuring distinguished speakers on topics related to child development, parenting and education. Occasionally, faculty members may invite additional speakers to our campus. As information on the speakers and topics becomes available it will be posted to this page and emailed to the community.

The most successful discussions occur with a large turnout so we hope you will attend these speaking events.

Upcoming Speakers

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  • 2018-19 Speakers

    This spring, GSB and Common Ground Speaks will bring guest speaker Rachel Simmons, a bestselling author and leadership educator, for a parent presentation on April 9 at 7:00 p.m. in the new Performing Arts and Community Center. Simmons will also speak with the Upper School that afternoon.

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Previous Speakers

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  • Sergeant Thomas Rich

    Sergeant Thomas Rich, cybersafety expert, spoke to GSB parents and students (grades four through 12) in Brueckner Hall on February 10. He began the day with a morning session for parents, and then had three separate student sessions, and concluded with an additional evening session for parents. The presentation was well attended and very informative.
  • Dr. Michael Fowlin

    Actor, psychologist and poet Dr. Michael Fowlin—sponsored by both the Middle School and Gill St. Bernard’s School Parents’ Association—addressed issues of equity, identity, anti-bullying and empathy. A repeat visitor to GSB since 2008, Dr. Fowlin has provided peer mediation, diversity training, gender equality workshops and violence prevention seminars to people of all ages for nearly 20 years. He holds a doctorate in clinical psychology from Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey and a B.S. in psychology from Evangel University in Springfield, Mo.
  • Dr. Leonard Sax

    The GSB Parents’ Association held presentations with family physician, author and development specialist Dr. Leonard Sax who discussed how, over time, the transfer of authority has moved from parent to child. According to data, this can be harmful to a young person’s success. Dr. Sax holds a Ph.D. in psychology as well as an M.D. from the University of Pennsylvania. In addition, he earned a bachelor’s degree in biology from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. His topic, Who’s in Charge Here?: Why and When Letting Kids Decide is Not the Best Strategy, challenges the practice of letting one’s child lead, and present an alternative perspective supported by evidence.
  • Maggie DiPasquale

    The Middle School welcomed yoga instructor, columnist and modern mentor Maggie DiPasquale. DiPasquale is a graduate of Boston College who specializes in helping young girls understand the connection between their minds, bodies and spirits. Her talk, How to Raise Happy Kids, was open to parents of all genders across Gill’s three academic divisions. DiPasquale also met individually with GSB’s seventh and eighth grade girls.
Gill St. Bernard’s is an independent, coeducational day school for students age three through grade 12, located in suburban New Jersey. Each of the three school divisions provides a rigorous, meaningful and age-appropriate curriculum, and all students benefit from the environmental learning opportunities that exist on our 208-acre campus.