Author to speak at Hudson School

3/29/2010:

Are you interested in the crazy aggressive nature with today’s girls? Have similar problems with your daughter? Then you’ll definitely want to mark your calendars for Thursday, April 22nd – as famous Author Rachel Simmons will bring her brand of knowledge to The Hudson School (601 Park) in Hoboken.

Hudson School to Host Workshop with Rachel Simmons

“Rachel Simmons, author of Odd Girl Out, will speak with teachers and interested parents at The Hudson School on Thursday, April 22 from 3:30 p.m.-5:30 p.m. in the school’s performance space, 601 Park Avenue, Hoboken.

Among the topics Ms. Simmons will address are the language of psychological aggression—relational aggression, social aggression, indirect aggression and aggressive body language– not to mention rules of Internet safety and how to help the girl (or boy) who is left out. In the workshop she will discuss interventions and strategies to use with children and young adults.

Ms. Simmons will also speak with Hudson School students in grades 9-12 from 1:00-2:00 p.m. On Friday, April 23, she will meet with students in grades 5 & 6 at 9:00 a.m. and with students in grades 7 & 8 at 10:30 a.m. The middle school workshops will be held in the social hall at Our Lady of Grace, Fifth and Willow. Other participating schools are Elysian Charter School, Mustard Seed School, Stevens Cooperative School and Hoboken Catholic Academy.

Read the rest after the jump!

(Rachel Simmons at Hudson School – continued…)

Rachel Simmons is the author of The New York Times bestseller Odd Girl out: the Hidden Culture of Aggression in Girls. Also, the author of Odd Girl Speaks Out: Girls Write about Bullies, Cliques, Popularity and Jealousy, Simmons’s latest book is The Curse of the Good Girl: Raising Authentic Girls with Courage and Confidence. Simmons is a pioneer in the exploration of schoolgirl cruelty and treats the subject in a thorough and illuminating manner. Over the course of a year, she spoke to 300 girls from 10 schools across the US, some with middle-class white student populations, others with students of various races and from different socioeconomic backgrounds. The girls ranged in age from 9 to 15. One of the reasons her book is so revealing is because of Simmons’s strengths as an interviewer. As she explains, her method of discussion involved moving from where the girls led and emphasizing their voices rather than her own. Instead of telling them not to bully and to be nice, like most adults would do, she assumed that many of them could be mean. In this way she was able to draw out not only the victims of bullying but also the aggressors.

Simmons contends that incidents of bullying could be avoided if girls were encouraged to assert their negative feelings more directly. She believes this would empower them to negotiate conflicts and to define relationships in “new and healthier ways.” Parents, she says, should show their daughters that conflict-free relationships don’t exist. Instead of thinking conflict ends relationships, girls would then learn that they can’t survive without it and would not let fear control them. “I believe our task now,” writes Simmons in her book “is to give every girl, every parent, and every teacher a shared, public language to address girls’ conflicts and relationships.”

The Hudson School, a small, independent school for grades 5-12 accredited by Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools, was founded in 1978 by Suellen Newman. A community of scholars, it offers academically motivated and creative children a rigorous and broad college preparatory curriculum with strong emphasis on the arts. The school’s need-blind admissions policy assures that its doors remain open to the families of every qualified child; regardless of the family’s ability to pay. For information about the admissions process, or the workshops, please contact Mrs. Newman, founder and director, at 201.659.8335 ext. 107.

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