Creativity Talks

The Bay Area Discovery Museum and its Center for Childhood Creativity present Creativity Talks, a series of evening lectures for parents, grandparents and educators on important early childhood topics. All events feature local thought leaders and are held at the Museum.

Upcoming Events

The Raising of America: Screening and Panel Discussion 

Thursday, November 5
6 - 7:45 p.m.
Discovery Theatre

This adults-only event will feature a screening of “The Raising of America,” a documentary series that explores how a strong start for kids can lead to a healthier, safer, better educated and more prosperous and equitable America. Laurel Ruth Kloomok from First 5 San Francisco, Kathleen Tabor from Marin Kids/Marin Strong Start and Kara Dukakis from Too Small to Fail will share best practices and visions for the future of early education in California and beyond. 

About the Speakers

Laurel Ruth Kloomok, M.Ed.

Ms. Kloomok is the Executive Director of First 5 San Francisco Children and Families Commission overseeing the expenditure of Proposition 10 Tobacco Tax funds for programs in Early Care and Education, Family Support, Improved Child Health and Improved Systems of Care and for San Francisco’s Proposition H funds implementing Universal Preschool. She served as a private consultant for the California State Department of Education, San Francisco Unified School District, San Francisco Community Behavioral Health Services, and Support for Families of Children with Disabilities, Miriam and Peter Haas Fund and Oakland’s Department of Health and Human Services.

Kathleen Tabor

Kathleen Tabor, Principal, Tabor Consulting has 30 years experience providing strategic consultation to public and private nonprofit sector organizations, educational institutions, foundations and broad coalitions, networks and associations. With her clients, she engages diverse sectors of the community to illuminate issues, define strategic priorities and build shared vision, community commitment and accountability toward social justice change. She is the acting director of MarinKids, a children’s advocacy organization devoted to expanding equity of opportunity for all children in Marin to be healthy and succeed in school.

Kara Dukakis, MSW

Kara Dukakis is Senior Vice President of the Strong Families and Early Learning Division at the Opportunity Institute, including the early childhood, child development, and pre-school portfolio, and Director of Too Small to Fail. Previously based at NextGeneration, Too Small to Fail was and remains a joint initiative with the Clinton Foundation. It seeks to help parents and businesses take meaningful actions to improve the health and well-being of America’s youngest children, ages zero to five, and prepare them to succeed in the 21st century. Kara oversees the strategic direction of Too Small to Fail, with an emphasis on the place-based (cities) strategy, scaling, and evaluation. She received her B.A. from Brown University and a Master's in Social Welfare from UC Berkeley.

About the Moderator

Elizabeth Rood, Ed.D

Elizabeth is the Director of the Center for Childhood Childhood and VP of Education and Strategy for the Bay Area Discovery Museum. She comes with more than fifteen years of experience in formal education, working as a teacher, principal and executive director in urban small schools focused on personalization, equity and progressive education. She holds a B.A. from Brown University, teaching and administrative credentials from Mills College and a Doctorate in Educational Leadership from Mills College. Her doctoral research, drawing heavily from psychological constructs such as learning mindset, self-efficacy and stereotype threat, focuses on the role of “care” in teachers’ relationships with Latino male students entering high school substantially behind in academic skills.

Recent Events

Dr. Fumiko Hoeft: The Neuroscience of Learning Differences

February 26, 2015

Dr. Fumiko Hoeft, UCSF associate professor and director of BrainLENS (Laboratory of Educational NeuroScience), discussed the latest advances in the neuroscience of learning and learning differences. She explained how learning and socio-emotional skills are tightly integrated, but often the latter has been ignored in children with learning differences and children in special education. In particular, she discussed the importance of self concept and stereotype threat and strategies that we can use to help these children succeed. Click here to see Dr. Hoeft's presentation slides and additional resources. 

Linda Burch, Zero to Eight: Learning and Media Use in Early Childhood

November 6, 2014

Linda Burch, co-founder and chief education and strategy officer of Common Sense Media, shared the latest research on how to raise children ages 0 – 8 in our 24/7 digital world. Participants received simple tips to turn screen time into learning time for young children. Click here to read Linda's research.

Alison Gopnik, The Philosophical Baby: What children’s minds tell us about truth, love and the meaning of life

March 13, 2014

In the last thirty years there’s been a revolution in our scientific understanding of babies and young children, a revolution that’s also transformed our understanding of human nature itself. In this talk, Alison Gopnik, Ph.D. outlined some of the new discoveries and their implications for the way we think about young children and ourselves. She showed that childhood – our long period of helplessness – is responsible for our uniquely human consciousness and our ability to learn, imagine and love.

Dr. Stuart Brown, Play Matters! It Really, Really Does

November 7, 2013

World-renowned psychologist, Stuart Brown Ph.D. and M.D., made a rare public appearance at the Bay Area Discovery Museum. The founder of the National Institute for Play and considered the grandfather of play, Dr. Brown shared his life-long research and advocacy work on the important role of play in human development; from shaping and growing young brains to staying vital through more mature life stages. 

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