CONWAY — Kim John Payne, sponsored by the parents of the White Mountain Waldorf School, will be presenting the public lecture “Social Inclusion and the New Rites of Passage” at the Conway Public Library in Conway Village on Wednesday, Jan. 22, from 6 to 8 p.m. Pre-registration is required.

This is a wide-ranging presentation that introduces many issues that challenge the modern-day student, parent and teacher.

Payne will present and explore many issues affecting the school-aged child and offer workable strategies for navigating what is one of the most difficult subjects for parents, teachers and students — that of social exclusion.

Some topics include: why certain children get picked on while others bully; how to make teasing guidelines the children understand and use; how to facilitate class and home meetings around social exclusion issues; how to actively engage peers and other students in developing and implementing the social inclusion approach. Most important, the lecture looks at how to develop a whole community approach and policy that is supported in the school and home.

Payne, M.ED, has been a family and school counselor, adult educator, consultant, author and researcher for 27 years. He regularly gives keynote addresses at international conferences for educators, parents, and therapists and runs workshops and trainings around the world. He is a consultant and trainer to over 230 U.S. independent and public schools.

In each role, he has been helping children, adolescents and families explore issues such as social difficulties with siblings and classmates, attention and behavioral issues at home and school, emotional issues such as defiance, aggression, addiction and self-esteem and the vital role living a balanced, simple life brings.

Pre-registration is required; call the school or email office@whitemountainwaldorf.org. There is a suggested donation of $20 per person at the door. Continuing Education Units are available for educators. This event is sponsored by the White Mountain Waldorf School.

To learn more about White Mountain Waldorf, visit the school for a tour by appointment.

For more information, call (603) 447-3168 or email Heather Burnell, enrollment and marketing coordinator at hburnell@whitemountainwaldorf.org or go to whitemountainwaldorf.org.

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