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Florida Kindergarten Council
Supporting Exemplary Early Learning


Wendy Mogel – Keynote Speaker

Dr. Wendy Mogel is an internationally acclaimed psychologist, author, and public speaker. Publisher’s Weekly gave her—now classic—parenting book, The Blessing of a Skinned Knee, a starred review, calling it impassioned, lyrical and eminently practical...a real treasure.” Her revelatory second release, The Blessing of a B Minus, addresses the challenge of parenting adolescents in a culture of anxiety and entitlement. Publisher’s Weekly raved, “Mogel’s compassion and authenticity will ring true with parents of all faiths facing the tumultuous teen years.” A revised and edition of The Blessing of a Skinned Knee, updated for the age of social media and smartphones, was released on July 7, 2017.

Mogel’s third book, due out in 2018, is about cultivating the art of conversation—from infancy to adulthood—in an age of hurry, worry, and digital distraction. In Voice Lessons, Mogel will elaborate on a novel clinical approach she began taking with parents who were struggling with their kids, demonstrating how a shift in tone, tempo, and body language led to a surprising outcome: the children responded by cooperating with greater alacrity, and communicating with more warmth, respect, and sincerity. As the parents found their voices, so did the children. Mogel also addresses an obstacle that flummoxes even the most seasoned and confident parent: the distraction of digital devices, how they impact our connection with our families, and what we can do about it.

Dr. Mogel is known for her enlightening, frank, and deft approach to “parenting” parents by supporting and guiding them in raising their children and coaching them into becoming mature stakeholders in our schools.

A graduate of Middlebury College, Wendy Mogel completed an internship and post-doctoral fellowship in Psychology in the Department of Psychiatry at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles. She currently serves as a research and policy advisor for Challenge Success—a program of the Stanford University School of Education, and serves on the scientific advisory board of Parents Magazine. She contributes articles to a variety of publications including Independent School Magazine, Parents Magazine, and Camping Magazine and is regularly featured as a guest expert by The TODAY Show, and in interviews by reporters from The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, Forbes, Newsweek, The Chicago Tribune, CNN, and NPR.

In 2006, The New York Times Sunday Magazine published a profile by Dr. Mogel and her work: “So the Torah is a Parenting Guide” by Emily Bazelon. It was the most-emailed article on the Times site for a month.

An interesting and little known fact—Dr. Mogel was born in a car under the 59th Street Bridge in Manhattan. She currently lives and practices in Los Angeles.


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