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Registration is Open for Final Community Speaker Series Event: "Screenagers"

Hinsdale, IL – April 10, 2017 – Hinsdale Township High School District 86 and Community Consolidated School District 181 announce that registration is now open for the third and final installment of the 2016-17 Community Speaker Series - "Screenagers." The series is presented by District 86 and District 181 in conjunction with the D181 Foundation and The Community House and was designed to inform and inspire families about issues in education and parenting.


The event will begin with a screening of the "Screenagers" documentary, followed by a question and answer sessions with the filmmaker, Dr. Delaney Ruston. This two-hour event is being hosted at The Community House (Hinsdale, IL) on Tuesday, May 2 at 7:00 p.m. and on Wednesday, May 3 at 9:30 a.m. Registration is required and can be completed online at www.d181foundation.org.


Event coordinators explain that in "Screenagers," Dr. Ruston explores family struggles over social media, video games, academics, and internet addiction. Kelly McMahon notes, "Through poignant stories and honest views from children growing up in a world of pervasive technology, along with surprising insights from authors, psychologists, and brain scientists, 'Screenagers' reveals how tech time impacts kids’ development and offers solutions on how families can work together to empower kids to best navigate the digital world, finding balance and developing self-control."


District 181 Superintendent Dr. Don White agrees with the need to help students find balance. "As educators, we recognize the way that technology can help transform a teacher's lesson, engage students in meaningful ways, and support opportunities for children to develop 21st century skills that are important not only for success in college and careers, but for success in life. It is critical that we work together with families to achieve that balance and ensure time with technology is appropriate at school and at home for learning and the learner."

 

This is the fourth annual Community Speaker Series. This year's series began on October 27 with author Madeleine Levine, author of "Fostering Childhood and Teen Success without Compromising Mental Health or Losing the Joy of Learning." The second event in January featured Dr. Kristen Race on "Mindful Parenting."

About the Presenter

Delaney Ruston is a filmmaker, Stanford-trained doctor, and mother of two. Along with "Screenagers," her award-winning feature documentaries include "Unlisted: A Story of Schizophrenia" (PBS), about her father, and "Hidden Pictures" (PBS) about global mental health. Delaney has been invited to speak and screen these and other films to hundreds of audiences in diverse settings around the world--such as at primary schools, conferences, medical centers, universities, the United Nations, the TEDx stage in Seattle and the World Health Organization. For her work in using film in launching advocacy movements, Delaney has won several awards. She has provided primary care in underserved clinics for over a decade.

 

 

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Contact: Karen Warner  

Contact: Bridget McGuiggan

Director of Communications 
Hinsdale Township HSD 86  
630.570.8086
kwarner@hinsdale86.org

Director of Communications
Community Consolidated School District 181
630.861.4924
bmcguiggan@d181.org




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