Generation Z (b. 1996-2012) represents the students in our K-12 and college classrooms today. They bring with them unique skills, learning preferences, values and needs. The seminars below are designed to equip administrators, teachers, and parents to engage students effectively, and prepare Gen Z students to thrive in this rapidly changing world.
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Administration, Faculty and Staff
Understanding Today’s Unique Students: Generation Z
Short attention spans, addiction to technology, and lack of interpersonal skills are a few of the descriptors used to describe teenagers and college students today. Generation Z is also incredibly creative, pragmatic and diverse. As we engage them in our classrooms on campus and online, it is critical to understand their communication and learning styles, perspectives on the world, and unique skills. This session will consider provide practical understanding and insights into this trend-setting generation.
Gen Z in the Classroom: Teaching and Learning in the 21st Century
Blended and collaborative learning, redesigned learning spaces, and emerging technologies are just a few of the factors influencing how instruction occurs today. As education seeks to respond to a new type of student, and prepare them for a rapidly changing world, we find it necessary to adopt new methods and perspectives in our teaching. This session will look at current trends and present strategies for best engaging today’s learners and preparing them for a successful future.
Cultural and Technological Trends Impacting Education
The world as we know it has changed in the past 20 years. We have shifted from logic-driven decision making and critical thinking to emotion-based perspectives and responses. Views on authority, institutions and relationships have undergone major adjustments. Technology has transformed communication and expectations. In this session, we will consider how these, and related trends are impacting the needs and perspectives in our students and classrooms today.
Leading and Managing Multigenerational Teams
Despite their great potential, multigenerational teams can also produce frustration as differing worldviews, work habits, and expectations collide. Millennials (b. 1980-1995) now represent a majority of the workforce and Gen Z (b. 1996-2012) is just beginning to enter the workplace. These generations bring with them unique skills, perspectives, and needs. If not understood, these differences can result in low satisfaction and retention. This program provides valuable insights into generational expectations and presents strategic tools to help leaders and managers retain and empower team members of all ages!
Kids/Teens and Technology: Effects on Identity, Relationships and Communication
Technology is developing faster than research can analyze and report its effects. We are introducing technology into the lives of kids, often before we can know its long-term influence. This workshop will look at important facts we do know and present strategies for navigating the role of technology and social media into the lives of young people. We will consider strategies for parents, teachers, mentors and leaders to help ensure maximum health, safety and development for students in this developing terrain.
Essential Leadership Skills for Generation Z
Generation Z is one of the most empowered and connected generations in history. While many teenagers and college students use technology to run their own businesses, create amazing content, and connect with people globally, there are some skills that can get overlooked in the busy, connected lives of students. This engaging and interactive presentation discusses essential leadership skills including emotional intelligence, face-to-face communication and listening, time management, and critical thinking that is needed in the lives of young leaders. Practical tips and examples make the material immediately relevant and applicable!
3 Keys to Thriving in College and Beyond
The average student today interacts consistently across five screens and engages with people and activities around the world. These trends provide opportunities, but if not managed well in our lives can also have a negative impact on our relationships, time management, and health. In this presentation, we discuss key strategies for students to consider in managing technology use, developing healthy and meaningful relationships, and creating space for silence and reflection that contributes to emotional and mental health.
Technology in the Life of a Leader
Most students today spend 8-12 hours a day on screens. While useful for connecting with friends, completing school assignments, communicating with clients, and creating ideas and businesses, technology can sometimes hinder our effectiveness as leaders. This presentation will consider the benefits and dangers of technology in the life of a leader. It will present practical tips for managing the many screens in our lives in a healthy way for success in life and leadership!
Understanding Generational Differences
This presentation helps young leaders understand how different generations view the world. We will discuss underlying values, views, and behaviors that often create inter-generational conflict with leaders, on work teams, in the classroom, and even in families. Practical tools will be presented for engaging effectively across generations in any context.
While the impact of technology is seen everywhere in society, its influence is perhaps most significant in our homes and families. As parents, we are navigating new terrain as we seek to guide our children in their use of devices, manage our own screen time, and respond effectively to the prevalence of technology in our workplaces, schools, social circles and beyond. This program will present essential practices for parents in developing a healthy family culture as it relates to technology, managing our own use of devices, and setting effective guidelines to keep our children safe, healthy, and connected.