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High School Info Series- College Transition

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The Harbour School (The Garden)

138 Lee Chi Road

Ap Lei Chau, Hong Kong 00000

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With so much emphasis placed on college admissions, we often contemplate either too little or too late what it takes for students to be successful at university. The second event in our high school information series puts the spotlight on what skills are integral for helping students not only access, but persist in rigorous college and career settings.

Curricular programs that are successful in doing this emphasize how individuals acquire and effectively apply the knowledge, attitudes, and skills necessary to:
• understand and manage emotions
• set and achieve positive goals
• feel and show empathy for others
• establish and maintain positive relationships
• make responsible decisions

According to 2012 research data from the National College Health Assessment in the US, many students contend with significant social, emotional, and mental health barriers that prevent them from succeeding in both school and in life. Hardly a trend isolated to the US, press reports of school and academics-related stress and suicides too frequently dominate headlines in Hong Kong. Often the inability to overcome these barriers leads students to engage in risk-taking behaviors and can contribute to poor academic performance.

The Harbour School's high school program places a strong emphasis on addressing this issue by cultivating high school students with strong self-management skills. The school also prioritizes creating a safe, caring, and well-managed learning environment that fosters positive decision making alongside academic success.

Join The Harbour School’s Head of School Dr. Jadis Blurton and High School principal Dr. Elizabeth Micci on Thursday, February 21 from 6 to 7.30pm at the Garden campus for this event which will feature a speaker and plenary session specifically to address the college transition and how we prepare our students for college and career at THS.


Speakers include:

Dr. Elizabeth Micci, THS High School Principal

Elizabeth was born in the US and grew up in a tiny fishing town between Boston and Cape Cod. She holds a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration and English from Washington & Lee University, a Master of Arts in English from Middlebury College, and a Doctor of Education Leadership from the Harvard Graduate School of Education. Prior to coming to The Harbour School, Elizabeth was a high school English teacher and administrator of a college prep academy in Houston, TX. She began her career at THS as researcher and a member of the high school humanities faculty and is very much looking forward to serving as the high school principal this year.

Dr. Jadis Blurton. THS Founder and Head of School

Dr Jadis Blurton is the The Harbour School and is well known as a leader in the fields of education and psychology. She has a Ph.D. in Cognitive Developmental Psychology and Master’s Degrees in both Special Education and Psychology. She is a Qualified Teacher in Hong Kong and a Certified Montessori Teacher (AMS). She is also a Licensed Clinical Psychologist in two states in the United States and a Registered Psychologist in Hong Kong. Dr Blurton has worked in the fields of Education, Child Psychology and Educational Psychology for over thirty years, practicing clinically as well as teaching at university level and working with schools. In Hong Kong, she is the founder and Clinical Director of the Blurton Family Development Center and the 2009 recipient of the American Chamber of Commerce Ira Dan Kaye Award for Community Service in Hong Kong. She has served as consultant to numerous international schools and speaks both locally and internationally on topics related to gifted education, alternative or progressive education, child and family development, expatriate children (“Third Culture Kids”) and special educational needs.

Monaliza Maximo Chian PhD, Post-doctoral Fellow, Faculty of Education, The University of Hong Kong

Monaliza holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Liberal Studies with a Multiple Subject Teaching Credential specializing in Cross-cultural, Language and Academic Development. She also has two Master of Arts degree in Education: The first one in Curriculum and Instruction in Multicultural Contexts and the second one in Teaching and Learning, respectively. She earned her Doctor of Philosophy in Education, Teaching and Learning with a specialization in Qualitative and Interpretive Research at the University of California, Santa Barbara (UCSB). Monaliza was a fellow at UCSB’s Center for Education Research on Literacy, Learning and Inquiry in Network Communities (L 2 INC) conducting educational research and mentoring graduate students. Throughout her twenty years of professional experience in PreK- 8 public school in California, she was an administrator, mentor teacher and classroom teacher. During that time, she was also an Adjunct Faculty member at the Department of Education at Azusa Pacific University.

Dr. Sam Crickenberger, Postdoctoral Fellow, The University of Hong Kong

Dr. Crickenberger is a marine ecologist who has worked throughout the east coast of the United States, Mexico, Panama, Peru, and most recently in Hong Kong. He received his PhD from Clemson University, completed a postdoctoral fellowship at the University of South Carolina, and is currently a postdoctoral fellow at the University of Hong Kong. In these roles he has mentored a number of students formally and informally in research and future career plans. He has taught a variety of biology courses ranging from non-majors to graduate level at universities in the United States.

Guest Moderator: Tim Hoffman, Counsellor

Tim Hoffman has a Masters in Mental Health Counselling from Brooklyn College, is a member of the City University of New York system. He also holds a Bachelor degree in Psychology from Wesleyan University in Connecticut. His interests in counselling originally began well over three decades ago with his work in a psychiatric hospital and in a suicide prevention service, and continued with his recent work as a therapist at the Training Institute for Mental Health in New York. In between, Tim spent 22 years as a consultant and partner in a top-level global executive search firm, and another nine years prior to that working at IBM. He has now returned to his original goal of becoming a psychotherapist.

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