The Literacy Institute Speaker Series: Phyllis Fagell, "The Ten Key Skills Kids Need to Thrive and How Parents Can Help"

Location: Live on Zoom

Licensed clinical counselor, certified school counselor, and author, Phyllis Fagell, is recognized for her insights into how young people acquire self-awareness, problem-solving skills, resilience, and other "soft" skills by trial and error. Advocating for an understanding of middle school as a distinct developmental phase, Phyllis Fagell outlines the top ten social-emotional skills students can develop during this critical phase and how parents can help without getting in the way.
Phyllis has worked in both public and private schools with students in grades K-12. She currently works full time as the school counselor for Sheridan School in Washington, D.C. and provides therapy to children, teens and adults in private practice at the Chrysalis Group, Inc.

Phyllis is the author of Middle School Matters and a journalist. She’s a frequent contributor to the Washington Post, focusing on counseling, parenting, and education, writes the "Career Confidential" weekly advice column for PDK, Intl. for educators, and “The Meaningful Middle” column for AMLE (Association of Middle Level Educators). She also has written for Psychology Today, Working Mother, Time, U.S. News & World Report, and Your Teen, and her ideas have been shared in The New York Times, The Atlantic, The New Yorker, The Boston Globe, and The Chicago Tribune, among many other outlets.
Woodlynde School is a private, co-ed college prep day school located in suburban Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, that serves intelligent, talented students with learning differences in grades K - 12. Woodlynde provides a comprehensive, evidence-based Kindergartenelementarymiddle and high school program in a challenging yet nurturing environment for students with average to above average cognitive abilities (IQ) who have language- or math-based learning differences (such as Dyslexia, Dysgraphia or Dyscalculia), Executive Function Challenges, Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), or Auditory Processing Disorder. Even for those students without a diagnosed learning disability (LD), Woodlynde offers expert and caring teachers in small classroom settings that support academic success. Woodlynde School also offers a post-graduate (PG) program in partnership with Rosemont College as well as a regional Summer Camp for students who learn differently.