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Mark your calendars because on Saturday afternoon, March 29th, from 1-4pm, NoVES will be offering a very special three hour parenting workshop and children’s program at Green Hedges school.

The workshop will be conducted by Dara Feldman, an award-winning educator, motivating speaker and author of “The Heart of Education: Bringing Joy, Meaning and Purpose Back to Teaching and Learning”.  Dara is a National Board Certified Teacher and was honored as Disney’s 2005 Outstanding Elementary Teacher of the Year.  The mother of two grown children, she is the Board Chair and Director of Education for the Virtues Project International Association where she empowers individuals to live more authentic, meaningful lives, families to raise children of compassion and integrity, educators to create safe, caring and high performing learning communities, and leaders to encourage excellence and ethics in the work place.

The purpose of this workshop is to help parents learn how to awaken the gifts of character in their children and themselves by speaking the language of virtues, recognizing teachable moments without shaming and blaming, setting clear boundaries based on restorative justice, honoring the spirit of each child and the family as a whole and leading others into their own solutions.  For instance, if you knew you had a choice to raise a prima donna or a prime minister, a bully or a humanitarian, would you make the sacrifice?  Would you sacrifice indulgence for inspiration, and co-dependence for mentorship?

Through a highly interactive and transformational experience, learn five life-changing strategies from The Virtues Project that will empower you to raise responsible, respectful and compassionate children and enable everyone in your family to live more authentic, joyful and meaningful lives.

Here are some of the workshop’s objectives:

• Strengthening communication

• Building resiliency

• Developing authentic self-esteem

• Establishing healthy boundaries and relevant consequences

• Fostering responsible, respectful and trustworthy individuals

• Inspiring family unity

• Discovering personal strengths

• Creating a joyful, loving and peaceful family culture

So as to allow both parents to attend this event together together there will also be a simultaneous children’s program that will echo the values expressed in this course in age-appropriate content.  The children’s program will also occur at Green Hedges in the school classrooms and will be run by NoVES adults.

You can register both online on our NoVES web site: or in paper format (look for signup forms on the web site).

To make this event possible there will be a modest registration fee to cover costs:

• Ethical Society Members: $30/person; $50/couple
• Non-members: $40/person; $60/couple
• Children’s program: $5/child; $15 Maximum

NoVES is able to offer this event because of the legacy of Jerry Ziskind, a founding member of the Northern Virginia Ethical Society who was a beloved elementary school teacher in Washington, D.C. and Falls Church, VA.  If you have any questions, please contact Jeffrey Crocker at [masked].

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