A child’s brain will grow biologically along with the rest of his body—but science shows that for a child’s brain to develop and thrive, environmental conditions play a vital role: Emotional stability in the home is the single greatest predictor of a child’s academic success. In this exploration of the relationship between stable families, growing brains, and a child’s ability to learn, Seattle molecular biologist John Medina, author of the bestselling Brain Rules for Baby, explains why stability is so crucial to a child’s brain development; William Bell, president and CEO of Casey Family Programs and a national thought leader in child welfare, speaks to the importance of stability and educational supports for children in foster care; and moderator Jack Faris, a member of Seattle Children’s Research Institute Advisory Board, leads the Q&A. Presented by Amara, Treehouse, Casey Family Programs, Town Hall, and Island Books as part of The Seattle Science Lectures, sponsored by Microsoft. Series media sponsorship provided by KPLU.
Advance tickets are $5 at www.townhallseattle.org or 888/377-4510 and at the door beginning at 7 pm. Town Hall members receive priority seating. Great Hall; enter on Eighth Avenue.