News And Events

February 29th, 2024 Lima, Peru

Keynote speech to early childhood teachers through Luminario

February 7th, 2024 Center for Early Education, Hollywood, CA

Keynote speech and parent workshop

August 22nd, 2023, 12 PM & 7 PM CDT Glenbard Parent Series; Rebecca Rolland EdD Early Childhood Event

The Art of Talking with Young Children: The ABC’s of Rich Talk to Nurture Attachment, Creativity, and Kindness

May 4th, 2023, 7-8 PM CDT Association of IL Montessori Schools

Talk for the Association of IL Montessori Schools (AIMS)

November 2022 TEDxCherryCreekWomen, Denver

Talk on the power and promise of “rich talk”

September 2022 Beacon Gallery, Boston

Art and mental health roundtable

September 2022 EdCamp Ukraine

Webinar with Ukrainian educators

Written by Rebecca Rolland

Monday, March 21, 2022 12-1 PM EDT (online)

Watch the recording of the virtual talk here

From a Harvard faculty member and oral language specialist, an invaluable guide that gives readers evidence-based tools and techniques to communicate more effectively with children in ways that let them foster relationships with less conflict and more joy and kindness.

Science has shown that the best way to help our kids become independent, confident, kind, empathetic, and happy is by talking with them. Yet, so often, parents, educators, and caregivers have trouble communicating with kids. Conversations can feel trivial or strained—or worse, are marked by constant conflict.

In The Art of Talking with Children, Rebecca Rolland, a Harvard Graduate School of Education lecturer, Harvard Medical School faculty member, speech pathologist, and mother, arms adults with practical tools to help them have productive and meaningful conversations with children of all ages—whether it’s engaging an obstinate toddler or getting the most monosyllabic adolescent to open up. The Art of Talking with Children shows us how quality communication—or rich talk—can help us build the skills and capacities children need to thrive.

This event will be live-captioned and open to the public! This book talk is also part of HGSE’s Women’s History Month celebration. Follow us on Twitter (@gutman_library) and Instagram (gutman_library) to learn about other events and programs!

March 16, 2022: Alumni Talk And Workshop, MGH Institute of Health Presentations

In-Person Talk And Book Signing

March 15, 2022: Presentation and book signing, Four Seasons Dalton, Boston

In-Person Talk And Book Signing

Teaching

Harvard Graduate School of Education, Fall 2021-2022

Blogging For Brevity

“How Writing Brought My Daughter and Me Closer,” forthcoming

November 17, 2021: “Writing the Hook”

Lecture at Harvard Medical School, Effective Writing for Health Care Course

November 17, 2021: “Where’s My Cabin?”

Lecture at Harvard Medical School, Effective Writing for Health Care Course

November 3, 2021: “Your Growth as a Writer

Lecture at Harvard Medical School, Effective Writing for Health Care Course

Teaching

Harvard Graduate School of Education, Spring 2021

Interview

With Pamela Erens, author of the children’s book Matasha (2021)

Teaching

Harvard Graduate School of Education, Fall 2021-2022

Workshop

Managing Time and Technology for Deep Focus and Creativity, Fall 2020, Harvard Medical School, Effective Writing for Health Care course

Facilitation

Effective Writing for Health Care, Harvard Medical School Postgraduate Education, November 2020

Interview

“The Fiddlehead,” On Writing Creative Nonfiction (2020)

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