Fathers Forum, our signature event for dads...and only dads.
IMPORTANT NOTICE:Fathers Forum has been postponed due to inclement weather. Parents In Action will reschedule with the hope that all can still attend this terrific panel.
Moderator: Jeremy Leeds, Ph.D., a Clinical Psychologist, is Director of the Center for Community Values and Action at Horace Mann School. Prior to founding the Center in 2006, Dr. Leeds was the Director of Counseling and Guidance at Horace Mann. Before coming to Horace Mann School, Dr. Leeds was an Assistant Professor in the Department of Applied Psychology at New York University. He designed and taught NYU’s first service-learning courses, served as Training Director for NYU’s AmeriCorps program, and developed the training program for the Chancellor’s C-Team, a community volunteer program for NYU students.
Dr. Leeds has been a teacher, counselor, trainer, psychotherapist, program developer and administrator in a wide variety of settings. He writes and speaks on topics including education, service-learning, philosophy of psychology and substance abuse. His interests include ethical issues in education and the intersections of psychotherapy, education and social change.
Dr. Michael Sweeney
Dr. Sweeney is the Director of the Metropolitan Center for Cognitive Behavior Therapy, a private practice center specializing in the treatment of anxiety. He prides himself on practical advice for complicated situations.
Dr. Sweeney was a National Institute of Health Chief Research Fellow and a Clinical Research Scientist at the New York State Psychiatric Institute. He has been a co-principal investigator and CBT supervisor in national treatment studies.
Dr. Sweeney was an assistant professor of Clinical Psychology in Psychiatry at Columbia University’s College of Physicians and Surgeons, CBT supervisor at St. Vincent’s Medical Center, and the external reviewer for the Masters CBT program at University College, Dublin, Ireland. Michael has lectured nationally and internationally. His advice is currently being put to the test by his 7-year-old son.
Kurt Froman has been on faculty at Broadway Dance Center, Steps on Broadway, and guest faculty at Barnard College and the University of Michigan. Kurt is currently the Dance Captain and Swing for An American In Paris and was Resident Choreographer forBilly Elliot, The Musical on Broadway, and 2nd National Tours. He was Associate Choreographer for the film Black Swan and was invited to stage a work for the Paris Opera Ballet's Tribute to Jerome Robbins. Kurt has been personal coach/trainer to Jennifer Lawrence, Natalie Portman, Mila Kumis, Christina Ricci and Rooney Mara.
Kurt was awarded the first Rudolf Nureyev Scholarship to study at the School of American Ballet's "Special" Advanced Men's Class. After six months, Kurt was invited to join the New York City Ballet, where he danced senior corps de ballet and solo parts for over seven years. His Broadway career began with the role of “James” in the Twyla Tharp/Billy Joel show, Movin' Out. TV/film work includesSmash; the Biography Channel's Natalie Portman: The Professional; the film Black Swan; Across the Universe; Center Stage;SNL, and Live From Lincoln Center telecasts. Kurt can be seen in the STARZ series Flesh & Bone, as “Young Paul.” He has choreographed ad campaigns, video shoots, and catalogues for Bloch dancewear for the past three years.
Thomas Kelly, PhD
Dr. Kelly is Headmaster at Horace Mann School. In addition to his administrative duties, he is a member of the Upper Division faculty where he has taught both Ethics in School and Society and Advanced Placement Psychology. Beyond the walls of Horace Mann School, Dr. Kelly’s commitment to the community at large includes serving as a Board of Director for De La Salle Academy, Educational Records Bureau, Inc., Early Steps, Riverdale Seniors, Inc., and the Van Cortlandt Park Conservancy. Prior to accepting his post at Horace Mann School, Dr. Kelly served in the public-school arena as a Superintendent of Schools, High School Principal, and Director of Special Education.
Dr. Kelly has held the rank of Assistant Professor of Education at several graduate programs, including Teachers College, Columbia University. He holds M.A. and M.Ed. degrees in education, as well as M.Phil. and Ph.D. degrees in behavior disorders and research. Dr. Kelly and his wife, Dr. Rachel Linhardt Kelly, Assistant Superintendent of Instruction and Human Resources at The Bronxville School in Bronxville, NY, have a daughter, Emma Rose, who is a 12th grader at Horace Mann School.
Douglas Brunt, author of the New York Times bestsellers Ghosts of Manhattan and The Means, has enjoyed critical praise for his third novel, Trophy Son. Set against the backdrop of the professional tennis world, TROPHY SON follows prodigy Anton Stratis from an isolated childhood of grueling practice under the eye of his overbearing father to his dramatic rise through the competitive world of professional tennis.
Brunt notes: “The main thrust of the novel explores the sacrifices made for such an intense life, and how our culture increasingly requires early specializing in athletics to succeed. It's a very narrow way to grow up and while I use tennis here, the message of the book applies … [to] ... kids specializing in any sport or other activity.” TROPHY SON, navigating the landscape of youth sports culture and the cut-throat professional tennis world, reveals uncomfortable truths about early specialization, parenting, the pressure to succeed, and the cost of early excellence in our achievement-obsessed society.
A Philadelphia native, Brunt lives in New York with his wife, Megyn Kelly, and their three children.
What's all the buzz about vaping? Those pretty little pods - though enticing - may be more harmful than they appear.
While traditional cigarette use has declined since 2011, more teens are experimenting with vaping, JUULing and e-cigarettes. Last year alone, 3 million middle and high school students used e-cigarettes.
Long-term effects of vaping and e-cigarettes have not been fully determined. Our panelists will help you separate the facts from the myths.
Join us for a panel discussion on the growing vape trend, get the facts, and discover strategies that may help prevent your teens from engaging in this risky behavior.