A Holiday Gift for Parents & Caregivers…That Turns Into a Gift For their Kids

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For individuals looking for a holiday gift that truly does keep on giving for a friend or family member that's also a parent or caregiver, the world-renowned MI Institute's new self-paced online course will be a gift from which both the recipient and their children will benefit. At Home with Multiple Intelligences introduces parents and caregivers to activities and techniques that can be used to identify, nurture and advocate for their kids' unique talents and strengths. The course (priced at $99) has been co-developed by Kidzmet.com Founder Jen Lilienstein, a web site dedicated to helping parents and teachers understand how kids are wired to learn and Julie Viens, a Project Zero veteran of nearly 20 years and the current Managing Director of the MI Institute.

MI Institute to offer New Multiple Intelligence Course for Parents in collaboration with Kidzmet co-founder Jen Lilienstein

"This new course fits perfectly with the MI Institute's mission to develop products inspired & informed by an understanding of MI theory as conceived & applied by Gardner and his colleagues." Julie Viens, MI Institute Managing Director

For individuals that are searching for a holiday gift that truly does keep on giving for a friend or family member that's also a parent or caregiver, the MI Institute's new online course will be a gift from which both the recipient and their children will benefit.

At Home with Multiple Intelligences is a self-paced introductory course geared toward families and caregivers. It covers how parents can put Howard Gardner's Multiple Intelligence theory into practice in family life. The course is not bogged down with theory, but provides enough of the theoretical and practical for parents and caregivers to both understand and use MI with kids in a way that will be both fun and productive.

At the conclusion of the course, At Home with MI course participants will appreciate and understand how MI Theory differs from the mainstream view of intelligence; how multiple intelligences can be used as a lens to know children's strengths, interests, and preferences, and how that information can be used to the good for the child and family; how multiple intelligence theory can be used in many ways to support their own development, school experiences, and family life.

The course will use an MI-based approach, which is learner-centered and active. It emphasizes learning by doing, problem-solving, and making practical connections to family environments through videos, Powerpoints, activities, forums and excerpts from variety of multiple intelligence research. The self-paced, online course costs $99 for a 12-week session and begins January 16. For a sample of the powerpoint component of one of the sessions, visit http://www.slideshare.net/Kidzmet/sample-at-home-with-mi-content.

Co-Developer Julie Viens--MI Institute Managing Partner and Harvard Project Zero veteran of nearly two decades--says, “We are excited to extend the MI Institute's breadth and depth of expertise in MI theory and practice into the home environment. This new course fits perfectly with the MI Institute's mission to develop and offer products and services inspired and informed by an understanding of multiple intelligences theory as conceived by Gardner and applied by Gardner and his colleagues. To that end, the MI Institute is very fortunate to receive Dr. Gardner's guidance and feedback a regular basis.”

Co-developer Jen Lilienstein, who founded Kidzmet.com says, “The information provided in the course will empower participating parents to facilitate at-home learning experiences that help stretch their kids' definitions of smart. We've worked hard to put the coursework into bite-sized chunks that can be worked into parents' busy schedules.”

About Multiple Intelligences Institute
The Multiple Intelligences (MI) Institute is a global organization that is committed to the understanding and application of Multiple Intelligences Theory in educational settings, from preschool through adult education. Through online course and support channels, face to face professional development, consulting services, and curriculum and resource development offerings, the MI Institute supports programs, educators and now parents seeking to tap into this powerful theory and pedagogical framework to create and provide learner-centered, goal-driven applications of MI Theory in any learning context.

About Kidzmet
Launched in Spring of 2011, Kidzmet.com analyzes personality type, multiple intelligence preferences and predominant cognitive style to help teachers connect better with their students. Kidzmet's student screening tools can be used by parents, teachers, tutors and schools to quickly understand student learning preferences and facilitate better teacher/student connections so that learning can start from minute 1, leading to more engaged and motivated learners.

Ms. Lilienstein completed her undergraduate senior thesis on the effect of the implementation of Howard Gardner's multiple intelligence theory (or lack thereof) in various school environments in 1994. She studied the corresponding effect on absenteeism, self-esteem/self-worth, love of learning and students' openness to future career directions. Ms. Lilienstein currently serves on the Editorial Board of the National Afterschool Association, the Publications and Platform Committees of the NAA, the Quality Committee of the CA Afterschool Network, and advocates for Afterschool for All with the Afterschool Alliance. She is also a member of BOOST and ASCD.

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