Dr. Ember Conley is an experienced educator who is a passionate advocate for women’s rights, communication between school systems and families, a child champion, and a social-emotional expert.
Encouraging Children to Read
Encouraging a child’s love of reading begins at an early age. Many different popular and award-winning books are available and appropriate for a child’s understanding from the age of infancy upward. Books may have an educational theme. Others are simply a source of adventure or enjoyment.
Statistics indicate that eight percent of boys and 20 percent of girls become victims of sexual abuse before they turn 18 years of age. Teaching a child about being cautious and rec...
Is Sheltering Children Harmful?
So, what exactly is the difference between sheltering and protecting your children? Sheltering is the point at which protection becomes out of control. This can mean not allowing your child to play outside because you fear that he or she may get hurt, or not allowing him or her to walk to the park with friends (at an appropriate age) because of your extreme fear of “stranger danger.” While it is admirable to vigilant, sheltering can cross a line where it can impede a child’s natural developme...
Three Ways to Promote Healthy Eating in Children
As pediatric obesity continues to rise in the United States, it’s more apparent than ever these days that one of the most important things a parent can do for their child is to raise them in an environment that encourages healthy eating. But, as any parent will tell you, with fast food, cheap snacks, and the constant allure of sugary drinks and candy tempting your child at every turn, teaching your kid to eat healthy can be a truly daunting task.
If you are a parent who wants to teach their c...
The Best Educational Children’s Shows to Watch on Netflix
At one time, PBS stations were the only option for finding educational TV shows. Today, a number of mainstream channels offer more choices. Individuals subscribing to Netflix find dozens of kid-appropriate series that also provide educational content while being entertaining and fun.
The unique show features a group of colorful little blocks adorned by the letters of the alphabet. Even the youngest of viewers are introduced to reading by recognizing letters and the sound each lett...
How to Raise a Strong, Confident Daughter
Society doesn’t make it easy to raise strong, confident daughters. Our children face a constant barrage of harmful beauty standards and mixed messages. Girls should be leaders but not too bossy. They should be confident but not have a big ego. They shouldn’t be vain, but they must be attractive. By the time girls reach high school, their self-esteem has dropped 3.5 times more than boys’, according to a study from the American Association of University Women. Fortunately, proactive parents can...
How to Set Healthy Boundaries Between Your Home and Your Workplace
Work-life balance is one of the biggest challenges for many workers today. That’s arguably been the case since email became common in the late 1990s. Freelancers and talent agents certainly deal with this issue on a daily basis, and have for years. However, with the COVID-19 epidemic, it’s become a more pressing issue for many more people. Maintaining a healthy division between work life and home life is a challenge when there is so much overlap between the two categories.
The COVID-19 pandem...
How Workplaces Can Support Working Parents
The Covid-19 pandemic has resulted in lockdowns that have left many people working from home. For single parents, this situation has become especially stressful. In addition to their work tasks, they’re trying to supervise their children. As their employer, there are a few small things you can do to help.
Be Flexible With Hours
Your employee may benefit from the ability to do their work later in the evenings, or earlier in the mornings. While your business’ productivity may rely on time-sensi...
Thrive Global: Working From Home When You Have Kids
Telecommuting, Zoom, WebEx Teams – the new norm for working parents. If you share your home with small children, it can create a whole new level of challenges, as far as productivity and functional parenting.
Most people thrive in an environment that has structure, expectations, input, and feedback. The same goes for children. The first thing to do is to layout your expectations regarding how they should behave during your working hours. Likewise, it’s important to validate them and remember ...
Different Takes: PPE’s Broken Pipeline; In-Person Instruction; Social Distancing Vs. Social Unrest
Opinion writers weigh in on these pandemic topics and other health issues.
The COVID-19 pandemic has entered a frightening new phase, picking up speed in every state and breaking new records almost daily. California and Texas have passed 1 million COVID-19 cases, and infections show no signs of slowing. This new wave of coronavirus infections has hospital resources stretched close to the breaking point in several states, as seriously ill COVID-19 patients crowd critical care units. And as bad...
Ember Conley: Pandemic increases threat of other medical problems
(Luke Ramseth / The Salt Lake Tribune) Banners describing a new opioid awareness campaign in Utah County are plastered across elevator doors, in emergency room lobbies, outside surgery rooms and elsewhere. They encourage doctors and patients to discuss the addictive drugs and their dangers.
The COVID-19 pandemic has brought with it a multitude of stressors for many people. Skyrocketing unemployment rates, threats of eviction, fear and anxiety over the virus and virtual learning for children h...
Ember Conley, Host of Political Peeks
Educator, social-emotional expert, child champion, change agent. These are just a few of the many titles used to describe Ember Conley. Based in Salt Lake City, Utah, Ember currently works as the Host of Political Peeks, a Park City Television web show. There, she examines politics and policies that impact her viewers at both the local and state level. Previously, Ember served as a superintendent for seven years. She also has extensive experience as a former middle school math teacher, high s...
A response on Teacher Turnover by the Park City School District
On Friday, Park City School District Superintendent Ember Conley sent an email to employees in regard to teacher turnover. It seems citizen, Meg Leaf, hit a nerve with her editorial in the Park Record regarding purported turnover of teachers in the district. Ms. Leaf noted turnover rates of over 50% of teachers, assistants, and aides during the last 3 years. Dr Conley’s email stated:
Dear PCSD Staff,
First, enjoy your upcoming spring break. I am wishing each of you a time to refresh and come ...
Guest Editorial by Ember Conley, EdD, Superintendent, PCSD
Read Ember Conley's guest editorial on PC Reads.
Keeping Kids Focused During Virtual Learning
Even in the age of technology, virtual learning is something brand new to many of us. Going from spending the day in the classroom to spending the day at home, in front of a computer, can be a challenge for kids who crave movement. Here are a few tips to help keep your kids focused and make virtual learning a more enjoyable experience for all.
Know what works for your child and be clear about expectations.
A mix of synchronous and asynchronous activities is best to keep children engaged throu...
Paradoxes Women in Leadership Face
Since the modern women’s liberation movement began in the early 20th century, women have made enormous strides when it comes to accessing career opportunities.
Unfortunately, many barriers uniquely faced by women still exist in the workplace. These burdens can hinder women’s professional development and create adverse or even hostile work conditions.
In particular, women in leadership roles are subject to gendered behavioral norms that can limit their effectiveness as leaders.
The following a...