Discover Together, January 28-29, 2014 Disneyland Resort
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When Walt Disney created Disneyland, he imagined a place where children and parents could have fun and spend memorable time together. Walt Disney Parks and Resorts is proud to make possible research on the benefits that kids gain from positive relationships with parents, grandparents, mentors and other influential adults and to support nonprofit organizations that help children and families discover together. Earlier this year, we hosted nonprofit organizations from across America at “Discover Together,” a symposium that introduced research about the impact that these relationships have on kids and families, and sparked a dialogue about how we can all play a role in ensuring that the next generation succeeds and thrives.

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“Shared Discoveries: Positive Parent-Child Relationships and Child Development”

Presented by Helen Hadani, Ph.D., Lead Research Strategist, and Stephanie Rafanelli, Director of Research and Curriculum Development, Center for Childhood Creativity

The Bay Area Discovery Museum launched the Center for Childhood Creativity to pioneer new research, thought-leadership, and teacher training programs that advance creative thinking in all children—extending its impact beyond the Museum. The mission of the Center for Childhood Creativity is to ignite and advance creative thinking for all children.

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“What Kids Need Most: Developmental Relationships in Families and Beyond”

Presented by Kent Pekel, Ed.D., President and CEO, and Eugene C. Roehlkepartain, Ph.D., Vice President, Research and Development, Search Institute

For more than 50 years, Search Institute® has been a leader and partner for organizations around the world in discovering what kids need to succeed. Search Institute research, resources, and expertise help partners in organizations, schools, and community coalitions solve critical challenges in the lives of young people.

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“Cracking the Code on Social Impact”

Presented by Jason Saul, Founder and CEO, Mission Measurement

Mission Measurement is a business built by passionate, like-minded professionals committed to improving the world by changing the dialogue and using benchmark data to create a true “social capital market” to maximize social impact. Mission Measurement aims to transform measurement, social impact, and the world, by standardizing the way outcomes are measured.

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The Center for Childhood Creativity presented Shared Discoveries: Positive Parent-Child Relationships and Child Development, a white paper that reviews and analyzes a wide body of academic studies that demonstrate the impact positive parent-child interactions (i.e., how parents and children communicate through language, shared experiences, and mutual discovery) have on how children learn, grow, and thrive. This research was made possible through support from Walt Disney Parks and Resorts.

Search Institute has identified 21 research-based family strengths—relationships and practices that help families thrive. The percentages indicate how many families experience each asset, based on a study of 1,511 diverse families, including at least one parenting adult and one child between the ages of 10 and 15 from across the U.S. Attached are highlights from Search Institute’s American Family Assets Study.

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