Nov 07

Coffee Talk – Friday, November 14th – Developing a Socially Just Environment

What a unique opportunity! We are very excited to host Roeper’s own Colleen Shelton as she discusses a very important part of what our children are learning and living each day, at school and at home. Please join us for what is sure to be an enlightening morning!

“In order to believe in justice, the child must be raised with justice. In order to trust others, he must be trusted. He must be expected to understand, not only to obey. As he develops controls from within, outer controls must recede. In order to shape his own destiny, the child must learn the process of interaction with other people —a process based on justice, not power- and he must learn the process of decision making along with all the academic skills and concepts.”



Developing a socially just environment is a process, as are so many things at Roeper. Including even the youngest voices as we handle conflicts, negotiate and problem solve has become a very important part of each day. It is messy, time consuming, ongoing, exhausting, and perhaps the most important piece of each day.

Colleen has been at Roeper more than 30 years. She began as a co-op student in her senior year of high school. In the ensuing years, she has been a Stage I Team Teacher, Director/Teacher of the Nursery half-day program on the Birmingham campus, co-Director of Roeper Summer Day Camp (four summers), and now, Head Teacher in the Hill House Stage I program. Colleen holds a B.A. in Elementary Education and a Masters degree in Early Childhood Education, with a Z.A. Endorsement. She has been a presenter at the Michigan Early Childhood Conference, AIMS and other conferences. She trained as a SENG (Supporting Emotional Needs of the Gifted) facilitator, helping in the current SENG workshop for Roeper parents. Colleen is married and the mother of two Roeper alumni — Mac Morrison ’94 and Maggie Mae Shelton ’12.


All Roeper parents are welcome. A light breakfast will be served. Child care provided.

8:30 a.m. Friday, November 14th

In the Bretzlaff Commons of The Steward Building on the Bloomfield Hills campus.


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