At Burke's, a love of learning lasts a lifetime! As a school, Burke's continuously evaluates and incorporates key elements of the latest research on the intellectual, physical, and social-emotional development of girls into the day-to-day practice of teaching. Parent Education events give the parent community an opportunity to stay up-to-date on the latest thinking as well, and to join the discussion. 
Each year, Burke's Parent Education committee, in partnership with the Head of School and administration, invites local and national thought leaders in a range of fields to share their ideas through the Burke's Speaker Series. In addition, Burke's is an integral part of the SPEAK consortium of Bay Area schools and Challenge Success, both of which coordinate thought-provoking, high-profile events throughout the Bay Area. The Children's Health Council (previously the Parent Education Network) provides events for parents who have children with learning and behavioral differences throughout the Bay Area.

Parent Education Events

Rachel Simmons and Pandemic Parenting: The Road Back
Wednesday, September 16, 2020, 10 a.m.
As parents prepare to send their children back to some version of school, students are understandably anxious about the coming transitions. How can we best support kids who are worried about leaving home and adjusting to an uncertain future? In this talk, Rachel will answer parents’ questions and teach strategies to support your family’s transition into the next chapter of pandemic parenting.
Encouraging Mathematical Thinking
Angelique Downes, Lower School Math Specialist and Jessica Goldstein, Upper School Math Specialist
Friday, October 16, 2020, 9 a.m.
Join us to hear from Burke’s Math Specialists to learn tips and strategies for supporting your child’s math education.

SPEAK Event: Chip Fletcher and Climate Change
Tuesday, October 27, 2020, 7 p.m. REGISTER HERE
This SPEAK event will feature Chip Fletcher, author of “Climate Change: What the Science Tells Us” (J. Wiley, 2019). He is currently the Associate Dean of the School of Ocean, Earth Science, and Technology; Professor of Earth Sciences at the University of Hawaii Manoa; and vice-chair of the Honolulu Climate Change Commission. Special focus on the impact of climate change and current global events. 

Event by Plinkit: Are You Raising an Anti-Racist?
Tuesday, November 10, 2020, 6:30 p.m. REGISTER HERE
Interview-style discussion featuring facilitator Charmaine Pattinson, Founder of Plinkit, a leading child development resource, and panelist Misasha Suzuki Graham, co-founder and co-host of the award-winning podcast, Dear White Women. How do parents know if they’re raising an anti-racist? Together, Charmaine and Misasha will share the fundamental questions parents should be asking on an ongoing basis at home that will encourage children to be critical thinkers about what they are learning and how they are learning it.

The Self-Driven Child: William Stixrud, Ph.D. and Ned Johnson
Monday, January 11, 2021, 10 a.m. | REGISTER HERE
Join us for this special talk featuring William Stixrud, Ph.D. and Ned Johnson as they discuss their book, The Self-Driven Child: The Science and Sense of Giving Your Kids More Control Over Their Lives. Their book explores how fostering children's autonomy can help solve two challenges endemic to kids today: facing anxiety and developing intrinsic motivation. 

Michele’s Book Club
Tuesday, January 26, 2021 (time TBD)
Join Head of School Michele Williams for a discussion on her selected reading, This Book is Anti-Racist: 20 Lessons to Wake Up, Take Action, And Do the Work. Author Tiffany M. Jewell says "It is the book I wished I had when I was 9 and it is the book my children will read to help them understand systemic racism, to stand-up, and to resist. This book is for everyone." Gain a deeper understanding of your antiracist self as you progress through 20 chapters that spark introspection, reveal the origins of racism that we are still experiencing, and give you the courage and power to undo it. 
Brenda Conlan
Friday, February 26, 2021 (time TBD)
Symposium: Dan Siegel
Wednesday, March 31, 2021, 6 p.m.

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    Mara Giarratana Young 

    Special Events and Parent Relations Manager
    Fairfield University - B.A.
    New York University - M.A.
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