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. (REGISTER HERE)
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
October 16, 2020, 9 a.m.

SPEAK Event: Chip Fletcher and Climate Change
Tuesday, October 27, 2020, 7 p.m.
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.
Interview-style discussion featuring facilitator Quise Rodriguez Edwards, Director of Inclusivity and Community Building, and panelist Misasha Suzuki Graham, co-founder and co-host of the award-winning podcast, Dear White Women. Suzuki Graham is a practicing social justice attorney and a mother of two young predominantly Black sons.

Michele’s Book Club
January 2021 (date and time TBD)
Brenda Conlan
February 2021 (date and time TBD)
Symposium: Dan Siegel
Wednesday, March 31, 2021, 6 p.m.

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    Quise Edwards 

    Director of Inclusivity & Community Building
    415.751.0177, ext. 329
    University of California, Santa Barbara - B.A.
    University of California, Berkeley - M.A.Ed.
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