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.

Speaker Series

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  • Ana Homayoun | March 27 at 6 p.m. | Herbst Gymnasium

    For the past decade, noted author and researcher Ana Homayoun has looked at some of the underlying reasons it can be easy to fall into a trap of never-ending pursuit of perfectionism, and discusses ways to help girls create their own blueprint for success by identifying personal values, developing awareness around daily habits, and pursuing a purpose-filled life.
  • Learning How To Read with Kelly Shea for 1st and 2nd Grade Parents | April 11 at 8:30 a.m. | Media Room

    Why do we read? How does the “reading brain” work? How can we as parents and educators create a reading culture at home and school? How does a child’s emotional life and growth mindset relate to reading?

    Kelly Shea, the K-2 Learning Specialist at Burke’s, will lead this talk to help support and educate families on the complex, difficult, and wonderful process that all of our children go through as they become readers. During this talk, Kellywill do a brief presentation, facilitate a parent discussion, and answer any questions pertaining to reading and literacy.

Other Ed Events

Burke's parents also are invited to share in educational workshops, classes, and discussions on a range of relevant topics with other members of the Burke's family, as well as the outside community throughout the year.

Michele's Book Club
This years book was Gather at the Table by Sharon Leslie Morgan and Thomas DeWolf
Look out for 2020's book in the Fall!
Please contact Christine Preziosi for more details.

Past Events

Brenda Conlan | March 1 at 10:00 a.m. | Lower School Library

Coffee Debrief on Nina M. Kaiser event | February 12 at 8:30 a.m. | Archive Room

Nina M. Kaiser | February 7 at 8:30 a.m. | Media Room

Common Sense Media: Mental Health and Media: Digital Well-Being for Tweens and Teens | December 5, 2018  at 8:30 a.m. | Media Room

Coffee Debrief on Mike Matthews event | November 27, 2018 at 8:30 a.m. | Archive Room

Mike Matthews: Does "Making" Matter | November 15, 2018 at 8:30 a.m.

SPEAK | Dr. Laura Kastner | April 25, 2018 at 9 a.m. 

Coffee Debrief: Brenda Conlan | March 5, 2018 at 8:30 a.m

Brenda Conlan: Lifestyle Risk Reduction | March 2, 2018 at 8:30 a.m. 

Coffee Debrief: Julie Lythcott Haims | February 12, 2018 at 8:30 a.m

SPEAK | Julie Lythcott-Haims | February 7, 2018 at 7 p.m. | San Francisco Friends Schoo

Coffee Debrief: Mike Matthews | January 25, 2018 at 8:30 a.m.

Mike Matthews: Understanding By Design | January 18, 2018 at 9:30 a.m


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