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 Parent Education Network provides events for parents who have children with learning and behavioral differences throughout the Bay Area.

Scroll down this page for links to purchase a selection of books and videos produced by Parent Ed speakers. A percentage of proceeds benefit Burke's.

Speaker Series

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  • Common Sense Media Teen Panel at Town School | October 26, 2016

  • Debbie Duggan, How Children Understand Death and Loss: Common Questions Parents Ask | October 27, 2016

    As adults, we want children to be able to experience life with joy, laughter, play, and learning. We want them to be happy. But as children experience life, they will also learn that death and loss are normal parts of life. Although most parents can talk with their children about the mysteries and wonders of life, when it comes to death, parents may struggle to find the words to explain it to their child. Children should be taught about death tenderly. This presentation will help you be prepared to talk with your child about death with knowledge and compassion.

    This presentation will take place on Thursday, October 27, from 6-7:30 p.m. in the Media Room.
  • Teen Screen Habits: Screenagers | December 8, 2016

    Burke's will be hosting a screening of the documentary Screenagers during Hour of Code Week on Thursday, December 8, at 5:30 p.m. in the gym. Burke's parents are invited to this event as well as students in grades 5-8 (Common Sense Media recommends viewers be at least 10 years old; read the organization's review here). Please be sure to RSVP by Tuesday, December 6, childcare will be provided. In the film, many experts share their thoughts on the topics of tech addiction, violent video games (warning: some clips from the games are shown), digital citizenship, and more. Click here to view the trailer.
  • Lisa Damour, Untangled | January 11, 2017

    Lisa Damour, Ph.D. is a psychologist, author, teacher, speaker, and consultant who directs Laurel School’s Center for Research on Girls, writes the Adolescence column for the New York Times’ Well Family online report, and is a regular contributor at CBS News. Her New York Times best selling book, Untangled: Guiding Teenage Girls Through the Seven Transitions into Adulthood, was released by Random House in February 2016. Dr. Damour draws on years of clinical experience and the latest research to provide sound, practical guidance to girls as well as to their parents, teachers, and advocates. Click here to RSVP for this event, which begins at 6 p.m. on Wednesday, January 11, 2017, in the Lunchroom.
  • Great Girls Deserve Great Schools Symposium: Tim Wise | March 29, 2017

    Challenging the Culture of Cruelty: Understanding and Defeating Race and Class Inequity in America

    In this speech, drawn from his newest book, Under the Affuence: Shaming the Poor, Praising the Rich and Jeopardizing the Future of America, Tim Wise examines the ways in which American politics and culture serve to rationalize inequalities on the basis of class and race. From the myth of “rugged individualism” to the racialized attacks on the nation’s poor, American ideology has long served to explain away inequity as a natural outcome of differential talent, effort or cultural attributes. But as Wise shows in this presentation, to believe that the poor and unemployed are to blame for their own plight, or that the rich deserve their positions and wealth is to believe in a pernicious and destructive lie that threatens the very heart of democracy and true equal opportunity. By exploring the way that racism has been central to the development and perpetuation of the nation’s class system, Wise demonstrates the importance of undermining the dominant white racial narrative not solely to ght racism itself, but larger economic and social injustice as well. 

    Tim Wise is among the most prominent anti-racist writers and educators in the United States. He has spent the past 20 years speaking to audiences in all 50 states, on more than 1,000 college and high school campuses, at hundreds of professional and academic conferences, and to community groups across the country. Wise is the author of seven books, including his latest, Under the Affluence: Shaming the Poor, Praising the Rich and Sacrificing the Future of America (City Lights Books).

    This event takes place at 6:30 p.m. on Wednesday, March 29 in the Lunchroom. Click here to RSVP. Childcare will be available for Burke's parents.

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
The Happiness Track by Emma Seppala, Ph.D.
February 1, 2017
Please contact Conor Ryan Tung for more details

Past Events

Jessica Lahey | The Gift of Failure: Fostering Intrinsic Motivation and Resilience in Kids | October 8, 2015
Erica Howson Fortescue '89 | Promoting Seven Critical Components of Creativity in Children | November 18, 2015

Robin Hauser Reynolds '78e | CODE: Debugging the Gender Gap | December 1, 2015

Jennifer Bryan | Beyond Tomboys, Sissies, and "That's So Gay": New Ways to Think About Gender and Sexuality in PreK-12 Education | March 9, 2016

Simone Marean | Raising Resilient Girls | March 29, 2016

Ruth Parker | Understanding Math Education in the 21st Century | April 5, 2016

Gender Spectrum, Gender, and Sexuality Diversity — From Perspectives to Practice | March 16 & May 3, 2016
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