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

BLEND Workshop: Angelica Daas
Sunday, September 12, 2021, 11 a.m.

Join us for a Humanae Workshop with award-winning photographer, Angelica Daas. Together, we will be exploring the spectrum of human skin colors through self-portraits and discussion of the history and biology of race. This event will be held on-campus, masks are required for entry. Hosted by our Inclusivity and Community Building Committee!

Presented by Plinkit: How to Raise an Inclusive Child 
Tuesday, October 19, 2021, 6:00 p.m.
We strive to raise our children in an inclusive community, but do our children know how to actively ‘include’ on an everyday basis? Can they recognize opportunities to be mindful about who is being engaged and how? Can they recognize when a situation requires ‘upstanding’? Do they know what it means to be a ‘good’ friend? Join the experts at Plinkit as we discuss concrete strategies and scripts that will help caregivers to coach their children and strategies on How to Raise an Inclusive Child.

SPEAK Event: John Medina, PhD 
Wednesday, October 27, 2021, 7:00 p.m.

SPEAK is excited to host Dr. John Medina -- author of the New York Times bestseller "Brain Rules" and the national bestseller "Brain Rules for Baby" -- on Wednesday, October 27, 2021 from 7-8pm to discuss: The Nature and Nurture of Resilience: Strategies to Help our Children Thrive. Dr. Medina is a developmental molecular biologist from the University of Washington whose work focuses on how the brain develops in the womb and through old age, with a focus on the cellular process of developing mental illness disorders. Dr. Medina offers research-based strategies about how we, as parents and caregivers, can provide young people with the tools they need today to develop resilience as well as insight into the deeper physical and behavioral changes taking place as our children develop.

Symposium with Dr. Sharon Saline, Psy.D.  | Register Here
Wednesday, March 23, 6-7:30 p.m.
Burke's Campus Center
Confident and Curious: How to help girls reduce worrying, navigate social challenges and develop the competence they need for today's unpredictable world.
Dr. Sharon Saline, veteran psychologist, international speaker, and author discusses the grip of anxiety and what parents can do to help reduce their child’s worries. She will offer tools for teaching children how to realistically evaluate situations, tolerate uncertainty, engage appropriately with peers, and nurture resilience. Learn more at

Community Dialogue in Partnership with Burke's Counselors | REGISTER HERE
Wednesday, April 20, 6-7:30 p.m.
Burke's Campus Center
Please join Burke's counselors, Jessica Nenner and Alkmini Hormovas, and the team from Beyond Measure for a presentation on "How to Support a Child's Relationship With Food and Their Bodies."

The presentation will be led by Matt Arnone, MS, RD, Sam Finkelstein, RD, and Salena Schapp, PsyD from Beyond Measure, a team of Psychologists and Registered Dietitians with decades of experience treating eating disorders in people of all ages.

We are bringing this valuable resource to our parent community in order to foster awareness and attention to beneficial models of health and the prevention of eating disorders. The pandemic has impacted our children in serious ways and we must be proactive in guiding our youth towards wellness and accurate messages about food and their bodies.

Climate Change Panel at Upper School Assembly
Thursday, April 21, 2022

Hosted by our Parent Education Committee, join Fran Moore as she speaks with our Upper School Students about climate change. Parents are welcome to attend the assembly and panel conversation. 

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