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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.

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    Renita LiVolsi 

    Director of Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Belonging
    415.751.0187, ext. 329

Upcoming Events

SPEAK: The Impact of Technology on Children's Mental Health 
Tuesday, March 19, 7-8:15 p.m. | Town School for Boys | Registration
SPEAK is thrilled to welcome two of the most respected experts on issues related to technology, education and children in the United States today. Please join us for a fireside chat with Jim Steyer (Founder and CEO of Common Sense Media) and Dr. Catherine Steiner-Adair (Clinical Psychologist and Author of The Big Disconnect).

SYMPOSIUM  - Dr. Jamil Zaki

Wednesday, March 20, 5-6:15 p.m.| Burke's Campus
Registration in Tuesday Notes

Light Refreshments will be served at 4:30 p.m.

Jamil Zaki is a full professor of psychology at Stanford University. He and his colleagues study social connection, including empathy, cooperation, and trust (see for details). He has pioneered a new perspective on empathy as a learnable skill, and much of his work focuses on training individuals, groups, and communities to empathize more effectively.

Dr. Zaki received his BA in cognitive neuroscience from Boston University and his Ph.D. in psychology from Columbia University and conducted postdoctoral research at the Harvard Center for Brain Science. He has published over 100 peer-reviewed articles and received about two dozen awards from scientific associations and universities. In 2019 he was awarded the Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers (PECASE), the US Government’s highest honor for researchers at his career stage.

In addition to his academic work, Dr. Zaki is active in outreach and public communication of science. He has written about human connection for The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Atlantic, The Wall Street Journal, The Harvard Business Review, and The New Yorker. In 2019, he published his first book, The War for Kindness, which NPR called a “wide-ranging, practical guide to making the world better.” His second book, Hope for Cynics, will be published in 2024.

Past Events (2023-24)

BLEND Dinner
Thursday, September 28, 5:-7 p.m.
A shared meal will be provided and students will participate in a collaborative art project led by Precita Eyes Muralists.

Community Dialogue: In Honor of Filipino History Month
Tuesday, October 24, 5:30-7 p.m.
Guest speaker Josephine Santiago-Bond, NASA

SPEAK: Rupture & Repair: How to Reconnect After Conflict
Wednesday, November 1, 7:00 p.m.-8:30 p.m. | Register 
SPEAK presents Dr. Jean Clinton and Lisa Rothman, who together will explore the neuroscience of relationship ruptures and the power of communication in mending them. Attendees will gain practical strategies and tools for effective reconciliation.  

Parent Ed: Mini Master Class
The Basics of Anxiety & Performance: Supporting Youth and Parents with Erin Skiffer, PsyD
Wednesday, November 15, 12:30-1:30 P.M.
Via Zoom | Registration in Tuesday Notes
As our kids challenge themselves physically and mentally in sports, music, arts, and other activities, we need to be equipped with the skills to navigate their anticipation, expectations, and anxieties. Join Burke's parent, Erin Skiffer, PsyD via Zoom to learn how we can support kids to perform to their potential in the healthiest way possible.

SPEAK: Nurturing Mental Well-Being in Highly Competitive Environments
Wednesday, January 31, 7-8:15 p.m. | Register (Opens January 10)
Burke's Campus

SPEAK is honored to welcome Landon Donovan, a former professional soccer player who is widely regarded as the greatest American soccer player of all time.  As a student-athlete and young professional athlete, Donovan faced the pressures of competition and the expectations of others at the highest levels. He experienced anxiety, loneliness and, at times, depression while pursuing his greatest passion and career path in soccer. Donovan cares deeply about helping young athletes and students prioritize mental health while in pursuit of their extracurricular and academic goals. As we strive to help our children navigate highly competitive environments, Donovan‘s lived experience and lessons learned offer unique insight and guidance. His talk will inspire, educate, and give parents tools to help our children pursue their passions while preserving—and even strengthening—their mental well-being, resilience and sense of self.

Burke's mission is to educate, encourage and empower girls. Our school combines academic excellence with an appreciation for childhood so that students thrive as learners, develop a strong sense of self, contribute to community, and fulfill their potential, now and throughout life.
Burke's admits students of any race, color, national and ethnic origin to all the rights, privileges, programs, and activities generally accorded or made available to students at the school. It does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national and ethnic origin in administration of its educational policies, admissions policies, scholarship and loan programs, and athletic and other school-administered programs.