"The Willows does it right." Madeline Levine, Ph.D., Psychologist, Author & Founder of Stanford University's Challenge Success Program
REFLECTIONS AND RECOMMENDATIONS
FROM OUR HEAD OF SCHOOL LISA ROSENSTEIN
On September 18, 2019, The Willows celebrates 25 years as a place where great minds, and hearts, grow. In March 1994, 25-years ago a dedicated group of pioneers joined together to create a new kind of school with a balanced, progressive educational approach and strong roots that instilled character, compassion, and flexibility. They founded our School and our Willows "can-do" spirit!
Our founders forged the first ties that still strongly bind all of us today. The inaugural Willows school-wide theme was The Ties that Bind Us. In honor of our 25th Anniversary and in gratitude to our founders, the 2019-2020 school-wide theme is The Ties that Bind Us. We celebrate our ties to each other, to our unique educational program, to our traditions, to our innovations, and to our phenomenal progress, as well as our ties to our broader community and the world.
We will also examine The Ties that Bind Us in relation to our curriculum, our students, and our entire community to gain greater understanding of each other and our multi-cultural, highly connected world. I invite you to visit our blog "Wisdom of The Willows," where our faculty and administrators share their knowledge while reflecting on topics that are inspiring and motivating them. Join the conversation at Wisdom of The Willows.
We strive to influence education and learning in our world, through our blog, Voice magazine, and Ideas@TheWillows Speaker Series. Committed to enriching the experiences and cultural exchange of our community, we bring educational and parenting experts to The Willows throughout the year and open these events to all of Los Angeles. As part of Ideas@TheWillows, we also screen important documentaries, hold symposiums, and offer workshops.
We are celebrating our 25th by bringing back three outstanding speakers for a return visit to The Willows.
We have very special ties with our first speaker and colleague Marc Brackett, Ph.D., the Director of the Yale Center for Emotional Intelligence and Lead Developer of the RULER approach, an evidence-based approach to social and emotional learning adopted by over 2,000 schools. We have had the honor of collaborating with Dr. Brackett and Yale trainers for the past three years in conducting RULER Institutes here on the West Coast. We are delighted to be presenting Dr. Brackett who will discuss the topic of his provocative new book, Permission to Feel: Unlocking the Power of Emotions to help our Kids, Ourselves, and Our Society Thrive.
Tuesday, October 15, 2019 Marc Brackett, Ph.D., Director of the Yale Center of Emotional Intelligence Permission to Feel
What could be more relative to our theme of The Ties That Bind Us, then cultural, political, and educational authority Frank Bruni offering us hope and strategies to address the divisions within our society and challenges of our educational system.
Monday, December 9, 2019 Frank Bruni, Op-Ed Columnist for The New York Times and author of Where You Go Is Not Who You'll Be The Cultural Forces Driving America Apart: How We Might Repair Our Frayed Social Fabric Including a Different Better Approach to Higher Education
Madeline Levine returns to The Willows to offer deeply researched thoughts and practices to alleviate anxiety which grips many parents, students, families, and our country. Monday, February 24, 2020 Madeline Levine, psychologist, educator, co-founder of The Stanford Graduate School of Education's Challenge Success, and author of The Price of Privilege Ready or Not: Preparing Our Kids to Thrive in an Uncertain World
We ask our students to be passionate learners and engaged citizens, and we, too, as a community also aspire to be life-long learners. To this end, we offer opportunities for growth throughout the year.
In addition to our ideas@TheWillows series, on this wall, I will share books, resources, and articles that offer thought-provoking ideas on a variety of subjects.
We invite you to join us in honor of our 25th anniversary as together we celebrate our mutual ties and continue to write the story of The Willows.