Welcome from the Head of School

Lisa's Wall

"The Willows does it right."
Madeline Levine, Ph.D., Psychologist, Author & Founder of Stanford University's Challenge Success Program

Our 2016-17 school-wide theme is “POWER.” Throughout this school year, our students will be exploring “power” as it relates to their studies, personal lives, and the world around them. "Power" was also the topic of this year's Intersession, the innovative, two-week period in January when our entire school focuses on a single topic in-depth from a multi-disciplinary perspective in mixed-age groups.

We will also examine the "power of words" and the "power of collaboration" this year. I invite you to visit our blog "Wisdom of The Willows," where our faculty and administratiors are sharing their knowledge and 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.

Speakers this year include:
On March 15, we will host the Common Sense LA Teen Panel "Notes to My Middle School Self" featuring Willows Alumni joining teen panel members to discuss social media and teens.

Marc Brackett, Ph.D., Director and Robin Stern. Associate Director the Yale Center for Emotional Intelligence and co-developers of Yale's RULER program, an evidence-based approach designed to teach social emotional skills that The Willows has implemented, will discuss how to have difficult conversations in "The Art of Understanding and Repairing Our Differences: How to Have Difficult Conversations Using Emotional Intelligence" on April 18.

This year we have screened Screenagers, the award-winning documentary by primary care physician and filmmaker Delaney Ruston.  Dr. Daniel J. Siegel, UCLA Professor of Psychiatry, Founding Co-Director of the Mindfulness Awareness Research Center, Executive Director of the Mindshight Institute, and author of three New York Times bestselling books, spoke to our extended community on "Developing a Resilient Mind in Children." New York Times "Your Money" columnist, finance expert, and instant New York Times and Wall Street Journal bestselling author of The Opposite of Spoiled Ron Lieber presented “How, When and Why to Talk to Kids About Money” (whether they are 3 years old or teenagers!). Filmmaker, author, and ex-Wall Street lawyer Vicki Abeles screened and answered questions about her new documentary "Beyond Measure." 
For more information and to register for all our events visit our events page: http://www.thewillows.org/Page/Community/Events.
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 for a "powerful" year of learning at The Willows.
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