"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
Our 2018-2019 school-wide theme is “STORY.” Throughout this school year, our students will be exploring “story” as it relates to their studies, personal lives, and the world around them. The theme of story will be incorporated into curriculum in numerous ways as we investigate how each of us has our own personal narrative, how stories enhance empathy and understanding, and how stories passed down create history. Story has a natural relationship to language arts, reading, and the library but also to each discipline including word problems in math, the story of a science experiment, an athletic team's story each season, and the story of a work of art or a piece of music.
We will also examine "story" in relation to our School, our students and our entire community as we hear about personal experiences 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 administratiors are telling their own stories and sharing 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.
This year speakers include:
Wednesday, October 10, 2018 The MOTH Storytelling for Empathy and Engagement-An Innovative Strategy for Student Development What better way to kick off our school-wide theme of "story" then to have the renowned storytelling experts conduct an evening of storytelling geared toward student development. Since its launch in 1997, The Moth has presented thousands of live stories that showcase a great range of human experience to standing room only crowds worldwide. Over 460 stations air The Moth Radio Hour and 47 million Moth podcasts are downloaded annually.
Tuesday, November 6, 2018 BACK BY POPULAR DEMAND The Minds of Boys and Girls-Part 2 Dr. Michael Gurian,Co-founder of the Gurian Institute and New York Times bestselling author of 32 books including The Wonder of Boys and The Wonder of Girls returns to The Willows to continue his efforts to bring neuro-biology and brain research into homes and schools.
Tuesday, January 15, 2018Leveraging emotiional intelligence and culturally responsive practices Dena Simmons, Ed.D., a lifelong activist, educator, Assistant Director of the Yale Center for Emotional Intelligence, and presentor of two TEDX talks and a TED talk on Broadway, discusses how the intersection of emotionally intelligent and culturally responsive practices can create equitable and welcoming communities, where students can learn in the comfort of their skin.
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 as together we continue to write the story of The Willows.