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A Conversation with Dr. Richard Weissbourd

DATE: October 29, 2019

TIME: 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

LOCATION: The Lowenstein Auditorium at Temple Emanu-El 10 East 66th Street New York, NY 10065

On October 29, The Hewitt School will convene an important and timely conversation about how young people can balance ethical engagement and meaningful achievement as they make their way to and through college, and as they navigate their careers and lives. This conversation will feature Dr. Richard Weissbourd, faculty director of Making Caring Common, a project of the Harvard Graduate School of Education.

Following the lecture, Head of School Dr. Tara Christie Kinsey will interview Dr. Weissbourd about what parents and educators can do to mitigate the mounting pressure that young people face in today’s achievement-driven culture. This event will address some of the most pressing questions on parents’ minds today.

Hewitt thanks our co-sponsors, the Parents League of New York and Riley’s Way Foundation, for their partnership and shared commitment to enabling New York City parents and educators to empower the next generation of healthy and whole leaders.

In preparation for the discussion, Hewitt recommends reading MCC’s recent publication, Turning the Tide II: How Parents and High Schools Can Cultivate Ethical Character and Reduce Distress in The College Admissions Process.


Event schedule:

6:00 pm – Doors open

6:30 pm – Lecture begins

Please register online and bring your ticket to the event. This event is free and open to adults.


Speaker’s Bio:

Dr. Richard Weissbourd is a senior lecturer at the Harvard Graduate School of Education, where he co-directs the Human Development and Psychology Program, and at the Kennedy School of Government. His work focuses on moral development, vulnerability, and resilience in childhood, and effective schools and services for children. He directs the Making Caring Common Project, a national effort to make moral and social development priorities in child-raising and to provide strategies to schools and parents for promoting in children caring, a commitment to justice, and other key moral and social capacities. He leads an important initiative to reshape college admissions. This initiative, Turning the Tide, has engaged almost 200 colleges in elevating ethical character, reducing excessive achievement pressure, and increasing equity and access in the college admissions process.

Dr. Weissbourd has advised on the city, state and federal levels on family policy and school reform, and founded a pilot school in Boston, the Lee Academy, and several interventions for at-risk children. A highly respected expert, Dr. Weissbourd has written for numerous scholarly and popular publications and blogs, including The New York Times, The Washington Post, and NPR, and is the author of acclaimed books on child development and education.