Our 4 to 14 Speaker Series: Parenting Elementary School Kids provides an opportunity for parents to hear insights from authors, researchers, and other experts in the child development field. Our series is open to all members of the public. We welcome anyone interested in raising healthy children in today's world.
As the world becomes more complicated and divisive, right now is the time to ensure that our kids are ready to contribute to and thrive within it. On Tuesday, October 9, 2018, we welcomed Dr. Richard Weissbourd to campus to share concrete strategies about raising caring, ethical—and happy—children. Richard Weissbourd, Ed.D. is a child and family psychologist on the faculty of Harvard’s Graduate School of Education and the Kennedy School of Government whose work focuses on vulnerability and resilience in childhood, the achievement gap and moral development.
With Stephanie Jones, Dr. Weissbourd directs the Making Caring Common Project, a national effort to make moral and social development priorities in child-raising. Their mission is to help educators, parents and communities raise children who are caring, responsible to their communities, and committed to justice. He is also the author of The Vulnerable Child: What Really Hurts America’s Children and What We Can Do About It, named by the American School Board Journal as one of the top 10 education books of all time, and The Parents We Mean to Be: How Well-Intentioned Adults Undermine Children’s Moral and Emotional Development, named by The New Yorker as one of the top 24 books of 2009. In addition to authoring two books, he has also written for numerous scholarly and popular publications, including The New York Times, The Hufﬁngton Post, and Psychology Today. He is a founder of several interventions for at-risk children, including Project ASPIRE, ReadBoston, and WriteBoston, and is also a founder of the Lee Academy pilot school in Boston.