In February, The Hewitt School hosted an evening of learning with our longtime friend and partner Dr. Lisa Damour. Here are three lessons I’m taking away from Lisa's latest book, The Emotional Lives of Teenagers: Raising Connected, Capable, and Compassionate Adolescents, and how these lessons might inform our daily interactions with girls–at school and at home.
Head of School
Welcome to The Hewitt School
Hewitt’s motto--“By Faith and Courage”--is evident in everything we do. Where most high-achieving girls are socialized to be perfect and play it safe, Hewitt girls learn to have faith in themselves and have the courage to take risks and bounce back from failures. Where most high-achieving girls are asked to focus exclusively on curating the perfect resume, the Hewitt girl is hard at work on her inner resume as she achieves academically. I invite you to see what makes Hewitt such a distinctive place for girls and young women to learn and grow into a world of expanding opportunity, and how Hewitt is empowering the next generation of women leaders, one at a time--from the inside out.
Dr. Tara Christie Kinsey, Head of School and Parent, Class of 2027
Writings and Reflections by Dr. Kinsey
What if girls could say what they were really thinking, without fear of being cut off from their relationships with their parents, peers, and teachers? What if we nurtured a culture committed to uncovering a girl’s real voice, her authentic voice, even when it doesn’t sound like a “good girl” voice?
It turns out that the single biggest predictor of your future health, happiness, and success in life is the quality of your closest relationships. When we have people around us that we can really count on, our lives become infinitely more joyous and fulfilling.
Now is the time once more to delight in seeing how very capable we are of making great progress toward goals that matter. And now is the time to have more fun, because there is almost nothing so rewarding as when we see that we are growing in the right direction.
Never before have I seen a senior class at Hewitt take such ownership over the kind of experience they wanted to have in the classroom, outside of the classroom, and even here, on this very day of their graduation from Hewitt.
On the two year anniversary of the onset of the pandemic, I am reminded of the transformative power of human kindness to forge a brighter future. For it is kindness—genuine, loving, human kindness—that opens up the dark and brings back the light.
As we head back to school, let us remember that “back to normal” is not the goal. Doing school even better than we did before, so that our students are even more prepared for ethical leadership in a changed and rapidly changing world—that is the goal.
The Class of 2021 chose Amy Walter as their Commencement speaker because she is the embodiment of Hewitt’s mission. A journalist and political analyst, Amy is a game changer and ethical leader and we celebrate her integrity, her strong voice, and her important work to strengthen our democracy.
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