Flourish: An Introduction to Positive Psychology
with Nick Holton, Associate Director of Positive Education
Dates: Mondays, July 6-27
Now one of the most popular courses ever offered at institutions like Harvard and Yale, Positive Psychology is taking the world by storm and Shipley is helping to lead the charge. Whether it’s the science of happiness, the benefits of living with an attitude of gratitude or developing character to facilitate courage for our deeds, there’s something in this for everyone. Join us for a look at some of the core principles and findings from this cutting-edge field and learn to adopt practices and mindsets that can better enable the ability of you and the people you care about to flourish.
Book Club: What’s My Kid Reading
with John Hornung, US English Teacher
Dates: Tuesdays, July 7-July 28
Here’s a chance to share in the literature your high school student will be reading this summer and take part in a discussion with other parents (and English Department Chair John Hornung) about the books.
July 7 --The Secret Life of Bees (incoming 9th grade)
July 14 --Little Fires Everywhere (incoming 10th grade)
July 21 --Into the Wild (incoming 11th grade standard)
July 28 --Educated (incoming 11th grade honors)
Virtual Trivia Night
with Bill Lyon, MS English Teacher
Dates: Tuesdays, July 7-28
If you’re missing the camaraderie of your local pub trivia night or weekend board game sessions with family and friends, this summer session is for you! Each week, Shipley’s resident trivia mastermind Bill Lyon will bring you several rounds of stumpers to keep your minds and wits sharp. Create a team of up to four (families welcome!) or dare to play solo, and see if you can rise to the top of the charts.
Book Club: Race Conscious Parenting
with Lila Corgan, MS English Teacher and Brandon Jacobs, Director of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion
Dates: Wednesday, July 8-July 29
Lila Corgan, Middle School English teacher and Lower School parent, and Brandon Jacobs, Director of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion, will co-facilitate a conversation centered on Jennifer Harvey’s book, Raising White Kids: Bringing up Children in a Racially Unjust America. This book club is geared toward adults who have and/or whose children have significant relationships with white children in grades 4-9, although it is open to all. In our four sessions together, we will examine and respond to key passages from Harvey’s book as well as outside resources related to race-conscious parenting. The goal of this book club is to build upon our own racial literacy and explore practical ways to instill racial justice and anti-racism within our white children.
Mindful Tools for Stress Management for Parents
with Marc Balcer, US and MS SEED Teacher
Dates: Thursdays, July 9-30
Parent wellbeing serves as a model and a support for a child’s ability to thrive. This 4-session offering includes teachings, practices and discussion to apply the tools of mindfulness to the inevitable of stressors in our lives. Participants will cultivate self-awareness through daily guided practices as they learn how integration of mind, body and heart connects to the principles of PERMA and Positive Education. Benefits of this offering may include improved focus, less reactivity and better sleep.