Tips for learning through external family issues and stress

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Tips for learning through external family issues and stress

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As a head of school over the years, I've seen families struggle with death, divorce, hospitalizations, separations, financial losses, all kinds of things that appear to be tragedies in that family's life. One of the things that really wonderful schools do is partner with that parent or that family in finding solutions. And helping to minimize that tragedy by open communication going back and forth. One of the things I say to parents when they start at my school is a child packs an emotional backpack every day at home. And they bring it into school and they unpack it at school. One of the things we have to do is be prepared to see what that child unpacks at school and then communicate openly and often with their home so that we know that we're working on a solution that will benefit the child over time. Children have emotional lives. Sometimes it's going to take intervention to get them over a rough spot. But often it's just going to take a bit more understanding and patience among all the adults in the child's life, not just the family, but the school as well.

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Reveta Bowers

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Now starting her forty-second year, Reveta Bowers is the Head of School at The Center for Early Education, an urban pre-school through 6th grade Los Angeles independent school with 538 students. Devoted to children and education, Ms. Bowers served and has served on a number of boards. She is currently on Board of Overseers of the UCLA Healthcare System, on the founding board of the African American Board Leadership Institute and the board of the FEDCO Charitable Foundation. She just completed serving as Chair Emeritus of the Board of Directors of the California Community Foundation. A past president and former secretary of The Educational Records Bureau Board, Reveta Bowers was also a member of the Advisory Board to the Klingenstein Center at Teacher’s College for ten years. She served as an outside director on the Board of Directors of the Walt Disney Company for ten years and is a former member of the Harvard-Westlake, Brentwood and Windward School boards. Reveta was on the Council for Spiritual and Ethical Education board, and the boards of the National Association of Principals of Schools for Girls and the Country Day Headmaster’s Association. She served as a trustee and treasurer of the NAIS Board, and as past president of the California Association of Independent Schools. For the past thirteen years she has also been on the faculty of the NAIS Institute for New Heads where she serves as the Lead Faculty member. One of her proudest career moments was receiving the NAIS Diversity Leadership Award in 2009. She has had a long and rewarding career in independent schools and finds her work with organizations supporting education, students, parents, community and Board work to be continually inspiring.

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