PEN invites you to a talk with Ross Wehner, founder of the World Leadership School
Event Details: Tuesday, October 26, Reception 6:00-6:30 p.m., Presentation 6:30-8:00 p.m. Fries Theater
We live in a time when our approach to educating and raising children is being challenged by a global pandemic, political polarization, changing workforce, social media, and a constant stream of new technologies. It’s no wonder that our children are the most anxious generation of young people in recorded history. Our old approaches are no longer working. Schools and parents need to change, but how?
World Leadership School, based in Boulder, Colorado, works with independent schools around the world to shift the learning paradigm and bring greater purpose to learning. We ask the question: “what if the purpose of school were purpose?” In other words, what would school look like if it were designed for human thriving?
This 60-minute workshop (with 30 minutes of Q&A) will explore the theory and science of purpose as it relates to learning. We will understand why purpose-driven children are better stress managers and deeper learners. We will explore how schools around the world are shifting to Purpose Learning, or the idea of learning as thinking, feeling, and doing. We will explore how the Common Application, the college admissions platform, is shifting to measure for purpose (standardized test scores are less important, meaningful essay prompts are more important). Finally, we will talk about Purpose Parenting, or how parents can support children in their journey towards greater meaning in learning and life.
About the Speaker:
Ross Wehner is a writer, teacher, and social entrepreneur. He is the Founder of the World Leadership School, which partners with K-12 schools to reimagine learning through global travel, virtual coaching, and other forms of professional learning. Ross also co-founded TeachUNITED, a growing non-profit that works with rural schools around the globe to reduce inequality through education. Both organizations are based in Colorado. Ross lives in Boulder, Colorado, with his wife and two children.