The Institute for Leadership & Purpose

Parent Education Series

Building off the success of our thoughtful session on empathy last January, Calvert is expanding parent education offerings as part of the Institute for Leadership & Purpose. Throughout the year, parents will have an opportunity to hear from authors, experts, and Calvert School leaders. The mission of our parent education series is to build bridges between our community and reinforce the idea that we are raising our children together. They need all our love and support to become Whole People with a Whole Heart.
Laura Tierney - Founder and Director of The Social Institute
Laura Tierney is the Founder and CEO of The Social Institute, empowering students and their role models to navigate social media and technology in positive, high character ways. Within two years, her team’s unique gamified social media curriculum, co-created with over 50,000 students at 60 schools nationwide, has been touted as the gold standard in the country. Their positive, student-led approach has been applauded by Melinda Gates on Twitter and featured by The Washington Post, NPR, and USA Today.

Laura is an unshakable optimist and competitive athlete at heart. A graduate of Duke University, she became a 4x Duke All-American, 2-time team captain, and Duke Athlete of the Decade for field hockey. Today, Laura plays on behalf of students to equip them with skills and values that embody their daily digital needs. Through her work and passion, students now have the chance to win at the world’s largest game: social media.
The Social Institute was created to empower students, parents, and leaders to navigate social media and technology through a positive, gamified, and student-led approach. The curriculum is designed to reinforce character and leadership strengths like empathy, integrity, and teamwork, and to teach students and their role models to champion high character on all social platforms.

André Robert Lee - Filmmaker, Activist, Educator, Director of “The Prep School Negro”
John L. “Luke” Stone Leadership Speaker Series

The John L. ‘Luke’ Stone ‘86 Leadership Speaker Series, supported by the Kahlert Foundation, will launch in the 2019-2020 school year at Calvert.
André Robert Lee has taken a very interesting path to the world of entertainment. Upon completion of undergrad at Connecticut College, André came to New York City on a fellowship to teach in the Central Park East Secondary School’s Senior Institute. There he taught “The Life and Works of Toni Morrison”, “The African American Autobiography” and “Documentary Filmmaking.” After teaching in East Harlem and the completion of a Master’s Degree, he went on to work at the Ford Foundation where he discovered the world of Independent Filmmaking through grantmaking.
André’s resume includes New York City Public Schools, The Ford Foundation, Miramax Films, Urbanworld, Film Movement, Diana Ross, BET, Universal, HBO, Picturehouse, and Dreamworks. André directed and produced "The Prep School Negro". He has visited hundreds of high schools, colleges, universities, and conferences with the workshop and is booked through 2019. André also served as producer on the documentary "I’m Not Racist…Am I?" He received a Fellowship in 2013 from, a division of Race Forward, and was tasked with directing and producing the 12-month series "Life Cycles of Inequity: A Colorlines Series on Black Men". André also directed an episode of the Webby-nominated digital series “The Election Effect” with Shine Global for Paramount Network. He is currently in development for a narrative feature film about the life of Bayard Rustin. André also teaches filmmaking at Germantown Friends School where he is working to develop a film program for Middle and Upper School.
Calvert School is a coed independent lower and middle school.