The Institute for Leadership & Purpose

Speaker 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.
Katherine Reynolds Lewis, Author, The Good News About Bad Behavior
Katherine Reynolds Lewis is an award-winning independent journalist based in the Washington D.C. area whose work has appeared in The Atlantic, Bloomberg Businessweek, Fortune, the New York Times, Parade, Slate, the Washington Post, and Working Mother. Her 2015 story for Mother Jones magazine about school discipline was the site's most-viewed piece. Before going solo in 2008, she worked as a national correspondent for Newhouse News Service writing about money, work and family, and as a national reporter for Bloomberg News covering everything from orange crop reports and media policy to presidential campaigns. She began her career in New York City with the Bond Buyer after graduating cum laude from Harvard University with a physics degree. She and her husband Brian are the proud parents of three children.

On November 1, 2018, Ms. Lewis will spend the day speaking with Calvert faculty about her book, methods, and knowledge of children in today's modern world. In the evening she will present to parents and sign copies of her book.

Ross Wehner, Founder, The World Leadership School

Ross is the founder of the World Leadership School, the mission of which is to empower young leaders to find new and innovative solutions to the world’s pressing problems. World Leadership School accomplishes its mission by helping schools develop innovative global education programs, which include classroom projects and global travel. World Leadership School manages hundreds of K-12 students per year in service programs across Africa, Asia, and Latin America. Ross specializes in designing and delivering immersive learning experiences for leaders in Latin America, Africa, and Asia. His core interest is helping leaders discover the synergies between business, leadership and social innovation.
Ross is a veteran teacher and facilitator. He taught leadership and risk management as a wilderness instructor for the National Outdoor Leadership School and as a mountain guide for Alpine Ascents, a climbing agency in Seattle. He has guided clients on rock and ice climbs throughout the U.S., Canada, and Latin America. He has also taught at The Bush School in Seattle and the University of Virginia, where he earned his M.A. in Spanish and Latin American Literature in 1999. He is also the Co-Founder and Director of Partnerships at TeachUnited.
Calvert School is a coed independent lower and middle school.