Offered: Summer TBD
Have you ever wanted to engage with an author while reading her or his book? Well… here is your chance.
Join New York Times Well Family columnist and director of Laurel School’s Center for Research on Girls, Lisa Damour, on a journey through her New York Times best selling book, Untangled. This new book draws on decades of experience and the latest research to reveal the seven distinct—and absolutely normal—developmental transitions that turn girls into grown-ups, including Parting with Childhood, Contending with Adult Authority, Entering the Romantic World, and Caring for Herself. Providing realistic scenarios and welcome advice on how to engage girls in smart, constructive ways, Untangled gives educators and parents a broad framework for understanding girls. This course is specifically designed to help educators understand their role in guiding girls through these transitions.
Course Format: Participants in the course will be guided in a four-week long, asynchronous online journey through Lisa Damour’s New York Times best selling book Untangled, by the author herself. In each week of this course, Lisa: frames the lessons of Untangled through an educator’s lens, offers her thoughts and questions for educators to consider while reading the text; offers resources specific to educators that help them go beyond the book through research, articles, videos, and columns that are specific to the role of educators in girls’ lives; presents a case study for participants to explore with others in the class; and engages in discussion with participants around a central question or theme in the reading. Participants should expect to spend five to six hours each week engaged in the course if they have yet to read Untangled, and three to four hours each week if they have read the book.
Registration: Participation in this course is limited to thirty, to allow for a high level of engagement between participants and Lisa. Registration is now open to the General Public.
Tuition: $445.00 for consortium participants and $525.00 for all other participants.
Course Facilitators: Lisa Damour is the course facilitator. Lisa Damour directs Laurel School’s Center for Research on Girls, writes a column for the New York Times’ Well Family online report, maintains a private psychotherapy practice, consults and speaks internationally, and is a faculty associate of the Schubert Center for Child Studies and a clinical instructor at Case Western Reserve University. Dr. Damour is the author of numerous academic papers, chapters, and books related to education and child development, including Abnormal Psychology, a widely-used college textbook co-authored with Dr. James Hansell. Dr. Damour’s latest book, Untangled: Guiding Teenage Girls Through the Seven Transitions into Adulthood, is available from Ballantine Books, a division of Random House. Her co-facilitator for the course is Brad Rathgeber, Executive Director of One Schoolhouse, and a twelve-year veteran teacher and administrator in independent schools.
What Participants Have Said
“It's simple. If you work closely with today's middle and upper school girls and their parents--or simply care about these girls and supporting their parents--the information shared in reading Untangled and participating in this course is invaluable.” – Todd Love, Memphis, Tennessee
“I would have read the book anyway, but taking the course made for a more engaging process.” – Jim Holland, Pasadena, California