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Podcast: Why All Parents Need Each Other

Podcast: Why All Parents Need Each Other

Dr. Richard Weissbourd

Here's a look at parenting as a communal endeavor and how to find mentors that parent differently than we do.

Dr. Richard Weissbourd is a lecturer in education at the Harvard Graduate School of Education and the Kennedy School of Government. His work focuses on vulnerability and resilience in childhood, the achievement gap, moral development, and effective schools and services for children. For several years he worked as a psychologist in community mental health centers as well as on the Annie Casey Foundation's New Futures Project, an effort to prevent children from dropping out of school. He is a founder of several interventions for at-risk children, including ReadBoston and WriteBoston, city-wide literacy initiatives led by Mayor Menino. With Robert Selman, he founded Project ASPIRE, a social and ethical development intervention. He is also a founder of a new pilot school in Boston, the Lee Academy, that begins with children at 3 years old. He has advised on the city, state and federal levels on family policy and school reform and has written for numerous scholarly and popular publications, including The New York Times, The New Republic, and The American Prospect. He has also written for NPR and blogs for Psychology Today. He is the author of The Vulnerable Child: What Really Hurts America's Children and What We Can Do About It (Addison-Wesley, 1996), named by the American School Board Journal as one of the top ten education books of all time. His book on moral development, The Parents We Mean to Be: How Well-Intentioned Adults Undermine Children's Moral and Emotional Development (Houghton Mifflin), was published in March, 2009. It was recognized by The New Yorker magazine reviewers as one of the top 24 nonfiction books of 2009.