On the Campus of Wheelock College, Boston, MA
Global Challenges and Opportunities Facing Children, Youth and Families
Wheelock College celebrated its 125th Anniversary in 2013. As part of the College's yearlong celebration of this important milestone, Wheelock gathered 500 national and international educators, practitioners, researchers, philanthropists, students, and policy leaders to explore pressing issues affecting children, youth, and families in education, health, and human rights across the globe. Participants examined the interconnectedness of global challenges and opportunities for young people and families.
The conference from June 19-22, 2013 was the cornerstone event commemorating Wheelock's 125th anniversary and built on Wheelock's mission and commitment to improve the lives of children and families, while advancing the College's strategic goal to promote responsible and effective child- and family-focused research, policy, and practice around the world.
Continuing Lucy Wheelock's Passion
"Many causes will solicit your interest and aid. Which will you serve?"
- Lucy Wheelock
Since its founding in 1888, Wheelock has been dedicated to developing teachers and leaders with vision, passion, and the ability to inspire positive change around the world. Our founder, Lucy Wheelock, was the College's first internationalist, traveling to Europe to pursue leading theories about the role of play in the development of young children and incorporating her findings into programs that prepared Boston's earliest kindergarten teachers. The Wheelock community continues to pursue wisdom and expertise that lead to improving the lives of children and families, wherever they may be found.
Today's children and families face myriad challenges in education, health, and human rights. Globalization means that, now more than ever, we need new wisdom, policies, and practices that unlock the potential of all children and families. We need to share research about brain development with families and educators around the world, assisting them in thinking about the implications for developmentally appropriate policies and practices. We need to determine how best to gather, analyze, and disseminate research findings on the effects of trauma from a decade of war and worldwide natural disasters on generations of children.