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Westridge faculty reads Words to Grow By to senior class
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So it’s that time again—the last few weeks of the school year! College acceptances have arrived, commitment letters have been signed, and seniors are taking part in a slew of ceremonies and events to celebrate and honor their time in high school before they move on to their next step.

But in the midst of all the excitement and hustle and bustle leading up to commencement, we at Westridge like to take a moment or two to reflect on the journey that has brought our seniors to the moment when they will cross the threshold into their young adulthood, moving from one season into the next.

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International Women's Day March 8
Elizabeth J. McGregor

I am too often asked if there is still a true need for girls’ schools and my answer is always an emphatic yes. Among the reasons is that when girls spend their formative years in a community centered on the needs and voices of girls, they are better prepared to challenge the gender bias they will face outside of school and, critically, they are more likely to support the work of and amplify the voices of other women.

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How to Prepare a Shy Student for the Private School Admission Interview
Margaret Shoemaker, Ed.D. & Sarah Jallo

On our last admission blog post “Top 2 Tips from a Private School Admission Officer,” we received the following comment from a reader:

I’d love your insights on how to help a slow-to-warm/”shy” child with their interview process and your experience with students who are more introverted at first.

We love and value the introverts on our campus! In fact, we hear from parents that one of our strengths is making space for quiet students in classrooms and in leadership positions. We are sensitive to the challenges interviews can pose for those who are quiet, and our interviewers work to make all students at ease and to bring them into the conversation.

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women in the workplace
Elizabeth J. McGregor

The recent release of McKinsey & Company and Leanin.org’s 7th Women in the Workplace report caught my eye as we begin work on the fourth priority area of our 2020-2025 Strategic Plan, student leadership and agency. Though progress continues, women are still underrepresented in leadership positions and representation decreases with each rung of the corporate ladder, especially for women of color. The report also touches on the changing nature of the roles women are increasingly taking on at work, labor important to outcomes including employee support and diversity, equity, and inclusion, which is not being formally recognized.

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Here are some of the resources we draw from as educators, which may also be helpful for you and your daughters!

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