Teaching Symposium

To College and Beyond: Preparing Students for Life After High School

Join us on Monday, January 6, 2020
High schoolers face many challenges when they move on to college. While the academic rigor of college is daunting enough, students face social-emotional obstacles as well. Are schools doing enough to prepare young people to handle this critical transition in productive, healthy ways? Students are often well equipped to pursue their passions in college, but do they have the skills and resources they’ll need to do so successfully? This year’s keynote speaker is Harvard’s Wendy Fischman, who will lead a symposium dedicated to discussing this increasingly important topic. After the keynote, Fischman will be joined by Trinity College’s Dean of Campus Life and Vice President for Student Affairs Joseph DiChristina, Assistant Dean of Students and Director of The Bantam Network Dr. Jody T. Goodman, Chief Academic Officer and Dean of Faculty at Miss Porter’s School Tim Quinn, Miss Porter’s Dean of College Counseling Amy Rogers, Miss Porter’s Director of Senior Programs Lesley Skenderian and Director of Counseling Services at Southern Connecticut State University Dr. Nick Pinkerton.

Fischman joined Project Zero at the Harvard Graduate School of Education in 1995. Since then, she has managed various aspects of the Good Project, a collection of research initiatives focused on the meaning of work in the lives of young children, adolescents and novice professionals. Based on this research, she co-developed a “Good Work Toolkit,” used in K-12 educational settings all-around the world. Since 2012, with Howard Gardner, she has led a large-scale national study of higher education, involving 2,000 interviews across 10 disparate colleges and universities throughout the country.

Over the years, Fischman has written about education and human development in several scholarly and popular articles. She is the lead author of “Making Good: How Young People Cope with Moral Dilemmas at Work,” published by Harvard University Press in 2004. She and Gardner are currently working on a book based on their national study of higher education.


The symposium is free of charge and open to educators at area schools. Register here.

The symposium is sponsored by the Westminster Teaching Initiative, which was formed in 2010 to enhance teaching and learning at Westminster School by encouraging collaboration and dialogue among faculty members and departments about curriculum and pedagogy. The purpose of the symposium is to widen this circle of sharing and allow teachers from area schools to come together, converse and learn from one another. For more information, contact Charles Griffith, Director of the Westminster Teaching Initiative, at or (860) 408-3744.


8:15 to 8:45 a.m.
Registration opens

8:45 to 9:45 a.m.
Wendy Fischman
Keynote Address

10:00 to 10:45 a.m.
Session I Presentations

10:50 to 11:35 a.m.
Session II Presentations

11:45 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
Lunch (Adams Dining Room)

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