Speaker Series

Annie Wright offers several opportunities throughout the year for the community to hear from experts in a range of fields. Topics include parenting, education, science, technology, travel and more. Contact Annie Wright Schools at 253.272.2216 for further information.

"Growing Up" Classes | January 2018

The goal of "Growing Up" classes is to create an opportunity for pre-teens and a parent or trusted adult to receive information about adolescence in an engaging format and relaxed atmosphere. The discussions emphasize family communication and resources to support young people on their journey through adolescence.

Recommended for girls ages 10-12 and a parent or trusted adult. This two-part class uses an 
informal format to present and discuss the issues unique to pre-teens:
  • What girls experience in puberty (breast development, growth, skin changes, menstruation, nutrition and sleep needs)
  • What boys experience in puberty
  • Social issues and decision making
  • Sexuality and sexual reproduction
Recommended for boys ages 10-12 and a parent or trusted adult. This two-part class uses an informal format to present and discuss the issues unique to pre-teens:
  • Body changes to expect during puberty (growth, muscles, shaving, skin changes and sleep needs
  • Myths and facts
  • What boys should know about girls
  • Sexuality and sexual reproduction

DATE: Wednesday, January 24 & Wednesday, January 31 (a two-part class)

TIME: 6:30 to 8:30 pm

COST: $80 per parent/child pair ($60 per additional child). Scholarship funds available. Each family will receive Dr. Rob and Julie’s book, Will Puberty Last My Whole Life?
LOCATION: Annie Wright Schools, 827 North Tacoma Avenue, Tacoma, WA, 98403

Visit www.greatconversations.com to register online or call 206.789.2306

Recent Speakers

Screenagers: Growing Up in the Digital Age, January 2017

Michael GurianHow Boys & Girls Learn Differently, October 2016

Grant Bronsdon: Yale University Info Session, September 2016
Marilyn Ponti, Director of Financial Aid Services at Whitman College, April 2016

Lisa Geraud, LMFT, RD: Developing a Healthy Relationship with Food, February 2016

Stefanie Thomas: Internet Safety, November 2015

Lisa Miller, PhD: The Spiritual Child, October 2015
Rosalind Wiseman, thought leader, social researcher and author on social justice and bullying prevention, April 2015

Rob Evans
, clinical and organizational psychologist and director of the Human Relations Service, October 2014

Katie Greer
, national expert on Internet safety, April 2014

Jody McVittie, MD
, director and cofounder of Sound Discipline and parenting expert, November 2013

Laura Kastner, developmental psychologist specializing on teens & tweens, May 2013

Mary Verbovski, Pediatric Dietitian from Seattle Children’s Hospital, & Rebecca Michi, Sleep Consultant, November 2012

John Medina
, brain researcher and author of Brain Rules, August 2012

Lauren Parsekian and Molly Stroud, producers of the documentary Finding Kind, January 2012

Learn about Travel Talks, a monthly speaker series from the World Affairs Council Tacoma, hosted by Annie Wright Schools.


Ana Homayoun: Overcoming the Culture of Perfectionism in School & Life
Wednesday, October 4, 2017

Great Conversations: Growing Up Classes
Wednesday, January 24 & Wednesday, January  31, 2018

Substance Abuse Education & Prevention: FCD Prevention Works
Monday, February 5, 2018

Angst: Breaking the Stigma around Anxiety film screening
April 2018

Renowned brain researcher John Medina at Annie Wright
Michael Gurian discusses the science behind how boys and girls learn.


Annie Wright Schools
Main Campus:
827 North Tacoma Avenue
Tacoma, WA 98403

Downtown Campus:
936 Broadway
Tacoma, WA 98402

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Founded in Tacoma, Washington, in 1884, Annie Wright Schools serve students from age three through high school. Annie Wright Lower and Middle Schools offer co-ed programs in Preschool through Grade 8, while separate Upper Schools for girls and boys offer day and boarding options in Grades 9 through 12. Annie Wright is proud to be an International Baccalaureate World School.