Michael C. Reichert, PhD, spoke to Nueva faculty on March 3 and Nueva parents on March 4 about “How to Raise a Boy: Nurturing the Emotional Lives of Our Sons.” He encouraged parents, educators, and coaches to challenge masculine stereotypes and create a new paradigm for raising resilient boys who are emotionally astute and morally grounded.
“Michael Reichert’s work on boys is research-based and incredibly powerful,” Head of School Diane Rosenberg said. “Many of our teachers felt it was the best professional development they’ve had in years. They came away with a renewed conviction about actions they needed to take with their students the next day.”
Michael spoke about how a relational approach to parenting and mentoring boys nurtures their inherent goodness and strengthens their resilience.
“The last decades’ movements for fairness and equality are finally catching up with boyhood—there’s never been a better time to be teaching a boy or raising a son,” he said. “I loved spending time at Nueva, presenting my research that shows boys to be relational learners. Our lively discussions and searching questions revealed a faculty that already understands the transformative power of their connections.”
For 10 years, Michael led an intervention for high-risk youth in the tri-state region around Philadelphia. The program raised more than $4 million in grants and was named a “promising practice” for reducing youth violence by the Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency. Michael continues to lead the Center for the Study of Boys’ and Girls’ Lives, which has honed a model for student empowerment. Since 1984, he has maintained a clinical practice outside Philadelphia that specializes in work with boys, men, and their families.
“The faculty was so fortunate to have him share his insights directly with us through an educational lens,” Director of Teaching and Learning Elizabeth Rossini reflected. "Some of the nuances of Dr. Reichert’s research into boys were good reminders of ensuring we maintain relational trust. We know as educators that learning is relational and that everyone can be reached by an appropriate relational gesture.”
Michael is the author of several books, including Reaching Boys, Teaching Boys: Strategies That Work—and Why and I Can Learn from You: Boys as Relational Learners. He also writes a column for Psychology Today called The Power of Connection. Michael’s next book is How to Raise a Boy: The Power of Connection to Build Good Men.