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April 25
Jewish School Handles Security Threat with Grace and Precision — and Support Pours in from Muslim Community
​Wednesday, January 18, 2017, began like any other morning at school. Parents waved goodbye to their children in the carpool lanes, students walked with their buddies to classrooms. Sixty-seven students from kindergarten to second grade filed into t... Read More
April 18
Your School’s Big Dream: Creating a Vision for the Future
​Henry Ford once said, “If I had asked people what they wanted, they would have said a faster horse.” Whenever I think about strategy-making, this quote comes to mind, as so many well-thought-out strategic plans end up as a collection of faster hors... Read More
April 10
Our Design Thinking Year: Faculty Sharpen Skills and Tackle Student Concerns
​Educators agree that critical thinking, collaboration, and creative problem-solving are necessary skills for today’s high school students. As a new upper school administrator in charge of professional development at Charlotte Country Day School (NC... Read More
April 03
With Character Emphasis, Independent Schools Return to Roots and Blaze Trails
  Editor’s note: This is the first in a three-part series on character education and how character attributes are becoming a factor in secondary and higher education admission.     Independent schools have explicitly addressed character attribu... Read More
March 28
Why I Use Skype to Teach World Geography and Cross-Cultural Competency
​My computer rings and I feel the excitement bubbling up in my suburban Maryland classroom. My first-graders know a Mystery Skype game is about to start. They grab their supplies: large, laminated world maps, dry erase markers, and magnifying glasse... Read More
March 20
How Schools Can Build Unity in Divided Times
​It is both a fascinating and a daunting time to be educating young people. While many of us in the field of education believe that unity is foundational to a school’s mission every day, I believe we need to rethink the way we understand and teach t... Read More
March 13
A Prescription for Rendering Rankings Moot
​Technology has drastically altered the way that we find information, conduct research, and connect with one another. Although it has ushered in many positive societal changes — saving time and money, spurring global connectivity, and enhancing rela... Read More
March 07
At NAIS Annual Conference, Lifting Our Vision Above the Mists of Change
BALTIMORE — “Begin with the end in mind,” Stephen Covey famously wrote in his 1990 book, The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People. Educators practice this habit daily, understanding intuitively that everything is created twice: First, we see it in th... Read More
February 28
Snow Days, Tweet Storms, and the Undead: Adventures in School Communications
​January 2015: The first flurries were already squiggling from the sky. We’d decided to close early as a monster snowstorm barreled up the East Coast, and we needed to get out the official announcement. The trouble was, it wasn’t ready. If we’d bee... Read More
February 27
School Leaders Wrestle with Cutting Costs and Raising Revenue to Ensure Financial Sustainability
​Editor’s note: This is the last in a two-part series examining tuition trends in independent day schools. This blog focuses on schools’ efforts to cut costs and generate revenue. Part one covers how school leaders make decisions on tuition and comp... Read More
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Jewish School Handles Security Threat with Grace and Precision — and Support Pours in from Muslim Community
Your School’s Big Dream: Creating a Vision for the Future
Our Design Thinking Year: Faculty Sharpen Skills and Tackle Student Concerns
With Character Emphasis, Independent Schools Return to Roots and Blaze Trails
Why I Use Skype to Teach World Geography and Cross-Cultural Competency
How Schools Can Build Unity in Divided Times
A Prescription for Rendering Rankings Moot
At NAIS Annual Conference, Lifting Our Vision Above the Mists of Change
Snow Days, Tweet Storms, and the Undead: Adventures in School Communications
School Leaders Wrestle with Cutting Costs and Raising Revenue to Ensure Financial Sustainability
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