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January 09
Apply Chinese Philosophy to Cultivate Empathy in Schools
​Two millennia ago, Chinese philosophers wrestled with the feeling that their society was in danger of narcissism and unbridled self-interest — a society not unlike our own. That’s why their ideas provide a powerful way to foster empathy in schools.... Read More
January 09
Digital Citizenship and Social-Emotional Skills Are Inseparable
​Every school has its own unique culture. It is made up of all the ways in which students relate to one another and their teachers. In today’s world, digital devices in particular (and technology in general) have a huge effect on these relationships... Read More
January 02
Five School Leadership Lessons I Learned from the Seat of My Bicycle
​"Only those who are willing to go too far will find out how far one can go." –T.S. Eliot The leadership benefits that students derive from exploring their passions and building proficiency are well known and much celebrated. This is true... Read More
December 19
A Meaningful Gift We Can Offer Our Students: Nurturing Humility
During the holiday season, we’re peppered with contradictory messages about the nature of giving. Media-generated aphorisms about the value of putting others first are punctuated by ads for last-minute sales, encouraging us to go out and get all we ... Read More
December 15
Why Independent Schools Should Become an Educational Research Lab: One School’s Experiment
​How do schools know what makes a long-term difference in their students’ lives? Which students are their schools best suited to serve? To find the answers to these crucial questions, The Putney School (Vermont), a progressive 9-12 grade boarding ... Read More
December 05
Opening the Curtain, Closing the Gaps Between Aspiration and Reality
​“No curtain under heaven is heavier than that curtain of guilt and lies behind which white Americans hide.”  —James Baldwin We are in need of leadership. Anyone involved in educating children knows that our national political discourse has pressed... Read More
November 29
Branding 301: How to Make Your Brand Drive Enrollment Growth
Editor’s note: This is the third in a three-part series about aligning a school’s mission and brand to achieve enrollment growth. Part one focused on the important conceptual differences between a school’s mission and brand by looking at the case of... Read More
November 29
Finding Resolve After the Results
It is 7:15 a.m. on Wednesday morning, November 9. I have just arrived at my office, a bit earlier than usual after a sleepless night. A few hours before, I was on the phone with another friend — a school leader in another city — who said she could n... Read More
November 15
Building Community in the Wake of a Contentious Election Season
​How do we build a community in the face of the divisions we’ve experienced as a nation in the last months of the campaign and particularly after the election? How do we ensure that all members of the community are valued and protected? How do we bu... Read More
November 14
Constructing a New Geometry
​Facing the roll-out of a laptop one-to-one program and dissatisfied with their current geometry textbook, the math department at The Episcopal Academy in Newtown Square, Pennsylvania, decided to build their own curriculum using a cult classic piece... Read More
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Apply Chinese Philosophy to Cultivate Empathy in Schools
Digital Citizenship and Social-Emotional Skills Are Inseparable
Five School Leadership Lessons I Learned from the Seat of My Bicycle
A Meaningful Gift We Can Offer Our Students: Nurturing Humility
Why Independent Schools Should Become an Educational Research Lab: One School’s Experiment
Opening the Curtain, Closing the Gaps Between Aspiration and Reality
Branding 301: How to Make Your Brand Drive Enrollment Growth
Finding Resolve After the Results
Building Community in the Wake of a Contentious Election Season
Constructing a New Geometry
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