Few, if any, readers of this magazine knew my brother Terry. He died two years ago, after a yearlong battle with inoperable brain cancer.
The Innovation Imperative
Patrick F. Bassett
In a recent blog on teaching communications skills, I remarked about being on a “Schools of the Future” panel with several prominent university presidents and deans.
Spotlight on Research
Nonprofit Employment and the Education Sector: At What Price Achievement? Young Children and Media Use, Assessing the Common Core Standards, NAEP, and International Test Scores
While the for-profit sector in the United States contracted slightly each year from 2000 to 2010, the nonprofit sector has grown. This is good news for the nonprofit sector in general.
Time for Mastery
A typical two- or three-year term provides enough time in office to learn the role and start making progress in some critical area, but not enough time to develop any semblance of mastery.
Staying in the Loop
Like many independent schools, Greens Farms Academy (Connecticut) has a traditional administrative structure in place to address the day-to-day issues that arise on campus.
My teaching and leadership experience in high schools suggests that all students engage in cheating of some sort throughout each year.
Living and Writing in Brooklyn
Picture Thomas Wolfe, in the words of Evan Hughes’s Literary Brooklyn, “scribbling on loose typing paper or in a massive bookkeeping ledger — not sitting at a table but standing up, using the top of an old Frigidaire as a desk.
The Way to Reform
Review by Jon McGill
In his lucid introduction to Finnish Lessons,Pasi Sahlberg notes the tough solutions favored in countries such as the United States, England, and France.
Independent School Parent
Please Don’t Throw Math Under the Bus
Dane L. Peters
Have you ever been guilty of questioning your child’s math ability or program? Come on, ’fess up.
Painting Our Leadership Canvas
Rev. Nathan Speck-Ewer
Here are five easy ways to avoid leading from the middle.
How Faculty Run Should a School Be?
It has been an article of faith for Phillips Exeter Academy's instructors that Exeter is and has been a faculty-run school.
The Ethical School
Jeff Hanley is thrilled to be elected student-body president his senior year at an all-boys boarding school.
Celebrating NAIS’s 50th anniversary
Fifty years ago, on March 1, 1962, delegates from the Independent Schools Education Board (ISEB) and the National Council of Independent Schools (NCIS) voted to establish a new entity — the National Association of Independent Schools.
The NAIS Government Relations team needs you
Check out the latest NAIS video on grassroots engagement: the NAIS Government Relations team encourages members to connect with the elected officials who represent their school.
Child safety and enrollment management: Is your school up to speed?
No one wishes to see children harmed, yet the safety and well-being of children across the country is threatened every day by child abuse and neglect.
SSS hosts first financial aid conference
For the first time, SSS By NAIS will offer a single conference instead of a fall workshop series. The 2012 SSS Financial Aid Conference will take place November 13–14, 2012, at the Hyatt Regency Inner Harbor in Baltimore, Maryland.
Chicago hosts Leadership Through Partnership
For Philip Kassen, director of the Little Red School House and Elisabeth Irwin High School (LREI) in New York, getting to know his incoming board chair was a top priority.
Harnessing Houston’s energy for 2012 People of Color Conference
Houston, Texas, will host the 2012 People of Color Conference, whose theme is “Energizing Our Future Through Refining Our Shared Sense of Community: 25 Years of Fueling the Power of Change in Independent Schools.”
Free ebook unlocks the mysteries of financial aid
Applying for admission to independent schools can be an overwhelming process for families.
“Deconstructing Racism”: Calhoun School launches national initiative
In spring 2012, The Calhoun School (New York) launched a major national initiative designed to reshape the conversation about institutionalized racism and white privilege in the U.S.
First Global Consortium Summit convenes in Seattle
As an addendum to the NAIS Annual Conference in Seattle this past winter, a unique group gathered for the first Global Consortium Summit.
Future studies: helping students shape their world
Much of the progress aimed at bettering education in the 21st century has focused on teaching children for the future — such as offering more access to new technologies and encouraging appropriate use of Internet resources.
Eco!Wonder battles “nature deficit disorder”
How can we encourage three-, four- and five-year-old children to realize the important role they can play in keeping our environment healthy?
FORBES’ “30 under 30” taps two Sage Hill grads
Young people usually get in trouble for disrupting — but according to FORBES magazine, it is the “disrupters” who can make a difference in the world.
Schools collaborate to demystify college admissions
For even the most competent high school students, applying to college can create pressure-cooker emotions — not only for students, but also for their families.
The Green Cup Challenge: “So Fresh and So Green”
In early 2012, students from 116 schools in 22 states collectively prevented 1,567,562 pounds of global warming carbon dioxide (CO2) from being released into the atmosphere.
In defense of single-sex schools
Chris Brueningsen and Randie Benedict
Diane Halpern and seven of her social-scientist colleagues who, together, founded the American Council for Co-Educational Schooling. We take exception to many of the conclusions drawn in this report.